Archive for the ‘Braille.com and Beyond’ Category

Tek Talk Presentation on Navigating Websites Available for Download

October 15, 2009

On Monday, October 12, I produced a Tek Talk presentation on navigating complex web pages. This talk is an accompaniment to my new Internet Explorer 8 reference card, which includes keyboard commands for Internet Explorer, JAWS, Window-Eyes, and System Access. In the presentation, I walk you through the New York Times site, Amazon and Amazon mobile site, eBay, and Twitter. I discuss strategies for determining the structure of these pages and how best to use that structure to find what you want on the sites. Emphasis is on developing skills you can use on any website, rather than on learning those particular sites in detail. Enjoy.

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Excellent Free Web Tutorial Available

October 8, 2008

Gene Asner has produced a wonderful Internet tutorial, available for free download from Accessible World. This tutorial is primarily audio, but it also includes some sample web pages to practice with. As he walks you through various types of web sites, he focuses on helping you to understand what you are encountering and to develop effective ways of moving around sites based on how they are organized. While a few things have changed since Gene created the tutorial, nearly everything he covers is still relevant. If you’re new to surfing the web, or you find it difficult to find the information you want when you visit websites, this tutorial should help. It’s an excellent follow-up to Braille.com and Beyond.

Gene also recently presented a tutorial on Tek Talk about Webvisum, an add-on for the firefox browser that helps blind people deal with CAPTCHA, among other things. You can read about and download the presentation here.

New Website for Main Menu

October 1, 2008

Main Menu, the blindness technology show on ACB Radio, has a new website that includes all shows from September 10, 2008, on. the site also includes announcements, information about the people running Main Menu, information on submitting content for possible airing on Main Menu, and more. download older shows here. The URL for subscribing to Main Menu as a podcast has not changed.

Internet-Related Tutorials Available from Chris Judd

October 3, 2006

Chris Judd has created eleven tutorials, many of which relate directly to using the Web. These include tutorials about eBay, Paypal, downloadable accessible games, Outlook Express, navigating specific complex websites, and more. Each tutorial costs $8, but there are price breaks if you order more than 3. Tutorials can be mailed to you on CD, or e-mailed to you as MP3 files.

I listened to a sample of one of the accessible games tutorials. It was done in an informal style; I listened as Chris tried his luck at some slot machines and Blackjack. There was enough detail to get me started, and he played the games long enough to give me a good sense of what it might be like to play them.

Unfortunately, Chris doesn’t have a website, but if you’d like more information, feel free to contact him via e-mail.

New Edition of Braille.com and Beyond Coming Soon

February 8, 2006

The second edition of Braille.com and Beyond should be out within a month. The biggest change from the first edition is that it tells you how to purchase books for download from the NBP website.