Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 172
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
Distributed by Flying Blind, LLC
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1) The SASWAT project is a Universwity effort to learn how to make dynamic web content, Web 2.0, accessible to the blind. They have posted a survey consisting of several pages, and they are seeking feedback from any screen reader users about how the pages read.
2) Version 0.6P2 of NVDA, the free Windows screen reader, is out, with improved navigation in Vista, more configuration options, and more support for running the screen reader from a portable device.
3) Window-Eyes Version 7 has made another move forward as beta version 2 is released, with lots of fixes and some features not present in the earlier version. Scripts for Winamp and for Window-Eyes use across applications continue to be improved.
4) If you want to learn about available talking glucose meters, talking prescription bottles, and a myriad of other products to make day-to-day health care easier, take part in the Adaptive Technology Health Care Seminar from the Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Northern California residents can attend in person and view exhibits; others can take part by toll-free phone or online. Friday, 5 September at GMT 20:00. To get instructions for participating, e-mail:
5) If you tried to get Gene Asner's now-free Internet tutorial mentioned last week and couldn't, here are two places where it is currently available, in order of preference:
6) Speaking of Gene, he will be the presenter on the Tek Talk training to be held on GMT Tuesday, 19 August at 00:00, demonstrating Firefox and Webvisum. Webvisum makes the Firefox browser much more accessible, provides accessibility to people with low vision, and can solve most CAPTCHA accessibility barriers erected by some web developrs.
7) Clode Factory has released Mobile DAISY Player V2.0, the only DAISY Book reader for Symbian 9 Phones. With this product, owners of these phones can listen to DAISY books, unpack Bookshare books without need of a computer, change speeds and enjoy flexible navigation. Unfortunately, the company will not tell us how much the program costs; for that we must contact our distributor.
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