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17.03.2004

Ab demnächst in OS X: 'Spoken Interface'

MacRumors lieferte den Hinweis auf die neue Spoken Interface Seite bei apple.com:
"Introducing the spoken interface for Mac OS X. The Universal Access capabilities of Mac OS X will soon be enhanced with a spoken interface that provides a new way, through speech, audible cues, and keyboard navigation, to access the Macintosh."
Dort findet sich bereits eine vage Zeitvorgabe:
"Apple's spoken interface technology is currently in development and scheduled for delivery in the next major release of Mac OS X."

Zugleich freut sich Alex Salkever in der Business Week:
"This week at the 19th annual Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conference in Los Angeles -- the biggest assistive-technology confab in the country -- Jobs & Co. introduced a nifty tool to help the blind use Macs again. Apple calls this new technology "Spoken Interface." The basic concept is to vocalize and make audible everything that visually happens on a desktop, just like screen-reading software.[...]
Apparently he meant it. And even better, unlike traditional screen readers, Apple's technology will be built right into the next version of the OS X operating system. That will be a big help. For starters, the price is sweet. Spoken Interface won't cost anything extra because it'll be part of the core OS. Screen readers for Windows can run up to $1,000, on top of the cost of the computer itself.[...]
Still, the decision to go to the assistive-technology community for feedback is tremendous. Apple has traditionally put secrecy among its top priorities. In this case, that would have hindered rather than helped the effort. The only way to figure out whether a piece of software works for visually impaired users is to ask them at every step of the development process."

Das erklärt nebenbei wohl hinlänglich die Gerüchte über Sprachsteuerung in OS X 10.4 .

Posted by Leo at 01:11 | Permalink