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Further help is at hand if you need it.  
 
Further help is at hand if you need it.  
  
*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:
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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 at http://www.freelists.org/cgi-bin/lsg2.cgi/l=audacity4blind. 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
** In the web page that you come to, click the "'''Subscribe'''" button under the "Available Commands" list on the right  
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** In the web page that you come to, click the "'''Subscribe'''" button under the "Available Commands" list on the right.
  
 
*[http://vip.chowo.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/jaws/Audacity-2.0.5-Guide.html  A Guide to using Audacity 2.0.5] with the commercial JAWS screen reader for Windows, by David Bailes. It includes tips for navigating Audacity 2.0.5 without the mouse which should be helpful to users on all operating systems.
 
*[http://vip.chowo.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/jaws/Audacity-2.0.5-Guide.html  A Guide to using Audacity 2.0.5] with the commercial JAWS screen reader for Windows, by David Bailes. It includes tips for navigating Audacity 2.0.5 without the mouse which should be helpful to users on all operating systems.

Revision as of 13:46, 3 January 2014

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 2.0.5 with the commercial JAWS screen reader for Windows, by David Bailes. It includes tips for navigating Audacity 2.0.5 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.