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Evaluation of VoiceOver, the Macintosh Screen Reader by AccessWorld

17 December, 2008 by Peter Verhoeven

In early 2005, Apple introduced VoiceOver, a screen reader that is built into the Macintosh operating system. The latest release of this accessibility tool, included with Apples Mac OS X 10.5, nicknamed Leopard, features refreshable braille support, vastly improved navigation commands, and an extensive help system.

This evaluation of VoiceOver was conducted on a Mac Mini. The Mini is an Intel-based computer that measures approximately 6.5 inches square and is approximately 2 inches tall. It does not include a monitor, mouse, or keyboard, but sells for less than $700. VoiceOver is built into every version of Mac OS X 10.5, so you have a lot of truly innovative hardware options from which to choose. One of these options, the MacBook Air, is one of the thinnest notebooks on the market. The fact that VoiceOver is included in every version of Leopard also means that you can visit your local Apple store and bring up a fully functioning screen reader on any machine in the showroom with one simple keystroke. Finally, integrating a screen reader with the operating system means that VoiceOver can be automatically updated every time a Macintosh update is released.

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