Jaws and the Generic Lightbox Demo

Jonathan Hung jonathan.hung at utoronto.ca
Wed Jul 30 16:40:15 UTC 2008

As far as I know, there's no way of detecting whether or not a certain AT is
being run. If this were possible, we wouldn't have to try to figure out good
key combinations that work with major ATs like WindowEyes and JAWS.

This is why we have to mention both instructions (CTRL+Direction key, and
CTRL+J/I/K/M) since we don't know if a user is using an AT or not.

Your #3 point is very good. I think the instructions should be easily and
quickly accessible to the user. I'm a big fan of instructions or help mode
especially for AT users who don't necessarily have the visual cues to deduce
functionality. We should probably check to see that all our other components
have similar help text / instructions easily accessible to an AT like JAWS.

- Jonathan.

Jonathan Hung / jonathan.hung at utoronto.ca
University of Toronto - ATRC
Tel: (416) 946-3002

On Wed, Jul 23, 2008 at 4:35 PM, Justin <justin.obara at utoronto.ca> wrote:

> I'm still very new to using Jaws. I'm trying to learn and understand
> not only how the software works, but how a typical user would make use
> of it.
> I was testing it on the generic lightbox example (
> http://build.fluidproject.org/fluid/sample-code/reorderer/generic-lightbox/generic-lightbox.html
> ) and a few things came to mind.
> 1) you  need to turn Browse Mode off to use keyboard drag and drop,
> this isn't in the keyboard instructions.
> 2) For Jaws the 'ctrl + a direction key" movement doesn't work
> properly, yet it is still mentioned to the user.
> 3) The user has to perform an additional tab after hearing the
> instructions, in order to perform drag and drop, but isn't told this.
> Would it be possible to change the instructions so that the person
> using jaws does not hear the written instructions, but a specific
> message that includes the necessary information (as mentioned in the
> points above)?
> Would a typical Jaws user need these instructions (points above)?
> Any help would be appreciated.
> Thanks
> Justin
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