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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.

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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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-)

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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