Accessibility

Paul Dupuis paul at researchware.com
Thu Jul 11 14:57:22 EDT 2019


On 7/11/2019 2:41 PM, J. Landman Gay via use-livecode wrote:
> Screen readers don't work in LC. How do those of you who support 
> accessibility provide that? Is there anything in LC itself that 
> supports the ADA act?
>

This comes up repeatedly on this list.

Any Desktop LC app is compatible with some OS accessibility tools, 
typically screen magnifies as they do not rely of any hooks in the App 
itself. Most all screen readers require in App API hooks. With widgets 
and FFI support, it might be possible now (LC9+) to create a library for 
one or more of the major screen readers There are also some OS provided 
screen reading tools that I have not tested with LC7, 8, or 9, but they 
did not work with LC6 as the UI controls (buttons and field primarily) 
were not OS standard controls, but LC specific.

We get about 1-3 requests per year for screen reading support for our 
app. I'd love to provide support, but the cost (at least in the past) 
develop Externals and integration, if it even had been possible, would 
have bankrupted us. JAWS seems to be the most requested.

If you look into the Widgets route and see any promise of a solution, 
please let me know.




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