[Athen] Dragon app for iPhone

Terrill Thompson tft at u.washington.edu
Tue Dec 8 17:00:18 PST 2009

This has great potential as an alternative to typing with the iPhone on-screen keyboard, which is technically accessible but quite cumbersome for VoiceOver users. However, Pratik Patel and I have exchanged several communications today (until now entirely on Twitter and Facebook) about some problems I'm having using Dragon and VoiceOver together.

For Pratik, the Dragon buttons are verbalized by VoiceOver. It sounds like the main button that's used to start dictation does not have an appropriate label (Pratik says it sounds something like "/var/mobile/applicat"), but the other buttons are labeled "messaging_keyboard", "messaging_send", and "record_off".

For me though, whenever I launch Dragon with VoiceOver running, VoiceOver shuts up. It speaks in every other app, and resumes speaking after I leave Dragon, but doesn't speak at all within the Dragon app.

I've tried rebooting the phone, and tweaking every reasonable setting (and a few unreasonable ones) within Settings menu system.

As others experiment this, please report back on what your experiences are. I'm curious whether this is just something weird with my phone, or if it's a common problem.


Terrill Thompson
Technology Accessibility Specialist
DO-IT, Accessible Technology
UW Technology Services
University of Washington
tft at u.washington.edu

-----Original Message-----
From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On Behalf Of Crabb, Nolan
Sent: Tuesday, December 08, 2009 1:24 PM
To: Access Technology Higher Education Network
Subject: Re: [Athen] Dragon app for iPhone

This could be exciting news indeed, especially if it works without much
interference to Voiceover. Thanks for sending it along.


Nolan Crabb
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The Ohio State University
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