[Athen] Compass update

Robert Beach rbeach at KCKCC.EDU
Fri May 22 08:57:12 PDT 2015

Hey all,

I just had a pleasant surprise. My colleague and I were testing Compass on FireFox. We decided to throw a little assistive tech at it to see what would happen. We loaded JAWS and went into the test. JAWS read fine as long as you didn't use any of the commands that open boxes such as the links list. I was able to use the Say All command as well as move by elements using the hotkeys. I tried radio buttons, combo boxes, and form field commands, and they all worked without kicking us out of the test. The big one, I could use the CTRL key to stop JAWS, which didn't work in past tests.

Sadly, I tried Read&Write 10, no go. I understand that it is possible to get Read&Write 11.5 to work with Compass. Our IT department is supposed to be upgrading the server, but I don't have it yet.

I'll still have to sit down and take the full test before I'll say Compass is accessible with JAWS. I also want to test with NVDA and ZoomText. If anybody gets a chance to play before I do, let me know what you find.

Robert Lee Beach
Assistive Technology Specialist
Kansas City Kansas Community College
7250 State Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66112
rbeach at kckcc.edu

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