Archive for December, 2007

More Audiopuzzle Info for People Outside the U.S.

December 12, 2007

This post concerns the Audacious Audiopuzzles book I discussed in the previous post. If you live in the United States and order the book directly from the creators’ website, you can request a braille track listing and to have the CD case labeled in braille. If you live outside the United States, you can’t order directly from Audiopuzzles.com and must order from Amazon.com, and Amazon doesn’t provide a means to order the braille options. However, no matter where you live, you can contact the Audacious Audiopuzzles creators through their website and request braille track listings and braille labels you can put on the CD case. So while the process is slightly more complicated for people outside the U.S., everyone who needs it can get the book information in braille.

Accessible Audiopuzzles Book Available

December 10, 2007

If you enjoy puzzles, you might take a look at Audacious Audiopuzzles Book #1. While not a downloadable book — you have to buy it on CD (for US$14.99) — I am mentioning this book here because the content is completely accessible, and the creators have put a great deal of effort into further enhancing its accessibility to braille readers. The copy they sent me included a braille track list, and the CD case was labeled in braille. If you order from their website, you can request these options. The book is also available through Amazon.com, but braille track listings and CD labels are not available if you order from Amazon. Other ways to get the track listings are from the Audiopuzzles website and by inserting the CDs into your computer. The book is listed with the Gracenote CD database, so if you use iTunes, Winamp, or another program that makes use of that database, you’ll be all set, and you can rip the CDs to files you can play on a portable player if you wish.

The book consists of 40 puzzles on two CDs. The range of puzzles included is wide — logic, word, and math puzzles; brain teasers; sound identification; and more. My family and I and two children we take in a carpool have been listening to the puzzles while driving to and from school, and everyone is enjoying them; the kids ask for them whenever they get into the car. We are about halfway through the book. The children range in age from six to ten, and quite a few of the puzzles are over their heads, but they can do just enough of them to hold their interest. The sound identification puzzles — where you are presented with six related sounds and have to figure out what they are — are particularly popular. My husband and I are enjoying all the puzzles. Occasionally a clue or puzzle seems rather obscure, but in most cases they are great fun. The creators assume you are doing the puzzles in your head; they never refer to pictures or other written material. So this is a fun, accessible product for children and adults, blind and sighted alike.

Free Tutorial on RSS Features of IE7

December 3, 2007

Internet Explorer 7 includes several features that make it easy to subscribe to RSS feeds and read the articles in those feeds quickly and efficiently. In the November 2007 edition of FSCast, Jonathan Mosen demonstrates everything you need to know to use these features, including finding the RSS feeds on a page, subscribing to the ones you’re interested in, navigating the feeds, reading articles efficiently using tabbed browsing, and subscribing to podcasts. While he uses JAWS 9 for this demonstration, almost all the commands and keystrokes he uses work just as well with other screen readers. This is a great resource.