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Our team at
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has officially released
, a NetBeans module suite designed to enhance
accessibility for the blind in modern programming environments. This is a major release for our team, with hundreds of
bug fixes, major additions to our programming language (Hop), a new
text-to-speech engine on Mac OS X, and significant new additions
toward making NetBeans more accessible generally.
For those interested, our final release notes are available here:
You can download the latest version of Sodbeans in two forms, either
with a windows installer, from here:
Or without the installer as a zip binary from here:
If you are interested in testing Sodbeans, we could definitely use the
help. Perhaps most pertinent at this moment, we are especially
interested in getting feedback both on accessibility issues generally
and on our programming language. Anyone willing to help out by trying
it, sending feedback, or filing bugs would be greatly appreciated.
Dedicated users that want to submit patches to fix potential issues
are also welcome.
And finally, thanks to all for their help in getting this release
together, including testers from the blind community, the students and
teachers at the Washington State School for the Blind who gave us
tremendous feedback, to the rest of my development team, to the
National Science Foundation who is generously supporting this work, to
my grant partners Chris Hundhausen and Derrick Smith, to my friends
and colleagues at SIUE, and to the NetBeans community for helping us
tackle this very complicated issue.
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