Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

If you won’t file a bug, maybe test in a screen reader?

Category: Accessibility

John Resig wants us to file bug reports to browser vendors but what about accessibility? Is that a responsibility that we have as Web developers?

Todd Kloots of Yahoo! shows us how to configure our machine for screen reader testing with full instructions:

When developing using the WAI-ARIA Roles and States, you need to test your code in a screen reader to ensure everything is working as you expect. As a follow up to my presentation on Developing Accessible Widgets with ARIA and in the interest of helping other developers test their code, I thought I would provide some tips on how to configure your development environment for screen reader testing.

  1. Install virtualization software
  2. Install browsers & take a snapshot of that state
  3. Install and configure screen readers
  4. Restart the virtual machine & take a snapshot of that state

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