[Athen] [WebAIM] web accessibility retrofitting service

Phil Teare phil.a.teare at googlemail.com
Mon Mar 24 09:47:02 PDT 2008

It keeps looking more and more like you need a rewrite and not a retrofit

By self voicing I mean like this (literally no work done here, just dumped
it into our test system):

(the voice can of course be US)

Simply put, the benefits of self voicing through something like V Browser
are that you can make something that is not accessible, accessible, without
rewriting the actual base system. Effectively making the Assistive
Technology (which would be web based) do the hard work of presenting an
accessible interface. Rather than making the legacy system itself accessible
to any and every Assistive Technology (like JAWS etc).

little to no work your end
Accessible from most online machines, even if AT not installed on them (this
is pretty cool, especially for educational establishments and public

latency (you'll need a good connection, or it'll be jittery), but hosting on
your servers greatly reduces this issue.
some users are used to their AT and won't want to change to a web based

Thinking about it, it sounds like you want something you just buy in a
box that fixes what you have. There have been attempts at this, but most,
sadly have been fairly disappointing, and for fairly unavoidable reasons.

Does that make sense?


Phil Teare,
CTO & Chief Architect,
http://www.talklets.com from Textic Ltd.
(44) [0] 208 4452871
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