Accessible IRC Clients
I have recently been asked what IRC programs can be recommended for VoiceOver users. There are some options, but the news is not as good as it could be at the moment.
For those who haven't used IRC before, it's a text-based group chat program that has been around since the early 1990s. I remember using it when I was at Uni in 1993 and it was already about 5 years old then!
The only standard graphical OS X IRC client that's accessible for VoiceOver users is XChat Aqua. It's a free program, but it hasn't been updated for 18 months or so. There's nobody in charge of programming at the moment so I wouldn't suggest expecting any updates in the near future. As far as I can tell, it still works fine under both Tiger and Leopard at the moment though.
If you're geeky enough to be comfortable with command line programs in Terminal, there are a bunch of different IRC programs you can choose from - anything that is OK with standard Unix will work under OS X. Unfortunately you'll have to compile your own and doing this is way outside the scope of an article here, but if anybody does it and documents what they do I'd be pleased to link to the article so others can follow in your pioneering footsteps!
- Ricky Buchanan