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Re: Flash accessibility?


From: david_manzor@smartforce.com
Date: Nov 8, 2001 1:57AM

At the moment Flash is completely inaccessible to screenreading technology.
Macromedia claim though, that the next major release of the Flash player
will make Flash textfields open to screenreaders. (I've no idea when they
plan this release).
David Manzor

Date: 7 Nov 2001 08:54:13 -0600
From: "Roades, Adam" < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
Subject: Flash accessibility?
I am wondering if anyone has developed, seen, used, or heard of an
accessible program that was developed in Macromedia Flash. What I'm
for is a complete Flash interface that is accessible (versus an "eye-candy"
animated graphic).
We are working on a project that involves a CD-based multimedia
and we plan to use Flash to program it. We've tinkered with their
"accessibility kit" and been much less than impressed so far. We're
currently experimenting with ideas to provide users with an option to turn
on an "audio descriptions" track that would read the screen contents and
instructions. And, of course, we'd provide captions for any spoken
narration. And we've used Flash's ability to keyboard navigate the entire
program. However, if anyone has ideas, scripting ideas, Flash tutorial
resources, or an actual file that we can piggy-back on, I would greatly
appreciate it. Thanks!
Adam Roades
Instructional Designer, Anteon Corporation

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