Universal Access

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For the broader political-architectural concept of universal access, see universal design
Universal Access
Universal Access icon.png
Developer(s) Apple Computer
Stable release 2.0 / 2005
Operating system Mac OS X
Type System Utility
License Proprietary
Website http://www.apple.com/macosx/
features/universalaccess/

Apple Universal Access is a component of the Mac OS X operating system that provides computing abilities to people with visual impairment, hearing impairment, or physical disability.

Components[edit]

Universal Access is a preference pane of the System Preferences application. It includes four sub-components, each providing different options and settings.

Seeing[edit]

  • Turn On/Off Screen Zooming
  • Inverse Colors (White on Black, also known as reverse colors), Command+ Option+Control+8
  • Set Display to Greyscale (10.2 onwards)
  • Enhance Contrast
  • Enable Access for Assistive Devices
  • Enable Text-To-Speech for Universal Access Preferences

Hearing[edit]

  • Flash the screen when an alert sound occurs
  • Raise/Lower Volu

Keyboard[edit]

  • Sticky Keys (Treat a sequence of modifier keys as a key combo)
  • Slow keys (Delay between key press and key acceptance)

Mouse[edit]

  • Mouse Keys (Use the numeric keypad in place of the mouse)
  • Mouse Pointer Delay
  • Mouse Pointer Max Speed
  • Mouse Pointer enlarging

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