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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)}}
 
{{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 [[#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 series of the program. A very important feature of current Beta versions is the ability to fully [http://manual.audacityteam.org/man/Audacity_Selection#keyboard manipulate the selection using the keyboard].  
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Screen reader access works very well on Windows but still needs further development on Mac OS X and Linux. See the [[#screen|Screen Readers]] section below for more information.
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For more information please see the [http://manual.audacityteam.org/man/Accessibility Accessibility] page in the [http://manual.audacityteam.org/ Audacity Manual].
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== Documentation and mailing lists ==
 
== Documentation and mailing lists ==
  
*There is an [http://www.freelists.org/webpage/audacity4blind Audacity4blind mailing list] for "blind people helping each other 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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Further help is at hand if you need it.
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*There is an [http://www.freelists.org/list/audacity4blind Audacity4blind mailing list] for "blind people helping each other 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:
 
** 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
 
** 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
 
** Wait for an e-mail that contains an activation link, then click that link
 
** Wait for an e-mail that contains an activation link, then click that link
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== Free Screen Readers ==   
 
== Free Screen Readers ==   
  
[http://www.nvda-project.org/ NVDA] for '''Windows'''. This is said to work quite well with Audacity.
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* [http://www.nvda-project.org/ NVDA] for '''Windows'''. This works  well with latest Audacity Beta.
  
[http://www.apple.com/accessibility/voiceover/ 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 [http://www.wxwidgets.org/ wxWidgets] GUI library which Audacity uses.
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* [http://www.apple.com/accessibility/voiceover/ VoiceOver] built-in screen reader for '''OS X'''. Audacity works poorly at the moment with VoiceOver because it is not supported by the [http://www.wxwidgets.org/ wxWidgets] GUI library which Audacity uses. However please feel free to test our experimental builds of [http://www.audacity.homerow.net/index.php?dir=accessible%2F Audacity for Mac with screen reader support]. You can let us know of any issues through the [http://www.freelists.org/list/audacity4blind Audacity4blind mailing list] or our [http://audacity.sourceforge.net/contact/#feedback feedback address].
  
[http://live.gnome.org/Orca 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.  
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* [http://live.gnome.org/Orca 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.  
  
  
  
 
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Revision as of 01:21, 30 October 2011

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 series of the program. A very important feature of current Beta versions is the ability to fully manipulate the selection using the keyboard.

Screen reader access works very well on Windows but still needs further development on Mac OS X and Linux. See the Screen Readers section below for more information.

For more information please see the Accessibility page in the Audacity Manual.


Documentation and mailing lists

Further help is at hand if you need it.

  • A Guide to using Audacity 1.3.13 with the commercial JAWS screen reader for Windows, by David Bailes. It includes tips for navigating 1.3.13 without the mouse which should be helpful to users on all operating systems.


Free Screen Readers

  • NVDA for Windows. This works well with latest Audacity Beta.
  • 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.