Assistive technology

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New Android app provides accessible onscreen keyboard


A new Android app, Touchtype, will provide Android owners who are blind or vision impaired with their first accessible onscreen keyboard, an accessibility feature that is currently lacking in Android.

Touchtype is an iOS-inspired onscreen keyboard for Android devices developed by Nolan Daerilek, who also created the Android screen reader Spiel.

The app is not only an onscreen keyboard, but also provides spoken feedback when arrowing through text fields and provides (optional) spoken feedback for shift and alt keys, along with common Android action keys.

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What is Assistive Technology (AT)?

Assistive technology (AT), also called adaptive technology, refers to a product which enables a person with a disability to perform a task in a computing environment that they would otherwise find difficult or impossible to do. AT can be hardware or software, although in the context of popular computing and mobile devices it is generally used to refer to software-based accessibility products and features.

Some accessibility features that are common to Microsoft Windows and Apple computers include:

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