[nabs-l] FW: [nfbcs] Mac Accessibility

T. Joseph Carter carter.tjoseph at gmail.com
Mon Jun 1 16:49:19 UTC 2009


For the record, TextEdit does support tables, though the command is 
buried under the menu and you don't have a shortcut key by default.

Until I started playing with DEVONthink Pro, I panned TextEdit as a 
useless tool not even up to the specification of WordPad.  I was 
wrong, it's exceedingly powerful once you learn how to use it.  Of 
course, about half of it is undocumented until you start reading the 
developer information.  *sigh*

Joseph


On Thu, May 28, 2009 at 02:47:07AM -0400, Joe Orozco wrote:
>I'm sharing the response below to any students also interested in making a
>switch from PC to Mac.
>
>Joe Orozco
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>Subject: Re: [nfbcs] Mac Accessibility
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>See my responses inline below.
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>On 28-May-09, at 12:35 AM, Joe Orozco wrote:
>
>> Hello all,
>>
>> Forgive the cross post.  I need information from former PC users who 
>> are now using the Mac environment as their primary operating system.  
>> My
>> questions:
>>
>> 1. How steep is the learning curve moving from Mac to PC?
>>
>Fairly steep.  Voiceover operates oppositely to JAWS and Window Eyes, but it
>is nice when you get used to it.
>>
>
>> 2. Is Firefox available to the Mac environment, and are there any 
>> limitations to the browser in this environment?
>> No, firefox is currently not accessible on the Mac with Voiceover.
>
>> 3. What general limitations have you discovered using Mac moving from 
>> the PC?
>>
>Voiceover is not scriptable, there is no way to tweak the accessibility of
>an application.  There is no word processor hat supports tables.
>
>> 4. Is Voice Over built into the Mac system.  If not, how much is it, 
>> and where is it found?
>>
>Voiceover is built into the Mac operating system and gets updated as you
>update your operating system.
>
>> 5. How often is the screen reader for the Mac OS updated?  How 
>> comparable is Voice Over to JAWS?  What kind of speech does Voice Over 
>> use?
>>
>Voiceover is updated when the OS is updated, but I'm not sure how many
>features actually get updated, there is no real list of new features / bug
>fixes that I have ever found.  In my opinion Voicover sounds nicer than
>Eloquence, but has a harder time pronouncing words.
>>
>
>> 6. How easy is it to exchange documents between PC and Mac machines?
>> Very easy via memory stick or e-mail.  You can also setup your Mac to 
>> dual boot Windows.  Or, you can run Windows in a virtual machine on 
>> the Mac, essentially running each operating system simultaneously.  On 
>> a newer Mac there is no significant performance problem running OS X 
>> and Windows simultaneously.
>
>
>
>> I hope someone can help me address some or all of these points.   
>> I've picked
>> up an organization who insists on using Mac computers.  I would rather 
>> stick to the PC.  I'm not impressed with JAWS a lot of times, but it's 
>> what I know.  That said, I have a Mac laptop headed to me, and I 
>> suppose I had better learn how to adopt to the new environment real 
>> quick-like.  I would appreciate any and all advice you can provide.
>>
>> Many thanks in advance.
>>
>> Regards,
>>
>> Joe Orozco
>>
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