Fw: Announcing AOL's first Accessibility Focus Test for AOL 7.0Beta
Patricia A. Dowden
dowden at u.washington.edu
Mon Jul 23 11:06:01 PDT 2001
Some of you may be interested in doing this beta test for AOL regarding accessibility of their software.
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From: WinBeta at AOL.COM
Reply-To: Othertests at AOL.COM
Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2001 19:58:06 EDT
To: WINBETA at LISTSERV.AOL.COM
Subject: Announcing AOL's first Accessibility Focus Test for AOL 7.0 Beta
Dear Beta Testers,
Get ready for a new Focus Test for America Online 7.0 Beta! This newest test
looks at the accessibility of the America Online software and service to both
existing and prospective members who use Assistive Technology (AT).
Assistive Technology allows people with disabilities to use the their
personal computer, the Internet, and the AOL service. It includes software
and hardware such as screen readers, screen magnifiers, voice recognition,
and alternatives to the standard keyboard and mouse.
If you use a Assistive Technology in the daily use of your computer, this
Accessibility Focus Test will help identify problem areas related to how well
AOL works with the particular Assistive Technology you are using.
To participate in this test, visit AOL Keyword: Beta, select the America
Online 7.0 Beta link, then click the "Focus Tests" button to find the link to
the "Accessibility Focus Test."
If you are not familiar with Assistive Technology, or with AOL's
Accessibility Policy, there are links available in the area to give you more
If you have not been to AOL Keyword: Beta since June 13, 2001, you may be
prompted with a new non-disclosure agreement and application. Be sure to
complete page two that asks for information on your Assistive Technology, as
applicable. Although you will have access to the Beta area immediately upon
completing the application, please allow us one business day to process the
application. If you signed up after June 13, 2001 and did not provide that
information, please send email to AOL Screenname: WinBeta letting us know the
type of AT you use. (Note for screen reader users: use the Tab key to
navigate all beta application screens and use the Spacebar instead of the
Enter key to open windows.)
We are looking for testers for the Accessibility Focus Test who use Assistive
Technology in their day-to-day computer use. If you don't have this
experience, but have any family members or friends who are AOL members and
use Assistive Technology, tell them about the new tests available at AOL
AOL is committed to continuing to build more accessibility into America
Online and its products and service, and we thank you for your help and
support to do so.
Your AOL Beta Team
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