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A Call to JAWS Scripters to Help with AJAX Applications

January 13, 2007 • Darrell Shandrow Hilliker

Mike Paciello is calling on expert JAWS script writers to help with some important AJAX related work. If you are a top flight scripter, please get in touch with him right away.

We’re doing some testing and work on AJAX applications with screen readers. We think we’ve discovered some interesting solutions via JAWS scripts. We’d like to talk to one or two expert scripters, if possible. Please contact me if you are available or have a referral.

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So Much for Custom Domain Hosting on Blogger…

January 10, 2007 • Darrell Shandrow Hilliker

Well… We tried Blogger’s new custom domain hosting. As many of you may know, it didn’t exactly work as expected. There was a partial outage of the journal for as long as two days for some of you. We apologize for our absence. We have returned to Blogger’s FTP hosting for the time being and do not plan on trying the custom domain anytime soon. Please let us know if you experience any ongoing issues.

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Don’t Miss Jamal Mazrui on the January 8 Marlaina Program

January 6, 2007 • Darrell Shandrow Hilliker

Jamal Mazrui’s PDF2TXT tool for rapidly converting and reading PDF documents has literally saved my job! I highly encourage all of you to read Jeff Bishop’s announcement below and join him on Marlaina’s ACB Radio MainStream show to meet Jamal and learn about all his accomplishments.

Hello Friends,

Now that all of you have partied the New Year in, it is time to get back to some since of normality on the Marlaina program.  Marlaina and Gary the Board Guy are sailing the ocean blue for the next two weeks, so I will be filling in for Marlaina.

This week we present a fascinating guest.  Jamal Mazrui joins us this week to talk to us all about himself.  He is the author of such computer applications as pdf2txt (a PDF to Text file conversion utility), FileDir (a very robust file manager), TextPal (a very accessible text editor) and many more.  All of these applications are free.  Who is the man behind all of this work?  Come and listen to this fascinating interview all about Jamal. We will discuss with him his childhood, career, and some on his programming skills (from a non-techie perspective of course).  Many of you know his wife Susan who works for Cingular and we will touch a bit on that as well.  A new baby joined the Mazrui family and we will ask Jamal how he and
Susan are doing with all of that, like how he can continue to pump out all of these tools with a new little one in the house.

During the second hour, the phones will be open.  What New Year’s resolutions have you made?  What gifts did you receive for Christmas? We will also be announcing a new show debuting on the Main Stream channel starting the week of January 21st.  It will be a very exciting show, so come
and find out what is up on Main Stream.

All this and more is up for grabs on the next Marlaina, heard on ACB Radio MainStream. It all starts on Sunday night at 8 PM Eastern, 5 Pacific, which is Monday
morning at 1 Universal. The program will replay for 24 hours, and of course, is available via podcast from the ACB Radio replay page. As always, we’ll take your calls at our toll-free number, 866-400-5333. I can’t wait to spend time with you there!

Feel free to distribute this announcement to others whom you think may be interested.

Jeff Bishop

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Replay A/V 8.03 Update Improves Accessibility Even Further

January 2, 2007 • Darrell Shandrow Hilliker

The folks at Applian have released another update that represents another significant accessibility improvement. Though minor for most users, Replay A/V 8.03 resolves a critical issue involving the use of the space bar in the program’s main window. A keyboard shortcut conflict has also been resolved. If you are a Replay A/V user, this update is definitely a must-have.

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The Road Not Taken

January 1, 2007 • Darrell Shandrow Hilliker

The poem The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost is especially appropriate to start a brand new year. Let’s all be willing to take the road less traveled when it would be easier to walk down the path of least resistance. Listen to this reading done by Karen on New Year’s Eve. We intended to broadcast this on the Desert Cafe, but it was not quite ready in time for the show.

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