[Athen] Jaws and javascript links

Ron Stewart ron.stewart at dolphinusa.com
Sat Dec 2 07:18:22 PST 2006

You might also want to test this interface with other screen readers, just
testing with JAWS is a recipe for disaster.


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From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On
Behalf Of Stacy L. Smith
Sent: Friday, December 01, 2006 12:16 PM
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.


Stacy Smith
Adaptive Technology Specialist, Disability Support Services
stacylee at ksu.edu


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