Re: New Book on Using Zoom Now Available From the Carroll Center

David Goldfield <david.goldfield@...>


I think we're actually talking about two separate issues.

1. Zoom on a Chromebook. While the Chromebook is able to run Android apps Chromebooks aren't Android devices. They run Chrome OS and they do use a screen reader called ChromeVox. That being said I have no idea how easy it is to use and how it handles Android apps or if Talkback can even run on the device.

2. It may be necessary for some people to learn Zoom but it is not necessary for everyone. Some institutions and organizations use alternatives, such as Google Meet or Microsoft Teams. Some organizations are having nothing to do with Zoom due to past security concerns. Some individuals may choose to avoid it for the same reasons and I respect that just as some want nothing to do with Facebook or Ring cameras and doorbells. There are people, both blind and sighted, who have chosen Android as their operating system of choice. If a book doesn't address the needs of Android users then it's understandable that a user would choose to not order it in the same way that I wouldn't order a book covering Microsoft 365 on the Mac and iOS if my operating system of choice is Windows.

David Goldfield,

Blindness Assistive Technology Specialist
JAWS Certified, 2019

On 5/8/2020 8:19 AM, Ann Parsons wrote:
Hi all,

David, you're right in one sense, the commands might be different on a Chrome Book, but they would basically have the same format and the same meaning.  Spending $18.00 for a book that doesn't cover your OS may be a reasonable response, but learning about Zoom is necessary these days.

Ann P.

Original message:
Based on the message that you are quoting I don't agree with your
response. The book being discussed covers Windows and iOS but doesn't
cover Android devices. If a user only uses Android devices then it is
reasonable that he or she wouldn't have a need for this book as it
doesn't address the user's operating system of choice. Zoom may be
available for most of today's operating systems but if the book in
question doesn't address the one you're using then it's not for everyone.

David Goldfield,
Blindness Assistive Technology Specialist
JAWS Certified, 2019;data=02%7C01%7C%7C5703ee4867c14a0ea18408d7f34a174a%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637245371844067988&amp;sdata=Y52ff1qI4X8ZBQbu2d7pjhDa8Vef%2FgjUkW6wnQk%2FTsM%3D&amp;reserved=0
On 5/8/2020 6:58 AM, Ann Parsons wrote:
Hi all,
Actually, Olusegun, your assertion below is spurious.  Zoom is a cross
platform application that works in Linux, Windows, Mac,, IOS, Android
and from a simple landline phone.  The whole idea behind Zoom is to
make it as accessible to as many people as possible.  If by Android,
you mean a Chrome Book, I think it works there too.  With schools,
businesses, universities, nonprofits, churches  and plain old
individuals using it these days, you have no business not knowing
about Zoom!  You might make a couple of Zoom presentations and put
them on your web site to showcase your business.  This statement of
yours is short sighted and wrong! Wake up and smell the coffee good sir.
Ann P.

Original message:
Sis Pam wrote in part:
"I would really be glad if they had this book in braille."
Hmm, sis, I thought you have a Braille notetaker?  If yes, you should be
able to read the book.  It comes both in Word and PDF formats.
It's not a book for me as it has NOTHING IN THERE ABOUT ANDROID and,
besides, it will be obsolete quickly 'cause Zoom is constantly tweaking
Denver, Colorado

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