Tag Archives: screen reader

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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YouTube HTML5 Player Accessibility

2005 was a momentous year for YouTube:

  • The youtube.com domain name was created on February 14th.

  • On April 23rd, the first video was uploaded to the site where it remains to this day. It’s called Me at the Zoo and is 19secs long. 27.8m views and counting! :)

  • In September, a Nike ad featuring Brazilian footballer Ronaldinho went viral and was the first video to reach 1m views.

  • On November 7th, YouTube announced it had received $3.5m in funding from a venture capital firm.

  • And on December 15th, according to this Business Insider article, YouTube officially launched out of beta.

Accessibility wasn’t a priority in those early days, but YouTube has come a long way in 10 years. Below are my tips for using the HTML5 player with a screen reader.

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Mailhide Recommended Despite Accessibility Glitches

If you want to put a link to your email address on your blog or web page so people can contact you by email, but you’re too afraid of spam, then Google’s free reCAPTCHA Mailhide is for you! :)

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Getting Started Videos from Google Accessibility

Earlier today, Roger Benz of the Google Accessibility Team announced the release of five videos on YouTube to help blind and visually impaired people get started with Google Docs, Drives, Slides, and Sheets using the NVDA screen reader with the Firefox web browser on Windows:

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