I’ve just read the sample chapter of iOS Access for All, the forthcoming ebook by Shelly Brisbin, and it’s looking very good. As well as the sample book chapter, Siri and Voice Input, Shelly has also made available the full table of contents. Continue readingForthcoming: iOS Access for All
VoiceOver for iOS is a very helpful assistive technology for blind iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad users. Unlike screen readers for many other situations, which cost hundreds of dollars, it’s built right into iOS. Unfortunately for sighted users, occasionally people turn in on without meaning to and the results can be confusing …
It’s probably VoiceOver if your iDevice won’t stop reading what’s on-screen in a computer-generated background voice, and you see a black line around what you touch like this:
The Vocab Ninja blog has collected together samples of all Apple’s iOS text-to-speech voices so we can hear them side by side. There are 26 different languages, with 35 different dialects in all.
Their collection includes both standard quality voices and enhanced quality voices – the difference in quality is especially stark when you hear them side by side. I found it fascinating that even in the languages I couldn’t understand, the difference in quality is audible! Continue readingInternational iOS Text-to-Speech Voices
Braille Writer Pro was designed to be helpful for sighted people working to learn Braille.
- Handles both Grade 1 and Grade 2 contracted and uncontracted Braille
- Translates Braille to English
- Reads / Writes .DXB files
- Supports emailing and printing files with and without translation
- Dictionary that supports both Braille and English
Braille Writer lets you use six keys from a standard Apple keyboard as if they were a braille keyboard, and displays the resulting braille visually on the screen so that sighted students can practice their braille entry and reading skills on a regular computer.
Great article from the American National Federation of the Blind about changes in iOS 7’s accessibility for users who are blind, deaf blind, or have low vision.
Their article includes changes relating to:
- Ways to turn accessibility functions on and off
- Changes to VoiceOver practicing
- Changes to device unlocking
- Changes to VoiceOver’s rotor
- High quality speech synthesis available for more than one language
- Changes for braille users
- Changes to contrast, dynamic text sizing and bold text and labels
VoiceOver for Mac OS X is a very helpful assistive technology for blind Mac users – unlike screen readers for Windows, which cost hundreds of dollars, it’s built right into OS X. Unfortunately for sighted users, occasionally people turn in on without meaning to and the results can be confusing … Continue readingHow To Turn Off VoiceOver For Mac OS X
AppleVis are a user-powered website for blind and low-vision Apple users, and they have just announced their winners for their four Golden Apple awards for the past year. This is the second year that AppleVis have awarded Golden Apples, and it’s great to see community members voting on what works best for them. Continue readingAppleVis 2013 Golden Apples Announced