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Screen reader simulation

Rating: 5 stars
Used in Course: Used in course
Submitted by: Lynn Aaron (Faculty), Sep 27, 2004
Comment: This simulation provides an eye-opening opportunity to experience the WWW from
the point of view of a sightless person. As when using a screenreader, the
content of the page is read aloud with no visual clues. I've used this
simulation as a demonstration in several Web development courses. Students have
responded with amazement. They gained understanding of the need to include
accessibility features in their Web pages. They also gained respect for the
ability of people without sight to use the WWW.

It's worth reading the explanation before trying the simulation. It is also
possible to see the mock Web site, but it's better to do this after the

Technical Remarks:

It's necessary to have Shockwave installed. It may take some time for the file
to load, depending on the speed of your connection.

Audio is essential since the Web page content is read aloud. You'll need
speakers or headphones.