A fellow Vienna fan [..] happens to be blind.
He said he loves Vienna's music, but although he has web-reading software, he can't read anything on this site (including the main pages).
Can anyone offer some advice on how he can join the fun?
The screenreading software, JAWS, does not cope with this at all well.
It needs to be able to pick up links to access each page. Even if there was a link to bypass the initial front page.
Thanks for raising this!
I briefly wondered about access problems when Flash
was first introduced on the current (v.3) VT site
Newer web features are not only a barrier to the blind: they are often unkind to those unable to buy new equipment every couple of years or unwilling to restrict themselves to certain proprietary operating systems etc. Over the years, I've often hit website access barriers when using older PCs and software, and preferred websites with a "Text only" option.
The current site's Credits
hint where problems lurk:
But whether you're a Linux, Mac, Windows, mobile, or Lynx user, or if you have accessibility needs: let us know what we can do to improve the site for you.
The site runs on Dreamhost's servers, using php and juniper to render pages with greater or lesser dynamic content.
Our mailing list and tour databases are powered by mySQL.
Our animated content run[s] on the Flash engine. [..]
The news and scrapbook sections run on Wordpress.
The forum is powered by phpBB and the mailing list by PHPlist.
Is the Forum
accessible via the direct link?
(I experimentally saved your post
as html and could re-open and view the saved file - which is a hopeful sign.)
If the Forum doesn't work, there is a text-only version of all Vienna's Q&As
on Walking Stranger's Vienna Teng Page
Your straightforward site
would be a further recommendation - except he's just come from there.
Most of Vienna's old v1 site
should be good for some (older) fun. I don't hold out much hope for the "click on the seats" page, though.
Vienna's old v2 site
isn't currently much fun: most of its links lead nowhere.
But perhaps someone could use it as the basis for a text-only version?