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Re: mac and accessibility - slightly ot

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 5 Oct 2001 12:44:27 -0400 (EDT)
To: Jo Miller <jo@bendingline.com>
cc: WAI Mailing list <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.30.0110051243050.23774-100000@tux.w3.org>
As far as I know there is one screen reader available for the Macintosh -
Outspoken. I used to have a demonstration version, but I never managed to get
it running. However I believe that was due to a strange collection of other
software I was running.

On Fri, 5 Oct 2001, Charles McCathieNevile wrote:

  The Mac also has had speech control of many functions for a while now.

  And anything that can be applescripted can be controlled, which makes it
  fairly powerful. (At least in america- it doesn't understand my accent <sigh>
  but I believe it can also understand american spanish).

  There are a handful of open source access tools available too, and some are
  pretty neat.


  On Fri, 5 Oct 2001, Jo Miller wrote:

    At 8:52 -0700 10/5/01, Kynn Bartlett wrote:
    >At 08:41 AM 10/5/2001 , Anthony Quinn wrote:
    >>Hi Folks,
    >>I've attempted to research accessibility guidelines and support on the Mac.
    >>I found this link to a very general article which is really all about 508
    >>and web accessibility http://developer.apple.com/internet/_html/access.html
    >>Also, I tried to find information in the Apple Developer site (I signed up)
    >>and there's noting in there. If someone was designing an interface for the
    >>Mac, where would they go for specifics on making it accessible?
    >>Or is there any support for accessibility in the Mac OS at all?
    >My understanding is that Mac accessibility is quite limited.

    Joe Clark wrote about Mac accessibility in TidBits a while back:

    Universal Access and OSX:

    In the area of web accessibility, I would note that IE5.x for Mac
    allows easy one-click resizing of ALL text, regardless of what units
    the web author has used to specify his font sizes (we're still
    waiting for this feature in IE-Windows). And text-to-speech has been
    built into the Mac OS for a long while now (yes, I know its

    David Pogue, a Macworld columnist who has repetitive-motion disorder
    and relies on voice commands to work on his Mac, wrote an article
    about voice recognition and device-independent input a couple of
    years ago -- I'll try to find the reference.

    Jo Miller
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