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Re: Screen readers

From: Phillip Pi <philpi@apu.edu>
Date: Tue, 30 Oct 2001 12:05:41 -0800 (PST)
To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.33.0110301205160.6761-100000@home.apu.edu>
Thanks, David. I will see what I can do with it.

On Tue, 30 Oct 2001, David Poehlman wrote:

> You can find lots on this in the mail archives but to state it again,
> unless you *_know_* how to make use of a screen reader even hpr in every
> day use, you can be terribly misslead by your results.  I recommend no
> screen reader for development or all but final checking but instead
> encourage good practice.
> 
> 
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Phillip Pi" <philpi@apu.edu>
> To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
> Sent: Tuesday, October 30, 2001 2:42 PM
> Subject: RE: Screen readers
> 
> 
> Harry, I was looking for screen readers that could read Web pages
> online.
> I am just curious how these things work and sound like :). JAWS seems a
> good program to try. Thank you for the URL and information.
> 
> On Wed, 31 Oct 2001, Harry Woodrow wrote:
> 
> > Home page Reader is nice and rather effective but it comes at a cost.
> Many
> > (Most?) blind people who use the web seem to use screen readers which
> can
> > read the text off the screen but with some constraints.  A very basic
> reader
> > which makes you cut and paste your text into it is Read Please from
> > http://readplease.com/ which is free for the basic version.  This will
> give
> > some idea of how text will sound.
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org]On
> > Behalf Of Kynn Bartlett
> > Sent: Wednesday, October 31, 2001 3:21 AM
> > To: Phillip Pi
> > Cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
> > Subject: Re: ASCII Ribbon Campaign
> >
> >
> > At 11:12 AM 10/30/2001 , Phillip Pi wrote:
> > >Kynn, is there a freeware version or even an open source version? I
> don't
> > >want to use it if it is limited (e.g. short amount of time). Thanks.
> >
> > Nope.  Most screenreaders cost big $$$ -- Jaws, for example is
> > something like $700 or $800, or $1200 or so if you're using Windows
> > NT/2000.  You can find things like IBM's Home Page Reader for a more
> > affordable $150 -- and I recommend it to EVERY professional web
> > developer -- but I don't know if it will read your email messages
> > for you.  (It might!)
> >
> > You can try TV Raman's EmacSpeak, which is an Emacs-based application
> > (and which is free and might even be open source) to read web pages
> > out loud and maybe even other stuff.  It's also notable for having
> > aural CSS support, but I haven't gotten it running myself so I can't
> > vouch for it.
> >
> > Many operating systems have the ability to speak things, if you figure
> > out how to make it work -- e.g. recent versions of Windows, or MacOS
> > for a long time now.  Actually getting content of an email message
> > read out loud may be tricky, though, as these "mini-screenreaders"
> > are quite limited in functionality.
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