A conceptual introduction for sighted readers on how VoiceOver works

On January 9th, 2007, Steve Jobs first announced the iPhone. Many people including my friend Dr. Nathan Klapoetke were very excited about it and couldn't wait to buy one. That day, Nathan was reinstalling windows for me as there was no real practical way to do that yet with a screen reader. While Nathan ranted … Continue reading A conceptual introduction for sighted readers on how VoiceOver works

How to add, and quickly switch between what language VoiceOver is currently speaking on your iOS device

I remember hearing Deane Blazie once demo a Braille 'n Speak in Spanish, and thinking that was really cool. Later I bought a $100 add on, so my Braille Lite would speak Portuguese, but things then were way different than now. You had to completely reflash the firmware, there was no way to switch languages … Continue reading How to add, and quickly switch between what language VoiceOver is currently speaking on your iOS device

How along with quality sound, Apple’s AirPods Max are the most efficient BlueTooth headset for VoiceOver users

June 15 2021 When Apple released their AirPods Max headset last December, many complained they were way over priced. I can't disagree, even though I did buy a pair with the help of some birthday and Christmas money. Now after 6 months, I have to say I have never regretted buying them. No, they aren't … Continue reading How along with quality sound, Apple’s AirPods Max are the most efficient BlueTooth headset for VoiceOver users

A much improved way to spell check documents using VoiceOver on iOS beginning with iOS 12.1

Posted on November 6, 2018 There was a way, reproducible though not very convenient to spellcheck documents in iOS 11 using VoiceOver and at the time I thought it was cool though somewhat difficult to remember, but wrote a blog post about it anyway. A big thank you to Scott Davert, who discovered that in … Continue reading A much improved way to spell check documents using VoiceOver on iOS beginning with iOS 12.1

How to accessibly and reliably spell check documents on iOS devices with VoiceOver

Posted on October 5, 2017 Although I guess possible on older versions of iOS, until iOS 11, spell checking documents on iOS devices was extremely difficult with the screen reader¬†¬†Voiceover. Occasionally when browsing around a document if VoiceOver said a word was misspelled you could maybe get suggestions if you happened to be exceptionally lucky. … Continue reading How to accessibly and reliably spell check documents on iOS devices with VoiceOver

My realization that blind users of VoiceOver have had touch screen macs since 2009

In the early 1990s , Neal Stephenson released his now well known book "Snow Crash". Then in 1999 he wrote the even more famous book Cryptonomicon. He also wrote a lesser known and much smaller essay entitled "In the Beginning was the Command Line". In this essay Neal Stephenson talks about interfaces; not just of … Continue reading My realization that blind users of VoiceOver have had touch screen macs since 2009

A virtually unknown iOS VoiceOver feature, automatically announcing the time every minute

As an iOS VoiceOver user, several years ago I discovered that if I touched the clock status bar item VoiceOver would continue to automatically announce the time until interrupted by touch or certain incoming notifications. I can't remember exactly when this became a feature, but it was more than 3 years ago, and I've never … Continue reading A virtually unknown iOS VoiceOver feature, automatically announcing the time every minute

How I think smart watches are way more useful than many think

Many say that watches are useless now that we have cell phones and just as many don't even wear one, , but I still say it's much easier to look at your wrist if sighted or do voiceover gestures on your Apple watch, than to take your phone out of a pocket to get the … Continue reading How I think smart watches are way more useful than many think