Thursday, April 25, 2013

The problem with skimming

In the normal scheme of things, I am unable to skim over materials as most sighted persons do. As someone who is blind, I have to develop my own methods of skimming, skipping, and searching. At first glance this could be viewed as a very daunting task, but once I understand what I need to do then the rest falls into place relatively easily.

So how do I do this? Well, I have to focus very hard on what I am looking for. Headings, titles, sections, and so on. I use and depend on the use of key words to help me find what I am looking for. Once I recognize that I could never be able to skim and skip as quickly as someone with sight then this is more than half the battle won.

It would be almost impossible for a blind person to be able to skip over things or even skim. The eye travels so much more quickly over screens of material than does someone who is doing this via screen readers and those using large print magnification. I have always been able somehow to survive these tasks and now with attending Law School, it is even more important for me to choose carefully what I need to look and/or search for.

I'm Donna J. Jodhan, your friendly accessibility advocate, wishing you a terrific day and inviting you to come by my website at

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