[nabs-l] mac books

T. Joseph Carter carter.tjoseph at gmail.com
Mon Dec 15 23:43:36 UTC 2008

Office 2008 for Mac is totally inaccessible.

And those of us who use screen magnification love the fact that on the Mac, 
we can zoom in a little or a lot, in very fine-grained steps.  Much finer 
than on a PC.  It works for guest OSes in Parallels or VMWare Fusion, too.


On Mon, Dec 15, 2008 at 06:45:40PM +0000, Corbb O'Connor wrote:
> As a MacBook Pro user, I agree with Christopher: VoiceOver is very much 
> still a work in progress. The Internet works pretty well, if you're using 
> Safari, but Firefox is not accessible at all. Email is great, and Mac OS 
> X Mail is 100 percent accessible. iTunes is getting there. And moving 
> around files and folders works. But Microsoft Office 2004 isn't 
> accessible -- I'm not sure about the latest version, as I don't have the 
> money for that right now!
> Here's my short review: if you have some residual vision and use that to 
> navigate your computer, a Mac is far better with its equivalent of Zoom 
> Text (they call it Screen Magnification and its available out-of-the-box 
> on all machines in System Preferences, Accessibility). However, if you're 
> somebody who relies more on a screen reader than upon magnification, 
> you're better off with a PC, for JAWS is far superior. Maybe in a few 
> years that will change, but we can only hope! Oh, and one more thing: 
> emulating a PC is possible on the Mac, but don't expect it to be like 
> having a PC -- most programs are still comparatively slower, especially 
> if you try to run access technology on them. I use Parallels to run 
> Kurzweil and it works -- most of the time -- but it's also sometimes very 
> buggy and slow.
> Best wishes--
> Corbb

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