Archive for the "Dragon NaturallySpeaking" Topic

Computer and Mobile Phone Access for People with Mobility Disabilities

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Users with mobility disabilities access computers and mobile phones in an array of ways. These users include people who use wheelchairs, people with limited manual dexterity, and those with limited reach and strength. It is important to note that the baby boomer generation is starting to show age-related disabilities, including but not limited to arthritis, which can make it quite difficult and painful for them to use technology. Today, I’ll offer an introduction to the ways these users access technology, and in future articles I will go into more depth on some of these technologies. To begin, we’ll focus on… Read More

Indicating Link Purpose with ARIA

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An Analysis on Different Screen Reader Behaviors Authors must avoid using the same text for links that retrieve different resources. Users without disabilities may be able to identify the links differently based on other page content; however, users with cognitive disabilities and users who are blind or visually impaired may have difficulty making the distinction when link text does not adequately describe each link’s purpose. For example, across a site, you have several links that direct users to view more information on a particular section, such as Read Review for a particular project. When there are multiple links of the same text,… Read More

Considerations for Testing with Speech Recognition Software such as Dragon Naturally Speaking

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SSB recommends testing with multiple types of assistive technology (AT) whenever possible. The focus of AT testing is not to verify technical compliance but to understand whether the implementation is accessibility supported and whether the content is functional for people with disabilities. This functional testing optimally includes speech recognition, screen readers, screen magnification, and other accessibility features used by people with disabilities such as color and contrast software, switch control, and devices used by people who are deaf or hard of hearing etc.. Historically some people have focused testing efforts with screen readers only this does not accurately reflect the… Read More

Dragon 13 ARIA Support is Here!

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Dragon Naturally Speaking 13 (both premium and professional versions) was release recently and adds support for the Accessible Rich Internet Application (ARIA) specification. Dragon is speech recognition software that allows a user to dictate text as well as control their computer through spoken commands. Dragon 13 tests for this post were performed using Internet Explorer 11 and Firefox 31 (with the Firefox Dragon extension) that is installed when Dragon 13 is run the first time with Firefox. aria-labelledby The aria-labelledby property allows authors to reference page content such as text as the accessible name for a control such as an… Read More

Web Accessibility 101 Video Series: Dragon NaturallySpeaking Demo

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In this week’s featured video in our Web Accessibility 101 Series – Senior Accessibility Consultant Thomas Logan demonstrates Dragon NaturallySpeaking speech recognition software, using it to perform basic tasks including completing a form online. Dragon NatuallySpeaking is a command and control type of assistive technology which allows users to control their computer using only their voice, without the need for a mouse or keyboard. It is the most popular speech recognition software used by persons with limited to no mobility for whom typing or use of a mouse may be difficult or impossible, allowing users to perform keyboard and mouse actions and dictate text using voice… Read More

The Importance of Keyboard Accessibility & Why ARIA Widgets Don’t Work as Expected in Voice Navigation Software

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There is currently a lot of confusion regarding ARIA control types like Listboxes, Tabs, and Menus that do not work as expected in voice navigation software such as Dragon NaturallySpeaking. The mistaken belief is that if users cannot interact with these controls in Dragon as expected, then they aren’t programmed properly. Often, things are confused even further when ARIA widgets are not programmed properly to begin with, causing accessibility issues for all users, including screen reader users. However, even assuming that ARIA widgets are programmed properly with full keyboard support so that the ARIA attributes appropriately match the movement of… Read More

Remarks on Internet Explorer 9 Accessibility and Compatibility with Assistive Technology

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The release of Internet Explorer 9 has brought about new accessibility challenges which have, as a result, necessitated many assistive technology manufacturers to release new versions of their products. IE 9 runs on 32 and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Server 2008, thus these issues will not affect users of earlier versions of Windows where using IE 9 is not an option. The biggest accessibility-impacting challenge resulted from a change to the method used by the browser to render content on the screen. The new method, Direct2D, paints content directly to the screen instead of allowing rendering… Read More

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