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RE: new touch and non touch screens

From: Donna Marie Goodin <dgoodin@SIU.EDU>
Date: Wed, 20 Mar 2013 15:54:41 +0000
To: Joe Chidzik <joe.chidzik@abilitynet.org.uk>, "accessys@smart.net" <accessys@smart.net>, Ian Sharpe <themanxsharpy@gmail.com>
CC: "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
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I would just second this message.  I have been an iPhone and iPad user for almost four years.  Voiceover works extremely well on the Apple apps, and also on other developers' apps when they follow Apple's accessibility guidelines.  I also use Siri, and find that most of the time it works quite well, also.  The only reason I add the qualifier most of the time, is that it is occasionally difficult to use Siri in extremely noisy environments, but this would be an issue for anyone, not just blind/low-vision users.

I have also seen some podcasts that make the Windows 8 tablets look more promising than I would have expected, though personally I'll probably stick with my i-devices.
Best,
Donna
-----Original Message-----
From: Joe Chidzik [mailto:joe.chidzik@abilitynet.org.uk] 
Sent: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 10:40 AM
To: accessys@smart.net; Ian Sharpe
Cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: RE: new touch and non touch screens

> I'm wondering especially for blind/visually impaired how the new touch 
> and now the wave over the screen control systems can possibly be made w3c compliant????

[Joe Chidzik] What do you mean by W3C compliant? Are you referring to WCAG, or one of the other sets of guidelines? And what systems - web pages\applications? 

> and with the popularity of i-pads and other i-things where there is 
> nothing but visual clues to where to put ones fingers to control it, 
> there appears to be a significant diminishment of access with the newer devices not an increase in universal access.

[Joe Chidzik] The iOS range of devices use Apple's VoiceOver screenreader to great effect, enabling full access to the device in my experience, including web content. The NVDA screenreader incorporates touch now, allowing users to swipe their finger across the screen and hear feedback on what is selected.

> a very few will take limited audio commands but I haven't seen one 
> that could be operated 100% with audio commands

[Joe Chidzik] Are you referring to voice recognition or speech output? The Windows 8  Surface Touch has speech recognition via the built in Windows feature. Apple has Siri for certain voice commands, though I'm not familiar with it so can't say how much control you have with it. 

Joe 
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