[guispeak] FW: GW Micro Announces Support for Java Applications

  • From: Jamal Mazrui <empower@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: guispeak@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, program-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2009 17:00:59 -0500 (EST)

FYI -- This is an exciting breakthrough in access to Java applications on
the Windows platform.  The Java Access Bridge from Sun is not needed.
This technology is developed by an expert Java developer who is blind.
Improvements are ongoing.


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Subject: GW Micro Announces Support for Java Applications

GW Micro is excited to announce support for Java applications through the
new WE4Java Window-Eyes script, developed by Jay Macarty.

The WE4Java Script Central web page describes WE4Java as a script that
"provides access to Java based programs using an alternate technology from
the Java Access Bridge. This interface communicates directly with the
Window-Eyes COM object model via a public API."

WE4Java is designed to send information from Java applications to
Window-Eyes via the Window-Eyes scripting COM interface. Because
Window-Eyes is a COM server (meaning other applications can send
information directly to Window-Eyes), the possibilities of making any
application accessible are endless, regardless of the programming language
an application is developed in.

"The Java language is, at times, regarded as being limited in the area of
accessibility and not particularly screen reader friendly, " says WE4Java
developer, Jay Macarty. "However, Java actually has one of the most
powerful accessibility frameworks available built right into the GUI
components. WE4Java simply takes advantage of the extreme power of the
Window-Eyes scripting facility to expose the Java accessibility framework
in a new and different way. We're not re-inventing java accessibility.
We're simply making it visible as an external Window-Eyes script. In other
words, the java access capability was always there. Window-Eyes scripting
provided a way to unlock it in a new manner."

You can read more about WE4Java at
Ahttp://www.gwmicro.com/scripts/WE4Java. If you're using Window-Eyes 7.0
or greater, you can download and install WE4Java for immediate access to
your Java applications. Once WE4Java is installed, you can read the
documentation by selecting WE4Java under the Programs section of the Start

Congratulations to all Window-Eyes script developers for all your hard
work and contributions. We are excited about the future that Window-Eyes
scripting has to offer.

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