Using a Screenreader for the Web
The California community colleges Distance Education Access Guidelines for Students with Disabilities require that all web based instructional resources be WAI Priority 1 compliant. A large number of Priority 1 guidelines address access considerations for persons who are blind.
Recently, web accessibility standards were implemented through the Section 508 Standards for Electronic and Information Technology. These standards identified methods to make HTML code more accessible to those using screen reading technology. However, not all of the standards are currently supported by screen reader technology.
Additions to JAWS version 4.5 greatly improve the capacity of this screen reader navigate more complex web pages. The following web pages provide simple examples of the types of web page formats which can now be read with JAWS and the JAWS keystroke commands for reading these pages.
These example pages are meant to be explored using Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 or 6.0 and JAWS version 4.0 or later. JAWS makes extensive use of the "accessibility hooks" built into Internet Explorer 5.5 and 6.0 and will not provide the same level of access when used with Netscape Navigator or earlier versions of Internet Explorer. Please remember that pressing the Ctrl key will stop JAWS reading, pressing the Tab key will move to the next link and pressing Shift Tab to the previous link.
We will be providing a version for the Window-Eyes Screen Reader shortly.
Important: All JAWS reading commands use the Num Pad keys.