screen readers

Mark Schonewille m.schonewille at
Thu Aug 27 04:52:06 EDT 2015


A screen reader is software that allows visually challenged or visually 
impaired people to understand what is currently on their computer 
screen. It allows them to find the right control so they can press the 
return key or space bar to activate that control and it allows them to 
hear text that is displayed on the screen. A very well-known screen 
reader is JAWS but there are quite a few other commercial and 
open-source screen readers available. I believe the term "accessibility" 
is most appropriate in this matter.

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On 8/27/2015 10:29, Graham Samuel wrote:
> 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.
> Graham
>> 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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