AT Writing Support Software
Writing software helps you increase the speed at which you type.
Hand Writing Recognition
Tablets are proving useful for their portability and connectivity. Hand writing recognition has been around for a long time but it now has become more portable and affordable through the use of tablets and smart phones. Some one with hand motor challenges may find these blogs useful.
On a computer:
- How to Use the Ink Equation Feature in Office 2016 to Write Equations
- For a PC you will either need a Tablet PC or a stylus writing tool such as one from Wacom
On a tablet or smart phone:
- A Macademise blog that compares 3 iPad apps (7NotesHD, NotesPlus, WritePad):
Voice Dictation/Recognition Voice recognition requires a few considerations before undertaking it. It requires patience to use it and the ability to correct mistakes, a clear voice pattern with minimal accent or environmental noises. Voice recognition today analyses words in context and predicts the best fit.
There are a variety of options that have no cost, depending on the platform you are wanting to dictate:
For purchase software is also an option. Dragon Naturally Speaking is the leader in voice dictation and it runs on Windows. They have discontinued support for their Mac and mobile product.
A window on the screen follows the typing cursor and tries to predict the word you are typing. The goal is to minimize keystrokes. Custom vocabulary lists can be imported and some software can read the words aloud to help in comprehension.
Word prediction considerations include:
- Is typing uncomfortable or slow?
- Are you able to not be lead in content by the prediction window?
FREE on the mac - Word prediction. Suggests words after typing a few letters.
Where to Find It: In many applications simply start typing and press either F5 or the Esc key
Mouse and Keyboard Alternatives
This type of assistive technology software and hardware require website and application developers to ensure keyboard functionality and keep accessibility guiding principles in mind.
Windows has an on-screen keyboard built in.
OptiKey is an on-screen keyboard for Windows. It is to be used with an eye-tracking device to bring keyboard control, mouse control and speech to people with motor and speech limitations, such as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Motor Neuron Disease (MND), Multiple Sclerosis or similar conditions. Check out www.OptiKey.org for more info and to download.
Eye Tracking Systems involve a camera mounted on a monitor or head born headset which monitors eye movement. The learnt eye gestures control the cursor or pointer and may be difficult.
There are various other hardware and software devices, less complicated such as:
- on-screen keyboards
- mouse alternatives
- A different shape or size of keyboard can also make typing more comfortable and functional
- Some people use word prediction or Voice Recognition to make the typing less onerous. One of the most well-known users of on-screen keyboards with speech output and eye tracking technology is Dr. Stephen Hawking