[bct] Re: Curious about Apple computers

  • From: "J Garcia" <j.garcia235@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 03 Mar 2006 13:55:52 -0800


A few months ago there was an audio interview you might want to listen to
regarding a visually impaired person using the MAC accessibility functions.
click on the link and your audio player should launch. Please keep in mind
that there are 2 parts to this interview. You can find the interview at:


This may turn out to be one of the most significant developments of the year
for blind computer users. Apple have recently released OSX 10.4 which
includes Voice Over, a screen access tool for users of the Apple Mac.
We talk with Jerry Halatyn from new York who is an experienced professional
Mac user and beta tester of the software. Jerry tells us about Voice Over,
it works, and why for the first time in years, the blind community may want
to seriously consider Apple as a genuinely accessible alternative.


J Garcia
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Brian Osborne" <osborne1@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, March 03, 2006 1:33 PM
Subject: [bct] Curious about Apple computers


I¹m sighted and I use an Apple laptop running MacOS 10.4. My son is 8 years
old, he is blind, and he¹s getting some training on Jaws (he¹s already very
good on the BrailleNote BT, by the way). A year or so ago, as you know,
Apple came out with their Voiceover application, supposedly making any Mac
accessible since this application is supposed to speak available actions and
choices for any Mac application. Do any blind people on this list use Macs?
Does anyone have opinions on Voiceover and general accessibility of these
recent Macintoshes?

I should add that I¹ve already noticed that many applications on the Mac
aren¹t completely keyboard-accessible, meaning not all commands for a given
application are available to a blind user. It also seems to me that even the
applications that come bundled with the Mac aren¹t always completely
keyboard-accessible, particularly the more obscure ones.

Thanks again,

Brian O.

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