[Athen] System Access by Serotek

Ken Petri petri.1 at osu.edu
Wed Dec 2 08:58:16 PST 2009

Hi Melanie,

There are a couple of caveats with SA. First, an internet connection is
necessary to initiate a session. In SAToGo, you must have internet for the
entire session. If it goes out, so does SAToGo. For the pay-for version of
System Access, this is not the case--once launched it won't time out, even
if internet goes south--though you still need internet to launch the

Another concern is support for PowerPoint. At this point, you can read
PowerPoint presentations but you have no ability at all to edit or create
them. I have been told by sources close to Serotek that full PowerPoint
operability is in the works and should be functional "soon." But right now,
no go.

Probably the best thing to do is have the student "kick the tires." SAToGo
is free and works on any Windows machine. The student should give it a try
in Blackboard and elsewhere. The keyboard mappings are essentially the same
as in JAWS, so there is a shallow learning curve.

Ken Petri
Program Director
OSU Web Accessibility Center
102D Pomerene Hall
1760 Neil Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43210
Phone: (614) 292-1760
Fax: (614) 292-4190
mailto:petri.1 at osu.edu

On Tue, Dec 1, 2009 at 5:31 PM, Melanie Thornton <mpthornton at ualr.edu>wrote:

> Thank you both, Al and Ron. Good to know. Very helpful!


> Melanie


> Al Puzzuoli wrote:


> Over all, there are some areas in which Jaws is still more functional than

> System access; but having said that, I believe that System Access has

> actually surpassed jaws in terms of web browsing with Internet Explorer.

> If your student will primarily be working on web based systems, and using

> Microsoft Word to write papers, etc, then System Access should be more than

> sufficient. If the student has had extensive experience with Jaws in the

> past, then I would advise purchasing the Eloquence option for System Access,

> at a cost of an additional $25.00. Eloquence is the synthesizer used by

> Jaws, and often, transitioning to a new speech synthesizer can be as

> difficult, if not more so than transitioning to an entirely new screen

> reader.




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