[Athen] Adobe Contribute and JAWS

John Gardner john.gardner at orst.edu
Thu May 22 15:20:20 PDT 2008

This is a very common problem with Jaws and all other conventional screen
readers. The edit fields need to be labelled so the labels read when you
TAB to the field.

FYI this is one particular item for which Serotek's System Access screen
reader works really well. It automatically enables editing so you don't
need to keep switching back and forth between browse and non-browse mode.



From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On
Behalf Of Brusnighan, Dean A.
Sent: Thursday, May 22, 2008 2:20 PM
To: Access Technologists in Higher Education Network
Subject: [Athen] Adobe Contribute and JAWS

We use JAWS on our campus, and I have run into an issue that I don't know
how to resolve. I would appreciate any guidance you might be able to

An educational technologist colleague has created a template in Contribute.
She plans to make it available to faculty/instructors. Thus, the template
has headers for sections such as "Contact information", "Syllabus
information", and similar. Each header section (not editable by faculty) is
followed by an editable region where the instructor can copy and paste the
appropriate information. My colleague

wants the template to be accessible by an instructor who may be using a
screen reader.

My difficulty is this. Before entering EDIT mode in Contribute, the
template page reads fine with JAWS. However, when I attempted to edit the
page in Contribute, simulating an instructor adding information in the
editable region, the page was no longer accessible enough to be useful. To
be specific, JAWS will not read the headers that identify each section of
the template. Tabbing just skips from one editable region to another.

Thanks for sharing any insights you might have!



Dean Brusnighan

Information Technology at Purdue

Young Hall

302 Wood Street

West Lafayette, IN 47907-2108

Phone: 765-494-9082

dabrus at purdue.edu


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