[guispeak] Re: Fw: Macs and the blind

  • From: "david poehlman" <david.poehlman@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <guispeak@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, <nfb-talk@xxxxxxxxxx>, <Windows@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, <BLIND-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 13 Dec 2004 08:42:39 -0500

I suggest you watch:

Johnnie Apple Seed

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From: "Laura Eaves" <leaves1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Cc: "goldenstar" <sunshine817@xxxxxxxxxxxx>; "Laura Eaves" 
Sent: Monday, December 13, 2004 3:36 AM
Subject: [guispeak] Fw: Macs and the blind

Here's something interesting from the gui-talk list -- enjoy!

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Antonio Guimaraes" <brpenta5@xxxxxxx>
To: <gui-talk@xxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, December 13, 2004 2:30 AM
Subject: [gui-talk] Macs and the blind

>I got this from another list. would anyone care to comment on this
> VoiceOver? Does it mean the death of screen-readers as we know them? will
> it
> really bring äccess to everyone"?
> Introducing VoiceOver, the spoken interface for Mac OS X. The Universal
> Access capabilities of Mac
> OS X will soon be enhanced to provide a new way to access the Macintosh
> through speech, audible cues and keyboard navigation. Talk to Me The
> Universal
> Access capabilities of Mac OS X provide equal access for everyone to the
> power and simplicity of the Macintosh. Now they´re enhanced to include
> VoiceOver,
> a spoken interface for those with visual and learning disabilities.
> VoiceOver is a fully integrated, built-in enhancement to the Mac OS X Aqua
> user interface,
> providing an additional and equal way to access the Macintosh. It reads
> aloud the contents of documents such as Web pages, Mail messages and word
> processing
> files. It provides a comprehensive audible description of your workspace
> and all the activities taking place on your computer. And it includes a
> rich set
> of keyboard commands that allow you to navigate the Mac OS X interface and
> interact with application and system controls. If you or someone you are
> assisting
> has visual or learning disabilities, you´ll appreciate how VoiceOver
> enhances the rich set of Universal Access features in Mac OS X to ensure
> equal access
> for everyone. Not Bolted On Mac OS X VoiceOver delivers many of the
> features found in traditional, add-on screen reader applications with one
> important
> difference - VoiceOver is completely integrated into Mac OS X, unlike
> traditional screen reader applications that are designed as bolted-on
> afterthoughts.
> VoiceOver provides an unprecedented level of built-in accessibility for a
> Desktop operating system. The advantages are tremendous: No separate
> installation,
> wide availability and one simple set of commands to learn and use. And,
> because it´s part of the operating system, you get access to the latest
> technology
> without delay. Easy to Learn and Use Since VoiceOver is built right into
> the operating system, it works together with all of the key commands and
> shortcuts
> you already know. There are also additional keyboard commands to allow you
> to direct and control VoiceOver. The keyboard commands remain the same no
> matter
> which application you are using, so you can focus on the task at hand and
> not the tool you are using. For those of you upgrading for the first time
> from
> Mac OS 9 to Mac OS X, you´ll find learning to use VoiceOver quite
> transparent as you learn and explore the great new features of the Mac OS
> X
> interface.
> Complete Keyboard Navigation and Control To drive the spoken interface,
> you´ll use the keyboard instead of the mouse. You can choose any
> combination
> of
> keyboard commands and shortcuts you prefer and can even take advantage of
> Apple´s full keyboard access option. Full keyboard access extends your
> ability
> to navigate to items such as the Dock, menu bar, window tool bars and
> palettes. You can direct VoiceOver using a new feature called the
> viewfinder, a powerful
> tool that lets you control what is spoken and enables you to interact with
> items on the screen using only your keyboard. You can press buttons, drag
> sliders,
> enable and disable check boxes, select radio buttons, drag, scroll bars
> and
> many other on-screen controls. User-adjustable Voices and Speech Rates You
> can use a single voice for every spoken description or assign unique
> voices
> to the six different types of information VoiceOver can provide. This
> helps
> you distinguish by voice alone, whether you´re listening to commands,
> content, item descriptions, item types, spoken menus or echoed text. You
> can also
> personalize each voice to your liking by adjusting its pitch, speech rate
> and volume. You can adjust speech rate dynamically even while VoiceOver is
> speaking,
> so you can increase the speed to skim large text documents very quickly or
> slow it down to savor every detail. Enables Learning Through Exploration
> One
> of the characteristics of Mac OS X is that you can learn it through
> exploration - you don't have to read a manual. Similarly, you can learn
> VoiceOver by
> exploration and use it to explore your computer´s workspace. Items are
> spoken as you navigate the interface and you can inspect the details of
> any
> item
> simply by pressing a key. Function keys F1 through F4 are preprogrammed as
> orientation keys, providing you quick and easy access to descriptions
> about
> where you are and what you´re doing. Even online help is spoken, so you
> can
> solve problems on your own and learn new features at your own pace.
> There´s
> also a spoken contextual menu system so you always know which commands are
> available to you. Through VoiceOver menu, you can configure spoken
> interface
> preferences, access commands, learn spoken interface keyboard shortcuts,
> reference on-line help and much more. Universal Access Apple includes a
> variety
> of accessibility features in Mac OS X referred to collectively as
> Universal
> Access. These features enable those with vision, hearing and motor skills
> disabilities
> to more easily use the Macintosh computer. These features, including
> VoiceOver, are designed to work together and in combination to address the
> unique
> needs of every user. Universal access features include zoom view,
> grayscale, black on white (inverted display), sticky keys, mouse keys,
> slow
> keys and
> more. Promotes Collaboration The Apple spoken interface is designed to be
> completely transparent, working the same way the Macintosh works today so
> you
> can collaborate seamlessly using the same computer with those who are
> sighted. By using the same applications, in the same way, with the same
> shortcuts
> and the same commands, you can work together naturally with no artificial
> barriers. In fact, keyboard controls have been added so you can interact
> with
> purely visual elements, enabling you to work with sighted users the way
> they´re used to working. So, for example, you can scroll text, adjust
> window splitters,
> drag, scroll and resize windows. Compatible with a Variety of Applications
> Apple is providing open, well-documented programming guidelines to
> developers
> so they can more easily enhance the accessibility of their applications.
> Many Mac OS X applications already provide some accessibility. Those that
> closely
> follow Apple´s programming guidelines will deliver an even better
> accessibility experience. Apple also welcomes your feedback on its spoken
> interface technology
> and asks you to send us your comments and suggestions.
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