Monday, November 07, 2005

Asaw Screen Reader

This is another experiment in pileup query.
I used only the simple search to collect the initial information and the pileups.

Original Query was: Asaw Screen

I slightly edited the results and erased duplicates.

Conclusions: Pileups were negligible.

This is the first results page:
I am posting an article from the current issue of Access Review, which evaluates three Windows screen readers (ASAW, HAL, and Window-Eyes).
In alphabetical order, the three screen-readers represented in this issue are: ASAW v1.2b by MicroTalk HAL95 v1.2 by Dolphin Systems Window-Eyes v2.0-Beta52 (pre-2.1 release) by GW Micro There are constant changes and new developments being made by screen-reader vendors. It is important to note that each of the vendors will have most likely released versions by the time the reader reviews this article.
(Note: This task assumes that the user has no W95 screen-reader, and that they will be installing their GUI screen-reader from DOS with a DOS screen-reader.) ASAW: 2 Comments: Manual not clear, and refers to installation from Windows only; user needs to review multiple files to find DOS command-line installation instructions, but ASAW does not specify a clear distinction between "asawinst.bat" and "maninst.bat"; very verbose, but verbalized items are not relevant for the user interface.
ASAW: 1 Comments: Could not notify user of changes while reading a screen; point size inaccurate when using arrow keys, and failed to indicate when attribute is turned off.
ASAW: Automatic Screen Access for Windows is a screen reader program designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. This program announces text in sync with the application in use.
Automatic Screen Access for Windows (ASAW), as its name indicates, provides the blind computer user with state-of-the-art access to modern applications running in the Windows environment.
ASAW works by gathering information about what your screen does and announces that information automatically through one of several supported speech synthesizers.
ASAP and ASAW (MicroTalk) Has two versions: Automatic Screen Access Program (ASAP) for DOS computers and Automatic Screen Access for Windows (ASAW) for Windows 3.1, 95, and Windows for Workgroups. Determines the appropriate text to speak by analyzing information in the display memory and responding to user input commands.
MicroTalk's ASAW and TeleSensory's Screen Power for Windows have been developed for Windows 95, but both declined to participate immediately prior to the session. TeleSensory stated that they had a working version, but that they wanted to make it more robust before launching or demonstrating it into the general market.

And here are the pileups:
ASAW - Automatic Screen Access for Windows - For DOS, Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows. Requires a hardware or software voices synthesizer.

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