Re: chromebooks and accessibility?

Nimer Jaber

There is so much misinformation on this topic at the moment, and most of it is off-topic for this list, but I will say that Chromevox does have the ability to navigate by headings, links, and many other web controls, and it does behave and react similar to Windows screen readers. Anybody that says they would get a cheap Windows computer with low specs before they get a Chromebook has not done their homework about what Chromevox can and cannot do. Also, Chromevox has been on Chromebooks for years now, and in the past year has been rewritten to make the hotkeys easier. the windows and Mac extension for Chromevox is not the same as the chromevox screen reader. Again, if you are interested in using Chrome with Chromevox, check out the Google groups for Chromevox or the accessible Google group for this purpose.


On Wed, Oct 19, 2016 at 4:11 PM Gene <gsasner@...> wrote:
I don't know how well Chrome Vox works as a screen-reader.  Nor how good the design is.  But if I were going to use the Internet at all seriously, I would seriously consider not getting a Chrome Book.  I am assuming that Chromevox when used on the Internet uses the same interface as the ChromeVox add on for Chrome does.  It is completely nonstandard as far as working like Windows screen-readers do on the Internet and doesn't have quick navigation keys that allow movement in the same ways.  You can move to the next element but I consider the design to be markedly inferior to what is standard in Windows screen-readers now. 
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Sent: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 3:58 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] chromebooks and accessibility?

Well no chrome vox runs for chrome books but I don't know someone that
uses one.
To be honest if you want a lower end pc and don't want windows an amazon
fire with custom android may be better.

On 20/10/2016 4:13 a.m., Travis Siegel wrote:
> chrome books run (you guessed it, chrome os) Chrome os is not windows,
> chrome os is not windows, (this bears repeating) chrome os is not
> windows.  None of your windows programs are going to run on a chrome
> book.  Chrome os is a linux derivitive, and it runs linux apps
> specifically written for chrome os.  Sure, you can wipe it, and install
> a full version of linux if you like, and in that case, all your standard
> linux apps will work just fine, but out of the box, no, there's nothing
> you can run on a chrome book to get it to talk and be usable for the
> visually impaired.  The only thing you can do is (as mentioned above)
> install a full linux release, which would then give you the capability
> of running orca, speakup, or some combination thereof.  I suppose if
> it's got enough muscle, you might be able to get a version of windows
> installed, but generally speaking, chrome books are lower end machines,
> that wouldn't handle windows on a good day, though linux will work just
> fine.  I've seen some converted chrome books running linux, and they do
> it quite well, even with the minimal resources.  I have not, however,
> tried running orca/speakup on any of these converted boxes, as they
> weren't mine, and I had no call to experiment.  I was seriously
> considering purchasing one though, to see if I could get talkback to
> work on it, though I've not made the attempt just yet.  Perhaps next
> year I'll be able to carry out this experiment, and if I do, rest
> assured, I'll certainly let everyone on this list (and others) know my
> results.
> On 10/19/2016 10:59 AM, ken lawrence via wrote:
>> Hi list, ken here with a question.  posted this on the tech zone but
>> got no reply.  saw an item in associated press yesterday about a new
>> chromebook being released.  I know some things about chromebooks
>> namely that they are a bare bones computer.  all they have on them is
>> the browser and the media player.  the operating system is in the
>> cloud this chromebook I saw released new only costs $199.  that seems
>> like a good option for those on a budget.  the question is can NVDA or
>> any screen reader run on a chromebook and are they generally
>> accessibile for blind/visually impaired?  not sure if anyone on this
>> list knows the answer to that.  it seems like for someone without a
>> laptop this could be a good option for me.

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