Screen readers

Using Narrator dev mode

Narrator is the integrated screen reader for Windows 10. The August 2nd Windows 10 Anniversary update introduces several new Narrator features, including a Narrator mode designed specifically for developers.

Proposed ARIA password role

Let me ask you a question: Would you enter your password into a password field, if you couldn’t be confident it was protected from being viewed by other people? The answer is probably not, but a proposed ARIA role could put screen reader users in exactly this position.

Using the ARIA application role

Traduction française The ARIA application role changes the way screen readers interact with web content. Several good articles explain (rightly) why the application role should be used with caution, but this post looks at a use case where the application role is used to good effect.

Fixing the Jaws cursor in Firefox

When keyboard access doesn’t work, the Jaws screen reader makes it possible to explore content using simulated mouse movements instead. This function is broken in Firefox, due to changes made (some time ago) in its graphics rendering engine. This post describes a workaround that has proved successful for some.

Using the Web Speech API to simulate CSS Speech support

Updated on 4th February 2018. The CSS Speech properties are intended to give content aural style, in the same way other CSS properties give content visual style. The CSS Speech module is largely unsupported in browsers, but the Web Speech API can be used to demonstrate something of the way CSS Speech might work in […]

Time to revisit accesskey?

Many websites provide keyboard shortcuts for common tasks. Keyboard shortcuts are useful things to have, but the way in which they’re provided is often problematic for Windows screen reader users.