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Text from tweet posted on October 22 by @RajivRamaswami, the COO of VMWare:
In honor of Disability Employment Awareness Month, our Digital Accessibility team hosted the #NoMouseVMware challenge, where employees had to navigate our website, products or tools for 30 mins without using a mouse or track pad. It was very challenging, and I learned a lot!
Have you tried this with your nonprofit, NGO, charity or government web site? There are a LOT of users who tab through web sites because they are unable ot use a mouse or track pad!
-=-=-=-=-=- Jayne Cravens Author, The LAST Virtual Volunteering Guidebook
One thing to check for is if your website counts on things to happen when a web visitor 'hovers' their mouse-cursor on top of something and having the website respond, typically with help text or changing the color of a button or link to make it more apparent what the next step should be.
in geekspeak, this event is actually called .OnHover. That is, before there was even phones or tablets, you could program a website to do something when a user 'hovered' over an element or region of the screen with their mouse cursor *without* clicking the mouse button.
For example, the website code could say: DonationOption#1.OnHover = Msgbox("Please donate $50 to feed a family of four for a week")
On a tablet or phone, the user would never see this inspirational message... so it has to be displayed in another way.
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Jon BiedermannPresident & CEOThe Biedermann Groupwww.biedermanngroup.com
"On a tablet or phone, the user would never see this inspirational message"
And for someone using assistive tech and not using a mouse at all, it leaves them out as well.
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