[access-uk] Re: screen reader called Guide

  • From: "Spring.flower" <spring.flower@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2007 15:18:32 +0100

Hi Phil

Thanks

Are most webpages accessible through guide as they are through most screen readers?

Trace

----- Original Message ----- From: "Phil" <phil@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, August 29, 2007 4:53 PM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: screen reader called Guide


Hi Trace.


I am familiar with Guide and it can be used in conjunction with
microsoft applications. Guide can convert files from one form to
another, so for example you could get Guide to read out a document
produced by someone using a different application, like Microsoft Word.
You can not use outlook express directly but you can import all of your
outlook express details and contacts and use your original email address
within Guide. Guide then sends and receives just like any another email
client.

I would say that Guide is a friendly environment where you can email,
write documents, scan and read books, burn music cd's, listen to
podcast, surf the internet and much much more. Guide also assists the
user with 2 real speech voices and numerous help pages.

It does use it's own environment and a nice simple menu driven program
to navigate you into various functions and applications. All of the
screens colours, fonts, sizes etc are also totally customizable to the
user.

I would not say that Guide is a complete screen reader as it will only
read out within Guide. Although it has it's own web browser so happily
reads the internet as well as emails, documents and pages of text from a
scanner to name a few.

It does take the stresses and concerns of windows away from the user and
you can literally read an email or get onto the internet with 2 or 3 key
strokes.

If I can offer any further advice please just ask.

Regards Phil.








-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Spring.flower
Sent: 29 August 2007 15:12
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Re: screen reader called Guide



Can it be used with office, outlook express and internet explorer as
well as
the majority of websites on the net then?

Trace

----- Original Message ----- From: "Ray's Home" <rays-home@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, August 29, 2007 1:18 PM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: screen reader called Guide


Tracey, I don't know if it helps much to say that I think Guide -
which isn't a screen reader really, more self voicing apps - tends to
be good for those who tend to be computer phobic and maybe not wishing

to become too adventurous in the use of their machines.  Guide does
put people in a sort of safe walled garden environment, even to the
existent that they cannot alt-tab out of the application and into the
big bad world of Windows.

Has to be admitted though that for its intended target market it is
probably a much less challenging way of using a computer, even if that

is at the expense of flexibility.  I believe the IT for All project,
funded by the Guide Cats Cds, is keen to show this to some new users,
along with the more economical offerings such as System Access and
some free packages.

For someone who is totally blind, System Access maybe a very viable
alternative.  Guide has magnification, as well as good speech support,

but, I repeat, it isn't a screen reader.

From Ray
I can be contacted off-list at:
mailto:ray-48@xxxxxxxx


-----Original Message-----
Spring.flower


Hi

Has anyone heard of this and if so, how good do you think it is?  Also

how much is it?

Any information would be much appreciated.

I have a friend who's getting her first computer and she's heard about

this software.

Trace


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