Screen Readers (The Way I See It #12)


new5Screen Reader or Text-to-Speech software is used to convert text from a computer document into audible speech spoken through the computer speaker. This technology is helpful to people who need or want auditory verification of what is in print on a computer screen. In this episode Estin reviews four of the most common screen readers.

JAWS helps those whose vision loss prevents them from seeing screen content. JAWS reads aloud what’s on the PC screen and gives the user a unique set of intelligent tools for navigating and accesses Web pages and all screen content.

Window-Eyes is a secure and customizable screen reader that features comprehensive support for computers running Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2003, and Windows Server 2008.  Window-Eyes enables individuals who are blind or visually impaired to be completely independent on a PC.

System Access is a screen reader that provides access to your Windows environment.

NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access) is a free “screen reader” which enables blind and vision impaired people to use computers. It reads the text on the screen in a computerized voice.   NVDA can also convert the text into braille if the computer user owns a device called a “braille display”.

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