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Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

To help mark Global Accessibility Awareness Day, DCP demoed the AMP accessibility testing software (from SSB Bart Group) to UCLA web developers. AMP is now easily available to Staff via single sign-on. We also gave an intro to what accessibility is, and the role programmers can play in improving it.

  • Location: 5628 Math Science (Visualization Portal; UCLA campus)
  • Date: May 9
  • Time: 10:30-11:30 AM

UC Berkeley’s event was broadcast via the Berkeley UStream feed from noon-2PM Thursday (The loop will continue, until replaced by the next event.)

The main event in the Los Angeles area took place in Santa Monica, with headline speaker Molly Holzschlag. Free registration and follow-up info is via the Meetup event page.

Events for the day were truly worldwide, and you can get an overview on the Global Accessibility Awareness Day site.

Latest Zoomtext Software

Friday, April 16th, 2010

In March, 2010 AI Squared released Zoomtext Version 9.18.8. According to the company, it now fully supports the 64-bit Windows 7 environment.

Details can be found on the Zoomtext Release Notes page.

Kurzweil 3000 V11.05 Released

Friday, April 16th, 2010

On March 15, 2010, the Version 11.05 patch for Kurzweil 3000 was released. This is a bug-fix release.

Extensive details and a series of troubleshooting solutions can be found at: Kurzweil 3000 Version 11 – Patches and Updates

Some notable items:

Firefox is the recommended browser, but the Kurzweil Read The Web feature must be updated manually whenever a new Firefox update is installed.

In 64-bit environments, the Taskbar Updater and Kurzweil Virtual Printer must be installed separately (in addition to the main Kurzweil program). Download links for these tools are provided from the above link.

Jaws For Windows Software Update

Friday, April 16th, 2010

This week Freedom Scientific released Build 1430 of Jaws 11.0. Current users of Jaws 11 can download and install from the Check For Updates item (Jaws Help Menu).

This release adds support for the upcoming Microsoft Office 2010, improves Jaws handling of MS Word’s Track Changes features, and simplifies the Jaws Research It feature.

A detailed list of changes and direct downloads of 32 and 64-bit Jaws executables can be found at:

What’s New in JAWS 11

Update: Freedom Scientific has been releasing a series of minor patches over the summer. The August 2010 update is Version 11, Build 1467. Download is available from the page linked above.

Better Access To The Next Windows

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

Michael Bernstein, a development lead on the User Interface Platform team for Microsoft Windows has written a detailed article: Accessibility In Windows 7. He describes four areas of improved accessibility in Windows 7, which will be the successor to Windows Vista.:

  • The Windows Automation API provides more and clearer ways for applications to communicate with adaptive technology software. This means more features should be accessible out of the box. It is available to programmers in C++ and .Net. This system replaces but is designed to be compatible with the older Microsoft Active Accessibility (MSAA).
  • There are enhancements to the Windows access tools: an improved On-Screen Keyboard (with word prediction) and Magnifier (now with modes for Full Screen and Lens magnification).
  • There are new software checking tools for programmers: AccChecker and UIA Verify,
    which have been released as open-source.
  • Accessibility engineers now monitor new Windows features for “accessibility risk”. The goal is to identify and fix emerging problems, so that Windows itself doesn’t create accessibility barriers.