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Re: screen readers for visually impaired users

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 13 Jan 1999 15:31:17 -0500 (EST)
To: WAI <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
cc: larry.fix@prudential.com
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.04.9901131528390.4821-100000@tux.w3.org>
There is a mailing list for blind linux users which is a good place to
find screen reading programs for linux. THere are a number of them around
- svlpro, ultrasonix, screader are the ones that spring immediately to my
memory. If anyone is interested I will dig out the URI for the list


On Wed, 13 Jan 1999, David Poehlman wrote:

  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
  Please let me know how I can help.
  > 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

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