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Accessible Software for Windows

Freedom Scientific Posts JAWS 17 Update

Freedom Scientific posted the latest update to JAWS (17.0.1539) today. This release includes many improvements made since the previous update in January.

What’s New in JAWS 17 lists the enhancements and new features in JAWS 17. Recommended reading if you’re lucky enough to be a JAWS 17 user! 😉

To check for updates, minimise all (<WinKey+M>), move focus to the desktop (<WinKey+D>), press <Ins+J,h,p> (and <Alt+Y> if the UAC Prompt pops up). The check for updates may take a minute or two.

NVDA 2016.1 Now Available

NV Access released NVDA 2016.1 this morning. NVDA is a free and open source screen reader for Windows.

Highlights of this release include:

  • the ability to optionally lower the volume of other sounds (audio ducking)
  • improved Braille output and display support
  • significant Microsoft Office support bugfixes
  • better handling of browse mode in iTunes
  • reporting of emphasis is now disabled by default 😤

Visit What’s New in NVDA for full details.

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Document Accessibility Toolbar Now Available

It’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities and to celebrate, Vision Australia has announce the release of the long-awaited Document Accessibility Toolbar (DAT).

The DAT is a dedicated accessibility ribbon menu for Microsoft Word 2010 or later that makes it quicker and easier to create accessible documents. It features a range of functions to optimise and validate a document for accessibility. The DAT is available for Windows and is free to download.

Other free tools provided by Vision Australia include the Colour Contrast Analyser, and the Web Accessibility Toolbar (WAT) for Internet Explorer. 8-)