5th European eAccessibility Forum
Benefits and costs of e-accessibility

28/03/2011, 9:00 - 18:00
Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie - 30 Avenue Corentin Cariou 75019 - Paris, France

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VoiceOver : embedding accessibility upstream the operating system

Yannick Plassiard (Paris)

Damien Mauduit (Paris, France)
damien (at) eurobraille.fr

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VoiceOver was first introduced in Mac OS X 10.4 and was targeted toward users who had difficulty in reading due to vision impairment, particularly the blind.

VoiceOver can read typed text, or it can also read out what screen elements are visible or focused. VoiceOver also includes support for many Braille displays for those who are both blind and deaf. In addition, VoiceOver includes features for those that cannot use the mouse, such as keyboard based navigation. For users with MacBooks or Magic Trackpads, a number of special multitouch features are also available. An example of this is the capability of the trackpad to act as the screen. Rather than being used to move the mouse, the trackpad represents the active window, and you can tap anywhere to hear what is under your finger.

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