VoiceOver for sighted people
VoiceOver is Apple's screen-reader technology that allows blind and partially-sighted people to use the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Apple's documentation describes VoiceOver in greater detail, for the iPhone and for the iPod Touch.
- VoiceOver for the iPhone requires the iPhone 3GS.
- Voiceover for the iPod Touch requires the Autumn 2009 version of the iPod Touch with a memory size of at least 32GB: if in doubt, you can check whether a particular iPod Touch has VoiceOver by opening the Settings application on the device, and checking to see if the General section contains an entry labelled "Accessibility".
- VoiceOver for the iPad has no special requirements. All iPads include VoiceOver.
The main Universalis VoiceOver page goes into some detail about how to use Universalis when you can't see the screen at all. If you can see the screen then things can be rather simpler: you can leave VoiceOver turned off for your normal use of Universalis and then turn it on only when you want to have a particular page read out to you.
Setting it up
Open the Settings application on your device, select General, then Accessibility. At the bottom of the page, where it says "Triple-click Home", change the setting to "Toggle VoiceOver". You will then be able to turn VoiceOver on and off by triple-clicking the Home button below the screen.
Reading a page
Without turning VoiceOver on, use the normal features of Universalis to locate the date and hour you want.
When you are displaying your chosen page, triple-click the Home button. VoiceOver will announce: "VoiceOver on. Universalis. Dates button."
Tap once in the middle of the screen, and VoiceOver will read the entire page to you.
You can pause and resume the reading by tapping with two fingers at once.
VoiceOver does not provide a way of going backwards and forwards in a reading: it can only ever read the page from the beginning. If you find this maddening, you are not alone.
It is a good idea to turn off auto-lock in the General part of the Settings application. If you don't, then VoiceOver will interrupt its reading with the words "Screen Locked" (in the English voice, it sounds more like "Screen Loaked") and when you unlock the screen there is no way to continue: you have to start again from the beginning.
You should also take care not to change the orientation of your iPhone while it is reading the text to you. If you accidentally change from portrait to landscape mode, VoiceOver will interrupt the reading to announce the change and, again, your only option is to start again from the beginning.
You can turn off VoiceOver at any time by triple-clicking the Home button again.