Switch Access to the Internet

April 15th, 2007

A new article has been added to the main BLTT website.

Accessing the Internet using switches alone is possible but its ease and practicality depends on the web site you are attempting to access.

Two-switch users can jump in and use simple websites simply by setting their switch driver to use TAB and ENTER to allow them to scan and select links. For more complex pages specialist software such as The Grid may need to be employed.

Single-switch users will always need specialist software to allow them to automatically scan through links. HotSpots can provide a great solution for simple layouts.

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  • 1. Linda Wilson  |  April 20th, 2007 at 1:58 am

    This is a good overview. I’d like to add that using the Hawking Toolbar, a free download for Firefox, switch users can access websites with a scanning toolbar that embeds into Firefox. The drawbacks of sites with complicated layouts remains. Also, I would be interested in hearing from folks who have explored this issue with clients who need voice output as well. Currently I have found a couple of Firefox add-ons that will read the web, but they are not switch accessible.

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