[Athen] Windows 8.1 Reader app

E.A.Draffan ea at emptech.info
Thu Jan 23 09:52:17 PST 2014

I have to admit that I could not find any text to speech options within the
Reader app - it will zoom in and out, rotate to landscape mode, allow me to
annotate and save in Sky Drive. It has some keyboard access and I managed
to get NVDA to read an accessible PDF. I have yet to download the MS Office
version of Window-Eyes to try that with the various file extensions that can
be used with the Reader app (PDF, XPS or TIFF).
Best wishes

Mrs E.A. Draffan
WAIS, ECS , University of Southampton
Tel +44 (0)23 8059 7246
Mobile +44 (0)7976 289103

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[mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman2.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Sean
Sent: 22 January 2014 19:35
To: Access Technology Higher Education Network; Alternate Media
Subject: [Athen] Windows 8.1 Reader app

Hello all,

Has anyone tried using the Reader app for Windows 8.1?

I was trying a few different AT applications that provide text-to-speech
support (Claro Read and Read & Write Gold) to see if I could get these apps
to work with the Reader app. Predictably, there was not much support for all
the different reading capabilities in Claro and Read & Write Gold, but I was
not able to get any speech output even when selecting the text. It seems as
if the Reader app is separate from the underlying OS in that the selected
text content is not available via the clipboard.

Has anyone had different experiences with the Reader app in Windows 8.1?
Have you been able to any text-to-speech output from that app with or
without AT applications?

Thanks and take care,

Sean Keegan
Associate Director, Assistive Technology Office of Accessible Education -
Stanford University

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