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Technology News for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
From the American Foundation for the Blind
 May 2000 Issue  Volume 1  Number 3

Editor's Page

I am pleased to announce some reader-requested changes in AccessWorld subscriptions. Beginning in March, subscribers to our Web edition have been able to download the complete text of an issue in one file. We have added clear indicators separating articles and advertising. And now AccessWorld is available as an ASCII file on a floppy disk. However, before you change your Web subscription to disk, I hope you will consider the convenience of the Web version with its links to relevant past articles, additional information and company Web sites (both from within articles and from advertisements). I continue to believe that AccessWorld's Web space provides convenience and special attractions for readers, and I would be interested in your feedback on how we can use the Web to provide additional services.

As you can tell, feedback is very important to us, and we are pleased to fine-tune this magazine to meet your needs. Are our product evaluations providing the right depth and breadth of information to you? What about the content of News and Calendar? Do you have ideas for feature articles? Perhaps you have some technology tips you would care to offer your fellow readers. Please E-mail me at <pws@afb.net> with any comments or suggestions.

In News, you will find information on many new product updates, since manufacturers often time their releases with the CSUN (California State University at Northridge's "Technology for People with Disabilities") Conference, which took place the end of March. Even old veterans of this annual gathering will probably find some new nuggets in our interview with its founder, Harry Murphy.

We return to screen magnification programs in our evaluation of Dolphin's LunarPlus, which combines magnification with a simple screen reader and provides access to Windows NT. The other evaluation is an overview of braille display access to Windows. Although the evaluation, along with the profile of Georgia Griffith, show the power of braille access, they also show that U.S. screen reader developers in the United States have failed to take full advantage of this approach.

In the July issue we will put the spotlight on Microsoft, examining its commitment to accessibility and assessing its efforts in making software more accessible. AccessWorld editors will be attending the consumer and professional conventions in July, and we hope to see many of you there.

Paul Schroeder

Editor in Chief

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