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Does visual layout matter for screen reader users?


From: Sinead Hogan
Date: Oct 25, 2005 10:00AM


I'm developing e learning / assessment software using Flash. I'm having trouble with reading order for screen readers. The solution I'm currently working on is to change the 'standard' layout of the objects on screen so that they are read out in a more sensible order. However, this results in a less intuitive and somewhat ugly visual screen. Does this matter? I guess my question essentially comes down to uses of screen readers for users other than the blind.
If a screen reader is not in use when the page loads, the screen will default to the 'standard' layout.

Many thanks,