This really hits home for me because we sometimes get bugged down in standards, guidelines & coding techniques and we tend to forget why we’re doing all this accessibility work. So, without further ado… “What about the users”?
The speakers worked a lot of accessibility goodness into their web projects (ARIA, proper roles, landmarks, etc.) only to discover these features are not being used. They took steps towards creating vendor-independent user guides to both help & educate users.
Discrepancy between WebAIM’s (screen reader survey) & their own survey (which they’ll make public) especially on the topic of advanced users – very high in WebAIM’s survey – approximately 65% (?).
Some of their findings:
- multiple screen readers
- most users have a
- only 21% of users received formal training in screen readers
- ONLY 1/3 familiar with landmarks
- 60% are familiar and use headings for navigation
- about the same for table navigation
Website exploration strategies (based on their survey):
- 31% explore by landmarks
- 80% use tab and arrow keys; same for headings headings
- 44% bring up a links list
Another interesting finding: a large percentage of screen reader (SR) users do not have any formal training on using SRs and do not know and use any advanced features for website exploration & navigation.
Their goal: create a simple online user manual that explain how SR users can effectively navigate websites.
Survery will be available at easi.cc on May 2