Jay Leventhal Editor in Chief, AccessWorld
The July issue, which you can read at http://www.afb.org/accessworld features:
The Key to the Information Age: A Review of Three Screen Readers, Part 2 Jim Denham, Jay Leventhal, and Heather McComas
We review version 6.1 of Dolphin's Hal screen reader. We evaluate Hal's documentation, as well as its performance in Microsoft Word, Excel, and on the web. Find out how this United Kingdom-based relative newcomer to the U.S. market compares with the competition.
The Ballot Ballet: The Usability of Accessible Voting Machines Darren Burton and Mark Uslan
We provide an update on the issues surrounding accessible electronic voting machines. Some researchers have questioned the reliability of electronic voting and demanded that the machines produce paper ballots as well as electronic ones. Manufacturers are racing to add the ability to provide a paper trail to their machines. Read our update on the machines, as well as a usability study involving people who are blind or visually impaired.
You Can Take It With You: A Review of Three Portable CCTVs Carol Farrenkopf
We evaluate three portable CCTVs: the Traveller (by the Tieman Group), the Olympia (by Telesensory Corp.), and the Pico (also by Telesensory). The Traveller and the Olympia are lightweight, compact CCTVs, while the Pico is a handheld device that can fit in a pocket or purse. Find out which unit will work best for your needs.
The Signal Gets Stronger: Three Cell Phones with Speech Output Darren Burton
We continue our coverage of cell phone accessibility by evaluating the Owasys 22C phone developed in Spain, and the TALKS software from Brand & Grober Communications installed on the Nokia 3650 and 3660 phones. The Owasys 22C is a screenless cell phone designed specifically for people who are blind or visually impaired, which provides speech access to its features. TALKS is a screen reader that allows a person who is blind or visually impaired to access nearly all the functions of the phone on which it is installed. Read about two options in a small but growing group of phones worth considering.
A Library in Your Hand: A Review of the Book Port and the BookCourier Jay Leventhal
We review the Book Port from American Printing House for the Blind and the BookCourier from Springer Design, two small, hand-held e- book readers with speech output. These products are both descendants of the Road Runner from Ostrich software, a text file reader that is no longer available. Both products are similar in appearance, use the same speech synthesizer, perform many of the same functions and both require a USB connection to your computer to import files. This article points out the differences that will help you decide which product to purchase.
How Do I Read Thee? Let Me Count The Ways Deborah Kendrick
This article describes a series of five projects designed to put new and emerging reading formats into the hands of patrons who are blind or visually impaired, headed by Lori Bell, director of the Mid-Illinois Talking Book Center, a subregional library within the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) network of cooperating libraries. All of the projects focus on formats and devices used for reading Digital Talking Books.
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Jay Leventhal Editor in Chief