Category Archives: VoiceOver

For users of Apple’s VoiceOver screen reader. VoiceOver is primarily used by blind users but some users with severe dyslexia use it, and some users who can’t use a traditional pointing device use it for navigation on the screen.

Switch Off VoiceOver: When Your iPhone or iPad Won’t Stop Talking

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:

My iPhone lock screen - note the black VoiceOver outline around the time display at the top.
My iPhone lock screen – note the black VoiceOver outline around the time display at the top.
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International iOS Text-to-Speech Voices

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 for Max OS X – Grades 1 and 2

Braille Writer Pro was designed to be helpful for sighted people working to learn Braille.

Features:

  • 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.

– Ricky

New features in iOS 7 accessibility for blind and low vision users

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

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