Screen readers and the Lightbox

Anastasia Cheetham a.cheetham at
Thu Mar 20 19:45:35 UTC 2008

I've just finished spending a fair amount of time trying to 'optimize'  
the screen reader experience of the Lightbox. I tested some  
modifications to the markup to try to have the screen readers speak  
something helpful.

I've put together a wiki page of the markup changes that I tested, and  
the resulting experience with various browsers and screen readers:

[ Note that this is similar to Joseph's testing of the title  
attribute, but is testing a number of markup changes. Also, I tested  
using the new keystrokes that don't conflict with screen reader  
reserved keystrokes (some of Joseph's results were the result of the  
screen reader interpreting the keystrokes its own way). ]

I would really appreciate people's thoughts on whether or not the  
described experience sounds reasonable. If you actually have the use  
of a screen reader, you can try it (with virtual cursor or browse mode  
OFF). The working file can be access from the build server:
Follow the "Lightbox with screen reader keystrokes" link

Daphne, I'd also appreciate your input on the modified Instruction  
text. It's more verbose now.

Anastasia Cheetham                   a.cheetham at
Software Designer, Fluid Project
Adaptive Technology Resource Centre / University of Toronto

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