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{{Intro|This page contains information for blind or visually impaired users of Audacity. |We strongly recommend the visually impaired to use the [http://web.audacityteam.org/download current release of Audacity] and keep it updated. The latest version will always have the best screen reader and keyboard accessibility.
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{{Intro|This page contains information for blind or visually impaired users of Audacity. |We strongly recommend the visually impaired to use the [https://web.audacityteam.org/download current release of Audacity] and keep it updated. The latest version will always have the best screen reader and keyboard accessibility.
{{advice|Unfortunately, Audacity 2.1.2 is not accessible for users of VoiceOver, and this was also the case for the Audacity 2.1.1 release.<p> However, an accessible version of Audacity 2.1.1 is available on our [http://audacityteam.org/download/mac Mac OS X downloads page]. The name of this accessible version is "2.1.1-screen-reader" (DMG and ZIP downloads are available). It is hoped that future versions of Audacity will be accessible for users of VoiceOver.</p>}}
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{{advice|Unfortunately, for users of VoiceOver the accessibility and usability of Audacity 2.4.2 are limited.<p> However, a more usable version of Audacity is the Screen reader version of Audacity 2.1.1, which is available to download on our [http://audacityteam.org/download/mac Mac downloads page], though unfortunately this version is not compatible with macOS Mojave or later. The name of this version is "2.1.1-screen-reader". It is hoped that future versions of Audacity will be more accessible for users of VoiceOver.</p>}}
 
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A very important feature of Audacity is the ability to fully [http://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/audacity_selection.html#keyboard manipulate the selection using the keyboard].  
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A very important feature of Audacity is the ability to fully [https://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/audacity_selection.html#keyboard manipulate the selection using the keyboard].  
  
Screen reader access works very well on Windows. Mac OS X screen reader support now requires considerable adjustment following a transition to wxWidgets 3, but a 2.1.1 accessible build is available on our [http://audacityteam.org/download/mac Mac OS X downloads page]. Screen reader support still needs further development on Linux.  
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Screen reader access works very well on Windows. Mac screen reader support now requires considerable adjustment following a transition to wxWidgets 3, but a 2.1.1 accessible build is available on our [http://audacityteam.org/download/mac Mac downloads page]. Screen reader support 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 [https://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/accessibility.html Accessibility] page in the [https://manual.audacityteam.org/o Manual] for full information about Audacity's keyboard and screen reader accessibility.  
  
 
Please read the "Free Screen Readers" section [[#screen|below]] for links to free screen readers.  
 
Please read the "Free Screen Readers" section [[#screen|below]] for links to free screen readers.  
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== Documentation and mailing lists ==
 
== Documentation and mailing lists ==
  
Further help is at hand if you need it.  
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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 at http://www.freelists.org/cgi-bin/lsg2.cgi/l=audacity4blind. The subscription is a somewhat complex three-stage process:
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* There is an [https://www.freelists.org/list/audacity4blind Audacity4blind mailing list] for "blind people helping each other use Audacity".
** Enter the email 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 email 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.  
 
  
*[http://vip.chowo.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/jaws/Audacity-2.1.2-Guide.html  A Guide to using Audacity 2.1.2] with the commercial JAWS screen reader for Windows, by David Bailes. It includes tips for navigating Audacity 2.1.2 without the mouse which should be helpful to users on all operating systems.
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: To subscribe to the list:
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:# Go to [https://www.freelists.org/list/audacity4blind https://www.freelists.org/list/audacity4blind].
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:# Enter your email address into the "your email address" edit box.
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:# Tab to and check the check box to indicate that you aren't a robot.
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:# Tab to the Next button and press it. You will receive an email to confirm the subscription.
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:# In that email, open the link to confirm your email address. A web page opens in which you have to agree to various terms.
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:# There are three check boxes which have to be checked, and finally a Next button to press.
  
==Tips for blind users ==
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* The list archive is at [http://www.freelists.org/archive/audacity4blind/ http://www.freelists.org/archive/audacity4blind/]
  
{{ednote|'''Gale 15Feb14:''' [[ToDo-2]] David B. has suggested the below links are looked at to see if they are still relevant to 2.0.x. [http://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/navigating_effects_without_using_a_mouse.html Navigating Effects] is definitely relevant to 2.0.x.
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*[https://vip.chowo.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/jaws/Audacity-3.0.0-Guide.html A Guide to using Audacity 3.0.2] for users of Jaws, NVDA, and Narrator, by David Bailes. It includes tips for navigating Audacity without the mouse which should be helpful to users on all operating systems.
*Some of this content may only be relevant to legacy 1.2 versions of Audacity.}}   
 
  
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==Tips for blind users ==
 
* [[BlindKeyboardShortcuts|Keyboard Shortcuts]]   
 
* [[BlindKeyboardShortcuts|Keyboard Shortcuts]]   
 
* [[BlindSelecting|Selecting]]  
 
* [[BlindSelecting|Selecting]]  
* [http://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/navigating_effects_without_using_a_mouse.html#keyboard Running Effects]
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* [https://manual.audacityteam.org/man/navigating_effects_without_using_a_mouse.html Navigating Effects]
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* [https://manual.audacityteam.org/man/navigating_effects_without_using_a_mouse.html#keyboard Running Effects]
 
* [[BlindMonoToStereo|Mono to Stereo]]  
 
* [[BlindMonoToStereo|Mono to Stereo]]  
 
* [[BlindPanning|Panning]]  
 
* [[BlindPanning|Panning]]  
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== Free Screen Readers ==   
 
== Free Screen Readers ==   
  
* [http://www.nvda-project.org/ NVDA] for '''Windows'''. This works well with Audacity.  
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* [https://www.nvaccess.org// NVDA] for '''Windows'''. This works well with Audacity.
* [http://www.apple.com/accessibility/voiceover/ VoiceOver] built-in screen reader for '''OS X'''.  
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* [https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/22798/windows-10-complete-guide-to-narrator Narrator] for '''Windows 10'''. This works well with Audacity.
{{advice|Unfortunately, Audacity 2.1.2 is not accessible for users of VoiceOver, and this was also the case for the Audacity 2.1.1 release.<p> However, an accessible version of Audacity 2.1.1 is available on our [http://audacityteam.org/download/mac Mac OS X downloads page]. The name of this accessible version is "2.1.1-screen-reader" (DMG and ZIP downloads are available). It is hoped that future versions of Audacity will be accessible for users of VoiceOver.</p>}}
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* [https://www.apple.com/accessibility/vision/ VoiceOver] built-in screen reader for '''Mac'''.  
* [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 moderately well with Audacity, including reading most of the toolbar controls, but does not read TimeText controls (spinbox digits). Orca does not indicate track focus or selectedness.  
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* [https://wiki.gnome.org/Projects/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 moderately well with Audacity, including reading most of the toolbar controls, but does not read TimeText controls (spinbox digits). Orca does not indicate track focus or selectedness.  
  
  
 
{{CategoryTips}}[[Category:For Blind Users]]
 
{{CategoryTips}}[[Category:For Blind Users]]

Latest revision as of 13:45, 19 April 2021

This page contains information for blind or visually impaired users of Audacity.
We strongly recommend the visually impaired to use the current release of Audacity and keep it updated. The latest version will always have the best screen reader and keyboard accessibility.
Warning icon Unfortunately, for users of VoiceOver the accessibility and usability of Audacity 2.4.2 are limited.

However, a more usable version of Audacity is the Screen reader version of Audacity 2.1.1, which is available to download on our Mac downloads page, though unfortunately this version is not compatible with macOS Mojave or later. The name of this version is "2.1.1-screen-reader". It is hoped that future versions of Audacity will be more accessible for users of VoiceOver.

A very important feature of Audacity is the ability to fully manipulate the selection using the keyboard.

Screen reader access works very well on Windows. Mac screen reader support now requires considerable adjustment following a transition to wxWidgets 3, but a 2.1.1 accessible build is available on our Mac downloads page. Screen reader support 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 "Free Screen Readers" section below for links to free screen readers.

Documentation and mailing lists

Further help is at hand if you need it.

To subscribe to the list:
  1. Go to https://www.freelists.org/list/audacity4blind.
  2. Enter your email address into the "your email address" edit box.
  3. Tab to and check the check box to indicate that you aren't a robot.
  4. Tab to the Next button and press it. You will receive an email to confirm the subscription.
  5. In that email, open the link to confirm your email address. A web page opens in which you have to agree to various terms.
  6. There are three check boxes which have to be checked, and finally a Next button to press.
  • A Guide to using Audacity 3.0.2 for users of Jaws, NVDA, and Narrator, by David Bailes. It includes tips for navigating Audacity without the mouse which should be helpful to users on all operating systems.

Tips for blind users

Free Screen Readers

  • NVDA for Windows. This works well with Audacity.
  • Narrator for Windows 10. This works well with Audacity.
  • VoiceOver built-in screen reader for Mac.
  • 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 moderately well with Audacity, including reading most of the toolbar controls, but does not read TimeText controls (spinbox digits). Orca does not indicate track focus or selectedness.