[macvoiceover] Re: Iphone: historic change in accessibility

Hello,

The link is

http://www.apple.com/macosx/accessibility/

Read down the page to where they talk about how Snow Leopard will work in web pages, and enhancements to the Voice Over navigation commands.

David Chittenden, MS, CRC, MRCAA

Marie Howarth wrote:
what's the link, I'd like to read that. and I hope apple don't take too much from that NFB article, and we should also ensure we let them know our prospective, after all, most of us disagreed harshly with that article and the one thing that scares me that if they took too much from that article we could end up in future additions with the haunts of a windows based screen readers. it's that whol intuitive remark which by the way i think is nuts!
there, my silver piece worth lol

On Jun 25, 2009, at 10:51 AM, David Chittenden wrote:

And, according to Apple's accessibility website, Snow Leopard will incorporate this same technology in to the new OS. the touch pad will become the screen, and where you touch will relate to the visual screen for the same relational referencing. And, flicks and other gestures will work as well.

I will be purchasing a mac book Pro as soon as I have set aside the appropriate funds later this year.

Apple is really raising the bar here. Oh, and the same web page also illustrates that they have been paying attention to many of the negative reviews from places like the NFB. It really is a good read.

David Chittenden, MS, CRC, MRCAA


Cheryl Homiak wrote:

It really is historic!!! Do you realize that you can now have an intelligent conversation with a sighted person about orientation on a device, meaning that when they say something is in the bottom right corner of your screen that's actually probably where it is?!!! Just recently I was talking to a tech support person about something on my computer and she kept telling me to look at various places on the screen and I had to tell her that location on the screen was really no help to me. But with the iPhone it is!!! Do you also realize that you can read the manual and make sense of much of it without having to translate from mouse-ese to keyboard-ese? I do realize there are some differences of gestures with vo off and on but still, there's much less translation needed. Just being able to locate something on the screen and do an appropriate tap sequence to open and use it, and then get back to Home with a press of a button, seems so much more intuitive to me than going through a bunch of menus. I can't really explain it and maybe it's totally psychological on my part, but it gives me such a feeling of otientation to feel that I know where something is on the screen instead of just maneuvering through menus or doing a keyboard sequence and having what I want appear without any context. Of course I know menus and shortcuts are still useful and appropriate; I'm just saying that using the iPhone gives me a whole new sense of perspective and integration and orientation.



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