Re: Screen Reader Compatibility

  • From: Bill Cox <waywardgeek@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 23 Jan 2010 15:25:22 -0500

I'll throw out a vote for Orca next.  There seem to be a lot of
open-source blind programmers out in Linux land, and I think you could
reach them best with Orca integration.  Also, Orca and accessibility
in Linux seems to be advancing rapidly.  I suspect in five years,
looking back Orca will have seemed the obvious choice.


On Sat, Jan 23, 2010 at 3:16 PM, Jared Wright <wright.jaredm@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> I'm definitely disappointed to see JAWS getting all the attention on the
> Windows side. Personal, subjective preference aside, I think most of us can
> agree that It's more expensive than Window Eyes, has an inferior scripting
> implementation compared to Window Eyes, uses more system resources than
> Window Eyes, and yet so many accessibility products worry about
> compatibility with JFW which translates to implicit support for Freedom
> Scientific's frivolous litigation, forced Braille driver signing, and other
> nonsense that serves the blind community in no useful fashion. It sounds
> like you've already gotten pretty far on your roadmap for Windows with JAWS
> already, so I'll say no more. Hopefully you'll revisit the possibility of
> Window Eyes compatibility in the future, although I guess with Window Eyes
> being more adaptable (my opinion of course) it'll be easier for its users to
> adapt it to Sotbeans themselves.
> Jared
> On 1/23/2010 9:59 AM, Andreas Stefik wrote:
>> Hi folks,
>> We're working hard out here on screen reader compatibility on the
>> Sappy/Sodbeans projects in NetBeans. We're trying to decide which screen
>> readers we should make our code compatible with. We realistically can't do
>> all of them in the short term and we are starting with Jaws/ OSX Voice Over.
>> Once those are complete, any suggestions on what screen readers the
>> community would prefer come next? Any preferences?
>> We were thinking maybe a unix flavor screen reader, perhaps Orca, but are
>> open to suggestions. What does the community think?
>> Andreas Stefik, Ph.D.
>> Assistant Professor
>> Department of Computer Science
>> Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
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