screen readers

Graham Samuel livfoss at
Thu Aug 27 04:29:21 EDT 2015

I feel a bit Richmond-ish asking this (whether this is a good thing or a bad thing I leave as an exercise for the reader), but what is a screen reader in this context, and how and why has the very wide-ranging term ‘accessibility’ been hijacked in relation to it? I ask as an ignorant observer, but you never know, I might one day want to follow the path that Phil is taking (so far unsuccessfully, but probably it will be made to work in time).

I suppose I’m getting too old to keep up with all this, but if anyone has a moment to explain, I’d be grateful.


> On 26 Aug 2015, at 20:04, Phil Davis <revdev at> wrote:
> Has anyone been able to make desktop stacks work with screen readers? I'm experimenting with the Mac's VoiceOver utility (included with OS X), and VO doesn't know how to interact with a stack - it identifies the window as "unknown" and doesn't allow you to interact with its elements/objects.
> Thanks for any tips or insights you can share any tips from your experience.
> -- 
> Phil Davis

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