[tabi] Fw: [leadership] Apple Gesture Based Screen Reader

  • From: "Easy Talk" <easytalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Wed, 10 Jun 2009 07:37:51 -0400

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Sent: Tuesday, June 09, 2009 1:52 PM
Subject: [leadership] Apple Gesture Based Screen Reader

The following information comes from Apple:


The same VoiceOver screen reader made popular on the Mac is now a standard
feature on the iPhone 3G S. It's the world's first gesture-based screen
reader, enabling you to enjoy the fun and simplicity of the iPhone even if
you can't see the screen.

What makes VoiceOver on iPhone truly remarkable is that you control it using simple gestures that let you physically interact with items on screen. It's
easy to learn and fun to use. Instead of memorizing hundreds of keyboard
commands, or endlessly pressing tiny arrow keys to find what you're looking
for, with VoiceOver, you simply touch the screen to hear a description of
the item under your finger, then gesture with a double-tap, drag, or flick
to control the phone.

VoiceOver delivers an experience unlike any screen reader you've ever used
before. Traditional screen readers describe individual elements on the
screen, but struggle to communicate where each element is located or provide
information about adjoining objects. This contextual information is very
important but typically filtered out by other screen readers. For example,
"off-screen" models used by traditional screen readers to represent
applications and web pages intentionally strip away contextual information
and describe web pages as a list or menu of items. But with VoiceOver on
iPhone 3G S, you'll experience something entirely new.

Because VoiceOver works with iPhone's touchscreen, you interact directly
with objects on the screen and can naturally understand their location and

So, when you touch the upper-left corner of the screen, you'll hear what's
in the upper left corner of a web page, and as you drag your finger around
the screen, you'll learn what's nearby, providing an amazing new sense of
context and relationship between the items you hear.

For many, VoiceOver on iPhone will provide, perhaps for the first time, a
true sense of how things appear on screen, not just descriptions of what
they are.

You'll hear descriptions of every item on the screen, including status
information such as battery level, Wi-Fi and cellular network signal levels,
the cellular network provider, and time of day. It even lets you know when
the display changes to landscape or portrait orientation, and when the
screen is locked or unlocked.

The speaking rate is adjustable so you can set it to a speed that best suits
your listening ability. VoiceOver uses distinctive sound effects to alert
you when an application opens, when the screen is updated, when a message
dialog appears, and more. And, when Voiceover is talking, the volume of
background sounds and music are automatically lowered, "ducking" under the
voice, so you can clearly hear what VoiceOver is telling you.

It speaks your language VoiceOver includes built-in voices that speak 21
languages including Chinese (Cantonese), Chinese (China), Chinese (Taiwan),
Dutch, English (US), English (UK), Finnish, French (Canada), French
(France), German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese
(Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Russian, Spanish (Mexico), Spanish (Spain),
and Swedish.

Getting started

VoiceOver is built right into the iPhone 3G S. There's nothing extra to
purchase or install. All you need is the iPhone 3G S, iTunes 8.2 or later,
and a Mac or PC. You can activate your iPhone and enable VoiceOver without
sighted assistance using iTunes with a compatible screen reader like
VoiceOver included in Mac OS X and GW-Micro Window-Eyes(r) for Windows XP
and Windows Vista (sold separately). When you activate iPhone using iTunes, you can enable VoiceOver on the iPhone to start using it right away. Sighted
users can also enable VoiceOver for you directly on iPhone using the
Accessibility menu in the Settings application.

How it works

With VoiceOver enabled, you'll use a different, but simple set of gestures
to control the iPhone. For example, instead of tapping to click a button or
select an item, you tap to hear a description of the item you touch and
double-tap to click or select it.

When an item on the screen is selected, a black rectangle called the
VoiceOver cursor appears around it. The VoiceOver cursor is displayed for
the benefit of sighted users with whom you may be sharing your phone. When
you prefer privacy, VoiceOver includes a screen curtain that turns off the
display so no one can read it without your knowledge.

In addition to touching and dragging around the screen, you can also flick
left and right to move the VoiceOver cursor precisely to the next or
previous item on the screen-no matter how big or small it is. By flicking,
you have precise control of what you hear even when it might otherwise be
difficult to place your finger on it.

Entering Text

When you're typing text, such as an email message or a note, VoiceOver
echoes each character on the keyboard as you touch it, and again to confirm
when you enter it. You can also have VoiceOver speak each completed word
instead of and in addition to individual characters as you type them. A
flick up or down while typing moves the insertion point cursor left and
right within the text so you can edit a word just as easily and precisely as
typing a new word.

To help you type more quickly and accurately, iPhone features word
prediction and suggests the correct spelling when you type a word
incorrectly. With Speak Auto-text enabled, you'll hear a sound effect and
the suggested word spoken automatically. You can just keep typing to ignore
it, or press the space key to have iPhone type it for you.

The Rotor

Two fingers touching a Multi-Touch trackpad and a counter-clockwise arrow
indicating how to enter a rotate gesture.

VoiceOver features an innovate new virtual control called a "rotor." Turning
the rotor- by rotating two fingers on the screen as if you were turning an
actual dial - changes the way VoiceOver moves through a document based on a setting you choose. For example, a flick up or down might move through text
word by word. But when you choose the "character" setting, each time you
flick up or down VoiceOver will move through the text character by character
- perfect when you're proofreading or editing text.

You can also use the rotor to navigate web pages. When you're on a web page,
the rotor contains the names of common items, such as headers, links,
tables, images, and more. You select a setting, then flick up and down to
move to the previous or next occurrence of that item on the page, skipping
over items in between.


VoiceOver works with all of the built-in applications that come with iPhone 3G S, such as Phone, iPod, iTunes, Mail, Safari, and Maps. So, you can place
and receive calls, surf the web, text and email your friends, check your
stocks and the weather, and much, much more. Apple is also working with
iPhone software developers so they can make their applications VoiceOver

Voice Control

In addition to gestures, you can use your voice to play music and make a
phone call. Just press and hold the home button, listen for the audio
prompt, and speak the name of the artist, album, or playlist you want to
hear. You can pause, play, change tracks, even shuffle your music.

When you want to make a call, speak the name or telephone number of the
person you want to call. iPhone 3G S understands 21 different languages.


Two iPhones. The iPhone in the background is displaying the weather
application. The iPhone in the foreground shows the weather application
zoomed 200% While many iPhone applications let you zoom in and out specific elements such as images in Mail, or webpage columns in Safari, Zoom lets you
magnify the entire screen of any application you're using to help you see
what's on the display. Zoom can be enabled on iPhone 3G S using iTunes when you're setting up the iPhone, for yourself or someone else, or later, using
the Accessibility menu in the Settings application on the iPhone.

Zoom works everywhere, including the Home, Unlock, and Spotlight
screens-even with applications you purchase from the App store.

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