[Blindmath] SPSS 21 Accessibility

Khalid K kaak42 at gmail.com
Sun Feb 17 11:27:24 CST 2013


Hi Tim,

I actually went through the archive. I found that most discussions were
mainly on v18 and v15 of SPSS. I thought, perhaps, in v21 the state of
accessibility would be improved. Thanks for suggesting R as an alternative,
but I'm afraid that it'll require a high learning curve as Mazhar proposed.
Furthermore the course itself has 6 2-hour labs on SPSS. So, I believe at
the moment SPSS is inescapable in this course! :) ..

Best,
Khalid

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From: Blindmath [mailto:blindmath-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Tim in 't
Veld
Sent: Saturday, February 16, 2013 6:58 AM
To: Blind Math list for those interested in mathematics
Subject: Re: [Blindmath] SPSS 21 Accessibility

Khalid,
We've discussed SPSS on this list at great length, find those discussions in
the list archives.
The short answer: SPSS claims to be accessible but in practice it is not. It
either doesn't work at all or provides so little accessibility as not to be
useful. Forget about SPSS for now, we've already wasted way too much time on
it and it is about time IBM actually resolved this issue.

An alternative is the statistics program R.
http://r-resources.massey.ac.nz/
Jonathan nicely documents your options (heading "Review of Statistical
Software options") and has a great resource to get you going with R (heading
"LURN for blind R users") Hope this helps, Tim On 2/16/2013 7:21 PM, Khalid
K wrote:
> Hi all!
>
>   
>
> I'm taking a course in Quantitative Methods. It's a core requirement and
we
> are using SPSS for inputting and analysing data. I've never used SPSS
> before, so I have some questions.
>
>   
>
> First of all how accessible SPSS is, and which screen reader has the best
> support.
>
> I downloaded:
>
> SPSS AMOS v21 for Windows ONLY
>
> Win 7/64/Win 7/32/Win 8/64/Win 8/32
>
> 56MB
>
>   
>
> The machine I'm using has Windows 7 64 bit. I can install any screen
reader
> that would work with SPSS.
>
>   
>
> I should report to the university the accessibility of SPSS on Monday, so
> all details I can get over the weekend are greatly appreciated.
>
> Best Regards,
>
> Khalid
>
>   
>
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