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RE: Flash interaction and screenreaders


From: Andrew Kirkpatrick
Date: Jul 28, 2005 8:58PM

I'm wondering if text entry into a text field in Flash is
possible while using a screen reader. I'm designing some interactive
Flash content, and I simply cannot get Jaws to let me enter text. I
thought it might be something equivalent to FORM mode, or MSAA off for
Window Eyes, but when I try that it says it cannot detect a form. Can
someone tell me if this is possible at all, and if so, if it is
something I need to design/develop for in Flash or some configuration
setting in the screen reader?

You will need to use forms mode/MSAA off in order to enter text,
but it should work without a problem. If you start at the top with JAWS
and use the arrow keys to read through the content, does it ever say
"edit"? If not, then you may have disabled access to the Flash movie
inadvertantly. Can you provide more information?

Andrew Kirkpatrick
Principal Accessibility Engineer, Macromedia