OS X Lion Accessibility

OS X LionAt this point it’s no secret that I’m a diehard Apple fan. My family bought the very first Macintosh in the mid 1980’s, and I’ve never been without one since.

I’ve blogged before about accessibility features that Apple has put into their products, from their operating systems to the iPhone. While it’ll forever be a debate if they’ve gone “far enough” with their considerations for those with disabilities, the point I continue to maintain is that they seem to take it seriously enough to continue adding enhancements.

We’re on the cusp of another Mac OS update, with Lion roaring in any day now. I for one can’t wait to get my paws on it, especially at its ridiculously reasonable price of $29.99. They’re touting that it’s littered with over 250 enhancements.

Here’s a rundown of some of the touted new accessibility features:

  • Addition of picture-in-picture zoom – to enhance the zooming experience and providing greater overall context of how what you’re focusing on fits in with the overall page/screen.
  • Support for 80+ Braille tables across multiple languages
  • Greater control over how and how much information comes across via a refreshable Braille device
  • Greater precision in the appearance of the pointer when viewed at larger zoom levels
  • Greater customization of VoiceOver, enabling it to perform in different manners for different activities
  • Screen sharing – enabling users to assist other users directly

You can find out about all the new features of Lion at Apple’s OS X Lion Features.

As always, we’ll have to see these features in action to gauge whether they truly make disabled Mac users’ lives easier. Hopefully by the end of this month, we’ll start finding out.

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