November 27th, 2012

An innovative new study exploring the potential of the iPad and other back-lighted digital tablet devices to increase the reading ability and reading speed of persons with low vision  was presented at the 2012 American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting.  

From the 2012 Annual Meeting archives: "Researchers found that all of the 100 participants gained at least 42 words-per-minute (WPM) when using the iPad™ tablet on the 18-point font setting, compared with reading a print book or newspaper. A more modest gain of 12 WPM, on average, was achieved by all subjects when using the Kindle™ tablet set to 18-point font."

November 27th, 2012

High profile companies in the UK, Australia, and the Unites States have been sued for inaccessible content on their websites, and yet web accessibility is still seldom mentioned in the media.  This author for the Huffington Post takes note.

November 27th, 2012

An 88 page Windows 8 Accessibility Tutorial guide provides feature informaiton and keyboard shortcuts for individuals who want to make their computer easier to see, hear and use. It provides rich accessiblity information on the tools in Windows 8.

November 2nd, 2012

Qualcomm and its partner Project RAY have announced a new smartphone for people with vision loss. It will use standard hardware and a modified Android operating system to deliver a user interface that includes "touch screen, haptics, sensors, text-to-speech and audio feedback" for all the usual smartphone functions such as browsing, social networks, and online reading. Its current trial in Israel includes integration with a library service for access to books and periodicals. It will be available after November 22, 2012; price and carrier coverage will be announced.

November 1st, 2012

Access improvements to Windows 8 include:

  • Redesigned Narrator to improve its performance so that it quickly reads out what you have selected.

  • Added more languages and voices to Narrator to support additional countries and preferences.

  • Updated components and features within Windows to leverage UI Automation that allows them to be read by Narrator.

  • Updated UI Automation (UIA) with more text patterns and document content so that Narrator can use it to read the outputs from applications.

Read more on the Building Windows 8 Blog.