Friday, 20 June 2008

Accessible and portable software



Whilst online today at a live presentation I was told about a new publication TECHDIS have launched. That is http://www.techdis.ac.uk/getaltformat. This new publication is a guide to obtaining books in alternative formats. Well worth a look.


This visit to the site triggered a memeory of a recent TECHDIS publication I rediscoverd recently, namely inclusive practices. TECHDIS have a webpage dedicated to free software that improves the accessibility of IT for all abilities. There are some excellent resources cotained therein, from screen readers to moviemakers : http://www.techdis.ac.uk/getfreesoftware .


a similar service called ability net also publishes a list of free or lowcost software at URL: http://www.abilitynet.org.uk/athome_shareware . during the online presentation I was told about the new Scottish RSCs website that has been set up to cover accessibility issues : http://www.scottish-rscs.org.uk/access/ . Of particualr interest to me on this site is the "accessapps" page http://www.scottish-rscs.org.uk/access/?page_id=217, which explains how to add portable (mostly Open Source) applications to a USB pen drive. They have even put toether a tutorial and video to explan how this operates. Excellent stuff. Reminded me of a blog post I made earlier this year when I told you all about Moodle on a stick. Go and re-read it here : http://he.rscwmsystems.org.uk/wordpress/?p=174



Then theres the portable apps web page which also has downloads and instructions on how to add Open Source applications (Moodle, Audacity, Freemind, Firefox, etc) onto a memeory stick and run them: http://portableapps.com/



Finally ~I learned that the Scottish RSCs have developed a plugin for Word called WinWord which appears has a toolbar to show you how to make your Word docs more accessible. Clever stuff, and free to you and me. Get the winword.exe and Xerte the free authoring tool from URL : http://www.techdis.ac.uk/getHEupdates

11 comments:

David B said...

Thanks for the reference - we are also looking to distribute freeware via bittorrent for low bandwidth users - anyone who is interested in helping us seed feel free to drop me a line at david.banes@abilitynet.org.uk

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