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RE: Accessable demo alternative


From: Andrew Kirkpatrick
Date: Sep 16, 2005 10:40AM

You might want to look at Macromedia Captivate for the 5-10 minute demo
(or maybe that's what you meant since Captivate can output to Breeze?).


Depending on how you author the demo, you may be able to make it very
broadly accessible. If the narrator is describing what to do aurally as
well as in visual motion-capture, you may be able to make the demo also
quite effective for blind or low vision users, who will already be able
to control the playback in captivate/breeze but will need greater access
to the content presented.

Captivate also allows captioning of the demo for deaf and hard of
hearing users, and keyboard users can access the demo movie controls.

The idea of a demo is a good one for a complex web application. Many
users (including some users with cognitive disabilities as well as users
who want to see the tool in use before trying it themselves) will
benefit from having this type of support.

You can also, using the script that is spoken during the demo, easily
create a static image with textual description version of the demo.

> Remember, it isn't just people with disabilities. Properly
> done, visitors can enlarge text, change contrast, and access
> the content from handheld devices and phones; something more
> likely if you take the time to make the content accessible.
> www.youthhood.org

At a glance, it looks like you've done a good job making sure that the
content of the site is accessible to many users. I'll be interested in
seeing your demo when you finish!


Andrew Kirkpatrick
Principal Accessibility Engineer, Macromedia