Free JAWS Demonstration

Job Access With Speech

On Monday I went to a demonstration of JAWS screen-reader, that I had heard about through The Web Standards Group discussion list a few weeks ago. It was presented by Steve Green, the director of Test Partners who provide manual testing services (functionality, compatibility and accessibility). Steve had enlisted the help of John (registered blind), who I believe is usually involved in the testing of their clients’ websites/applications, to be the “screen-reader user”.

I found the session extremely interesting and learnt a lot from it. The main thing I wanted to come away with was how to use JAWS myself and to understand how a vision-impaired user would go about browsing a website. Continue reading

Donald Rumsfeld on YouTube

This is going to be a one-off as I don’t want this site turning into MySpace, but this is too funny to let slip by:

It actually made me make an external sound of amusement, rather than laughing inside like I usually do in the office.

A Literary Meme

I’ve picked this up from ThePickards, who had picked it up from Stephen Lang.

The rules are:

  1. Grab the nearest book.
  2. Open the book to page 123.
  3. Find the fifth sentence.
  4. Post the text of the next 4 sentences on your blog along with these instructions.
  5. Don’t you dare dig for that “cool” or “intellectual” book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.

Here is mine… Continue reading