Jun 20, 2018
Welcome to our second episode of the Ebu Access Cast. Our hosts Mario Percinic and Jakob Rosin prepared a bunch of news from the assistive tech industry, and at the end of the Podcast, you will be able to hear a short demonstration about Google Home.
But first let’s check what news do we have for you this time:
Microsoft launched new version of Windows 10 for all members of their Windows Insiders program, and the version is called Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17692.
Except many new improvements for all users, a few accessibility related topics are covered as well. Ease of Access has a new feature for partially sighted users so that all the content can be bigger; Narrator has a new list of keyboard layout, which you can find here:
Besides new keyboard layout Narrator now supports
New Accessibility Features Coming to iPhone, Mac, Apple TV and Apple Watch
To check out all the accessibility related news for the upcoming Apple OS releases follow the link above.
Jakob gave us a short review about Aira, a new system which helps blind people to navigate around by using a special glasses or a smartphone with the guidance and the assistance from professional agents.
NVDA a very popular free screen reader has a new version for this year called 2018.2, and the list of improvements can be found here.
New version of JAWS was also launched during May and besides many improvements in the May update the biggest one is the support for Firefox 60, also called Firefox Quantum, which is finally working, again, after all of the blind users had a huge problems with Firefox performance at the end of 2017.
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 finally saw the day of its official release.
WCAG 2.1 was initiated with the goal to improve accessibility guidance for three major groups: users with cognitive or learning disabilities, users with low vision, and users with disabilities on mobile devices. To check out all the features listed visit the link on the W3C website.
Those of you who had enough patience to stay and listen to us until the end can enjoy in the demonstration from Jakob about google home.
As always, you are free to contact us thru multiple channels including our email and Twitter, and we are looking forward to bring you new stuff during the upcoming summer.