Apple confirms VoiceOver will dictate e-books

Friday, 19 March 2010 10:20am

Apple has confirmed that VoiceOver, an integrated accessibility tool that uses text-to-speech technology to help vision impaired users use the iPad, will also work to dictate e-books.

The free iPad application, iBooks, enables users to not only read e-books but also browse and shop for e-books online. VoiceOver ensures that users who are vision impaired have access to these features.
The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) has commended Apple for including VoiceOver on the iPad. “Blind consumers, like our sighted friends and colleagues, will be able to share in the experience of using this new device from the moment we take it out of the box,” said Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the NFB. “By integrating accessibility into its products, Apple is setting an example that we believe the rest of the electronics industry should follow.”
The current news from Apple is that the iPad will become available in Australia in late April. For more information see the Apple website.

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