[access-uk] accessibility of experiment to make map info online accessible

  • From: "Thomas, Kavita E" <tkavita@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2008 10:22:01 +0000

Dear All,
First, I'd like to thank everyone who took the trouble to try running the 
experiment. I tried to make it as short as possible while still making sure 
that we could get reliable results, which unfortunately means that it does take 
about half an hour to do and demands a lot of attention, and is quite 
repetitive, since it needs to test a bunch of different conditions in the same 
ways. I hope you'll be patient with this aspect of the experiment, it was 
unavoidable since we need to find out which texts are most useful to blind and 
VI users for communicating spatial information.
Regarding the accessibility part, all the radio buttons are labelled, including 
the example, and the radio button choices begin on the line following the 
question. The textbox has the preceding question labelled--I'm not sure if this 
is misleading or not--hopefully not. I went through and checked all this again 
just now. I also ran this by a blind computing officer who's used to training 
people in using accessibility software, and he ran it with both Jaws and 
Thunder (I believe) and didn't run into any problems. He did note that if 
you're using Jaws, you can use the cursor keys to read the questions and the 
spacebar to select the options and after clicking on an option, press enter to 
enter forms mode. Pressing the plus sign on the number keypad exits forms mode. 
Please email me directly if you run into any problems; my email address is 
If you haven't taken the experiment yet and would like to give it a try, we 
still need a lot more responses! The experiment is online so you can run it at 
your own convenience by visiting 
Thanks again for your help and patience!!
Best wishes,
Kavita Thomas
the Atlas.txt project: www.csd.abdn.ac.uk/research/atlas
Department of Computing Science
University of Aberdeen

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