Intro.

This blog is about my personal adventures with accessibility as a software engineer with low vision. Most of the information available in this blog will be my first-hand experience with products, standards and events pertinent to this realm.

 

Software Accessibility is a very expansive area, and I don’t intend to post information here that is already available elsewhere on the World Wide Web. The purpose of this blog is to divulge as much information as I possibly can from my own personal experience, to assist anyone who may want to explore the wild world of accessibility through the eyes of a fellow developer.  

 

Most of the information available on this blog will be pertinent to us Microsoft mortals, although I also intend to share my experiences with other products and technologies from time to time if relevant.

 

For concise background information on Software Accessibility, please read:

http://www.mozilla.org/access/today

 

It is a known fact that we all perceive reality in our own way. The world of Accessibility then is the reality perceived with the parameters of the person with a particular cognitive disposition (in our case low or no vision).

 

On that note, here are the tools I use to perceive the reality inside my computer.

  

Screen Readers:

  1. Jaws for Windows v 11 (http://freedomscientific.com/products/fs/jaws-product-page.asp)
  2. NVDA (http://www.nvda-project.org)

 

Jaws is a commercial screen reader, and has the largest market share in the screen reader realm. NVDA is a free, open-source screen reader, and is great for people wanting to test their applications for accessibility without paying a premium price for Jaws.

 

Screen Magnification software:

  1. Magic Screen Magnification v11 (http://freedomscientific.com/products/lv/magic-bl-product-page.asp)        
  2.   Zoom text v9 (http://www.aisquared.com/zoomtext)

 

In my next post, I will share my understanding of how screen readers vocalise the information on the screen. I will dedicate the next post to Daisy and epub to highlight the advantages of publishing material in these two standards, with the subsequent posts jumping straight into Visual Studio, Sharepoint, Asp.net, IE, Silverlight Accessibility, and Web Accessibility in general.     

 

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