Lightbox user testing update

Anastasia Cheetham a.cheetham at
Wed Mar 19 16:37:57 UTC 2008

Hi, Mike (and all),

I wanted to give you an update on where we're at getting the Lightbox  
ready for user testing.

The main issue we've been struggling with is finding a set of  
keystrokes that the Lightbox can use that is not already in use by  
JAWS or Window-Eyes. This is turning out to be *exceedingly*  
difficult, to put it mildly. The current default (which is the arrow  
keys for navigation, with the CTRL modifier added for actual moving)  
does not work. We want to not conflict with any of the default  
keystrokes for these applications.

We've given up finding a single set of keys that will work for *both*  
applications, and are considering different sets of keystrokes. We've  
identified the combination of I, J, K, and M, with the CTRL modifier,  
as a possibility for JAWS, but this combination does not work with  

If anyone is familiar enough with JAWS and Window-Eyes to have any  
suggestions for us for dealing with this issue, we'd love to hear from  

Mike, we're wondering if another direction that might be useful here  
is a bit of contextual inquiry into how screen reader users currently  
accomplish reordering tasks similar to the Lightbox (and the Reorderer  
in general). Do you think you might have some resources to investigate  

Anastasia Cheetham                   a.cheetham at
Software Designer, Fluid Project
Adaptive Technology Resource Centre / University of Toronto

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