I'm building a website for our internal website which uses modal popups to expand on summaries on several pages.
e.g. a section explaining the purpose of the website mentions how it can help you plan your training requirements. A linkbutton opens a modal popup explaining how to use the site's resources in more detail - there's not enough information to warrant a whole new page, and just a bit too much to fit on the front page and retain the look that the customer wants.
Now, I've got the site working nicely, modal popups appearing nicely and appreciated by test users as making the site easy to navigate. Unfortunately, I've been told we now need to make sure that our sites can be used with screen readers (even though we've noone using them in the organisation) .
I've tested the site with Jaws and Window-Eyes; WindowEyes can read the popup if the user highlights the text, but won't automatically shift focus to the modal, and Jaws doesn't recognise it at all.
Does anyone have any suggestions on how to tie screen readers into the ajax toolkit controls?