Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

THEJournal.com Gets to Take a Test

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

THEJournal.com Gets to Take a Test

Article excerpt

* FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, reading websites, like the one your school's district maintains, can be a challenge. To make things easier, some turn to screen-reading programs, which audibly identify and interpret what's on the screen. Needless to say, some websites lend themselves more to screen reader browsing than others.

T.H.E. Journal decided to put its own website to the test, enlisting a volunteer web tester with the South Carolina Assistive Technology Program, which helps state agencies create accessible websites. Our tester examined both the home page at thejournal.com and an an article page, using ZoomText Reader from Synapse Adaptive, an assistive program that magnifies and reads web pages and other digital matter out loud. Here is his review:

The home page opens to a Flash presentation that I can't hear I can thankfully see where the link is to close the box, but not everyone would have an easy time doing that.

At the top right of the home page, there's a Flash presentation that I presume shows an ad or a peek at the current issue of T.H.E. Journal, which I cannot hear. To make things even more difficult, I keep accidentally triggering the sequence as I move my mouse.

The article page, however, was quite easy for me to read. …

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