University of Edinburgh
 

Empowering young deaf and visually impaired people: health, safety and sexuality

Sign and sound website

Final Report

Appendix 5: Trial CD-ROM Results of questionnaires from pupils

1. Blind user

Links are not easy to use and it is easy to get lost but it is also easy to get back to somewhere you know.
Link names are not easy to understand
I look at the text; I don’t look at the BSL video and I don’t listen to the audio
The pages are not too long
I already know a little about what is on the pages but not most of it.
I don’t think the tone is too stuffy
I think the pages tell you enough
I can access the audio clips easily
I think the website should have: pupils’ news and views, noticeboard, problem page and a link to online (Internet) pages
Additional comments:
Pointed out that numbered lists cause problems for screen readers
Pointed out that JAWS does not like centred links

2. Deaf user
Lettering is too big
Background is too plain
Would like graphics on all the pages
Links are not easy to use
Words and pictures as links would be a good idea
I look at the sign video or text first and I don’t listen to the audio
I don’t think the tone is too stuffy
I think the pages tell you enough
I think the website should have: pupils’ news and views, noticeboard, problem page and a link to online (Internet) pages

3. Deaf user
I like the lettering big
I would like a colourful background with graphics
Links are not easy to use
Words and pictures as links would be a good idea
The link names are easy to understand
I look at the sign video first and I don’t listen to the audio
I would like the information split up more
The words are not too complicated
I already know a little about what is on the pages but not most of it.
I think the tone is too formal or stuffy
I think the pages tell me enough
I think the website should have: pupils’ news and views, noticeboard, problem page and a link to online (Internet) pages

4. Deaf user
The lettering is to big
The background is too plain
Would like graphics on all the pages
Links are not easy to use
Words and pictures as links would be a good idea
The link names are easy to understand
I look at the sign video or text first and I don’t listen to the audio
The pages are not too long
The words are too complicated - I would like more explanation
I know most of what is on the pages
I think the pages tell me enough
I think the website should have: pupils’ news and views, noticeboard, problem page and a link to online (Internet) pages
Additional comments
More pictures would make it easier to watch and keep concentrating.

5. Deaf user
The lettering is to big
The background is too plain
Would like graphics on all the pages
Links are not easy to use
Words and pictures as links would be a good idea
Link names are easy to understand
I look at the sign video or text first and I don’t listen to the audio
The pages are too long and should be split up more
The words are too complicated - I would like more explanation
I know most of what is on the pages
The tone is not too formal
The pages tell me enough
I think the website should have: pupils’ news and views and a problem page
Additional comments
I would like to have lots of pictures of drugs to show pupils what they look like so they can avoid it if they knew what it was.

6. Deaf user
I like the big lettering
I like the plain white background
I would like to have graphics on all the pages
The links are not easy to use
Words and pictures as links would be a good idea
The link names are not easy to understand
I look at the sign video first and I don’t listen to the audio
The words are too complicated - I would like more explanation
I don’t know very much about what is on the pages
I can’t understand what the people are saying in the video clips
Watching the video clips is better than reading the text - I understand them better
Additional comments (from teacher)
This pupil has language difficulties and has told me she would like to see more pictures and less words (perhaps a simplified version could be made).

7. Deaf user
I like the lettering
I like the plain white background
I would like to have graphics on all the pages
The links are easy to use
Words and pictures as links would be a good idea
The link names are not easy to understand
I look at the sign video first and I don’t listen to the audio
The pages are not too long
The words are not complicated
I already know a little about what is on the pages but not most of it
The tone is not too formal
The pages tell me enough
I can’t understand what the people are saying in the poor videos
I can understand the people in the good videos
I understand the videos better than reading the text
I would like the videos to be split up more
I think the website should have: pupils’ news and views, noticeboard, problem page and a link to online (Internet) pages
Additional comments
Should have fashion and makeup

8. Deaf user
I like the lettering
I like the background but it could be coloured
I would like to see pictures on the text pages
The links are easy to use
Words and pictures as links would be a good idea
The pages are not too long
The words are not too complicated
I already know most of what is on the pages
I can understand all of the video clips
I understand the video clips better than reading the text
The video clips don’t need to be split up more
There was one video clip I didn’t understand
I think the website should have: pupils’ news and views, noticeboard, problem page and a link to online (Internet) pages
Additional comments
I think that there should be a section where the people want to ask some questions and get answers to the questions.

9. Deaf user
I like the big lettering
I think the background should be coloured
I don’t want any graphics
The links are easy to use
Words and pictures as links would be a good idea
The link names are not easy to understand
I look at the sign video first and I don’t listen to the audio
The pages should be split up more
The words are too complicated - I would like more explanation
I already know a little about what is on the pages but not most of it
The tone is too formal
The pages tell me enough
I can’t understand any of the video clips
I don’t understand the video clips better than the text
I would like to see the clips split up
I think the website should have: pupils’ news and views
Additional comments
Make language easier

10. Deaf user
I don’t like the lettering
I like the white background but it should be coloured
I would like pictures on the text pages
The links are easy to use
Words and pictures as links would be a good idea
The link names are easy to understand
I read the text and look at the videos
The pages are not too long
The words are not too complicated
I already know a little about what is on the pages but not most of it
I don’t think the pages tell me enough
I can understand all of the video clips
I understand the video clips better than reading the text
The clips do not need to be split up
There was one video clip which was too small
I think the website should have: pupils’ news and views, noticeboard and a link to online (Internet) pages
Additional comments
I hated the talk about staying healthy
I liked the talk about alcohol

11. Blind user
It’s easy to find the text only version
I prefer text only with no graphics
The links are easy to use
I don’t get lost easily
The link names aren’t easy to understand
I listen to the audio first
The pages aren’t too long
The words are not too complicated
I already know a little about what is on the pages but not most of it
I think the tone is too formal
The pages tell me enough
I can access the audio clips easily
I understand what the people are saying
Using the audio clips is better than using my synth
I would like the audio clips indexed and split up a bit more
I think the website should have: pupils’ news and views, noticeboard, problem page and a link to online (Internet) pages

12. Blind users
Additional comments (sent by the teacher)
The pupils who used this trial are all totally blind and relied on screen reader technology (JAWS and IE5) to access it. Here is some additional feedback from them:
They found navigating the text only site straightforward to use but the areas with graphics difficult as these were not spoken by JAWS. They therefore were unable to hear the links embedded in graphics announced properly.
They were pleased to hear the audio files instead of the screen reader which can be monotonous at times. However, the quality of the files was disappointing and they lost interest if the quality deteriorated. The length of each file is a little too long. Perhaps these could be broken down into different sections.
The pupils had little idea about what Stay Sharp section would be about. The resource tends to fall between ‘street’ language and formal language.
After 10 minutes the pupils were tiring of the resource a little. Asked how it could be made more interesting they would like to have some background music for each section and less reliance on screen reader thechnology - that is - more audio files for each section.

© Scottish Sensory Centre July 2000