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Re: FlashPaper


From: Jim Allan
Date: Jan 31, 2005 12:08PM

Flash & and by extension Flash paper is accessible if the following are
# User must use Flash Player 6+ - (will also make some content created with
Flash 4 & 5 more accessible) http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer/
# User must use Windows, IE 5.5+, MSAA (MicroSoft Active Accessibility must
be installed)
# User must use screen reader that uses MSAA. Currently, WindowEyes 4.2+ -
http://www.gwmicro.com/ , Jaws 4.5+ - http://www.hj.com
# Author must create media with FlashMX+ or related tool
# Author must add alternative content and functionality (keyboard access,
text alternatives, etc.)

if any of the above conditions are not true then accessibility is

Jim Allan, Webmaster & Statewide Technical Support Specialist
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
1100 W. 45th St., Austin, Texas 78756
voice 512.206.9315 fax: 512.206.9264 http://www.tsbvi.edu/
"I see the Earth. It is so beautiful."--first words spoken by human in
[Yuri Alekseevich Gagarin, from the Vostok 1, April 12, 1961.]

-----Original Message-----
From: kelly [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ]
Sent: Monday, January 31, 2005 8:30 AM
To: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: [WebAIM] FlashPaper

Looking for your thoughts on whether Macromedia's FlashPaper would be
acceptable to use, from an accessibility standpoint. They claim it is
accessible. We have done some testing and found FlashPaper docs to be
readable by Window-Eyes and JAWS, but not by Home Page Reader. It also
does require the Flash plug-in. It has come up as a question because
it's included in Contribute 3, which many of our state webmasters here
are using. We would like to offer them guidelines as to whether or not
to use this option.


Kelly Hokkanen
Director of Creative Services
InforME: Information Resource of Maine

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