[Athen] sub-lists

Stores, Mary A. mstores at indiana.edu
Fri Aug 8 10:41:05 PDT 2014

Freedom Scientific has this tutorial called Surf’s Up: Surfing the Internet with JAWS. The JAWS user could listen to that and find out how certain .html elements and ARIA markup is conveyed.

From: athen-list [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Karen Sorensen
Sent: Friday, August 08, 2014 1:32 PM
To: Access Technology Higher Education Network
Subject: [Athen] sub-lists

Hi Colleagues,
Thanks for all the feedback. With closer listening, we heard JAWS say, sub-list of one item, but she was not sure what a sub-list is. I found this a very interesting point. She expressed the same confusion over some ARIA labels. And this JAWS user is very experienced!
As web developers, we should be more careful that the semantic structure we work so hard to create, is explained to the end user. How is a blind user supposed to learn about ARIA , sub-lists and such things?
She navigates mainly with arrow keys in order not to miss anything when she's new to a page. And who can blame her since most pages she probably encounters aren't structured properly.

Karen M. Sorensen
Accessibility Advocate for Online Courses
Portland Community College
"The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect.” Tim Berners-Lee
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