Fire Vox Features
- Price - FREE. That's a pretty tough deal to beat.
- A screen reader for everyone - Fire Vox is designed to accommodate different users with different needs. For visually impaired users, all Fire Vox commands are keyboard activated. In addition, the keyboard commands can be easily reconfigured in the self-voicing Fire Vox Options menu to avoid conflicts with other accessibility software products or to suit personal preferences. For sighted users who need a screen reader, such as web developers interested in testing their webpages or educators who work with visually impaired students, Fire Vox's highlighting feature makes it easy to keep track of where it is reading from on a page. This highlighting feature is also useful for dyslexic users and partially sighted users.
- One cursor, one mode philosophy - Fire Vox is built on the idea of providing access for web browsing as opposed to forcing people to use a completely different way to browse. Fire Vox uses the visible Firefox cursor and respects that positioning whenever possible, and there is no need to switch between modes.
- Support for Live Regions marked up with WAI-ARIA - The WAI-ARIA markup is designed to make AJAX accessible. It gives me great pleasure to announce that Fire Vox is helping to lead the way towards AJAX accessibility by being the very first assistive technology to support Live Regions marked up with WAI-ARIA. To see a demonstration of this, please visit http://accessibleajax.clcworld.net
- Support for the CSS 3 Speech Module - Imagine how nice it would be if the way a web page is read aloud by a screen reader could be styled with CSS, just like its font and layout. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to tell a screen reader exactly how to speak something tricky such as Roman numerals, oddly spelled titles, etc. Well, the CSS 3 speech module gives web developers those abilities. And unlike other screen readers, Fire Vox has support for these speech module properties.After setting up Fire Vox, click here for a demo page with CSS 3 Speech Module properties.
- Direct MathML support - MathML support is built into Firefox, and Fire Vox will read MathML back using Abraham Nemeth's mathspeak rules. There are no additional plugins that you need to buy or install to get MathML working. After setting up Fire Vox, click here for a demo page with MathML.
- Site Specific Enhancements - If the option to "Use site specific enhancements" is turned on, Fire Vox will automatically retrieve and apply the latest AxsJAX scripts to improve your web surfing experience. AxsJAX is a framework for injecting accessibility enhancements into web pages - these enhancements are specifically tailored to make their respective web pages speak intelligently. The AxsJAX showcase page has a list of the pages that have been AxsJAXed so far. To learn more about AxsJAX, please see the AxsJAX page.
- Constant Evolution - I work hard to keep Fire Vox up to date, enable it to support the latest web technologies, and to do an even better job on what it already does.