Complete Access for blind users of Screen-reading Software.
I ask that a system be set up to give screen-reading software like jaws for Windows special access to Logos, comparable to the way that Adobe allows screen-reading software to interact with PDF documents in a unique way. This would mean that a user could open any resource and read a letter, a word, a line or the entire passage, just as he would any other document. I'm asking for the same kind of access that sighted users have. I understand that though there were discussions about accessibility going into production of Logos 5, nothing substantive has been done in the latest release. Please make accessibility for blind and visually impaired users a priority. Thank you.
I have read the other comments and I would like to point out that while for many of you we are "less fortunate," this view is inaccurate. We are people who function in society in the same roles that you do, but we need accommodations in order to do this. Calling us "less fortunate" perpetuates the attitudes that cause the problems in the first place. Valuing us as fully contributing members of society will go further toward shedding light on the reasons why these accommodations are the right thing to do. I am a Hebrew professor. Is it the right thing for me, and for my students, for me to have full access to resources and to be able to work efficiently? Or is it right because I am a poor pathetic blind person who cannot see? Think about the difference in theology.
It would be nice to be able to highlight the text so I could use the speech function on my Mac to read the information to me. I do NOT know how to use screen readers.
Alfred Morgan commented
We as blind bible users need the access to logos!
Also, text and some features for the iPad use extremely small characters.
For instance, scrolling at the botton in a Lexicon, shows a too tiny preview of the words one is scrolling through.
The graph with the number of times a book of the Bible uses certain words is too tiny to be useful.
Finally, the wheel that displays a lemma and its translations is unreadable for people with eye issues.
I agree with other users, this, along with voice reading capabilities, is a Christian ministry need for the less fortunate.
I am also visually impaired/legally blind, and any help with reading material would be AWESOME!!!! It would be really cool if it were a lot easier to have a book/article/etc read, and also have the ability to change the TTS voices. There are some really good TTS voices/Apps available: Acapela, CereProc, IVONA, SVOX. Having the ability to use any of these would SUPER AWESOME!!!!
Also, having the ability to edit the TTS word list, or dictionary, I'm not sure what it is called, but having the ability to create custom words, especially for Greek studies.
I do not understand why this is not a priority for Logos. While it may not be financially wise but it is the right thing to do. As Christian people we are to care for those who are handicapped and this would be a tremendous advantage in doing that.
As a visually impaired Catholic and someone who teaches blind consumers how to use computers, I would like to add my comments and say that I think this is an extremely important issue. I would like to know if Logos's software uses what are called standard windows controls, which allows screen readers to access the content of the software. If I knew that the software was accessible, I would certainly consider purchasing it. I use NVDA, which is a free screen reader, available from www.nvaccess.org. I would also be willing to volunteer my time as a beta tester to test any accessibility which Logos would like to incorporate into their software.
I concur, since I am most likely heading that way myself. After changes in the past few years I have noted differences. Currently I have near sight glasses worn 100% time, and bifocals. I have to increase font size and for best results a larger monitor. Print wise, I try to find large or giant print. I do the best I can. Having capability to continue in God's Word is a must. With that said, every effort should be taken to assist any sight impaired person. The Word, commentaries and other references are likely always in print to small. Many publishers do not make comparative printing available for sight impaired. Please support this effort.
I am wondering why this is not already in the works because I know there are so many visually impaired brothers and sisters out there. I personally know a retired professor of the Old Testament who was forced into retirement because of the loss of his sight and the lack of software readers being able to read Logos and Logos not having its on screen reader. This, in my opinion, should be a top priority and if you want a more heart wrenching reason how many of our vets are coming home without site to learn they can no longer read/hear their studies?
I am asking this for Logos 4: My doctors say I'm going blind & my biggest concern is losing my ability to use the bible library. I realize it has the talking (read aloud) feature, which is great, but if I can't see what to click on to start it, it won't help. Could you add a feature which, if checked, would activate the read aloud by default for whatever book is open? It would also need to be able to read the titles of the books in the library for us, our prayer lists and things like that. Anything at all you could do to make it easier for someone who's almost blind or totally blind, would be greatly appreciated. If we could only have one book that could be automatically read aloud by default, I'd like it to be the Bible as that's obviously the most important one in the library. thank you for your time and consideration.