Anne has this afternoon, re-prompted me to take a look at the Fangs project hosted on Sourceforge.net in his post entitled: Fangs - Firefox screen reader emulator .
In order to emulate a screen reader application, I make use of the speech service in Mac OS X. This is a very simple tool and doesn't provide all the information which a screen reader might provide. Fangs, for Firefox, provides a textual summary of how it would be read out in a screen reader. I'll provide a screenshot (or sample text) when I get the chance. This is brilliant. One small niggle. It is obviously seen as generated content and so I can't select the text from the output window that Fangs provides. If you can't select the text, you can't start the speech service. Whilst it isn't the end of the world, it would be handy if Vicki (the voice I always choose Mac OS X to speak to me with) would read the information to give me a good idea of how it sounds.
I'll be submitting a bug request ASAP. If you don't have a copy of Firefox, this is a good an excuse as any to get one if you are a developer. If you aren't a developer, get it anyway. I want to see my webstats start improving soon.