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24. Making Your Mac Accessible to Everyone

Understanding Universal Access

Although the physical world has, over the past few years, striven to increase access for the disabled (in the form of Braille elevator buttons, wheelchair ramps, and handicapped parking spaces, to name just a few changes), the virtual world of the computer interface has been a more difficult challenge. That’s not surprising because the typical computer interface offers small text and objects, occasional audio feedback, and the need for precision when performing actions such as mouse clicks, all of which makes life difficult for people who are visual-, hearing-, or mobility-impaired.

Fortunately, the computer industry in general, and Mac OS X in particular, have made great ...

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