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Requirements Analysis and Changelog for "Improving your Web Experience by Using Adaptive Strategies"

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Latest draft: Accessible Web Browsing: Ways to Using Your Computer System More Effectively and Making Web Browsing More Enjoyable
[was: Improving your Web Experience by Using Adaptive Strategies]


From WAI-AGE Deliverables:

Rationale: Older users with accessibility needs, as well as people with disabilities, would benefit from a welcoming online Web resource which introduces adaptive strategies and assistive technologies.


From WAI-AGE Deliverables:

Proposal: Develop a resource which provides a general introduction to the use of adaptive strategies (including basic suggestions for finding and configuring accessibility settings in browsers) and assistive technologies for Web users who may benefit from this information but do not necessarily consider themselves as having disabilities, and may have low levels of computer literacy.


Audience for the document include:

Note: while the end-users are the primary readers of the document, the trainers and supports are the primary disseminators (reference, distribute, print, translate, use during training, etc.) of the document. The trainers and supporters are therefore an indirect primary audience of the document.


For explaining Adaptive Strategies the approach includes:

For explaining Assistive Technologies the approach includes:

Note 1: the document should be appealing to users with mild impairments, who may only need minor adjustments (like larger text), and who may be put off if the solutions sound too complicated or who may assume that this document is not for them because they do not consider themselves to have a disability. Motivating users who are afraid to adjust the configuration of their system is primary aspect, even though it may be difficult to address comprehensively.

Note 2: the document should explain adjustment options in terms of functionality (like "enlarge text", "increase volume", or "switch on captions") rather than in terms of software and component types (like not "operating system", "browser", or "media player"), as users may not know which parts of the different parts of the system and what they are responsible for.


This section includes: Related WAI Resources, Related External Resources, and Related WAI-AGE TF and EOWG Discussions.

Related WAI Resources

Related External Resources

Related WAI-AGE TF and EOWG Discussions


2009-10-30 Editors Draft: [2009/10/28 22:12:11]

Changelog items from EOWG Teleconference 30 Oct 2009:

Quick ideas (2008-09-09)

What is possible as adaptive strategies:

  1. Windows XP & Vista
    • colours; text size; magnification; mouse pointer; mouse sensitivity; sticky-keys; narration
  2. Mac OS-X
    • colours; text size; magnification; mouse pointer; narration
  3. Firefox
    • text size or magnification; tabbing; keyboard short-cuts; CSS mods;
    • plug-ins (e.g. FF accessibility extension with Link/Form focus indicator) and themes
  4. Internet Explorer
    • text size; colour; ...
  5. Opera
    • text size and magnification, color, Heading navigation (and other keyboard actions)
  6. Media players
    • turning captions on
    • alternative accessible interfaces (e.g. YouTube)
  7. Keyboard browsing
    • links (all browsers)
    • keyboard shortcuts (all browsers), e.g. ^O, ^P, ^+, etc
    • headings etc (Opera only?)
  8. Assistive technology overview
    • conventional AT such as screen readers, screen magnifiers, switch devices, voice recognition, etc
    • other AT such as trackballs, keyboard guards, on-screen kbds, etc etc
    • @@ Clues about where you might find out locally about these AT options?