Access Features on MAC
I've not been an Apple fan, in fact I've been dead against them for a long as I can remember, but a friend showed me their Mac Mini with the new OS (Leopard?) on it.
All looked very swish and my opinion wasn't moved until she showed me the accessibility features, the Magnification that now only traces the mouse, it tracks the Keyboard, the Screen Reader that is Highly customisable, clear and verbose, then my interest started to pick up.
Now I know M$ doesn't come close, to get this level of 'assistance' in WinDoze you have to spend £400+ on a product like ZoomText, but with the Mac its all there, all in the OS and the OS is only £25! (compared to Windows 7 £100+).
Now that certainly picked up my interest, in fact it blew me away what can be done, what is Built Into the operating system, it all worked so seamlessly. Which is the point, it was not a 'Bolt On' afterthought, Like Windows, and to a degree, Linux, it was 'Part Of' the OS, well thought out and integrated.
I'm not impressed by Wizzy GUI stuff, which up until now, I thought that's all MAC's where, style over content, I'm more impressed by usability and functionality, all out of the box (ie no messing about installing packages, libraries and messing about with config files, sound familiar!).
Shame Apple will not open source this tech, but its now seriously got me thinking what my next PC purchase should be. Either wait till M$ produce something usable (hell with freeze over first), wait for Ubuntu to deliver a usable app, or get a Mac where its all built in and ready to go now.
I never thought I'd see the day when I'd actually consider buying an Apple, but what was demonstrated to me was that someone had actually sat down and seriously thought this through, this is a very powerful OS for very little money, compared with having to buy windows at £100 then ZoomText for £400 that's £500 before you start thinking about what hardware to run it on, as for Linux and Ubuntu, I love having a free operating system, but it seems, as always, accessibility is an afterthought or 'bolt on' until that changes and its Build Into the OS its not going to work, is that ever going to happen? its a culture shift for developers who like building their Wizzy GUI's and don't like adding accessibility items that 'ruin' their look.
Food for thought
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