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CCB-GTT Top Ten iOS Apps for 2017 with Long Descriptions 2018Jan05

The Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB)

Get Together with Technology (GTT)

Top Ten iDevice Apps of 2017 With Long Descriptions

 

Here are the Top Ten iDevice Apps of 2017 as surveyed late in the year through the GTTProgram Blog, GTTSupport Email List and GTTProgram Facebook Group participants.  This was not a scientific survey, so might be considered by some to be a “Fake List”.  Be that as it may, your friendly GTT Group has likely had a hand in the results, and all of you are encouraged to submit your favourites for the 2018 list as we roll into November/December.  In order to do so, please stay in touch and participate with GTT groups where ever they gather throughout 2018 by following us at,

www.GTTProgram.WordPress.com.

 

Of course, none of the below apps are usable by blind, deaf-blind or partially sighted iDevice users if the screen reader (Voice Over) and/or magnifier (Zoom) apps aren’t mastered first.

 

The Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired offers free access to a series of videos called iFocus, which provides independent tutorials for learning the accessibility features of Voice Over and Zoom.

https://www.hadley.edu/InstructionalVideos.asp

 

Listed according to the votes submitted:

Top 10 iDevice Apps:

1. Seeing AI, a free app By Microsoft Corporation.

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/seeing-ai/id999062298?mt=8

Seeing AI is a free app that narrates the world around you. Designed for the blind and low vision community, this ongoing research project harnesses the power of AI to open up the visual world and describe nearby people, text and objects.

 

Optimized for use with VoiceOver, the app enables you to recognize:

  • Short Text – Speaks text as soon as it appears in front of the camera.
  • Documents – Provides audio guidance to capture a printed page, and recognizes the text, along with its original formatting.
  • Products – Scans barcodes, using audio beeps to guide you; hear the name, and package information when available. (works with iPhone 6 and later)
  • People – Saves people’s faces so you can recognize them, and get an estimate of their age, gender, and emotions.
  • Scenes (early preview) – Hear an overall description of the scene captured.
  • Currency – Recognizes currency notes. (Requires iOS 11)
  • Color – Identifies color.
  • Handwriting – Reads handwritten text like in greeting cards
  • Light – Generates an audible tone corresponding to the brightness in the surroundings.
  • Images in other apps – Just tap “Share” and “Recognize with Seeing AI” to describe images from Mail, Photos, Twitter, and more.

 

Seeing AI is built to help you achieve more by leveraging the power of the cloud and artificial intelligence. As the research progresses, more channels may be added.

2. Native iOS Mail, a free email client built into every Apple device.

Mail (also known as Apple Mail or Mail.app) is an email client  included with the operating systems macOS, iOS  and watchOS  by Apple Inc.  Originally developed by NeXT  As NeXTMail, a part of their NeXTSTEP  operating system, it eventually became Mail after Apple’s acquisition of NeXT.

3. Voice Dream Reader, a paid app By Voice Dream LLC.

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/voice-dream-reader/id496177674?mt=8

Featured as Best New App in 81 countries including the United States and Apple App Store Permanent Collections in Education.

 

“This app is one of the best educational finds of my entire career.” – Forbes

 

“As a user myself and as a mother of a child with dyslexia, I am blown away by the features of Voice Dream.” – Quartz

 

“Voice Dream Reader is hailed by many as the best mobile text-to-speech (TTS) app.” – Examiner

 

Supported Document Formats

– PDF, Plain text, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, RTF, and Google Docs.

– Web articles.

– EPUB eBooks. (DRM-free books only. Kindle and iBooks are not supported.)

– Bookshare Books.

– DAISY text-based books and audiobook.

– Audiobooks in MP3, MP4 or zipped MP3 format.

– Experimental rich text and image support for all documents.

 

Text-to-Speech

– One premium Acapela voice of your choice free with the purchase of the app.

– 36 built-in iOS voices in 27 languages are also available for free.

– 200+ additional premium voices in 30 languages from Acapela, NeoSpeech and Ivona available through in-app purchases.

– Correct pronunciation with your own pronunciation dictionary.

– All voices work offline and play in the background even with the screen locked.

 

Reading Styles

– Tee-up a list of articles and play while you drive, walk or run.

– Spoken word is highlighted to improve comprehension and retention.

– Auto-scrolling and full screen, distraction-free mode to help reader focus.

– Finger reading. For beginners to read by at running a finger under each word.

– Pac-Man. Harvard and MIT developed speed-reading method for everyone to read at 2x speed with no loss of comprehension.

– High contrast and large font size for low vision readers.

– Optimized for VoiceOver, Braille and switch control.

4. Nearby Explorer, a paid GPS app By American Printing House for the Blind (APH).

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/nearby-explorer/id1095698497?mt=8

Nearby Explorer is a full featured GPS app designed for use by people who are blind. Instead of just providing directions, it describes the environment in ways comparable to reading signage or observing road characteristics.

 

It uses onboard maps, so a data connection is not required, but if you have one, Nearby Explorer supplements the on board map data with crowd collected locations from Foursquare or Google Places. It includes complete maps for the United States and Canada which contain millions of points of interest. The onboard maps are over 4GB in size, so be sure the device you plan to use has enough available space before purchasing.

 

Nearby Explorer works with any device running iOS version 9 or later, but if the device does not contain its own GPS receiver, like most iPads and iPods, you must use an external GPS receiver. All iPhones contain GPS receivers.

 

Nearby Explorer works by letting you select from several different location related options about what to announce as you move. These include both typical items like street name and address and specialized options like approaching streets, intersection configurations, and nearby places and the distance and direction to them. (All announcements are optional.) All of this information is shown on the home screen and is available at any time, but typical use is to adjust the level of announcements, then lock the screen and put the device away. This keeps both hands free and let’s your preferred voice speak the characteristics of the environment as you move.

 

You may also use the devices position and orientation to obtain additional targeted details such as pointing the end of the device to scan for businesses, even in a moving vehicle, or tilting it vertically to function as a compass, including a listing of streets in the indicated direction. This all works with the device locked, so one need not fuss with the touch screen while moving. You may even mark a point, then use the position of the device to get haptic feedback about that point’s location.

 

Nearby Explorer includes a transit feature that provides detailed mass transit schedules for over 60 metropolitan areas in the U. S. and Canada. It treats transit stops just like favorites and points of interest by announcing their name and relative position as you move, but in addition, transit stops add next vehicle stop time, direction of travel, and route name to the announcements. You can use the transit schedules to look up times or even follow a route.

 

You may virtually move to any area in the U.S. or Canada and explore the road network, search, or use the transit maps for that area.

 

For complete details about Nearby Explorer, see http://tech.aph.org/ne

5. TuneIn Radio, a free app By TuneIn.

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/tunein-radio/id418987775?mt=8

Listen to your favorite radio stations for free with TuneIn Radio. With over 100,000 radio stations, TuneIn has the largest selection of sports, news, music and talk radio from around the world.

 

With the free TuneIn Radio app:

-Stream real radio stations from around the world live.

-Listen to your favorite talk shows and podcasts live and on demand.

-Enjoy live coverage of sporting events, concerts and more.

 

Get even more with TuneIn Premium.

-Get live play-by-play from every MLB, NFL and BPL game, all season long.

-Let your imagination run wild with access to a library of over 40,000 audiobooks.

-Enjoy exclusive access to over 600 commercial-free music stations

-No banner ads!

 

Listen Anywhere:

-Enjoy TuneIn anywhere you go with Apple Watch.

-Try out TuneIn for CarPlay when you’re on the go.

-Enjoy TuneIn Radio at home with your Google Chromecast.

6. Native iOS Reminders, a free app built into every Apple device.

Reminders is a pretty great “getting started” app for those new to to-dos. You can use Reminders to make shopping lists or packing lists or to keep work and home organized. You can set reminders for specific times or specific locations, so you can remember to take medication when you need to, and stop by the store when you leave the office.

7. Transit, a free app By Transit App, Inc.

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/transit-bus-train-times/id498151501?mt=8

“You won’t realize how much time you can save planning until you use this app” – LA Times

“Killer app” – WSJ

“MBTA has a favorite transit app — and it’s called Transit” – Boston Globe

 

Transit is your real-time urban travel companion. Navigate your city’s public transit system with accurate real-time predictions, simple trip planning, step-by-step navigation, service disruption notifications, and departure and stop reminders… all presented in a clear, bold interface. Public transport not cooperating? Easily request an Uber, reserve a car2go, or grab the closest bike share.

 

10 GREAT THINGS YOU CAN DO WITH TRANSIT:

1) See real-time arrivals for nearby buses and trains instantly upon launch.

2) Watch your transit vehicle approaching on a map in real-time*

3) Compare options with powerful A to B trip plans using real-time data.

4) Launch GO for step-by-step navigation when you’re on an unfamiliar route or want to nap/read/space out.*

5) Receive departure alarms and stop notifications as well as prompts to pick up the pace in GO.*

6) Get push notifications if service disruptions will affect your commute.

7) View transit schedules and route itineraries—even when you’re offline!

8) Locate bike share stations, see the number of bikes available, pay for passes, and unlock bikes (in select cities).

9) Check ETA (and surge) for nearby Ubers, and book in two taps.

10) View availability and book cars with car2go and other local car-share services.

8. VO Calendar, a paid app By Devista B.V.

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/vo-calendar/id508386832?mt=8

NOTE: Can only be used together with VoiceOver (for blind and partially sighted people).

 

VO Calendar is a weekly calendar specifically designed to be used with VoiceOver.

 

The result of this VoiceOver-only design is not only a smoother navigation through the app. It also makes it possible for the VoiceOver speech to give smart summaries depending on the context. This prevents you from having to go through each event Individually.

 

Existing events are automatically synchronized. If you prefer not to type, you can record voice memos instead.

 

You can use VO Calendar with the VoiceOver gestures you are used to.

 

However, there is an even faster way. With the screen being split into two halves you can scan the right half of the screen with your right thumb. A single tap with your left thumb then is enough to activate the concerning function. After getting used to you will find out this helps you to browse through your calendar even quicker.

 

The left bottom always contains the ‘Return’ button so you can still reach it with your right thumb (being an L-shaped layout). At the top left you can always find a summary of the current screen content. In case you are left-handed you can swap left and right.

 

Note: If you have multiple calendars configured, VO Calendar will show all concerning events. New events will be assigned to your iPhone’s default calendar. Change the default calendar in: Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Default Calendar.

 

VO Calendar is developed in cooperation with Royal Dutch Visio, Centre of Expertise for blind and partially sighted people (www.visio.org).

9. Bank, free apps by a variety of Canadian Banks.  IE., TD Canada by TD.

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/td-canada/id358790776?mt=8

The TD app for iOS provides quick, easy, secure access to your TD chequing, savings, credit, and investment accounts. By clicking “Get”, you consent to the installation of the TD app provided by the TD Bank Group* and to any future updates/upgrades. You are also acknowledging that you understand that the TD app and any future updates/upgrades will/may perform the function described below. You may withdraw your consent at any time by deleting or uninstalling this app.

 

The TD app is free to download, however standard wireless carrier message and data rates may apply.

 

BANKING BENEFITS

  • Get fast access to our most-used banking functions with Quick Links, and check account and Rewards balances without logging in by using Quick Access.
  • Make TD Credit Card Account payments in fewer steps and use your Rewards to help pay down your balance.
  • Send, request and receive money with INTERAC e-Transfer®.
  • Make Canadian and submit U.S. bill payments. (Subject to eligibility requirements and applicable fees. Foreign exchange costs may also apply. Customer must register for the U.S. Bill Pay Service and set up payees in EasyWeb first. A U.S. dollar cheque will be mailed to the payee.)
  • Access your personal banking and investing information from your Apple Watch.
  • Keep track of your spending and receive real time notifications with the TD MySpend companion app.
  • With TD for Me you can receive branch information, local events, offers, tips and reminders.

 

INVESTMENT ADVANTAGES

The TD app allows you to monitor the market, research investment ideas, and trade everything from stocks to options wherever you are!

 

  • Act quickly on market opportunities – trade stocks, ETFs, options and multi-leg options, as well as mutual fund while on the go.
  • Help protect your portfolio from market loss with stop orders.
  • Stay on top of your investments with real-time holdings, balances, orders and activity.
  • Keep tabs on your favourite securities with watchlists, now synced with WebBroker.
  • Set mobile push notifications to receive real-time price alerts for stocks, ETFs and mutual funds.
  • Make informed investment decisions with comprehensive real-time quotes and advanced charting with technical indicators available in the landscape mode.

10. CBC Radio/News, free apps by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/cbc-radio/id325946767?mt=8

Listen to your favourite CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) Radio programs and podcasts on your iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch. Enjoy Radio One and Radio 2 live streams, as well as more than 80 of CBC Radio’s most popular programs and podcasts on demand. Listen to our featured stories, curated for you every day. Browse through 12 categories, including News, Politics and Comedy. Check out archived episodes, save and download your audio for later listening. Build a playlist of your favourite clips and play them beginning to end. Sort by episode or segment. Find the local frequency for your favourite CBC Radio broadcast channel, and see what’s playing on any CBC Radio network. The CBC Radio app allows for in-app search, which allows you to search for any CBC Radio One audio from 2013 to the present. You can also continue switching to a different device and pick up your listening where you left off.

 

Respectfully submitted on January 5, 2018 by,

 

Albert A. Ruel, GTT Coordinator

 

For more information please contact your GTT Coordinators:

Albert Ruel                   or                               Kim Kilpatrick

1-877-304-0968,550                           1-877-304-0968,513

albert.GTT@CCBNational.net                       GTTProgram@Gmail.com

 

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CCB-GTT Top Ten iOS, Android, PC and Mac Apps for 2017

The Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB)

Get Together with Technology (GTT)

Top Ten Apps of 2017

 

Here are the Top Ten Apps of 2017 as surveyed late in the year through the GTTProgram Blog, GTTSupport Email List and GTTProgram Facebook Group participants.  This was not a scientific survey, so might be considered by some to be a “Fake List”.  Be that as it may, your friendly GTT Group has likely had a hand in the results, and all of you are encouraged to submit your favourites for the 2018 list as we roll into November/December.  In order to do so, please stay in touch and participate with GTT groups where ever they gather throughout 2018 by following us at,

www.GTTProgram.WordPress.com.

 

Of course, none of the below iDevice, Android, PC or Mac apps are usable by blind, deaf-blind or partially sighted users if the operating system, screen reader and/or magnifier apps aren’t mastered first.  To learn more about how you might gain the skills you need for mastering the above, get involved with a GTT group or conference call near you and ask your questions.  You can also sign up for the GTTSupport email list for this very purpose by sending a blank email message to,

GTTSupport+Subscribe@Groups.io

 

Favourite Apps Listed according to the votes submitted:

Top 10 iOS Apps:

  1. Seeing AI, a free app By Microsoft Corporation.
  2. Native iOS Mail, a free email client built into every Apple device.
  3. Voice Dream Reader, a paid app By Voice Dream LLC.
  4. Nearby Explorer, a paid app By American Printing House for the Blind (APH).
  5. TuneIn Radio, a free app By TuneIn.
  6. Native iOS Reminders, a free app built into every Apple device.
  7. Transit, a free app By Transit App, Inc.
  8. VO Calendar, a paid app By Devista B.V.
  9. Bank, free apps by a variety of Canadian Banks.
  10. CBC Radio/News, free apps by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

 

Top 10 PC Apps:

  1. MS Office, a paid word processing, email and spreadsheet suite of apps by Microsoft Corporation.
  2. Audacity, a free, open source multi-track recording and editing app.
  3. Firefox, a free open source web browser by Mozilla.
  4. Humanware Companion, a free VR Stream companion app by Humanware.
  5. JAWS, a paid screen reading app by Freedom Scientific.
  6. Notepad, a free Native app by Microsoft Corporation.
  7. NVDA, a free screen reading app by NVAccess.
  8. Openbook, a paid scan and read app by Freedom Scientific.
  9. Chicken Nugget, a paid Twitter app by Accessible Apps.
  10. GoldWave, a paid audio editing, recording and conversion app by GoldWave Inc.

 

Top 8 Mac Apps:

  1. Amadeus pro, a paid Audio editor / sound and voice recorder app by HairerSoft.
  2. Dropbox, a free cloud based file storage app by Dropbox.
  3. Facetime, a free iOS communications app by Apple.
  4. Skype, a free communications app by Microsoft Corporation.
  5. Twitterrific, a paid Twitter Client By The Iconfactory.
  6. Native Mail app, a free iOS email app by Apple.
  7. Twitter for mac, a free twitter client By Twitter, Inc.
  8. Audacity, a free, open source multi-track recording and editing app.

 

Top 4 Android Apps:

  1. Aqua mail, a free email client by MobiSystems.
  2. Amazing mp3 recorder, a free memo and call recorder by StereoMatch.
  3. Nearby explorer, a paid app By American Printing House for the Blind (APH).
  4. Podcast addict, a free Podcast player by Xavier Guillemane.

 

Respectfully submitted on January 5, 2018 by,

 

Albert A. Ruel, GTT Coordinator

 

For more information please contact your GTT Coordinators:

Albert Ruel                   or                               Kim Kilpatrick

1-877-304-0968,550                           1-877-304-0968,513

albert.GTT@CCBNational.net                       GTTProgram@Gmail.com

 

Tech Article: Firefox 57 from an NVDA user’s perspective – Marco’s Accessibility Blog

Firefox 57 from an NVDA user’s perspective – Marco’s Accessibility Blog

Marco’s Accessibility Blog

 

Helping to make accessibility accessible on the web and elsewhere

 

Article found at:

https://www.marcozehe.de/2017/11/07/firefox-57-nvda-users-perspective/

 

Firefox 57, also known as Firefox Quantum, will be released on November 14. It will bring some significant changes to the Firefox rendering engine to improve performance and open the door for more new features in the future. Here is what you need to know if you are a user of the NVDA screen reader.

 

For users of the NVDA screen reader, some of these changes may initially seem like a step backward. To make the accessibility features work with the new architecture, we had to make some significant changes which will initially feel less performant than before. Especially complex pages and web applications such as Facebook or Gmail will feel slower to NVDA users in this Firefox release.

 

Improvements in the pipeline

 

Fortunately, NVDA users will only have to put up with these slowdowns for one Firefox release. Firefox 58, which will move to beta the moment Firefox 57 is being released, will already improve performance so significantly that most smaller pages will feel as snappy as before, larger pages will take a lot less time to be loaded into NVDA’s browse mode buffer, and web applications such as Gmail or Facebook will feel more fluid.

 

And we’re not stopping there. In Firefox Nightly, then on version 59, performance improvements will continue, and more big pages and web applications should return to a normal working speed with NVDA.

 

I need full speed

 

If you do require Firefox to perform as fast as before and cannot or do not want to wait until the above mentioned performance improvements arrive on your machine, you have the option to switch to the Extended Support Release (ESR), which is on version 52 and will receive security fixes until long into 2018.

 

However, we encourage you to stick with us on the current release if you possibly can. Your findings, if you choose to report them to us, will greatly help us improve Firefox further even faster, because even we might not think of all the scenarios that might be day to day sites for you.

 

I want to stick with you. How can I help?

 

That’s great! If you encounter any big problems, like pages that take unusually long to load, we want to know about them. We already know that long Wikipedia articles such as the one about World War I  will take about 12 seconds to load on an average Windows 10 machine and a current NVDA release. In Firefox 58 beta, we will have brought this down to less than 8 seconds already, and the goal is to bring that time down even further. So if you really want to help, you can choose to upgrade to our beta channel  and re-test the problem you encountered there. If it is already improved, you can be certain we’re on top of the underlying problem. If not, we definitely want to know  where you found the problem and what steps led to it.

 

And if you really want to be on the bleeding edge, getting the latest fixes literally hours or days after they landed in our source code, you can choose to update to our Firefox Nightly channel, and get new builds of Firefox twice a day. There, if you encounter problems like long lags, or even crashes, they will be very closely tied to what we were recently working on, and we will be able to resolve the problems quickly, before they even hit the next beta cycle.

 

In conclusion

 

We know we’re asking a lot of you since you’ve always had a very fast and efficient browsing experience when you used Firefox in combination with NVDA. And we are truly sorry that we’ll have to temporarily slip here. But rest assured that we’re working hard with the full team to kick Firefox back into gear so that each followup release will bring us back closer to where we were before 57, plus the added benefits Quantum brings for all users.

 

Find the full article at:

https://www.marcozehe.de/2017/11/07/firefox-57-nvda-users-perspective/

 

Screen Reader Resource: System Access Keyboard Commands

Keyboard Command Quick Reference List for System Access
(www.SAToGo.com)

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Global Commands

A Note About the Modifier Key

The System Access Modifier Key can be one of four keys, including the Insert Key, often located near the Home Key on the keyboard, the Caps-lock Key, the 0 Key on the numpad, or the Scroll-lock Key. For your convenience, all these modifier keys are active and you may choose the one which seems most comfortable at any given time.

Global Commands

Refresh the display: Modifier+Escape

Open the remote control menu if applicable:
Shift+Modifier+Escape

Read the status bar, if any: Modifier+Page Down

Announce the object with the focus: Modifier+Up Arrow

When in a document, read the document starting at the insertion point; otherwise, read the contents of the foreground window: Modifier+Down Arrow

Read the title of the foreground window:
Modifier+T

Read the contents of the foreground window:
Modifier+W

Click the current help balloon if any: Modifier+B

Activate the SAMNet Desktop: Modifier+D

Activate the System Access menu: Modifier+F

Toggle keyboard help mode: Modifier+H

Pass a key through to the application: Modifier+F3

Shut down System Access: Modifier+F4

Choose a toolbar button from a list: Modifier+F8

Click an icon in the system tray: Modifier+F11

Say the current time and date: Modifier+F12

Stop constant updating of progress indicators:
Control twice quickly

Check laptop battery status: Modifier+Shift+B

Reading and Editing Commands

Move one character to the left: Left Arrow

Select one character to the left: Shift+Left Arrow

Say the current character: Control+Modifier+NumPad
5

Move one character to the right: Right Arrow

Select one character to the right: Shift+Right Arrow

Move to the previous word: Control+Left Arrow

Select the previous word: Control+Shift+Left Arrow

Say the current word: Modifier+NumPad 5

Move to the next word: Control+Right Arrow

Select the next word: Control+Shift+Right Arrow

Move up one line: Up Arrow

Select the previous line: Shift+Up Arrow

Read the current line: Modifier+Up Arrow

Move down one line: Down Arrow

Select the next line: Shift+Down Arrow

Move to the previous sentence: Alt+Up Arrow

Move to the next sentence: Alt+Down Arrow

Move to the previous paragraph: Control+Up Arrow

Move to the next paragraph: Control+Down Arrow

Move up one page: Page Up

Select the previous page of text: Shift+Page Up

Move down one page: Page Down

Select the next page of text: Shift+Page Down

Move to the end of the line: End

Read from the virtual cursor to the end of the
line: Modifier+End

Select text from the current position to the end of the line: Shift+End

Move to the end of the document: Control+End

Select text from the current reading position to the end of the document: Control+Shift+End

Move to the start of the line: Home

Select all text from the current position to the start of the line: Shift+Home

Move to the start of the document: Control+Home

Select all text from the current position to the beginning of the document: Control+Shift+Home

Read from the start of the line to the current
position: Modifier+Home

Select the whole document: Control+A

Table Reading Commands

Read the current table cell: Control+Alt+NumPad 5

Read the first cell in the current table column:
Modifier+C

Read the current table row: Modifier+R

Move to the first column and row in a table:
Control+Alt+Home

Move to the last column and row in a table:
Control+Alt+end

Move to the previous column in a table:
Control+Alt+Left Arrow

Move to the beginning of a row in a table:
Control+Shift+Alt+Left Arrow

Move to the previous row in a table:
Control+Alt+Up Arrow

Move to the top of a column in a table:
Control+Shift+Alt+Up Arrow

Move to the next column in a table:
Control+Alt+Right Arrow

Move to the end of a row in a table:
Control+Shift+Alt+Right Arrow

Move to the next row in a table: Control+Alt+Down Arrow

Move to the bottom of a column in a table:
Control+Shift+Alt+Down Arrow

HTML Navigation Commands

Click the object with the virtual focus: Enter or Space

Move to the next landmark: Semicolon

Move to the prior landmark: Shift+Semicolon

Attempt to automatically label links that aren’t yet labelled: Modifier+A

Move to the next anchor: A

Move to the previous anchor: Shift+A

Move to the next button: B

Move to the previous button: Shift+B

Move to the next drop-down list: D

Move to the previous drop-down list: Shift+D

Move to the next editable text field: E

Move to the previous editable text field: Shift+E

Move to the next form field: F

Move to the previous form field: Shift+F

Move to the next graphic: G

Move to the previous graphic: Shift+G

Move to the next heading: H

Move to the previous heading: Shift+H

Move to next heading at level: 1-6

Move to previous heading at level: Shift+1-6

Move to the next visited link: V

Move to the previous visited link: Shift+V

Move to the next unvisited link: U

Move to the previous unvisited link: Shift+U

Move to the next list item: I

Move to the previous list item: Shift+I

Move to the next bulleted or numbered list: L

Move to the previous bulleted or numbered list:
Shift+L

Move to the top of the current bulleted or numbered list:

Label an image or form field with C-SAW: Alt+L

Move to the next block of plain text: N

Move to the previous block of plain text: Shift+N

Move to the next radio button: R

Move to the previous radio button: Shift+R

Submit C-SAW labels for the current site:
Modifier+S

Move to the next table: T

Move to the previous table: Shift+T

Move to the next checkbox: X

Move to the previous checkbox: Shift+X

Say the current word: Modifier+NumPad 5

Summarize the contents of the page: Modifier+F1

Jump to a heading on this page from a list:
Modifier+F6

Show a list of links on this webpage: Modifier+F7

Microsoft Excel

Activate a chart embedded in the active worksheet:
Modifier+Enter

Read the virtual status bar: Modifier+Page Down

Read the current selection: Modifier+Up Arrow

Read the sheet starting at the current cell:
Modifier+Down Arrow

Create or read a monitor region: Modifier+0

Modify or delete a monitor region:
Shift+Modifier+0

Create or read a monitor region: Modifier+1

Modify or delete a monitor region:
Shift+Modifier+1

Create or read a monitor region: Modifier+2

Modify or delete a monitor region:
Shift+Modifier+2

Create or read a monitor region: Modifier+3

Modify or delete a monitor region:
Shift+Modifier+3

Create or read a monitor region: Modifier+4

Modify or delete a monitor region:
Shift+Modifier+4

Create or read a monitor region: Modifier+5

Modify or delete a monitor region:
Shift+Modifier+5

Create or read a monitor region: Modifier+6

Modify or delete a monitor region:
Shift+Modifier+6

Create or read a monitor region: Modifier+7

Modify or delete a monitor region:
Shift+Modifier+7

Create or read a monitor region: Modifier+8

Modify or delete a monitor region:
Shift+Modifier+8

Create or read a monitor region: Modifier+9

Modify or delete a monitor region:
Shift+Modifier+9

Read the title of the current column: Modifier+C

Read the current column: Alt+Modifier+C

Read the title of the current row: Modifier+R

Read the current row: Alt+Modifier+R

Add or delete a title range: Shift+Modifier+T

Display a dialog containing lists of cells with data, links, totals, and worksheets: Modifier+F7

Microsoft Outlook

Read the From header in a message window: Alt+1

Move the focus to the From header in a message
window: Alt+1 twice quickly

Read the Sent header in a message window: Alt+2

Move the focus to the Sent header in a message
window: Alt+2 twice quickly

Read the To header in a message window: Alt+3

Move the focus to the To header in a message
window: Alt+3 twice quickly

Read the Cc header in a message window: Alt+4

Move the focus to the Cc header in a message
window: Alt+4 twice quickly

Read the Subject header in a message window: Alt+5

Move the focus to the Subject header in a message
window: Alt+5 twice quickly

Choose from the list of attachments, if any:
Modifier+A

Microsoft PowerPoint SlideShow

Move to the end of the line: End

Move to the end of the slide: Control+End

Move to the start of the line: Home

Move to the start of the slide: Control+Home

Move one character to the left: Left Arrow

Move to the previous word: Control+Left Arrow

Move up one line: Up Arrow

Read the current line: Modifier+Up Arrow

Move one character to the right: Right Arrow

Move to the next word: Control+Right Arrow

Move down one line: Down Arrow

Read the slide starting at the virtual cursor:
Modifier+Down Arrow

Read the presenter’s notes for this slide:
Control+Shift+N

Virtual Mouse

Activate or deactivate Virtual Mouse Mode:
Modifier+M

Move to the next clickable object: Tab

Move to the previous clickable object: Shift+Tab

Simulate a left click: Enter

Simulate a right click: Shift+Enter

Deactivate Virtual Mouse: Escape

Simulate a left click: Space

Simulate a right click: Shift+Space

Move to the end of the current text: End

Move to the bottom of the window: Control+End

Move to the start of the current text: Home

Move to the top of the window: Control+Home

Move left one character: Left Arrow

Move left one word: Control+Left Arrow

Move left one object: Alt+Left Arrow

Move up one line: Up Arrow

Announce the object under the cursor: Modifier+Up Arrow

Move right one character: Right Arrow

Move right one word: Control+Right Arrow

Move right one object: Alt+Right Arrow

Move down one line: Down Arrow

Read the contents of the window starting at the
cursor: Modifier+Down Arrow

Automatically label graphics: Alt+A

Label a graphic: Alt+L

Submit a Program Pack for this program: Alt+S

Choose a clickable object from a list: Modifier+F7

Screen Magnification Commands

Increase the screen magnification factor:
Modifier+Plus

Enable screen magnification: Control+Modifier+Plus

Decrease the screen magnification factor:
Modifier+Dash

Disable screen magnification:
Control+Modifier+Dash

Console

Move to the right edge of the window: Modifier+End

Move to the bottom of the window:
Control+Modifier+End

Move to the left edge of the window: Modifier+Home

Move to the top of the window:
Control+Modifier+Home

Move to the previous character: Modifier+Left Arrow

Move to the previous word: Control+Modifier+Left Arrow

Read the current line: Modifier+Up Arrow

Move to the next character: Modifier+Right Arrow

Move to the next word: Control+Modifier+Right Arrow

Read the contents of the console starting at the current position of the reading cursor:
Modifier+Down Arrow

Move to the previous character: NumPad 1

Move to the left edge of the window:
Modifier+NumPad 1

Say the current character: NumPad 2

Move to the bottom of the window: Modifier+NumPad
2

Move to the next character: NumPad 3

Move to the right edge of the window:
Modifier+NumPad 3

Move to the previous word: NumPad 4

Read the current word: NumPad 5

Move to the top of the window: Modifier+NumPad 5

Move to the next word: NumPad 6

Move to the previous line: NumPad 7

Read the current line: NumPad 8

Move to the next line: NumPad 9

Read the contents of the console starting at the current position of the reading cursor:
Modifier+Decimal

Last modified December 08, 2015

Get Together With Technology (GTT) Victoria – August 5 2015 Meeting Notes

Get Together With Technology (GTT) Victoria – August 5 2015 Meeting Notes

The meeting took place between 5:00 and 7:00 PM, at Fort Tectoria, 777 Fort Street. The nine participants who attended were, Hannah, Marcelina, Trevor, Susan, Colin, Shari, Albert, Corey and Tom. We would especially like to thank Hannah for volunteering to be organizational assistant to Tom Dekker, who has also volunteered as Chapter Coordinator. Though a relatively small group this time, everyone was very much engaged through a combination of discussion, demonstration and general sharing of information.

GTT Community Outreach was the first topic. Should we develop a brochure or poster with a brief and succinct explanation of GTT? Would people be willing to help distribute it? Doctors’ offices, ophthalmologists and optometrists, seniors’ groups and accessibility departments at school boards and post-secondary institutions would all be great targets for our outreach. It was suggested that we also contact BC Blind Sports.

CNIB will do a mailing, but we would have to provide all the material, ready to go, including the funding to pay for postage plus a CNIB service charge per item.

An additional aspect of the outreach discussion confirmed the idea that evenings might not be convenient. We had tried the library hoping to acquire a daytime meeting place but were led to believe that booking space there would be quite expensive. And along with that, Fort Tectoria could not continue its offer of free space during business hours. But thanks to Sabina at NNELS (National Network of Equitable Library Services) we have begun correspondence with Andrea Brimmell at the library, to whom we have already applied for free space. We will keep you posted.

There was also a brief discussion around funding for interpreters for our deaf-blind participants. We are still waiting a response from a Lions club.

We were informed that there is a Victoria book club for vision-impaired people. Meeting participants wondered if there might be a way for GTT members to work with this group; i.e., helping readers to master various reading technologies. We would appreciate anyone who knows more about the book club to get in touch.

In this regard, the Victoria Public Library has specifically asked if one of our members who knows Zoomtext would be available to assist one of their patrons. He would like to use Zoomtext to read books online.

Next came a discussion around BC Transit’s decision to install a Trekker Breeze on each bus in its fleet. This solution is unacceptable, as it demonstrates zero adherence to 21st century principles of Inclusive Design now being implemented in cities in all First World countries as well as in developing ones. Where is the readout for the deaf and hard of hearing, or for the tourists who may read, but not understand English? Where is the real-time GPS and transit data feed that would make life easier for the hundreds of thousands per year who travel throughout the Capital Region with smart phones in their hands. What is the cost comparison between making buses wheelchair-accessible, as opposed to that for providing full audio/visual/transit feed access?

The Trekker Breeze is specifically designed as a personal device for non-visual access only; there is no visual display. It is an inadequate application of technology.

It was agreed that we should write to the Editor of the Times-Colonist with an expression of our concern. However, after the meeting some of us realized that we should first submit a request to ride on one of the test buses, express our concerns and get their response before preparing the letter. We have already contacted BC Transit toward this end.

A number of GTT members have expressed an interest in the Vocal Eye live event description service. This group uses an FM system to broadcast description to listeners equipped with a receiver and headset. This has been done at theatres in Vancouver and Victoria. They certainly did an excellent job describing the Vancouver Pride parade for a group of vision-impaired spectators.

These Vocal Eye enthusiasts were wondering how to rekindle a Vocal Eye presence in Victoria i.e. how to generate local funding for it. It was agreed that since Vocal Eye uses special technology to provide access, that this is therefore a technological application to which GTT could lend its sponsorship via our charitable number to raise the funds required. There will be further discussion on this topic to be reported at future meetings. Let us know if you are interested in this project. It was also suggested that we have Vocal Eye as the theme for either the October or November meeting and inquire if they would actually like to make a presentation.

This meeting featured a presentation by Hannah Leavitt, who described some of her favourite shopping web sites, many of which are run by people with vision-impairment or other disabilities. These included:

Braille Jewelry: http://www.jewelryinbraille.com/brands/Jewelry-in-Braille.html

TravelEyes – Travel Options for People with Visual Disabilities: https://www.traveleyes-international.com/

Future Aids – The Braille Superstore: http://www.braillebookstore.com/

The Chocolate Experience, Inc. E-mail: chocomelt@aol.com, http://chocolates.tripod.com/orderbraille.htm, or http://chocolates.tripod.com/order.html

Lucky Touch Fortune Cookies in Braille or Large Print – California School for the Blind: http://www.csb-cde.ca.gov/luckytouch.htm

Braille Wall Posters: http://www.cafepress.ca/+braille+posters

Blind Bargains – Deals and the latest news on blindness products: http://www.blindbargains.com/

The September meeting will feature a presentation by Sky Mundell, comparing the four most popular screen-readers: JAWS; WindowEyes; NVDA (Non-Visual Desktop Access); and System Access.

The meeting will take place on Wednesday, September 2. It will be at Fort Tectoria from 5 to 7 PM unless we are able to arrange an afternoon time and location at the library. We will keep you posted.

 

The Dropbox Intro

What is Dropbox?
A virtual hard drive
You can use it to share files between computers
It is multi-platform, so you can use it on Windows,
Mac, iPhone, iPad and Android
How Does it Work?
Sort of like a social network
You can invite friends to share folders with you
You can install it easily –
the installation process is fairly easy and accessi
ble. Note
that once you install dropbox, the dropbox folder w
ill vary on its location depending
on what operating system you use.
The more friends you invite to Dropbox, the more sp
ace you earn
If a friend invites you, they earn 500 MB of space
with the free service, 1TB of space
with the paid service, which is called Dropbox Pro
With the free service, you get up to 16GB of space
With the paid service, you get 1TB of space
-You can share folders to collaborate with friends
or provide public links to files or folders in
your dropbox so that non-users can access a file. M
ethods of sending shared files vary on
operating system.
The Mobile App
You can get it for free on the iTunes Store or Goog
le Play
You can open a file with the app, even play it on y
our phone
You cannot get more space if you install the app
If you want to get more space, you need to install
the desktop application
-Apps to Use in conjunction with Dropbox

VoiceDream reader, droptext, dropvox, access note,
VoiceDream writer, drafts, and many
other apps. A lot of commonly apps support dropbox.
Sometimes an app that exports to
dropbox will create its own folder within your drop
box and all files exported from that
application will be placed there by default.
-Notes about Dropbox Pro –
$119 a year, $12 a month, for 1TB of space
When you upgrade, the « yearly »
option is selected by default
More sharing control
You can restore files easily.
Updating Dropbox
This process varies on operating system.
The Dropbox Website is:
Excellent Help Centr

Next Ottawa GTT Evening and day time meetings. 

Posted by Kim Kilpatrick 

GTT Coordinator 

Our next evening Ottawa GTT meeting will take place on Monday March 16.  As usual, we will be meeting at CCB national offices 20 James street.  Our meeting time is 6-8 PM. 

We may give an update on income tax preparation and accessibility.  If so, this update will be brief. 

Our topic for the night is internet and cell phone service providers. 

So bring your ideas and experiences. 

Some questions we will ask include: 

How did you pick your service provider? 

Who has the most accessible web sites, apps, ETC? 

How well can you access your billing information? 

How good are they at giving you help and tech support if needed? 

We will have a discussion on this so bring your ideas and suggestions. 

If anyone would like to bring snacks, let Kim know. 

To RSVP, contact Kim at 

613-567-0311 

or 

gttprogram@gmail.com 

Our next day time Ottawa Gtt meeting will take place on Thursday March 19 from 10 AM to noon at CCB offices 20 James street. 

Reminder of the national teleconference call for GTT on Wednesday March 11 at 7 PM Eastern. 

This is just a reminder of our national teleconference call on Wednesday March 11 at 7 PM eastern.  4 Pacific.  The topic will be a continuation of various services to help us read and access books.  In February, we discussed  CELA and this month we will talk about NELS. 

For notes on CELA, see earlier blog posts. 

If you want to be part of this call, we still have spaces. 

Call or email Kim at 

1-877-304-0968 

gttprogram@gmail.com 

Kim will be sending out call in info to those registered on the day of the call. 

Finding the blog posts of interest to you.

Finding the posts you are interested in
Posted by Kim Kilpatrick
GTT Coordinator
This blog is a very convenient place to list all of the things that are going on with GTT.
We are growing across the country and holding meetings in more places.
We are also starting to hold national conference calls on the 2nd Wednesday of each month.
Because of all of this great activity, you will probably see more varied posts on this blog.
Note, that in the title of each post, we will be clear about what the post is.
The city name or national conference call will be listed first.
Example: National GTT conference call on March 11 on…
Or Ottawa GTT meeting o January 23.
If we are putting up notes and articles of interest, the words notes, articles, reviews Etc will be first.
This way, even if you don’t live where you can attend a meeting, you can read the notes.
It will also be clearly indicated in the title what the article or topic for notes is.
Example,
Article on screen magnification
Or notes on the GTT Victoria meeting about direct to player downloads.
This way, even though you may get more emails from the blog as we get busier, you will easily be able to know what you would like to read and what you would like to delete.
Thank you for your support of this blog and GTT.
We have over 100 subscribers now and that number keeps growing.
Before the blog, I was having to send out mass emails which took a lot of time and people did not always receive them as they were considered spam.
Thank you again.
If you have ideas for conference calls, if you want to set up a small conference call to learn more about GTT or to get started, if you have articles of interest or topics you would like researched, please let us know.
Also, remember we are here for individual training support and assistence by phone, by email or even by facetime and other means.
If you live near us, we are also available in person of course.
Kim’s contact info is
613-567-0311
or 1-877-304-0968
gttprogram@gmail.com
I will let Albert share his contact information with you in another blog post.
Kim Kilpatrick

Reminder Ottawa GTT meeting Monday January 23 6-8 PM 20 James street.

reminder Ottawa GTT Meeting tonight 6-8 PM 20 James Street. Come and talk to staff from the Ottawa Public library about some new services they have. Bring library questions with you. It is freezing outside but always there is a wonderful energy, eagerness to learn and share, and lots of great information at GTT meetings. If you miss something, stay tuned to this blog for the notes and updates. For more information call Kim at 613-567-0311 or email gttprogram@gmail.com Continue reading Reminder Ottawa GTT meeting Monday January 23 6-8 PM 20 James street.