BEAM XVI SYSTEMS
Version 2.1 16/03/05
This page describes the documentation available for the BEAM range of
and XVI-SB X-Windows terminals for the visually impaired and blind.
BEAM Ltd produce a range of network computer terminals designed to
visually impaired and blind users access computer systems running the
operating system. The range encompasses systems that provide screen
to systems that employ speech and/or braille displays. The systems have
been designed as a standalone X-Windows computer terminal that is
to Unix workstations or servers through a conventional network
One of the main features of this design is that all of the user
software, including screen magnification and screen reader software
on the local terminal; no changes are needed to to host system hardware
or software. As a result all Unix systems, as well as other systems
employ the X-Windows graphical user interface system are supported.
There are basically three flavours of XVI systems, the XVI Terminal,
the XVI-S terminal and the XVI-SB Terminal.
BEAM XVI Terminals
The BEAM XVI terminal provides a visually impaired user with a large
monitor and screen magnification software that provides real-time zoom,
a Magnifying glass and event tracking.
BEAM XVI-S Terminals
The BEAM XVI-S terminal is based upon the XVI terminal with the
of a screen reader software controlling a speech unit. By default the
has a 17 inch monitor that allows sighted users to use the system. As
option the system can use the XVI screen magnification software in
with a larger 21inch monitor. The designation "XVI-SM" is used to
this screen magnification option. This option is useful for users with
some sight but who would benefit from speech backup. The system is
for visually impaired and blind users.
BEAM XVI-SB Terminals
The BEAM XVI-SB terminal is based upon the XVI terminal with the
of a screen reader software driving a speech and braille unit. By
the system has a 17 inch monitor that allows sighted users to use the
As an option the system can use the XVI screen magnification software
conjunction with a larger 21inch monitor. The designation "XVI-SBM" is
used to describe this screen magnification option. This option is
for users with some sight but who would benefit from speech and braille
backup. The system is designed for blind users.
BEAM also produce a telephone interface box. This unit provides the
for XVI speech and braille users to use, simultaneously, the terminal
telephone with a single telephone headset.
The BEAM XVI X-Terminals are closely identified with the Unix operating
system as used by a large number of institutions such as banks,
societies, technical departments and others with networked systems. The
BEAM XVI range is a stand alone unit designed to replace any standard
X-Terminal. No special set up or software modifications are required,
plug into the network and go.
Further Information on XVI products
Installation and Hardware Information
The BEAM XVI-SB software can be installed from floppies, a CDROM or
The BEAM help desk is open from 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday
bank holidays. It is accessible by email, fax or telephone and provides
users, administrators and engineers to help with any problem relating
a BEAM XVI or XVI-SB terminal.
Software Support: Problems and Requested Features Database
BEAM provides software support for the XVI Terminals. The software
includes bug fixes and updates which add new features to the product.
from users, administrators, engineers and BEAM are fed into new
The XVI-SB screen reader software is still at the first release stage.
A large number of improvements and new features have been identified. A
preliminary work list for new features is given below.
Beam Access Points
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