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Firefox 1.5.0.5+ and Thunderbird 1.5.0.5+ Assistive Technology Compatibility

Windows Assistive Technologies

Assistive technology Type Compatibility notes
Dragon Naturally Speaking 1-8 Voice command and dictation Not compatible
Dragon Naturally Speaking 9 or later Voice command and dictation Compatible with problems:
  1. For many details and tips, see http://www.speechcomputing.com/node/942
  2. Mouseless browsing extension recommended
  3. Select and Say not working
Fire Vox Free, open source screen reading extension Compatible
Hal, Lunar, Supernova, etc. (demo/trial vesions available) Screen reader, screen magnifier Not compatible
JAWS 1.0 - 6.x Screen reader Not compatible
JAWS 7.0 Screen reader Same problems as with JAWS 7.1, and then some more. Technical support requires JAWS 7.1 (we think).
JAWS 7.1 Screen reader Compatible with some problems. Problems include:
  1. Notification of text format changes is not complete
  2. Occasional flakiness or duplicated text when reading through document content
  3. Occassional flakiness when reading announcing the current page in the tabbed browsing list.
  4. Does not work well with framed pages
  5. Occasionally loses place when returning to a previously visited page, resetting position to the top of the document
  6. Keystroke conflicts with tabbed browsing
  7. Unexplained performance issues
JAWS 8 (demo/trial version available) Screen reader Compatible with some problems. Problems include:
  1. Notification of text format changes is not complete
  2. Occasional flakiness or duplicated text when reading through document content
  3. Occasionally loses place when returning to a previously visited page, resetting position to the top of the document
  4. Keystroke conflicts with tabbed browsing

Please see the current wiki page devoted to JAWS-Firefox compatibility

MAGic (demo/trial version available) Screen magnifier Unknown
NVDA Free (open source) screen reader Compatible. Author says it works well, except for editing text fields. Need verification from end users.
Window-Eyes 1.0 - 5.0 Screen reader Not compatible
Window-Eyes 5.5, Window-Eyes 6.0 or later (demo/trial version available) Screen reader Compatible
ZoomText 1-7 Screen magnifier Not compatible
ZoomText 8.0x-8.11 Screen magnifier No AppReader or DocReader. Workaround:
  1. Start ZoomText
  2. Start FireFox
  3. Press CTRL+SHIFT+U to bring up the ZoomText user interface
  4. Click on the Help menu
  5. Click Tech Support
  6. In the Fix-It command field, type in:
  7. CLASSTOOL
  8. Click Fix-It
  9. You'll see a wrench attached to the mouse pointer, left click within the FireFox window
  10. A dialog box will open, for Window Class Definition, choose "ChildWindow" in the drop-down menu
  11. Click Ok
  12. Click the Close button to close the About box
  13. Exit and restart ZoomText & FireFox
  14. Now you should be able to use AppReader/DocReader in FireFox

Note: May not have column reading support with DocReader/AppReader. Mouse echo does not read by line.

ZoomText 8.12 and ZoomText 9.0x (demo/trial version available) Screen magnifier Partially compatible: May not have column reading support with DocReader/AppReader. Mouse echo does not read by line.
ZoomText 9.x Screen magnifier Compatible

Linux and UNIX Assistive Technologies

Assistive technology Type Compatibility notes
Dasher Alternative input using pointer Partially compatible
Fire Vox Free, open source screen reading extension Should be compatible, but may need special installation procedures. Details unknown
Gnome magnifier Screen magnifier Partially compatible
Gnopernicus Screen reader Not compatible
GOK Onscreen keyboard Partially compatible
LSR Screen reader Not yet compatible
Orca Screen reader Compatible with Firefox 3.0.x Gnome Orca Firefox details

Mac OS X Assistive Technologies

Assistive technology Type Compatibility notes
Fire Vox Free, open source screen reading extension Should be compatible, but need details
VoiceOver Screen reader Not yet compatible

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