How do I get the url to stay the same when using a redirect script?
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04-04-2009, 03:55 AM
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Springfield, IL USA
Sure, I don't mind helping you with it.
There are a lot of blind users online. Just as there are also many disabled persons online (e.g., persons with physical limitations, cognitive disorders, or motor skill difficulties). People with disabilities use various types of assistive technology to access the web. This technology functions through their browser.
Just not long ago Joel (a really GREAT guy) from WebAIM, did a
survery among blind users
to find out more about how the blind use web pages. It really helped to bridge a gap in understanding on a number of fronts.
For example, lots of sighted people that are into web accessibility use skip links on their site. However, they always label them as "Skip Navigation", and I never liked that because my question is ... where are you skipping me
On my own site I have skip links and it's marked as "Skip to [this]" ... OR ... "Skip to [that]"
so that way a blind person at least has some idea where this skip link will take them or move them past. Turns out from Joel's survey, all the rest of the blind folk think the same way I do. That was kind of a hoot. Something as simple as that, made perfect sense to me -- but a sighted person couldn't deduce that even though they're involved in the movement to bring about the new standards for web accessibility.
Yes, I can see somewhat. I am not totally blind. I can view distance of less than the length of my arm. I was born this way. I was 2 and a half years old when they figured out I couldn't see. My Father was playing catch with me, and the ball kept hitting me in the face. So, he thought I just couldn't catch that well. Then he thought, hmmm ... maybe she has bad eyesight. So, he held up 3 fingers and asked me to tell him how many he was holding up. I had to ask him which arm was he holding up because I couldn't tell.
They took me into get an eye exam right after that. The Dr. said I was lucky to be able to see leafs on trees, and that by the age of 3 if I had not been put in glasses -- I would have gone completely blind. I was born with an eye disease called progressive high (degenerative) myopia. Most people that have it end up completely blind at some point in their life.
I am able to see colors and shapes, just not very well. Everything I see is a blur of color with several thick fuzzy outlines around it that make it very difficult to distinguish edges that define shapes and colors just smear into one.
I can resize text on a page and read it if my eyes aren't bothering me too bad. I have windows eyes and it blows graphics up real well so I work with that sometimes. I also use a screen reader and it reads the text of a page to me. It's very easy to use and is also very useful to hear what a page sounds like so you can know what a blind person hears when they listen to it.
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