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At the CSUN 2009 accessibility conference, Microsoft and the DAISY Consortium unveiled the next wave of accessible technology for people who are blind or print disabled. The new tools include the “Save as DAISY” Version 2 for Microsoft Office Word – the next version of this translator enables users to produce a fully functional “talking book” synchronized with text and MP3 audio right out of Microsoft Office Word. Microsoft also announced Project Buttercup, a demo of an online digital talking book that runs on Silverlight and allows users to display accessible documents right from their Web browser. To download the demo, visit ButtercupReader.net keep reading »
Many people with disabilities say that Amazon’s Kindle 2 isn’t truly accessible because its text-to-speech function is too basic. Likewise, a similar problem with the Kindle 2 is that while it can read a book out loud, the actual device and it menus do not “talk.” As noted in Serotek Blog, an online petition is circulating that asks Amazon to add talking menus and other voice prompts to make the new Kindle 2 fully accessible. The petition gives props to Amazon for taking the first step in making its website and online store more accessible — in 2006, Amazon was threatened with a lawsuit by the National Federation of the Blind — and asks that the company realize that many blind persons are already paying users of Audible.com, the online provider of talking books that Amazon owns and from which many Kindle users get their books. The petition states that ... keep reading »

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