Re: O.T.: A friend needs info on screen readers history for her thesis

Buddy Brannan

Clive! Hey, I remember you. Back before Usenet turned into a cesspool and alt.drwho.creative was kinda cool. Gawd…I hated Vert! (Point)

On Sep 29, 2018, at 3:47 AM, Clive May <clive.may@...> wrote:


Vert Plus a DOS screen reader. I was using it in the late 190s.

On 28/09/18 22:20, Sky Mundell wrote:
And just to add to this, Window Bridge, was the first screen reader to ever
come out for windows. It came out around June of 1992. In the beginning,
their were about 10 windows products, which today, has been reduced today.
The 10 windows products that you saw in the market were:
Window Bridge
Syntha Voice, released on June 1992. Now gone.
Out Spoken for the mac and windows, Berkley systems, Alva access group,
released in 1994, now gone.

Dolphin Hal, now called Supernova

Screen power, Telussensory, now gone.
Artic Winvision, also gone.
ASAW, also gone.
Released January 20, 1995 First developed for DOS in 1989. Created by
Henter-Joyce, which became Freedom Scientific in 2000, which became
VFO-group in 2015.
Window-Eyes, now gone as of May 15, 2017.
Release date: October 16, 1995, until May 15, 2017.
Started out as Vocal-Eyes for DOS on February 15, 1990, Which was a year
before I was born on that same day. created by GW Micro. Vocal-Eyes was the
top DOS screen reader. Then, in 1995, GW Micro released Window-Eyes on
Monday, October 16, 1995. On January 14, GW Micro and Microsoft released a
version of Window-Eyes free with office. This version worked with Office
2010 or up, and it came with two voices. Allowed you to purchase DecTalk,
Eloquence, Vocalizer, etc. Then, on May 1, GW Micro and AI Squared merged.
Then, on June 14, AI was acquired by VFO.

System Access:
Released date: 2005.
Release date: April 2006.
Developer: NV Access
I hope these notes help your friend with the history. Thanks, Sky.
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On 9/26/2018 12:24 PM, Mallard wrote:
The first screen reader I ever used was Window Bridge, which I really
loved. Pity nobody took it up after David passed out so suddenly...
Actually, I tried. I bought the rights to the windowbridge source code,
but UPS lost the pc as it was being shipped from Canada to me here in
the U.S. His brother did send me cds with as much material as he could
find before sending the computer, but unfortunately, since he wasn't a
programmer, he missed some vital libraries required for the proper
compile of windowbridge, and since the ocmputer was lost, I was never
able to do anything with it. Quite a shame really, since I personally
thought it was an excellent product, and was very happy to have gotten
the rights to it.

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