Blog posts for: April, 2008

Developer Beware: Using Flash to Detect Screen Readers

Posted on Monday, 28 April 2008 by Steve Faulkner
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The facility to detect some Assistive Technology by using Flash has been around since ActionScript 1.0 and Flash Player 6. The method has usually been referred to as a way to ‘detect screen readers’. Unfortunately this method, using the ActionScript Accessibility.isActive method, is not a ‘screen reader’ detector.

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