|VoiceOver commands and tutorials 2012
What VoiceOver can tell you
VoiceOver can give you the description of all the items on the screen, battery level, status, cell network signals time of day and even let you know if the orientation of your iPhone has changed.
Single tap to hear a description of what you have tapped
Double tap to activate
Swipe to adjust a slider
Flick to the left or right to move to the next item on screen.
Three fingers to scroll
VoiceOver will also deliver contextual information, such as the location of objects on the screen or tell you about adjoining objects. Since you are directly touching the part of the screen you want to have read out loud to you it is much easier to get the information you want faster than with other voice applications.
When you enter text on VoiceOver the letter you press is spoken to you when you touch it and then repeated again when you enter it. This is quite a tedious process but you can have VoiceOver speak the whole word instead. Flicking up and down will move the cursor to the left and right within the text for editing.
VoiceOver will try and predict the word you are typing to make the typing experience less stressful. I find this process very arduous and would rather use a dictation app like Dragon instead.
It uses sound effects to alert you when certain apps are open and can also lower the background music so that you can hear VoiceOver more clearly. When you select something a black rectangle shows on that item.
There are a variety of adjustments you can make to VoiceOver so that it is customized to your needs. You can adjust the speaking rate so it is as slow or quick as you like.
VoiceOver comes in 21 languages: Bahasa Indonesian, Chinese (Cantonese), Chinese (China), Chinese (Taiwan), Dutch, English (US), English (UK), English (Australian), Finnish, French (Canada), French (France), German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean,
Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish (Mexico), Spanish (Spain), Swedish, Thai, Turkish.
A few others as well
Place two fingers on the iPhone and turn them and you get a dial-like set of options
for VoiceOver. This allows you to flick up or down to move through only the text
The Rotor is especially useful for navigating through a webpage, and options include:
How to delete contacts on the I phone
Posted by Everette Bacon — February 14, 2012
Deleting Contacts On The IPhone 4S
1. Move to the bottom left of your phone’s screen and double tap on “phone.”
2. Slide your finger left to right until reaching “contacts” and double tap
3. Move to the top left and slide down to locate the contact to delete. If
it is not on the first screen, use the table index to locate the one to
The table index is activated by:
A. Move to the top right corner of the phone.
B. Flick one finger down and you will hear “table index.”
C. Keep flicking one finger down the right side which will move through the
D. When reaching the letter that would contain the desired contact, move to
the left side of the phone.
E. Move down through the available contacts and double tap your choice.
4. Now you’ve located the contact to delete and have it opened, move to the
top right and locate “edit.” Double tap this button.
5. Swipe up with three fingers once.
6. Move to the bottom left and move up a finger with to “delete.” Double tap
7. Move back to the bottom left again and move up about two finger widths
and tap delete again. The contact is now gone and you are placed back into
your contact list again.
Double tap the contact from the all contacts list
Hit the edit button on upper right
Swipe up with 3 fingers and the delete button is on the bottom left.
I phone and I pad downloads
Posted by Everette Bacon — January 24, 2012
Mailing list submitted by chris hallsworth
Date: Sunday, January 08, 2012 5:23 AM
From a later version of iOS 4 and all versions of iOS 5, including the
current release, it is possible to automatically download new items you
download from the store. How it works is if you download a new app from
within iTunes on your computer, it also downloads to your other device(s),
wirelessly, via iCloud. Here is how you set it up:
1. On your iOS device, go to settings, then general, then store.
2. On your computer, and using a screenreader, assuming you are using iTunes
for Windows, open the preferences dialogue box with ctrl-comma.
3. tab to the general button
4. right arrow to the store button and press the spacebar to activate it.
5. Make your selections then click ok.
Comparing Ebook Readers for Your iDevice
Posted by Deborah Armstrong — November 07, 2011
Here’s a current roundup of the accessibility of ebook readers that work on your
iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. I’ve provided links to the app store for each of them.
From that link you can read a description, link directly to the iTunes page for acquiring
that app, either on your iDevice directly or from within iTunes and you can also
go directly to the app developer’s page. Additionally you can read user reviews.
For this report, I’ve tested all the apps with VoiceOver and chatted with sighted
and low-vision friends to get their comments. I’ve also read online reviews to learn
something about the app’s layout and features.
Note that as apps get updated, access may improve or disappear. This report is current
as of November, 2011. Please comment if you find any inaccuracies.
Works well with either VoiceOver or Zooms. Has some great features for low-vision
and learning disabled readers as well. High quality voices are an in-app purchase,
so you can have Blio read out loud without even needing VoiceOver. Has a built-in
bookstore and supports many smaller publishers with interesting offerings. Supports
books with visually rich content, and a variety of views for best experiencing the
OverDrive Media Console – Library eBooks and Audiobooks
This free app gives you free access to commercial ebook and audio book titles through
your local public library. The epub books it downloads are all text-based, so there
is no problem reading them with VoiceOver. The audio books it downloads are MP3,
and play within the app. After the loan period expires, the downloaded books are
automatically removed from the device; there’s no worry about overdue fees and forgetting
to return a book to the library.
Unfortunately, this app has no accessibility features. It currently is not compatible
with VoiceOver. Font sizes can be changed so some people with mild visual impairments
have found this app easier to see on an iPad than struggling with the low contrast
of an actual Kindle ebook reader. The free app does give existing Kindle users a
way to get to their content using an iDevice, and its interface is reported to be
easy and intuitive. The WhisperSync technology means you can read a book on several
devices and not loose your place.
This is the app that compliments the Barnes and Noble Nook reading device, but it
too uses a file format which is image-based and hence will not work with VoiceOver.
Like Kindle, it synchronizes easily with other Nook apps on the Mac or PC and an
existing Nook user will want to have this app on his iDevice so he can read the same
content there. Note that Nook does let you change the background color — unlike many
other readers, making it easier to adjust contrast for people with minimal visual
limitations. Also note that the former EReader app is now discontinued and Nook supposedly
supports all the formats that the older Barnes and Noble ereader used to support.
In my testing I was disappointed that many accessible commercial ebooks that can
be purchased from fictionwise.com are now inaccessible through this Nook interface.
If you have a fictionwise bookshelf and use VoiceOver, you’ll probably want to skip
this app for now.
Why ibooks, designed by Apple, is not simply included on their devices is a mystery,
but at least it is a no-cost and hassle-free download from the app store. iBooks
probably gives the best overall reading experience for the VoiceOver user. Access
was not an afterthought and you can always swipe down with two fingers to read continuously
from wherever you start. Turningg pages, searching, selecting text, using the dictionary
or accessing another portion of the book through the table of contents also works
quite well visually or through use of VoiceOver. The built-in store has thousands
of free classic books and adds new commercial titles every day. Prices tend to be
a bit higher than Kindle or Nook, but not as expensive as buying the printed book.
Free samples are often 50 pages long. iBooks lets you also read
files you can transfer through iTunes or DropBox, and any
with underlying text will read fine with VoiceOver.
files which have images and no text, will of course not be accessible.
Learning Ally Audio
&D, Learning Ally offers a library of textbooks and professional materials for print-impaired
students. These human narrated audio books are recorded by volunteers. You can move
to a specific page, heading or chapter using Daisy navigation, but the books contain
no text. Many figures, photos and diagrams are described by the volunteer readers.
Currently, the app is $19.95. It goes without saying that it works with VoiceOver.
Bookshare is another library for the print-impaired, and at $19.95 their app gives
members access to its entire content. You can browse and search the bookshare library
from within the app. These books are also Daisy, and let you navigate by page or
section, but the quality of the books varies because many were scanned in by members.
A growing number of books are superb quality however as they were directly provided
by the publishers. These books do not expire and will remain on your device until
you delete them. In the United States membership is free for students. The app works
with Voiceover but also has built-in higher quality voices which work best when VoiceOver
is turned off. For faster response, the built-in voice can be disabled, while VoiceOver
is used to read. The app also lets you change fonts and contrast and works well with
A simple Daisy reader created by the Association for the Blind of Western Australia.
Note that these people create unprotected Daisy books for their own patrons that
have full text, full audio, but the audio is read by a computerized voice. Their
library is open to anyone in any country but they obey the copyright restrictions
of your particular region. Because this app is primarily intended for reading the
Daisy books they provide, it will not read Daisy variants such as offerings from
Bookshare or Learning Ally. Though it supports only the older Daisy 2.2 format, it
works well with VoiceOver and is not as complex as other Daisy reading software.
Another Daisy reading app, that does support Bookshare, as well as Daisy from a variety
of sources. Very accessible and has been around for two years, so contains fewer
bugs than other Daisy reading apps. Note it will not read Daisy from Learning Ally
because those titles are in a protected format. Several tutorials are available on
the net for using this app with VoiceOver.
A free app which gives you access to thousands of commercial audiobooks all downloadable
directly to your device without needing iTunes. You can navigate through these human-read
books by section or chapter, but they aren’t Daisy, and there is no text. Many best-sellers,
radio documentaries, magazines and commedy as well as a variety of books for children,
christian literature and even sexually explicit x-rated reading material. Note that
these books must be purchased. The app is quite accessible, and recent improvements
have made it even more accessible.
Originally this app offered only free audiobooks: classic literature typically recorded
by the Librivox project in the public domain. However they now offer some commercial
selections you can purchase. There is both a paid and a free version of this app.
It works reasonably well with VoiceOver but is not as easy to use as Audible.
This free app focuses on free or low-cost ebooks and social networking among book
readers. It makes it easy to share book passages with friends, for example. Advertises
that it gives you access to over a million free books. Seems to work OK with voiceover,
but is not as easy to use as some other ebook apps.
This is the oldest of the ebook reading apps and has millions of loyal fans. The
built-in store gives you access to all books from Project Gutenberg and other free
repositories. It also gives access to many commercial ebook vendors including technical
publishers like O’Reilly. All books are in the Epub format and read well with VoiceOver
though the interface is not quite as attractive or seamless as iBooks. Stanza is
very accessible and efficient to use. It does not have as many customizable display
options as other ebook readers, but its companion app for the PC makes it easier
to convert most any unprotected ebook on your PC to epub and transfer it directly
to your iDevice.
Google has long enabled sighted users to browse both public domain and commercial
books online by looking at images of the book’s pages, and by searching for specific
text. But only the non-copyrighted books were offered in epub format, which is text-based
and accessible to screen reading software. This app which now also offers access
to the newly opened google ebook store, seems to follow this pattern. Books that
are text-based can be read with VoiceOver but are much easier to access through iBooks,
OverDrive or Stanza. Books that are image-based are still not accessible.
Do you know of an app I didn’t mention? Do you spot an error in any of my quick descriptions?