[bct] Re: Curious about Apple computers

  • From: Daveed Mandell <daveedm@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 04 Mar 2006 13:04:42 -0800

From what I hear, from one of the developers of OUtspoken, that is, when it was taken over by Alva Access Group, Voice Over is not really an acceptable screen reader yet, although it is better than MicroSoft Narrator. But a blind computer specialist named Dean Hudson was just hired by Apple, and some of us think Voice Over could become a very fine screen reader indeed. Right now, however, it's still rather raw around the edges, so I'm told.
--Daveed--At 03:17 PM 3/3/2006, you wrote:


Thank you for your response. I just read that Access World article. Yes, he
doesn't seem to like the Macintosh very much but it's also a surprisingly
short article. I don't think you can adequately cover using a computer in an
accessible way in a few paragraphs. Anyway, my question: do you find using
the Safari browser as frustrating as the reviewer did? Or do you use some
other browser?

Thanks again,

Brian O.

On 3/3/06 4:48 PM, "Buddy Brannan" <buddy@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> You're right: not all Mac applications are accessible. Many are not,
> some are partially accessible. This will hpefully be changing as time
> goes on. Notable apps that aren't accessible though are iTunes, the
> iWork suite, some others. Some dialogues are a bit tricky (thinking
> about the print dialog here). But the things that are accessible work
> very well. Safari, mail, Text Edit, all work great and are easy to use.
> Voiceover has a lot of potential. I think the Access World people had
> an axe to grind with their review, as it was only partially accurate,
> not well researched, and certainly showed a bias. Lots of potential.
> True, there's a lot of work yet to be done, but for a first effort
> and the short length of time it's been out, Voiceover works out
> pretty well. I'm using a Mac right now, in fact, and my only real
> complaints are that it's slow, but it's also a G3/500, so that's
> really no one's fault. :)
> As far as iWork, I understand that the people who make Mariner Write
> and the accompanying spreadsheet program are going to have 100%
> accessibility in their next versions.
> All things considered, I'm very happy with my Mac. I'd definitely buy
> another.
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