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Re: link to How does accessibility differ across operating systems?

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@sidar.org>
Date: Fri, 02 Jul 2004 23:36:29 +0300
To: Helle Bjarnø <hbj@visinfo.dk>, "EOWG (w3c-wai-eo@w3.org)" <w3c-wai-eo@w3.org>
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These resources seem to be a bit out of date with respect to non-Windows  
systems - Although they note that Alvasoft has stopped developing  
OutSpoken they don't note that Apple has been developing Spoken Intereface  
as part of the Operating System. It is currently in beta, and has been  
made available to many people for testing. (It does a bunch of things  
fine, but there are some significant bugs). It is expected to be released  
as a core part of the next version of the operating system, expected later  
this year.

Similarly, although the main document notes that there are very many  
screen readers for linux, it refers to a document that discusses Linux but  
only covers a part of the GAP work, and doesn't mention these. Since most  
Linux users who are blind still tend to use the console interface rather  
than one of the many window systems available this seems a serious  
oversight.

It also seems pretty heavily focussed towards blind users and keyboard  
users, whereas all modern operating systems have made advances (to  
different extents) in dealing with issues like screen magnification,  
configuration of interface complexity and graphic presentation, etc.

Despite these criticisms these are interesting resources for an  
introduction to the topic.

just 2 euro cents worth

cheers

On Fri, 2 Jul 2004 15:51:10 +0200, Helle Bjarnø <hbj@visinfo.dk> wrote:

>
> National Center on Accessible Information Technology in Education has  
> this
> article on OS and accessibilty features:
> http://www.washington.edu/accessit/articles?15
> <http://www.washington.edu/accessit/articles?15>
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