Hi Jackie! (big smile) It is great to see a post to the list from you!!!! Sue S.-----Original Message----- From: Jackie McBride
Sent: Friday, July 22, 2011 11:48 AM To: undisclosed-recipients:Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Accessible ebooks--adobe digital editions now accessible to screenreader
Just a quick note to say that Adobe is working w/other vendors to make Adobe Digital Editions accessible w/their products also. Currently it's based on Windows UI automation, which seems to be supported fully only by Jaws at this time. This is an important, allbeit very late in arriving, development. I post this because accessible reading materials is a subject that touches every one of us in our various endeavors, whatever they may be. Linux users are still left in the dark, as it were, but it appears that Mac & Windows are supported. All my best. ---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: awkawk <akirkpat@xxxxxxxxx> Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2011 13:15:40 -0000 Subject: [BW] Accessible ebooks To: blindwebbers@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Hi, I wanted to let this list know about a new version of Adobe Digital Editions. This version, v1.8 adds accessibility support that was largely absent in the previous version (completely absent if you are a screen reader user). With this new version, which is free to download and use, users will be able to borrow books from public libraries in the US that use Overdrive, and users will be able to read EPUB books purchased from vendors like barnes and noble, google, kobobooks, ebooks.com, and others. Naturally, the web site selling the books needs to be accessible (e.g. barnes and noble doesn't label the "buy now" button) but once you have the book you can read it. There are some limitations - currently JAWS is the only screen reader that works with Digital Editions. We're talking with other vendors such as GW-Micro and NVDA and hope that they will work soon also. For JAWS users, JAWS 12 is the tested version, but I've heard that it works with JAWS 11 and heard that it does not work with JAWS 10. We have a blog post with more information and are also holding a contest drawing for a gift card for a free book to encourage people to try out a purchased book with Digital editions - the drawing will be held monday so sign up soon!Blog: http://blogs.adobe.com/accessibility/2011/07/books-for-everyone-an-accessible-digital-editions-for-windows-and-mac.html
Contest: https://adobeformscentral.com/?f=aqcFo7KT7bUxbnqPKVCmRw The download location for Digital Editions 1.8 is http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/digitaleditions1-8/ I'm interested in people's feedback, please take a look and let me know. AWK Andrew Kirkpatrick Group Product Manager, Accessibility Adobe Systems akirkpat@xxxxxxxxx -- Blame the computer--why not? It can't defend itself & occasionally might even be the culprit Jackie McBride Ask Me Computer Questions at: www.pcinquirer.com Jaws Scripting training materials: www.screenreaderscripting.com homePage: www.abletec.serverheaven.net To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxxput the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line.
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