As I said in the previous post, the most special workshop of the day I attended the Mac Campus was the VoiceOver workshop. Besides understanding and learning much more about this service, I had the opportunity to be instructed by Jonatan Armengol. Don’t miss this post.
When you plan a day, any event that disrupts your organization can be either positive or negative. As I said in my previous post, I knew that the Mac Campus day was going to be a success, but I didn’t expect it to be as rewarding on an experimental level as on a personal one.
At first, at home I thought I’d just attend the La Buhardilla 2.0 workshop to watch a live podcast recording. As a bonus, and if the weather was good, I would watch the Final Cut Pro X and then go home. I decided to leave out the one that was ready for 4pm, which I only knew would be about VoiceOver. My great luck was to be recommended by Jose Antonio, who advised me not to miss it at all.
Surprisingly, Jonatan Armengol was going to give the talk and teach us how to defend ourselves with VoiceOver . And who the hell is Jonatan Armengol? Some of you may wonder. Well. Jonatan is a blind man , with a self-esteem and will to overcome that are worthy of admiration and copying. I speak for all the participants when I say that we were equally surprised by the use he gave to the iPhone without seeing anything like the great person he is. He talked about his lack of clear vision, and made us aware of the problems these people have in real life and in computing.
After several laughs caused by his words, we started the workshop. The first part was based on explaining. He told us that he entered the world of Apple thanks to VoiceOver and the constant work and money the apple spends on making its products accessible to everyone. As bad as it may seem, nobody invests a lot of money in this group of people and, whoever does, sells their products at a golden price since demand is extremely low. As Jonatan rightly says, Apple integrates VoiceOver voluntarily for them , without anyone having asked or forced them to do so. No matter how expensive an iPhone or iPod Touch is, he will find it cheap compared to other items explicitly made for blind people, where prices are terrifying. He asked the developers to think equally about them. Apple provides them with all kinds of tools to adapt their apps to VoiceOver. They only have to modify three parameters to make the app compatible with the service (which I won’t tell you because I’m not a developer, I don’t know the subject, and I didn’t understand what the steps were). Without anyone asking him, he made his particular comparison between iOS and Android. The advantage of iOS is that it is designed to make your apps work on all your devices. However, Android is an open system that allows its use to mobile phones from different manufacturers and with different features. His words are true. No matter how much you make a blind-compatible app on Android, it may work on some smartphones but on others it will not work . In iOS this will never happen.
After the talk, he asked for volunteers to activate VoiceOver and make us live the experience. We all took our cell phones out of our pockets and entered the show. [Primera parte] Experiencia vivida en la Campus Mac
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The class became a joke. All the iPhone went from being worlds to talking on the elbows. Even Jonatan was stressed out by hearing so many VoiceOver at the same time. He then made us mute the voice on the phone. He explained the basic gestures for moving around on the iPhone:
Moving around on a screen : Once VoiceOver is activated, the multi-touch screen of the iPhone iPod Touch iPad acquires new features. To scroll in a menu window or on a website, put three fingers on the panel and scroll up and down or vice versa.
Select : To navigate your iPhone, all you have to do is slide your finger across the screen and VoiceOver’s voice will read the information or tell you where you are. When you put your finger on top of an application, it will tell you which one it is. To enter, we will keep one finger pressed on the app while, with a second finger, we will click on the screen to run it.
EnableDisable speech : By double clicking with three fingers, we will enable or disable speech.
Screen curtain : Exactly the same as in the previous case, but this time we’ll make a triple click.
Answering a call : If you call us, double click with two fingers and we will answer.
It’s funny to try it, so you might want to practice a little bit to get under his skin.