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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 legacy Audacity 1.2.x version without a mouse.|However we strongly recommend the visually impaired to use instead the current release of Audacity as it has much improved screen reader and other accessibility features incorporated.}}
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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 legacy Audacity 1.2.x version without a mouse.|However we strongly recommend the visually impaired to use instead the [http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download current release of Audacity] as it has much improved screen reader and other accessibility features incorporated.}}
  
  
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==Current Audacity release==
 
==Current Audacity release==
  
The Audacity developers have been working on better keyboard and screen-reader access for the current release of the program. A very important feature of the current Audacity is the ability to fully [http://manual.audacityteam.org/help/manual/man/audacity_selection.html#keyboard manipulate the selection using the keyboard].  
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The Audacity developers have been working on better keyboard and screen reader access for the current release of the program. A very important feature of current Audacity is the ability to fully [http://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/audacity_selection.html#keyboard 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|Screen Readers]] section below for more information.  
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Screen reader access works very well on Windows and Mac OS X but still needs further development on Linux. Please read the [http://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/accessibility.html Accessibility] page in the [http://manual.audacityteam.org/o Manual] for full information about Audacity's keyboard and screen reader accessibility.  
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Please read the "Screen Readers" section [[#screen|below]] for links to free screen readers.  
  
For more information please see the [http://manual.audacityteam.org/help/manual/man/accessibility.html Accessibility] page in the [http://manual.audacityteam.org/help/manual/ Audacity Manual].
 
  
 
==Tips for legacy 1.2.x versions==
 
==Tips for legacy 1.2.x versions==
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== Free Screen Readers ==   
 
== Free Screen Readers ==   
  
* [http://www.nvda-project.org/ NVDA] for '''Windows'''. This works well with legacy Audacity 1.2.6.
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* [http://www.nvda-project.org/ NVDA] for '''Windows'''. This works well with current Audacity versions and also with legacy 1.2 versions.  
 
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* [http://www.apple.com/accessibility/voiceover/ VoiceOver] built-in screen reader for '''OS X'''. Audacity 2.0.1 onwards works well with VoiceOver. Audacity versions before 2.0.1 had no explicit support for VoiceOver and very little of the Audacity interface will be read.  
* [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 the current Audacity, including reading most of the toolbar controls.  
 
* [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 the current Audacity, including reading most of the toolbar controls.  
  

Revision as of 01:46, 2 July 2012

This page contains information for blind or visually impaired users of Audacity. It includes tips that make it easier to use the legacy Audacity 1.2.x version without a mouse.
However we strongly recommend the visually impaired to use instead the current release of Audacity as it has much improved screen reader and other accessibility features incorporated.


Current Audacity release

The Audacity developers have been working on better keyboard and screen reader access for the current release of the program. A very important feature of current Audacity is the ability to fully manipulate the selection using the keyboard.

Screen reader access works very well on Windows and Mac OS X but still needs further development on Linux. Please read the Accessibility page in the Manual for full information about Audacity's keyboard and screen reader accessibility.

Please read the "Screen Readers" section below for links to free screen readers.


Tips for legacy 1.2.x versions


Documentation and mailing lists

Further help is at hand if you need it.

  • A Guide to using Audacity 2.0 with the commercial JAWS screen reader for Windows, by David Bailes. It includes tips for navigating Audacity 2.0 without the mouse which should be helpful to users on all operating systems.


Free Screen Readers

  • NVDA for Windows. This works well with current Audacity versions and also with legacy 1.2 versions.
  • VoiceOver built-in screen reader for OS X. Audacity 2.0.1 onwards works well with VoiceOver. Audacity versions before 2.0.1 had no explicit support for VoiceOver and very little of the Audacity interface will be read.
  • 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 the current Audacity, including reading most of the toolbar controls.