how do i change the order the website is read out using speech program?

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how do i change the order the website is read out using speech program?

Post by markymoo » Tue Oct 24, 2006 2:48 am

using speech software reader the main page content is read out first before the left side menu. how would i change the order of the layout so it reads the menu links first then the main content? is it using tab id?

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Re: how do i change the order the website is read out using speech program?

Post by Jenny » Tue Oct 24, 2006 11:23 am

You would have to look at the order in which the content of your page is displayed without any styling.  Do a search for "source ordered columns" and you can find a number of articles that discuss this technique.  There is huge debate if whether menu items should come first or content should come first.
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Re: how do i change the order the website is read out using speech program?

Post by brian » Tue Oct 24, 2006 11:59 am

it makes sense to have menus before content on front pages but you don't really want to hear them all again on inside pages.
whilst i'm not using speech software you see the same effect using mobile explorer in single column mode
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Re: how do i change the order the website is read out using speech program?

Post by absalom » Mon Oct 30, 2006 8:30 am

It actually depends on the level of control the user wants, as most screenreaders can migrate through basic source ordering fine when there is a menu involved.

i.e. the way blind people use screen readers is significantly different to the way sighted people use screen readers.

Usually this is done through 'links-mode' in various screenreader software.

The two things that generally matter for navigation by a disabled user is the correct use of semantic heading and structure (so no H1 to H3 gaps in semantic layout) and nature of appreciable links, from what I have been discussing with Derek Featherstone at wd06. JS is its own issue in and of itself.
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