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{{Intro|This page contains information for blind or visually impaired users of Audacity. It includes tips that make it easier to use the current stable Audacity 1.2.x version without a mouse.|However we strongly recommend the visually impaired to use instead the current 1.3.x Beta series of Audacity until its much improved screen reader and other accessibility features are incorporated into the next stable release (1.4)}}
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{{Intro|This page contains information for blind or visually impaired users of Audacity. It includes tips that make it easier to use the current stable Audacity 1.2.x version without a mouse.|However we strongly recommend the visually impaired to use instead the current 1.3.x Beta series of Audacity until its much improved screen reader and other accessibility features are incorporated into the next stable release (2.0)}}
  
  
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==Beta 1.3.x series==
 
==Beta 1.3.x series==
  
The Audacity developers have been working on better keyboard and screen-reader access in the Beta 1.3.x versions of the program. A very important feature of the Beta (1.3.2 and later) versions is the ability to fully {{external|[http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/features-1.3-i.php  manipulate the track selection using the keyboard]}}. The improvements for the visually impaired are not yet fully documented, but there is useful information in the [[Audacity_for_blind_users#Documentation and mailing lists|Documentation and mailing lists]] section below.
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The Audacity developers have been working on better keyboard and screen-reader access in the Beta 1.3.x versions of the program. A very important feature of the Beta (1.3.2 and later) versions is the ability to fully {{external|[http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/features-1.3-i.php  manipulate the track selection using the keyboard]}}. The improvements for the visually impaired are not yet fully documented, but there is useful information in the [[#Documentation and mailing lists|Documentation and mailing lists]] section below.
  
  
 
== Documentation and mailing lists ==
 
== Documentation and mailing lists ==
  
Audacity4blind website and mailing list - no longer active, but there is still an [http://www.freelists.org/archive/audacity4blind/ archive] with lots of useful questions and answers.
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*There is an [http://www.freelists.org/list/audacity4blind Audacity4blind mailing list] to "enable the blind to learn how to use Audacity". The list archive is at [http://www.freelists.org/archive/audacity4blind/ http://www.freelists.org/archive/audacity4blind/] and you can subscribe [http://www.freelists.org/cgi-bin/lsg2.cgi/l=audacity4blind here]. The subscription is a somewhat complex three-stage process:
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** Enter the e-mail address you want to subscribe with at [http://www.freelists.org/cgi-bin/lsg2.cgi/l=audacity4blind http://www.freelists.org/cgi-bin/lsg2.cgi/l=audacity4blind], leaving the password field blank
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** Wait for an e-mail that contains an activation link, then click that link
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** In the web page that you come to, click the "'''Subscribe'''" button under the "Available Commands" list on the right
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<ul style="list-style-image: none; list-style-type: none">'''Note:''' This list is active, though confusingly the footers of messages sent to the list and many search results point to an old http://users.northlc.com/sberry/ address which is not in use.</ul> 
  
[http://vip.chowo.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/jaws/Audacity-1.3.11-Guide.html A Guide to using Audacity 1.3.11] with the commercial JAWS screen reader for Windows, by David Bailes. It includes tips for navigating 1.3.11 without the mouse which should be helpful to users on all operating systems.
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*[http://vip.chowo.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/jaws/Audacity-1.3.11-Guide.html A Guide to using Audacity 1.3.11] with the commercial JAWS screen reader for Windows, by David Bailes. It includes tips for navigating 1.3.11 without the mouse which should be helpful to users on all operating systems.
  
  

Revision as of 14:29, 14 April 2010

This page contains information for blind or visually impaired users of Audacity. It includes tips that make it easier to use the current stable Audacity 1.2.x version without a mouse.
However we strongly recommend the visually impaired to use instead the current 1.3.x Beta series of Audacity until its much improved screen reader and other accessibility features are incorporated into the next stable release (2.0)


Tips for 1.2.x versions


Beta 1.3.x series

The Audacity developers have been working on better keyboard and screen-reader access in the Beta 1.3.x versions of the program. A very important feature of the Beta (1.3.2 and later) versions is the ability to fully manipulate the track selection using the keyboard . The improvements for the visually impaired are not yet fully documented, but there is useful information in the Documentation and mailing lists section below.


Documentation and mailing lists

    Note: This list is active, though confusingly the footers of messages sent to the list and many search results point to an old http://users.northlc.com/sberry/ address which is not in use.
  • A Guide to using Audacity 1.3.11 with the commercial JAWS screen reader for Windows, by David Bailes. It includes tips for navigating 1.3.11 without the mouse which should be helpful to users on all operating systems.


Free Screen Readers

NVDA for Windows. This is said to work quite well with Audacity.

VoiceOver built-in screen reader for OS X. Audacity does not work especially well at the moment with VoiceOver. This is because there is no current support for it in the wxWidgets GUI library which Audacity uses.

Orca for Linux/Unix. As of GNOME 2.16, Orca is a part of the GNOME platform, so is already provided by default on a number of operating system distributions, including Open Solaris, Fedora and Ubuntu. It does not work with the KDE environment. ORCA works quite well with Audacity Beta, including reading most of the toolbar controls.