Travis Siegel <tsiegel@...>
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Yes, Janathan, if you have a windows 8.1 tablet, it should most
certainly be able to run NVDA with no trouble at all, and the
touch screen gestures should work just fine.
On 12/20/2018 10:05 AM, Jonathan Milam
Along these same lines, I just
received a WIN 8.1 Zeki tablet. Should it theoretically be
able to run NVDA with touch screen capability?
As mentioned, the procedure is pretty simple to add a
gesture. I just added one for testing, that with a two finger
doubletap tells me the time.
Simply open the NVDA menues,
go to preferences,
then the first option under that is the description of the
shift f12 key, if pressed once, reports time, if pressed
twice, reports the date. You'll want to expand that, then tab
to add gesture button.
After that, just perform the gesture you want to speak the
time, press enter, and you're all done.
You can use this process to add gestures to any NVDA key
function that is listed in that whole series of commands
list. Hope this helps.
On 12/16/2018 11:44 AM, Joseph Lee wrote:
There isn’t really a time and battery
status command in touchscreens because they are located on
the bottom right side of the screen (doesn’t matter if it
is landscape or portrait). This is similar to iPad where
you can check time and battery status via the status bar
(topmost group of controls on the screen).
In regards to general touchscreen use:
it isn’t enough to learn commands provided by the screen
reader. Part of what makes touchscreen useful is knowing
where things are. For example, on Windows, the screen is
typically laid out thus:
- An app window, below of which is the
taskbar and other user interface elements.
- An app window consists of a band of
controls on top for manipulating windows, the content
area (including the menu bar/ribbon area), and in some
programs, status bars and toolbars.
- The top band is further divided into
the title bar on the left, and window controls (maximize
button, minimize button, close button and such) on the
- In some programs, the menu bar is
located below the title bar. Some newer programs lack
this, and some will come with ribbon (a band of
contextual toolbars), most notably in Microsoft Office
applications since 2007.
- Below the menu bar are several band
of controls containing contextual buttons.
- Below the toolbars is the content
area (a document, a spreadsheet, a presentation, a media
playback area, etc.).
- In some programs, below the content
area sits one or more status bars.
- Various toolbars may exist on the
- Below the app window is either the
taskbar and other elements, or in some cases, an app may
lie on top of another one.
- The bottom controls on screen
consists of (from left to right): Start button, various
toolbars and buttons, taskbar, one or more additional
buttons, notification area (system tray which contains
clock, network status, volume, and on mobile devices,
power and battery status, additional icons including
that of NVDA), and Show Desktop button (which briefly
minimizes all apps and shows icons on the desktop).
- Various Windows releases may show
additional buttons and toolbars on the bottom of the
screen (besides taskbar and Start button), including
Search and Task View buttons in Windows 10, touch
keyboard toggle on tablets, and other controls.
At some point in 2019, I will ask NVDA
developers if they can document what I just described to
you in the user guide, specifically when introducing
touchscreen commands. I will also make sure to remind
anyone producing touchscreen tutorials of any kind to
introduce what’s on screen before introducing touch
commands (including a potentially fourth edition of
Welcome to NvDA tutorial series).
There is an add-on called Enhanced
Touch Gestures that makes touchscreen usage a bit easier
Hey guys, Molly here again.
I wanted to share my experience using
NVDA with a touchscreen.
So I have a Microsoft Surface tablet.
It’s one of those pc’s where you can disconnect the
keyboard from the touchscreen. I love touchscreen devices,
so I was hoping to use it like an iPad. However, it soon
became clear that there are far more keyboard commands for
NVDA than touch gestures. You can do basic things like
swipe and double tap, and even activate the NVDA menu by
doing a 2 finger double tap. However, you can’t start NVDA
using the touchscreen. For some reason I found myself
getting stuck in a particular area of the screen and
unable to get out of it. I don’t think there’s a touch
gesture to close apps. I also haven’t found a way to
check the time and battery status using the touchscreen.
Basically, if you just use the touchscreen, you won’t have
a lot of the commands you would have using the keyboard.
I found that connecting the keyboard is much more
efficient. Even using Narrator with the touchscreen is
hard sometimes. While I appreciate that NVDA supports
touch gestures, I would still recommend for anyone to use
a physical keyboard. I’m glad I purchased the keyboard.
Sold separately, apparently.