Latest Zoomtext Software

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

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

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.

New Web Accessibility Quick Guide

April 13th, 2010

The DCP staff presented a “Web Accessibility Quick Guide” at the UCLA Campus Web Publishers meeting on April 13, 2010.  If you missed the meeting, you can download the handout below:

Web Accessibility Quick Guide (PDF)

Patrick Burke gave an update on the new UC-wide Electronic Accessibility Leadership Team (E-ALT), and Heather Wozniak demonstrated WebAIM’s WAVE Toolbar, a free tool for evaluating the accessibility of your websites.  You can use WAVE online or download the Firefox toolbar from wave.webaim.org.

USA.gov Guidance On Access To Multimedia

September 18th, 2009

USA.gov has published a resource guide on multimedia online materials and accessibility:

Make Your Multimedia Section 508 Compliant and Accessible (WebContent.gov)

This is a thorough survey of the topic, with many links to examples, legal references, and further resources.

On a few points it seems to me to set a high standard for federal agencies.:

  • Captioning must be provided for live video (such as live speeches);
  • Audiodescription as well as captioning must be included where necessary;
  • The accessibility rules apply to agencies posting material to public websites (Youtube etc.) “Many agencies have found that a practical approach to providing accessible content is to post videos and presentations
    on these sites and also post the same content, in an accessible manner, on their own agency sites.”

These points have been “gray areas” in the past. For example, captioning of live video gets a lower priority rating in the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0. However, the USA.gov document stresses the affirmative need for access on all three of the above issues.