Would I be able to have a copy of your tutorial on face book? It
can be sent to my email off this list if you would like to.
It can be
found in the header of the email or you could send it to my other account
on my website. The email address is
do have a partly written up tutorial on using the basics of face book, but has
not been finished yet.
If you are happy for me to use some of your
material I would like to combine the 2 of them then host it off my webstie at
would go under the nvda tutorials for other programs page in a written
I have been considering a audio tutorial on the basics of face
book, but have not got there yet as I don't use it enough.
Accessing facebook through NVDA
may sound a little difficult in the beginning. It is so because you will deal
with a lot of information in the page which may really confuse you. However,
it does not have to be so difficult if you are a little careful. I’ve been a
user of Facebook for a very long time now. I mostly have used it through its
main website, but if you are not patient, and if you want a less crowded page,
you can use either www.touch.facebook.com/, or www.m.facebook.com/.
In my experience, I found touch
facebook a little better because it resembles the main website of facebook. It
is indeed very crowded area, but I believe you will get used to it through
Use the quick navigation keys
you use to navigate on internet like headings, links, buttons and edit
When you log in to facebook for
the first time, you come across things like messages, requests, notifications
and so on. To put this into practice, you press ctrl+home to go to the
beginning of the page, and start navigating by using the down arrow key to see
what you have in the page. The first link is “Skip to news feed”, then you
bump into home and your profile. Note that these also have shortcuts, but I
mostly do not use them. Then you find an edit box to search for people, pages,
groups or places. After that, you have three buttons which stand for requests,
messages and notifications. Now we come to what I suggested you to do in the
beginning. “Use those quick navigation keys”. To make this more concrete,
let’s suppose you log in to facebook, and you want to check your messages or
notifications. Use “B” to move through buttons and you will jump to these
buttons I described right away. First you find requests, then messages,
notifications, and if you continue, you run into privacy shortcuts and account
settings. To access the account settings, which is very important, you have to
press insert+space to read these settings. When you find one which you need,
press enter. The same procedure goes for requests, notifications, or messages.
The difference is that on messages or notifications, you need to press tab to
access the items.
We are not yet done. We are
finished just with a section of facebook. Now we come to another part, which
is reading news feed and other sections which are related to them. So again,
let’s come back to the beginning of the page by pressing ctrl+home. Press “H”
to move through the headings, because the news feed and the sections which
come before are arranged so. You will bump into friends, pages, groups,
favourites, people you may know and then news feed. Continue to browse by H,
and you will be presented with what people share. An example could be, John
Smith shared a link. Now press down arrow to access the information next to
that heading. After you read what the post is about, you will have the options
to like, comment or share. The post which may either be found by down arrow,
or by using B, to move through buttons. Note! There will be an edit box next
to each heading where there is a post, and that is for writing a comment or
uploading a photo along with the comment. Sometimes, there are a lot of posts
that come in front of you, and NVDA and many other screen readers become
really slow. Something I forgot to mention is that apart from a heading which
shows a post, there is also the next heading that displays the comments
related to it.
Remember, we are not yet done.
Now we jump to the next section which is chatting or sending and receiving
messages. The chat is found in the end of the page. This being said, Press
ctrl+End and you will go to the end of the page, where there is the chat.
Press up arrow and you will find a search button to look for people whom you
want to message. Press again up arrow and you may find options if I’m not
wrong. Once again, press up arrow and you will hear “Chat conversation end”.
Now, if you still continue pressing up arrow, you will run into people who are
currently online. They may be 15, 20 or more. To make things easier, read the
names of these people by links, and if you like to send a message to someone,
press enter on his/her name. NVDA should move the cursor automatically to the
edit box to type the message, but if it doesn’t, press this important keyboard
shortcut “ctrl+end” to move to the end of the page, and press shift+E to find
the edit box where you should type the message. Additionally, you have an edit box to upload and
send a photo. These edit boxes come with a name, so when you hear “type a
message…”, stop there. When you are finished writing the message, press enter
to send it. To read the sender’s message, press up arrow from that edit box
and you will be able to read everything in the chat history. The same
procedure should be followed even when somebody sends you a message, or when
you activate a conversation from within the messages section in the beginning
of the page that I described above.
If you were attentive listening
to what I said, you will be able to progress very quickly and learn how to use
facebook through its main website.
I hope this helped you.
I have written a short document on how to use facebook through its main
website, but I'm not sure why isn't it sent