WebCT Accessibility Interest Group

Campus Information Technologies and Educational Services (CITES) and Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES)

University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign

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Teleconference Information

Date: 2006-11-06

Time: 1:30 PM CST


For those of you who couldn't participate last session, please install Firefox Accessibility Extension and familiarize yourself with it prior to the teleconference.
You can read the instruction how to install it in the last teleconference notes. I am appending it to this e-mail (item 6) for convenience.

Having an IRC session during the teleconference can help us to exchange information in particular URLs easier with each other. Starting this session we would like to have a parallel IRC session for the cse it is needed. The IRC information follows the teleconference info below.


1. Organizational stuff

2. Every person or group selects a module for evaluation. I strongly recommend that those with vision impairment work as a group together during this session.

3. Please familiarize yourselves with the page evaluation form and its questions at:

4. Please familiarize yourselves also with one of the following module. These modules haven't been evaluated yet.
1. Syllabus
2. Announcements
3. Assignments
4. Class List
5. Learning Objectives
6. Mail
7. Media Library
8. Grade Book

5. Login to the Vista4 Demo server at:
Select "Product Management" from the institution list and then login using the following username/password:
username: Designer Instructor
Password: ****

[Hadi>> For security reason, I have removed the password from the original e-mail I sent to the mailing list. Please drop me a note or give me a call if you don't have the password.]

The password is **** and the username is spelled  as you see above (with capital D and I and a space between two words).

6. Install Firefox Accessibility Extension if you haven't done it yet at:
There are a few ways to install the FireFox Accessibility Extension but the easiest way is to install it directly from the web. Here's the instruction:

Direct from the Web:

This is the easiest method, but it is blocked by default by Firefox for security reasons. To use this method, one must allow this website to install extensions.
A dialog box will still allow the user to cancel any installation.

a. Open a Mozilla/Firefox browser window
b. Go to the Accessibility Extension install file URL
c. A dialog will appear and, after a pause, you may select "Install Now" to install the Accessibility Extension
d. Close all Firefox/Mozilla browser windows
e. Restart Mozilla/Firefox; the accessibility extension should be available

7. Please logged into the vista4 demo server and have loaded the Accessibility Evaluation Form before the teleconference starts. This will save us a lot of time.

Note for our dear visually impaired friends: Expect a lot of frustration during the evaluation process. You won't be able to click on some links while using Firefox and you might need to run a parallel IE session at the same time. As you know under IE sometimes you have to wait very long until jaws responses and you
sometimes have to switch back and forth between your session and another one to hear jaws again. You can go around the problem with unclickable links in Firefox by switching to Invisible cursor and routing  Invisible cursor to PC and finally clicking the left mouse button.

Teleconference info:
Date: Monday November 6 2006
time: 1:30 PM CST
Phone: 217 265-8030

IRC Server and Channel Information
Server: irc.w3.org
Port number: 6665
Channel: #webct


* Konstantinos Yfantis
* Don Amos
* Jon Gunderson
* Hadi Rangin

Apparently, today was not a good day for most of our active members. Most of them sent regrets and we had a smaller meeting.
Don introduced himself and we mainly discussed how to test and evaluate WebCT modules for accessibility using Firefox Accessibility Extension, FAE, and our Evaluation form.

Don volunteered to evaluate Syllabus.

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