[Athen] Problems with JAWS reading a library ebook

Ron Stewart ron at ahead.org
Tue Dec 3 13:57:33 PST 2013

The Ebsco Host content will not work with a screen reader. Ebsco has
become a problem child! Their portal seems to be okay but their content is
for the most part totally unusable by AT users. Your only option at this
point would be to convert the book if you cannot find an accessible copy.

Ron Stewart

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Subject: [Athen] Problems with JAWS reading a library ebook

A professor has told his class to use the ebook copy of the textbook
available via our library system from EBSCO Host Full Text database, so
while it is a required text they are not required to buy it (honestly I
foresee this becoming more common). We have a blind student taking this
course who uses JAWS, and would obviously prefer not buying the book if he
doesn't have to. However neither he nor I can get JAWS to read the embedded
PDF that EBSCO Host uses. I've futzed with settings in JAWS and read the
help faq for EBSCO which claims that their viewer is accessible but, eh, not
so much in my humble opinion.

Has anyone else dealt with this? Solutions? Suggestions? Am I overlooking
something obvious?

:::KimBoo York, MLIS

Assistive Technology Lab Coordinator

Student Disability Resource Center / Department of Dean of Students

Florida State University

108 Student Services Building

874 Traditions Way

Tallahassee, FL 32306-4167


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