Is SmartSDR and the Maestro still inaccessible?

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Hi, all members of the Flex community. I know this has been discussed previously but I was wondering if there has been any progress by FRS with making the latest version of SmartSDR work with screen readers that are typically used by blind or visually impaired hams. At last check just tabbing through the SmartSDR just results in unlabeled buttons, controls and static text. This is very disappointing as PowerSDR for earlier models was accessible. That is an unfortunate set backwards from a technology standpoint. While we are on the topic of accessibility, what about the Maestro? Is it based on any major software platform such as embedded Windows, Android, OSX? If so can the built-in screen reader be invoked by the user and/or can a third-party screen reader be installed? If yes, is there a guide on how to do this? If the answer is no, then why not and why would FRS cripple the built-in accessibility? All information and opinions would be appreciated.

 

 

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Frank Ventura

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Hi, all members of the Flex community. I know this has been discussed previously but I was wondering if there has been any progress by FRS with making the latest version of SmartSDR work with screen readers that are typically used by blind or visually impaired hams. At last check just tabbing through the SmartSDR just results in unlabeled buttons, controls and static text. This is very disappointing as PowerSDR for earlier models was accessible. That is an unfortunate set backwards from a technology standpoint. While we are on the topic of accessibility, what about the Maestro? Is it based on any major software platform such as embedded Windows, Android, OSX? If so can the built-in screen reader be invoked by the user and/or can a third-party screen reader be installed? If yes, is there a guide on how to do this? If the answer is no, then why not and why would FRS cripple the built-in accessibility? All information and opinions would be appreciated.