[Athen] Liz Bottner research (acessible survey)

John Foliot - Stanford Online Accessibility Program jfoliot at stanford.edu
Fri Apr 20 10:31:20 PDT 2007

Berkowitz, Daniel J wrote:

> Liz,


> I am sharing this e-mail with colleagues from the Access Technologist

> Higher Education Network. Several members have been working on the

> issue of accessible web-based survey tools and perhaps one of them

> can offer assistance or at least discuss this with you further.


> Cheers --- Dann

There are a large number of free scripts that can do this type of thing on
the web. One resource I return to time and again is
http://php.resourceindex.com (which of course presumes you have access to
this type of hosting environment). I cannot specifically recommend one
survey tool over the other (especially in reference to accessibility), but
they currently offer 75 different scripts, ranging in quality and price -
many are free.

Their sister site: http://cgi.resourceindex.com has another 56 Perl scripts
for surveys, if you do not have PHP support:

I'm not a huge fan of ASP and don't work in that environment, but I'm sure
there is an equivalent out there for this scripting language as well.

Hope this helps.

John Foliot
Academic Technology Consultant
Stanford Online Accessibility Program
Stanford University
560 Escondido Mall
Meyer Library 181
Stanford, CA 94305-3093
Tel: 650-862-4603



> From: Liz Bottner [mailto:lizb at udel.edu]

> Sent: Saturday, April 14, 2007 12:34 PM

> To: Berkowitz, Daniel J

> Subject: My research


> Hi Dann:


> I want to thank you for responding to my post regarding my research.

> The topic of information access is of most interest to me, and is of

> great importance not only to myself, but, I feel, to everyone, and is

> definitely worth researching. I myself use a combination of Braille

> and computer/assistive technology in order to obtain that access.

> Information should be available to everyone, not just one specific

> sect of the population, and I strongly believe that the combination

> of using Braille and assistive technology together, and not just

> either one or the other alone, helps close that information gap.

> Some things are easier to do with hardcopy Braille, such as skimming

> a document, finding specific pages, and even proofreading, whereas

> computer/assistive technology is a better solution in other

> instances; completing assignments, access to the Internet, and

> reading books that would otherwise be too huge to carry around were

> they in multiple Braille volumes. (Instead of only being able to

> carry around one book or part of a book, we can carry around

> thousands of books either on our laptop computers or portable note

> taking devices). Some find that by listening to speech, they can

> also read faster than were they to read the same thing in Braille.

> These are some of my thoughts and opinions on the topic, at any rate,

> to give you an idea of my take on things and where I'm trying to go

> with my research, which I hopefully have been able to do.


> Regarding a survey, I would love to be able to implement an online

> survey as that would probably be easier for people to answer and I'm

> guessing also easier for me to compile the responses once people have

> completed it. In that, though, I have no idea how to go about

> creating one. For previous surveys, I have just written out a

> Microsoft Word document of the survey and stored each person's

> completed survey in a particular folder on my computer, organizing

> things that way. If you would be able to help me create an online

> survey or know of someone who would be willing, I would be greatly

> interested. I have an idea of the questions I want to ask, (the

> survey really isn't that involved and shouldn't be that long), so

> perhaps making it available online wouldn't be that hard to do? I

> don't know.


> Thank you, take care, and whatever help or suggestions you would be

> able to offer me in completing my research is greatly appreciated.


> Thanks again,


> Liz


> Email: lizb at udel.edu Visit my Live Journal:

> http://unsilenceddream.livejournal.com

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