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Denise ([staff profile] denise) wrote in [site community profile] dw_accessibility2012-05-11 11:47 pm

Assistive tech (semi-) poll

One of the problems we've been running into lately when talking accessibility-focused design is that it's very hard to know what assistive/adaptive tech people are using to access the site. Sometimes this information shows up in the Google Analytics aggregate data that we look at for information on browser capabilities, but it's hard to get an accurate picture that way: a lot of adaptive tech self-reports as something other than it is in order to "trick" websites that do browser-specific design into giving it different results, etc.

So, in order to a) make sure we're testing things in the most commonly-used assistive technology setups out there and b) make sure we're making the right design choices in the future (especially as there are multiple conflicting accessibility-related paradigms), we would like to get a better picture of what kinds of assistive technology our users are actually using to access the site.

Rather than trying to make a poll and listing off various forms of assistive tech (and invariably forgetting half of them), let's run this as an open-ended semi-poll. If you use any kind of assistive technology (screenreader, text-to-speech software, dictation software, screen magnifying software, browser extensions or plugins that change the way web pages display to you -- anything at all), please comment to this post listing off all the things you use. (And, if it's software, include the version number as well, if you can find it -- there are major differences in how different versions of some programs work.)

For "assistive technology", we're taking a very, very broad definition -- anything from "JAWS, version 13" (screenreader software) to "Dragon NaturallySpeaking" (dictation software) to "NoSquint" (Firefox extension) and anything in between. If you use it to help you make the web more accessible for you, we want to know about it, no matter how minor you may feel it is. (And even if your particular assistive technology has been mentioned already, mention it again; we'd rather have something reported multiple times than risk missing it!)

For those who feel uncomfortable talking about this publicly, anonymous commenting is enabled in this community (with the antispam test temporarily disabled) and all anonymous comments will be screened on this particular entry, so if you comment anonymously, it won't be public. We don't need to know who uses what particular setups, we just need to know what setups are being used, if that makes sense!
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What I use

[personal profile] putzhat 2012-09-28 07:41 am (UTC)(link)
I use Jaws 12 and disable images/flash as a default. Before my sight finally went for good, I was using monstrously large font sizes which was a real pain on that tiny little screen :)
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[personal profile] kaz 2012-10-14 10:53 pm (UTC)(link)
Sooo I am using the broadest possible definition of assistive technology here and this is all probably pretty irrelevant to you, but:

I sort of alternate between Flashblock ( and NoScript (2.5.7), both Firefox addons, while I'm surfing to keep things like videos or sounds from playing unexpectedly. I also use RSI typing break software to manage my computer time and keep me from getting sucked in - Workrave on my home computer until they took it out of the Ubuntu repository (sob), AntiRSI 2.1 on my work computer (mac). I've used the Firefox plugin Leechblock (0.6.3) in the past for the same reasons, but haven't recently.
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[personal profile] lilacsigil 2012-10-15 03:02 am (UTC)(link)
AdBlock, have Firefox set not to play animated GIFS, Flashblocker, NoScript, Zap Colors.
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[personal profile] ysilme 2012-12-13 12:39 pm (UTC)(link)
Also in the broadest possible definition, I'm using keyboard commands only as often as possible for various medical reasons.
This list gave me some helpful ideas as well, for insomnia-related and presbyopia reasons.

My Current AT for Dreamwidth

[personal profile] jazzyjj 2014-06-30 01:23 am (UTC)(link)
I am running the latest version of VoiceOver on a mid-2013 MacBook Air to access this site, and it is working great. I have version 7.04 of Safari. In addition, I have tested Dreamwidth with Chromevox, which is Google's screen reader extension and only works in Chrome. While I have found Chromevox to work okay, some of the voices seem to cut out right in the middle of reading something. But VoiceOver works great on this site, using both Chrome and Safari. I'm running the latest build of OS X Mavericks, which is 10.9.3 and I assume VoiceOver is at the same version since it is built right into the operating system. I have not yet tested out Dreamwidth in Windows, but I hear it works very well.
Edited 2015-08-22 15:40 (UTC)
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Re: My Current AT for Dreamwidth

[personal profile] ysilme 2015-08-22 04:00 pm (UTC)(link)
(Did you mean this to be a reply to my comment, or go up into the main comment queue?)

Re: My Current AT for Dreamwidth

[personal profile] jazzyjj 2015-08-23 01:23 pm (UTC)(link)

Sorry about that. Yes my reply was actually meant for the main queue. I guess I didn't realize it though at the time I posted the reply.

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Re: My Current AT for Dreamwidth

[personal profile] ysilme 2015-08-23 02:24 pm (UTC)(link)
No problem, I was just wondering if this was referring in any way to my comment, and you expected a more detailed answer or so. :o)

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