[Athen] Screen Reader and Browser testing

Bossley, Peter A. (Pete) bossley.5 at osu.edu
Fri May 29 14:13:50 PDT 2015

We've found that NVDA and Firefox is the best combination for general testing. Keep in mind that JAWS will often times make guesses as to form field lables when no programmatic label is present. Sometimes it is correct which makes some people think it is accessible if JAWS reads a label, when in reality JAWS just made a guess and happened to get it right, at least that time.

Peter Bossley
OCIO Accessibility Analyst
Office of the CIO Enterprise Applications
017 Enarson Classrooms Building, 2009 Millikin Rd, Columbus, OH 43210
614-292-8571 Office
bossley.5 at osu.edu<mailto:bossley.5 at osu.edu> ocio.osu.edu<http://ocio.osu.edu/>

From: athen-list [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Joseph Sherman
Sent: Friday, May 29, 2015 12:14 PM
To: 'Access Technology Higher Education Network'
Subject: [Athen] Screen Reader and Browser testing

Hi all,

I have a frustrating question. When testing using JAWS and NVDA with Internet Explorer, FireFox, and Chrome, each combination can give different results for different pages and applications and pages within applications. Especially in complicated applications like Blackboard (our LMS). For example, with some combinations text boxes are labeled, but not with other combinations. First, since it's not really possible to test every possible page with every browser/AT combination, what are we supposed to do? Second, how can I give developers guidance to remedy issues when they might be different depending on the AT used?


Joseph Sherman
Accessibility Specialist
CUNY Computing & Information Services
395 Hudson St 6FL, 6-236
646-664-2167| Joseph.Sherman at cuny.edu<mailto:Joseph.Sherman at cuny.edu>

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