I started out unable to consult the windows help, as I got stuck in the left pane and couldn't figure out how to escape to the right pane that had the information I needed :-(
At the LL Bean site, I tried to order a shirt that I really wanted and got worn out tabbing through about 35 links to get to the main part of the page. Finally I managed to get my information entered, hit Enter - and learned the item was on backorder! I patiently went through the same business for a second shirt I wanted - and it was out of stock as well.
At Mapquest, I tried to find driving directions from my daughter's house to mine. Here I was handicapped by the fact that the links were blind- no image, and no alt text. However, after roaming around in the dark awhile, I discovered (by cheating) that if the mouse was over a link, alt text showed. Would a screen reader see it? After I turned on images again, I saw the "driving directions" image right near the top of the page.
The New York Times wasn't too bad. I was able to navigate to the obituaries and easily scroll through the headings to read about a deceased English gardener. I may join her in pushing up daisies, if you can die of tabitis ;-)
OneLook dictionary was pretty good: when the page opened,focus was in the text box for the lookup, instead of at the head of a pile of links. That was a relief after tabbing around the LL Bean site for 20 minutes. I entered the word parterre which I had read in the gardener's obituary. The next page, which listed several online dictionaries with entries for that word, popped up, and I happily selected the first and got my definition. I was unable to figure out how to select and copy text however. Later when I began using the mouse again, I retrieved the definition: "In gardening, a level division of ground furnished with evergreens and flowers; sometimes cut into shell and scroll work with alleys."
b. Someone with sensory limitations, such as permanent or temporary vision or hearing impairment. Such a person may not be able to use visual links, or use voice-recognition technology. He might use a screenreader, or require captioning of sound components of pages.
c. A person with mental limitations, such as dyslexia, poor memory, or mental retardation. This person may need text presented quite simply, with a simple, consistent navigation scheme and supporting images and sounds.
It was different in two ways: one, I could "cheat" if truly desperate. Two, I was bumped back to the beginning, as a novice user. Someone with more experience would be familiar with the keyboard shortcuts and might have a screen reader that would tell them the links I couldn't see.
I admire those who manage the web for their patience. My first experience with the web was on my old 286 and Lynx. browser. I found Lynx tough to use (unlike Pine email) and just gave up after bouncing around a few pages of [image] [image]. I loved irc though :-)
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