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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 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 release (2.0)}}
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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 Audacity 1.2.x version without a mouse.|However we strongly recommend the visually impaired to use instead the current 2.x series of Audacity until its much improved screen reader and other accessibility features are incorporated into the next release (2.0)}}
  
  
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==Beta 1.3.x series==
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==Audacity 2.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 [http://manual.audacityteam.org/man/Audacity_Selection#keyboard manipulate the selection using the keyboard].  
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The Audacity developers have been working on better keyboard and screen-reader access in the 2.x series of the program. A very important feature of current 2.x versions is the ability to fully [http://manual.audacityteam.org/man/Audacity_Selection#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.  
 
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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== Free Screen Readers ==   
 
== Free Screen Readers ==   
  
* [http://www.nvda-project.org/ NVDA] for '''Windows'''. This works  well with latest Audacity Beta.
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* [http://www.nvda-project.org/ NVDA] for '''Windows'''. This works  well with latest Audacity 2.6.
  
 
* [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://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 2.x, including reading most of the toolbar controls.  
  
  
  
 
{{CategoryTips}}[[Category:For Blind Users]]
 
{{CategoryTips}}[[Category:For Blind Users]]

Revision as of 17:06, 26 March 2012

This page contains information for blind or visually impaired users of Audacity. It includes tips that make it easier to use the current Audacity 1.2.x version without a mouse.
However we strongly recommend the visually impaired to use instead the current 2.x series of Audacity until its much improved screen reader and other accessibility features are incorporated into the next release (2.0)



Tips for 1.2.x versions


Audacity 2.x series

The Audacity developers have been working on better keyboard and screen-reader access in the 2.x series of the program. A very important feature of current 2.x 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 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 latest Audacity 2.6.
  • 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 2.x, including reading most of the toolbar controls.