[Athen] Jaws and javascript links

Terry Thompson tft at u.washington.edu
Fri Dec 1 15:39:32 PST 2006

Hi Stacy,

Is there a good reason why they can't deliver all links in HTML? Otherwise
they'll be excluding *anyone* who's using a browser or device that doesn't
support Javascript or that has Javascript disabled. That's a much broader
problem than just excluding screen reader users.


Terry Thompson
Technology Specialist, DO-IT
University of Washington
tft at u.washington.edu

> -----Original Message-----

> From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org

> [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On Behalf Of Stacy L. Smith

> Sent: Friday, December 01, 2006 9:16 AM

> To: Access Technologists in Higher Education Network

> Subject: [Athen] Jaws and javascript links


> This message is for those of you famliar with Jaws - HTML

> interactions.


> K-State uses a homegrown learning management system, which

> has a very robust user interface. A couple of semesters ago

> they changed the main level navigation to where some links

> are HTML and some are Javascript.

> I just found out from a user this morning that he can't see

> what turns out to be the javascript links. THe design team

> assumed that Jaws would read the text on the screen and

> didn't realize that the user may not be navigating that way

> (and is instead navigating by looking for links).


> The design and programming crew is VERY interested in

> accessibility and wants very much to fix this problem. We

> have a new release coming out in early January, and it's

> possible we could fix this problem by then.

> We just need to know how to do that without sacrificing the

> look and feel of the page for sighted users.


> Does anyone have any experience or ideas to share? For

> example, we wondered if there might be a name or value

> attribute that the reader might pick up, or perhaps some

> other very clever solution.


> I'm looking forward to your thoughts.


> Thanks,

> Stacy



> Stacy Smith

> Adaptive Technology Specialist, Disability Support Services

> 532-6441

> stacylee at ksu.edu


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