Disability accessibility options poor in Mac
One area that the Mac is falling down in, badly, is in the tools to make the Mac accessible to disabled users. The only tools Apple provided in the past were a CloseView control panel and Sticky Keys utility. Apple never took advantage of its great text-to-speech capability in any of its own applications.
1. CloseView doesn't even work on new iBooks, and if you try to run it in Classic environment, it locks up under OS9.2.
2. OS X doesn't even have a CloseView (magnification and screen inversion) capability, only a sticky keys capability.
3. Meanwhile, even Window ME has extensive accessibility options that let you tailor screen colors, magnification, etc.
4. Windows XP talks it even further, with a Narrator utility built into the operating system to allow system, Explorer, and basic applications to be used by the non-sighted.
As someone who works with some disable folks, this really stinks. And, given that 3 million yuppies will be losing their vision to macular degeneration in the next 20 years or so, Apple is blowing its usability reputation for a big chunk of the market. :eek:
You may be interested in a couple of discussions taking place at the Closing The Gap Forums .
OS X Perspectives
Universal Access and Windows XP
Re: Disability accessibility options poor in Mac
2. If you're bitching about the MacOS in general, consider Apples latest OS, not the one they have officially proclaimed 'dead' (yet living, again?).
3. Before posting such gripes, get a clue. Open your System Preferences. Open the Universal Access panel.
WOW! Look at that! Inversion, magnification, narration, keyboard mouse control... isn't this COOL?
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