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Mac OS X contains technologies, including the Accessibility API and Speech technology, used for creating accessible applications and assistive technology solutions. Applications that properly support the Accessibility API are accessible to a wide variety of assistive technologies such as screen reader software and alternate input devices. Mac OS X also provides support for full keyboard navigation, which developers can use to ensure that their application is navigable from the keyboard.

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