How to use Voice Recognition software for accessibility testing

Learn the fundamentals of using voice recognition software and its role in accessibility testing

Why you should attend

This course will look at:  

  • What is voice recognition software?

  • Types of speech to text and usage statistics

  • How voice recognition software works
  • Where does voice recognition software get information from?

  • What does it do with this information?

  • How does the user interact with this information?

  • Navigating using voice recognition software

  • Common barriers for voice recognition software users - structure, focus order, focus management custom vs. standard controls, accessible name of elements

Who will benefit from this training?

This course is aimed at anyone wishing to use voice recognition software to test for accessibility of web content, primarily developers and testers.

However, due to the availability of some free voice recognition solutions and the ease testing content this course may also be of interest to a large number of different stakeholders throughout the development process.

May also be of interest to:
    •    Designers

    •    Content authors

    •    Product owners / managers in development environments

    •    Managers (at an organisational level)

    •    Trainers / Teachers / Academics

Level: The level of this training is Intermediate. You will need some awareness of accessibility standards and this course will focus on how these can be applied.

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Course overview

Voice recognition software helps people who have some people with motor impairments to use their computer. It also allows users to dictate text onto their computer, rather than typing. Voice recognition allows users to press keyboard keys and move the mouse, allowing people to use their computer without the need for fine motor control.

This course will look at one of the widely used voice recognition programs, Dragon Naturally Speaking, to better understand the fundamentals of using this software to navigate through a web page. It will also include a section about testing for accessibility with voice recognition software. While this course will include demonstrations of Dragon Naturally Speaking, the considerations and concepts discussed are also applicable to other voice recognition programs.

What you will learn

At the end of this course you will know:

  • What voice recognition software is and how it helps users to interact with a website

  • What software is available and their similarities and differences

  • The fundamentals of using voice recognition software to navigate

  • How to use voice recognition software to test for accessibility on the web

"Really brilliant session. Made me rethink my practice and go away buzzing with ideas."

"Many thanks, really useful session"


Your trainer - Rina Wharton

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Rina Wharton is an Accessibility and Usability Consultant at AbilityNet. She regularly runs audits and checks of AbilityNet's clients’ websites and mobile applications, and writes detailed reports on any issues she finds and offers recommendations on how to fix them. 

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  • Captioned recording with transcript provided

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