SONAR and Screen Readers for Vision Impaired Users

Last updated on 3/31/2016

The information in this article applies to:

  • SONAR 8.5
  • SONAR 8
  • SONAR 7
  • SONAR 7 Home Studio

SONAR has a special Accessibility Mode which can be helpful for vision impaired users when working with screen readers (Window-Eyes, JAWS, etc.). The Accessibility Mode is enabled by adding a key to the Windows Registry (WARNING: only do this if you are comfortable with editing the Windows registry; you may wish to back up the registry first), and allows screen readers to receive various information from SONAR that may otherwise not be displayed on the screen (names, values, etc.).

The key is:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Cakewalk Music Software\SONAR Producer\6.0

Note: if you are using SONAR 7 Studio Edition, substitute 'Producer' with 'Studio'.

The Value is:

AccessibilityMode

It is a DWORD. Value can be 0, 1, 2 or 3:

0 - no accessibility (default)
1 - put the access string in the TrackView Cview's caption
2 - put the access string in the CWACCESS window
3 - put the access string in the CWACCESS window and make this window visible

 

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