Audacity for blind users
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Revision as of 19:00, 4 May 2014 by Galeandrews (talk | contribs) (Reply to Peter (Blind Tips should I guess stay on Wiki if we want them). Added caveats about Orca.)
Peter 4May14: ToDo-2 Do we want to move this page to the manual or leave it here?
- Gale 04May14: I think Navigating Effects should move to the Manual. It's mainly up to David to decide if a short blind tips primer is useful on Wiki (I don't think that should be in the Manual).
|This page contains information for blind or visually impaired users of Audacity.
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 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 "Free Screen Readers" section below for links to free screen readers.
Documentation and mailing lists
Further help is at hand if you need it.
- There is an Audacity4blind mailing list for "blind people helping each other use Audacity". The list archive is at 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, leaving the password field blank
- 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.
- 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.
Tips for blind users
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. Navigating Effects is definitely relevant to 2.0.x.
- Some of this content may only be relevant to legacy 1.2 versions of Audacity.
Free Screen Readers
- NVDA for Windows. This works well with Audacity.
- VoiceOver built-in screen reader for OS X. Audacity works well with VoiceOver.
- 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.