In my previous posts, I have focused primarily on issues which affect me as a visually impaired user who does not actually use a screen reader, because it is simply not possible to do so. Without considerable amounts of scripting, even some of the most basic functions of Studio are not readily available to a screen reader. As I have said before, a company in the UK has been attempting to script JAWS for Studio 2011 for 18 months on and off without success. Some of the problems are related to issues I have discussed in other posts, but as far as I understand it, there are far more fundamental issues that prevent screen readers from capturing text cleanly. I have only limited knowledge of what these problems are, but I understand them as follows:
I shall attempt to obtain more detailed technical information in the coming weeks.
Any update on this?
The company commissioned to do the scripting has, after more than 20 days of work, given up completely. There is no longer any work in progress. They have come to the conclusion that Studio in its current form cannot be made accessible to a screen reader.
So no, there is no progress.
The major problems revolve around the editor, and the only option I can personally envisage is to use the SDL API to create an accessible editor completely from scratch, but that would be a mammoth project that could not be funded.
That's unfortunate. I don't now who you were dealing with but I don't think this can be everything that's happening around the use of Studio and JAWS. I know of a company who expressed interest recently, and of some users in a couple of Universities who have been working with Studio and JAWS.
Do you think the company you worked with would be willing to share their issues in here? Maybe we can help?
My last couple of attempts to find out what was going on have led to some rather acrimonious exchanges. As far as I understand, the programmer who was tasked with the project no longer works with the company.
If you know of a company in the UK that is already working on a similar project, could you email me the address and I shall see whether I can help and whether we can shift the funding.
You have my email address.