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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, May 16, 2019 - Volume 707

The Week's News in Access Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication

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Overcoming the Potential Obstacles of Manual Testing with a Screen Reader
May 21st 2019 at 12:00 PM ET

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1) This Author, and the Nearly New Book, on Eyes on Success

Yours Truly (Dean Martineau) is featured on Eyes on Success Episode #1920, discussing my forthcoming book, the Windows Keyboard Power User Guide. Unfortunately, neither the book nor the website are ready for public consumption. The information in the podcast is good, and the book will be (at least I think so) but stay tuned here for more news:

2) Accessible Books from Libraries

This cogent article discusses many of the ways for getting electronic materials from libraries, giving specific instructions for several:

3) Joseph Rotor Scholarship

A one-time $5,000 scholarship is available for a business student from NIB:

4) Audio Description on Tek Talk

Hear about the present and future of audio description on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 21 May 2019 at 00:00:

5) New iPad Podcast

Adapt is a podcast where two iPad-first users challenge each other to explore new ways of doing things with their favorite device:

6) NVDA Survey

NV Access has made a very short survey to get feedback from users:

7) Android Demo Coming Up, Past Demo Recordings Available

David Woodbridge will be recording a demo of Android navigation on Friday. That recording will presumably be up soon, and here are lots of others:

8) My Favorite Way to Convert Videos to Audio

The Web-Friendly Help Site introduces Pontes Media Downloader, a free program for saving and converting videos:

9) FSCast 170, July 2019 Convention Deals, Blind Golf

Vispero is already telling us about its deals for the July 2019 Blindness Conventions!

10) Alt Text, The Ultimate Guide

The GTT program has forwarded this 2017 post about Alt text:

11) Over 60 Events Scheduled for Global Accessibility Awareness Day

This issue of Tidbits is published on Global Accessibility Awareness Day, and here's what is going on:

12) Which of Drupal and Wordpress is the most accessible content management system?

This podcast, with transcript, adds to this conversation:

13) Lots of Google News on BBQ #180

This Blind Bargains Qast focuses mainly on Google:

14) May 2019 AccessWorld

This AccessWorld features reviews of the Voice Dream Scanner app, and of two more iOS job search apps, SimplyHired and CareerBuilder, among other items:


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
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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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