macos sierra with braille: remarks
Hi! I'm blind and uses mac to. I have bought the new macbook pro with touchbar and this only comes with osx 10.12 sierra. The problem is the same as you describe, that i cant use my mac only with braille because the braille display isnt showing all text on websites and do not show taskswitching as you mentioned.
You said that the solution was to make the braille display only show the content that is in the voiceover focus.
My question is:
Do anyone know how to make that change.. I have used many hours on voiceover settings and feel very frustrated with this beccause i cant really use my mac without having a headset on and use the speetch all the time.
Hope to see a sollution soon.
I have tried to make a bootable install of osx 10.10 (witch is the best i think) and 10.11 on two different hdd's and tried to boot my macbook pro with touchbar from this disks., but the only thing happens is that the disk crashes so i think its not possible to boot that kind of mac from an old version of osx...
Hi! This is something that apple needs to do and to change the braille support in VoiceOver. It does very wars and not usable. I agree with the persen that say about braille. I use in VarioUltra and it's happands to me. Everything you are discribed with braille in VoiceOver in Mac happands to me also.
There are a problems inadition to: there is no option to type morethen 1 language at the same time. If i want to type in english and my Default language is hebrew i needs cross to VoiceOver utiliteas and braile table, and there choose english braille. But if i choose this, i lost the ability to read braille in hebrew. I continue send emails and call them but i had saw anny changes from 2014.
This is one of my reasons for selling my MBP and looking to pick up a cheap win 10 pc and go back to JAWS. the Braille support is better than anything else right now. Heck, they're even building a notetaker on top of it. I'd seriously be tempted if they weren't so dang expensive. lol
Do any of you know or have a link to how to downgrade macbook pro with touchbar to yosemite or know if its possible to run osx 10.10 on it? I have tried to boot it, but the startdisk just crashes and the mac shuts down.
Do anyone know?
Downgraden can be done from inside the mac app store I think. Since the os is already free for some years, you can simply reinstall previous versions. Or, you can set back a previous version with time-machine.
I don't wan't put away my mac yet since there are also very nice features in the os. However, the inovation is gone I think sometimes if I speak about voiceover on macos.
Reading this topic has been like touching a magic mirror and feeling all my problems echoed in your voices here.
The one difference for me is that I am Deaf-Blind, and I cannot understand speech anymore.
iOS braille support is great.
macOS braille is terrible.
It was good or at least better in El Capitan (10.11).
No, you cannot downgrade to anything older than what came on your Mac. So for the 2016 MacBook Pro, you must use 10.12 (Sierra) or newer.
For any Mac that came with El Capitan or older, you can use Internet Recovery (I think it requires sighted help) to reinstall the version that came with the computer.
I phoned Apple's Accessibility Department because I cannot read in iMessage. This is unbelievable!
They could not reproduce my issue because they do not own a braille display!!!
That's right. the Accessibility department at Apple does NOT have a braille display to follow what users are trying to do with one!
Screen sharing is not going to let them see my braille display.
To all of you, my friends in braille, the voices rom that "magic mirror", please email and phone in all the issues with braille, and please tell Apple that their Accessibility department requires a braille display to be an accessibility department!
Braille should be equal to speech, which should be equal to screens.
From what I'm reading, it sounds like High Sierra is going to bring many major enhancements to VoiceOver that have been needed for years. One of the items is "expanded braille editing" which I assume means a complete revamp of the braille system. I'm excited to test the public beta later this month.
I'm sad to hear that the accessibility folks at Apple couldn't reproduce your issue because of a lack of a braille display. How do they code the support in the first place? Is it only a small group of privileged people with braille devices?
I didn't think to ask who actually has a braille display to implement all the features. I am guessing that their lack of displays is probably the reason why braille support is so poor. If things don't change much, the support there is will be fine, but once they change, support is broken.
I haven't heard anything about accessibility in High Sierra, where is that info?
I am not sure how big the accessibility department is, but I imagine that if they did actually get a braille display, that only one rep would have it and braille users would be transferred to that one person if they were having braille issues. But it sounds like that one person doesn't even exist. I am planning to complain to Apple on this. I feel like I want to send an actual letter, but I will first use the feedback form.
UndergroundRiver, you mentioned screen sharing is not going to allow them to see your braille display. If they go to VoiceOver Utility, Visuals, Panels and Menus, Show Braille Panel: On, then a rectangular window will appear on the screen that displays the same exact braille that appears on the braille display and the matching text appears below the braille. If caption panel is also enabled in the same menu, support could notice that braille display text is quite different from what VoiceOver spoke.
William, you mentioned the refresh problem and your workaround was to switch applications to get the braille display to refresh. I can reproduce that issue every time with these steps: Dock, Item Chooser, space or enter on an item, then when I move, the display does not change. Switching applications (tried braille display and keyboard) did not work for me to refresh the braille on the Brailliant BI 32, my best workaround to was to get in and out of Display Announcement History by pressing space + n twice (dots 1, 3, 4, 5). If I find anything better, I'll post again. I agree that just displaying the VO cursor would help, it shouldn't display the other text unless we move to it. That is a two-step process now, if I use the command to Read Contents of VoiceOver Cursor then Display Announcement History.
I agree, the dots 7 and 8 under the focused item makes it harder to read the braille, and that's not a good solution. You could assign a command to "Toggle Using Dots Seven and Eight to Indicate Cursor Position". The trick is to find a braille key combo that is not already taken. Space + dot 7 + dot 8 was a nice choice that I can easily remember.
Setting a braille or keyboard shortcut for Application Chooser could help you with the issue where you cannot do the Command+Tab, Tab, Tab, etc. to switch between more than just two applications even when you toggle Command key on. There is a default track pad gesture for it, two finger double tap on left side of track pad.
I wrote to Apple Accessibility. The more people they hear the feedback from, the better. Meanwhile, we can put our heads together.