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[BCAB] Windows 8 Native Accessibility John Farley (13 Dec 2012 19:40 GMT)
Re: [BCAB] Windows 8 Native Accessibility Chris (13 Dec 2012 20:53 GMT)
Re: [BCAB] Windows 8 Native Accessibility Andrew Hodgson (13 Dec 2012 23:47 GMT)
Re: [BCAB] Windows 8 Native Accessibility Chris (14 Dec 2012 12:46 GMT)
Re: [BCAB] Windows 8 Native Accessibility Mobeen Iqbal (13 Dec 2012 20:09 GMT)

Re: [BCAB] Windows 8 Native Accessibility Chris 14 Dec 2012 12:46 GMT

Personally I’ve not long upgraded to Windows 7. I’ve no intention of going to Win 8 unless I *have* to. It as an operating system that tries to be a hybrid of desktop and touch screen, hasn’t gone down that well with many users in general either. Windows 7 will be here for quite a few years yet.

Regards

Chris Turner
From: Andrew Hodgson
Sent: Thursday, December 13, 2012 11:47 PM
To: BCAB Discussion List
Subject: Re: [BCAB] Windows 8 Native Accessibility

Hi,

I have found the same with the desktop version of IE being a lot more user friendly than the IE app in Win8 with JFW 14.

To ensure I get the full IE, I usually use windows+R to get a run prompt and then type in the URL I wish to browse to, if I do this from the start screen I get the IE app.

Andrew.

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From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces@lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of Chris
Sent: 13 December 2012 20:54
To: john_farley@btinternet.com; BCAB Discussion List
Subject: Re: [BCAB] Windows 8 Native Accessibility

Hi.
I’m New hear, first post etc..

Anyway, I can’t vouch for using Windows 8 myself. There’s some info on using the latest version of JAWS, (14), in the Freedom Scientific podcasts for August and September.
http://www.freedomscientific.com/FSCast/default.asp

As far as JAWS, I gather the latest version, 14, works pretty well with Windows 8, despite the changes to the Windows GUI. One thing to note regarding using Internet Explorer. I seem to recall the Metro version on Win 8, isn’t that accessible. The version for the desktop, should work as before.

Regards

Chris Turner

From: John Farley
Sent: Thursday, December 13, 2012 7:40 PM
To: 'BCAB Discussion List'
Subject: [BCAB] Windows 8 Native Accessibility

Hello list,

A group I am involved with is looking into replacing our existing 5 PCs for classes we run for local visually impaired people.

Up until very recently I had discounted using Windows 8 PCs and was looking at the various free and purchased options for screen readers on  Windows 7 PCs.

The students are not taught anything complicated, just standard internet access and office usage.

I have recently listened to this week's In-Touch with an article on this very subject.
Leoni Watson gave a good review on it.

Does anyone have any ready-to-hand information on the use of native Windows accessibility that I can pass to the committee?

Some documentation and even a video clip or two might be of help.

Many thanks in advance.

John Farley

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