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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, November 22, 2018 - Volume 684

The Week's News in Access Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication

This Week's Featured Advertisement: Webinar: Taking The Bite Out Of JAWS Testing by Larry Lewis, Director of Channel Sales and Strategic Partnerships at The Paciello Group - November 30th 2018

Webinar: Taking The Bite Out Of JAWS Testing by Larry Lewis, Director of Channel Sales and Strategic Partnerships at The Paciello Group - November 30th 2018

You are invited to A Complimentary Webinar hosted by Larry Lewis and the Paciello Group!

What: Webinar: Taking The Bite Out Of JAWS Testing by Larry Lewis, Director of Channel Sales and Strategic Partnerships at The Paciello Group

When: Friday, November 30th at 1:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)


About: Do you work for a Federal, State, or Non-Profit Agency and are looking for a new way to test your digital content?

Are you committed to accessibility, but are unclear as to all of the inner workings of a screenreader?

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Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate today!

1) Ham Radio Yesterday and Today

Hear about amateur radio yesterday and today, and the accessibility of the hobby, in episode 1847 of Eyes on Success:

2) Virtual Party

Mystic Access is holding a virtual post-Thanksgiving party via Zoom on Friday, 23 November 2018 from 16:00-20:00 GMT. All are welcome to drop in:

3) New WayAround Version; Webinars

Version 2.3 of this iOS app is available,with enhancements for low vision users and other new features. The company is holding three webinars about this new version. For scheduling information and other questions, write to:

4) Learn Braille Using Technology

I, Dean Martineau, would like, at no cost, to help those wishing to learn Braille, and willing to obtain an Orbit Reader or other Braille device. The Orbit Reader is especially well-suited for the task, and is not as expensive as other devices. If you might be interested, write to me and I'll send you an explanatory message:

5) JAWS and Braille on Tek Talk

"Tips and Tricks with JAWS and Braille" will be the topic for Tek Talk, to be held on GMT Tuesday, 27 November 2018 at 01:00:

6) Use the Keyboard to Zoom In or Out in Outlook

The text of this Microsoft post suggests using a screen reader with this information, but the steps will work even if you are not using a screen reader:

7) Obtaining Access to eBooks ... Again

This AFB post discusses a recurring problem, but has a happy ending, at least for now:

8A) The New Aira Rate Plans

Information about the new Aira rate plans features prominently in BBQ #164, but there is other news as well:

8B) Other Aira News

The new Aira plans is the exclusive topic of this episode of the Blind Abilities podcast (MP3):

9) Next FS OpenLine

The next online talk show will be held on GMT 14 December 2018 at 01:00. (Of course, that's 8:00 PM in the evening Eastern Time on the 13th.) The topic will be December updates and power user tips:

10) JAWS and ZoomText Annual Home Licensing: A Win for Consumers

This post describes why the NFB considers this change good for consumers:

11) Webinar on JAWS Inspect Utility

This utility can help accessibility testers and educators. The webinar takes place on Friday, 30 November at 18:00 GMT. Register here:

12A) iOS Shortcuts

This CNET post is called "iOS 12 Shortcuts: 12 You Should Be Using:"

12B) More on iOS Shortcuts

Here is one called Home Screen Icon Creator:

13) ZoomText Unified Finder

This video demonstrates the Unified Finder in ZoomText 11:

14) Fear Is A Poor Motivator For Accessibility

This post by Lainey Feingold discusses WebAIM's Hierarchy for Motivating Accessibility Change:

15) Webinar on Testing with Android

"Automated Accessibility Testing with Attest for Android" is the title of a webinar to be held on Thursday, 29 November 2018 at 18:00 GMT:


Flying Blind, LLC Highlights:


1.) The Paciello Group - Introducing Your One-Stop Shop for All of Your Accessibility Consulting and Training Needs - Flying Blind, LLC Online Store
Struggling to manage the adverse risk posed to your organization by the deployment of inaccessible content? Seeking guidance on building accessibility best practices into your development cycle? We offer a comprehensive range of services to address your accessibility needs - from accessibility testing of your websites, web applications and mobile apps to identify accessibility issues ...

2.) JAWS Inspect - Your Visual Resource for Accessibility Testing - Flying Blind, LLC Online Store
If you are employed by, or lead an Organization committed to providing manual, accessibility test services for web content using the JAWS screenreader, but your testing and developer teams have individuals who are not JAWS users, then the newly released JAWS Inspect Solution is your missing ingredient for optimizing your test processes while maximizing your accessibility efforts ...

3.) Introducing TPG Tutor - Your eLearning, One Stop Shop for Accessibility Training - Flying Blind, LLC Online Store
Have you been directed to make a website or mobile app 'accessible', but have no idea where to begin? Or perhaps you know a bit about accessibility and really want to immerse yourself in the field, but you can't afford to have you or your ...

4.) Introducing ARC, Your Agile and Affordable Path to Accessibility - Flying Blind, LLC Online Store
Whether you are a novice to accessibility or a seasoned pro, sometimes your best start to accessibility is to let technology do some of the heavy lifting. Designers, developers and testers dealing with an accessibility project or program are looking ...


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