Lightbox user testing update

Michael S Elledge elledge at
Wed Mar 19 18:19:22 UTC 2008

Hi Anastasia--

I should be able to do this once I get back to the office week after  
next. I'll need to brainstorm with you about how to do it.



Michael S. Elledge
Assistant Director
Usability & Accessibility Center
Michigan State University

On Mar 19, 2008, at 11:37 AM, Anastasia Cheetham  
<a.cheetham at> wrote:

> 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 Window-Eyes.
> 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 you.
> 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 this?
> -- 
> Anastasia Cheetham                   a.cheetham at
> Software Designer, Fluid Project
> Adaptive Technology Resource Centre / University of Toronto

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