>In a short answer to my own question, windows-eyes provides a timed
>demo - you can use it for 30 minutes every time you reboot your
>computer, which is good enough for casual testing purposes (which is
>probably why the demo works that way). You can get it at
Yeah, and Jaws has a similar demo. You might as well order CD-ROMs
from Frontier Computing. Could be more convenient.
>Actually screen readers are just that - they read everything on the
>screen, and aren't just web browsers for the blind.
IBM Home Page Reader is.
> The idea is that you start the screen reader and then start every
>other app that you need - ie, Excel, Acrobat, etc. It reads
Jaws in particular *requires* configuration files for various
applications, which typically come with Jaws. It isn't as simple as
>joe clark wrote:
>>Halfway there: <http://joeclark.org/accessiblog/ab-screen.html>
>The links on this page are a little old - both Windows-eyes and JAWS
>have newer versions.
The links to manufacturer pages are valid (though the OutSpoken for
Macintosh URL changed *again*, which I fixed). The Window-Eyes and
Jaws pages link generically to current versions.
> The comparison chart is comparing older versions of the programs.
I didn't write it.
>Stuart Langridge wrote:
>>A free software screen reader would alleviate a pretty big cash
>>burden on the blind websurfers among us...
>Seeing how many disabled people are unemployed becasue they're
>disabled (at least according to the Canadian government), the whole
>screen reader setup seems kind of costly and pretty unrealistic, if
>you ask me.
It's specialized software, which tends to cost money.
>The more I investigate this, the more I think that this
>accessibility thing might not be all its cracked up to be.
Well, I wonder what that actually means. I guess we just shouldn't
bother making Web sites accessible. Adaptive technology for *one*
disabled group costs too much, after all, so let's just call it a day.
It occurs to me that none of this has much to do with stylesheets.
Joe Clark | [EMAIL-REMOVED]
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