[bct] Re: Screen readers

  • From: "Riz" <rizstf@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2005 12:28:16 -0000

Thanks Mary for a few minutes I thought I was going to get lambusted for giving 
my oppinion.  The only we can all learn is if we discuss oure expeariences.
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Mary Emerson 
  To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Thursday, December 15, 2005 8:40 PM
  Subject: [bct] Re: Screen readers


  Riz,

  My screen reader preference is Jaws, because braille support is wonderful. I 
found that Window Eyes didn't allow me to adjust braille parameters for 
individual applications and that was a definite requirement when I was working, 
and when I used main frame equipment with a 3270 terminal emulator,  I had to 
be able to move around a screen easily without a lot of extra stuff on the 
braille display. I had trouble using Window Eyes with my PC at the office 
because for some reason, it would reboot every time I wanted to go out to my 
company's Intranet sites. So I had to ditch Window Eyes. Most people could get 
around these requirements since they used speech, but at the office I kept the 
speech off, due to being on the phone a lot in system support work, and my 
colleagues and I were too distracted by speech. 

  I guess screen reader preference is very individual and is defined not only 
by what you like or prefer, but also your living and employment situation, and 
whether or not you like braille. In the old days of DOS, I used braille 
exclusively and never even went near speech until I started using Windows. Now 
I admit to have gotten a bit spoiled by speech; I can have it read long e-mail 
to me while I multi-task, making lunch or doing dishes, and it is very 
convenient. 

  Speaking of speech, somebody gave a web site where wireless computer 
headphones could be obtained. Could somebody repeat that site address? I tried 
my wireless headphones with the PC but there was a bit of interference that 
caused a large amount of static, so I suspect that wireless PC headphones must 
be made exclusively for PC use, unless there is some sort of filter that can be 
plugged in to filter out the static.

  Thanks, from Mary


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