[AI] tech news for blind

Sanjay ilovecold at gmail.com
Sat Feb 2 00:29:13 EST 2008


NEW ZOOMTEXT RELEASED

Ai Squared recently released ZoomText USB, a portable program on a USB 
memory drive that fits in your pocket or around your neck on the included 
lanyard.
The drive enables users to install and run ZoomText wherever and whenever 
needed without having to purchase additional licensing or worry about 
activating
each installation. Just plug in the USB drive and, if ZoomText has already 
been installed on the system, immediately use the software. If ZoomText 
hasn't
been installed, a low-vision--friendly setup program launches for a quick 
installation. The user settings are saved back to the USB drive and load 
automatically
each time the drive is used. For more information, visit www.aisquared.com 
or call 1-800-859-0270.

NEWS FROM MICROSOFT

Microsoft and the Digital Accessible Information System (DAISY) Consortium 
recently announced a joint development project that will make it possible 
for
computer users who are blind or print-disabled to gain access to more 
written content by using assistive technology. This project will be a 
reference model
for other Open XML solution models. It will be available on SourceForge.net, 
and will yield a free, downloadable plug-in for Microsoft Word that will 
enable
users to translate Open XML-based documents into DAISY XML, the standard for 
reading and publishing navigable multimedia content. When it becomes 
available
in early 2008, the "Save as DAISY" feature will mean that people with print 
disabilities will have better access to the information in billions of 
documents.

AOL BECOMES ACCESSIBLE

AOL has recently launched a new web interface, Websuite Lite, which makes 
the dynamic Web 2.0 interface accessible for users who are blind. The team 
that
designed the interface was led by Tom Wlodkowski, a blind man who 
experienced the challenges Web 2.0 applications presented firsthand. To 
further enhance
web accessibility, AOL also released a new Javascript library that makes it 
easier for web developers to implement accessible features with modern Web
2.0 sites.

VICTOR NOW PLAYS AUDIBLE

Victor Reader Stream, the pocket-sized portable MP3 player designed for 
blind and low-vision people, now has the capability to play the popular 
Audible.com
books. The Audible format provides a huge additional choice of content to 
users as Audible is the leading provider of spoken audio on the Internet, 
providing
over 140,000 hours of digital audio editions of books, newspapers and 
magazines. For Audible books, the user will be able to navigate from one 
Audible
heading to the next, move by increments of one-, five-, or ten-minute time 
jumps, and move with an accelerated fast-forward feature that announces the
amount of time lapsed. Current Victor Reader Stream users will need to 
upgrade their player to software version 1.1 in order to play Audible books. 
For
more information, visit www.humanware.com.





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