The keystroke ⌘+ (in other words command and shift and equals at the same time) will enlarge the text size in many OS X applications. If you’re using a web browser to read this, try typing it now – the text and images on the web page should get bigger. Continue readingA Quick Way To Enlarge Text in OS X
Even the most perfectly treated computing devices need occasional cleaning. Laptops, phones, and iPads that are used all day, carried around, used with sticky fingers, used by multiple people, those ones are even more likely to need a good clean fairly often. Continue readingCleaning Your Mac, iPhone, or iPad
Cristina Hartmann has written very clearly about what it’s like to use a refreshable braille display (RFBD) with her iPhone. This interesting description is recommended for all sighted users who wonder how braille displays work and what they are like to use, and especially for people who will be supporting braille users. Continue readingUsing Braille with iOS – What’s It Like?
I have noticed in several places now that some people are confused about what’s “VoiceOver” and what’s “Text to Speech” in terms of Mac OS X. This post is to attempt to clarify what each one is and why it’s important to know which one you’re talking about if you’re asking for help. Continue readingText-to-Speech isn’t VoiceOver
Virtually all computer keyboards in English speaking countries are arranged so that the letter keys, if you read from the top-left, start off with Q W E R T Y. This layout is known by those first six letters – The “QWERTY” (pronounced like “k-were-tee”) layout. Most people aren’t aware of the fact, but there are alternatives to this arrangement of letters and punctuation and the alternatives can be very useful for assistive technology.
This article is about the options available, and about why you might want a different key arrangement to usual. Continue readingAlternative Keyboard Layouts
There are a lot of searches that find this blog using the phrases “speech to text” and “text to speech” or equivalents using words like “voice”, “speaking”, “typing”, and so on. It seems from the logs, that a lot of people aren’t sure what the difference is between “speech to text” and “text to speech” so I thought I’d clarify. Continue readingText-to-Speech or Speech-to-Text?