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Re: screen readers for visually impaired users

From: David Poehlman <poehlman@clark.net>
Date: Wed, 13 Jan 1999 13:03:54 -0500
Message-ID: <369CE00A.9357A66B@clark.net>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org, larry.fix@prudential.com
Hi Larry,  I received your request for assistance via the list that Lake
mentioned.  I may be able to assist.  I am a blind individual who has
been using and working with screenreaders for several years.  If I can
answer questions for you, I'd be happy to do so.  I noticed you
mentioned a new system.  what are you working with?  most screen reading
software available today can directly voice windows 3.x and 9.x systems
and a couple work with nt.
unix even has some stuff but the x-windows stuff is not quite there yet.
I use Jaws for windows with all flavors of windows and have used the mac
as well.  I train and otherwise work with several of the screen readers
also.
Please let me know how I can help.
Thanks! 
> Larry Fix wrote:
>
> > Does anyone out there in U-test land have any experience with screen
> > readers for visually impaired users.  I've just started researching this
> > topic.  The Microsoft site provides a list of accessibility products for
> > use with Windows 95 and NT which seems like a very good place to start,
> but
> > if anyone has any experience in this area, I'd love to hear it.
> >
> > We are looking to deliver a system in March to two locations.  In our
> > Florida location there is a sight-impaired user.  With the current
> > mainframe/dumb terminal system, he uses a system that reads the contents
> of
> > the screen to him through one side of his headphones while he works with
> a
> > caller on the other side.  I don't know much about it yet, other than his
> > current screen reader won't work with our new client/server system and
> that
> > the voice he hears is that of someone who recorded the contents of each
> of
> > the screens.  I'd like for the new system to work similar to the old one
> if
> > possible.  Any ideas?
> >
> > Yours in usability,
> >
> > Larry Fix
Received on Wednesday, 13 January 1999 13:02:50 GMT

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