Hi Dark,

Its true that the main purpose people use Flash for is to create web
based games and other web based applications, but Flash can be used to
create stand alone games and other products as well.  For instance,
the Audio Games Maker, AGM, was a stand alone application written in
Flash. The reason AGM was accessible is that it was self-voiced using
prerecorded wav files rather than relying on independant screen reader
support. Had that self-voicing not been available I doubt Jaws,
Window-Eyes, Hal, NVDA, etc would have recognized all of the controls
since in my experience stand alone, non-web based, Flash applications
are not very screen reader accessible.


On 8/15/11, dark <d...@xgam.org> wrote:
> Hi tom.
> I see the point about other applications, and indeed have the java access
> bridge installed on my system for that reason, however with Flash I'm a
> litle confused.
> From what I've seen, flash is only ever used in online games and net based
> things.
> It's true that when images are involved flash is just as inaccessible as a
> windows ap with lack of graphics, but from what I've seen where text is
> present flash and Hal seem to cooperate relatively well, on sites like
> utube, google videosthe some retro remakes that use a flash pane with a
> couple of buttons etc.
> This is not true of some similar web media formats, for instance unity,
> which is why i sort of assumed flash was something Hal supported when
> possible and presumably other screen readers could be made to support as
> well.
> if I've misunderstood the workings of flash fair enough.
> Beware the grue!
> Dark.

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