Re: Staying in Forms for Checkboxes
Any time I have been in a program where browse mode is available, JAWS and NVDA automatically place me in browse mode. I should add that Microsoft Word, which may have browse mode available is an exception to what I said for understandable reasons. Often, when you run Word, you want to edit and write. You can't in browse mode. I can instantly tell if it is available or if I am in it by using the command NVDA key space, which will toggle between browse mode on and off. In JAWS the same behavior occurs, you are automatically placed in browse mode if the program supports it. To see if you are in browse mode, or as JAWS calls it, the Virtual PC cursor, pressing numpad plus will announce Virtual PC cursor if it is active.
I recall that Window-eyes had a setting that would allow you to have browse mode not automatically come on. This can be accomplished in JAWS and NVDA with roughly equivalent commands. But my point is that it is very easy to tell if you are in browse mode with JAWS and NVDA. When using a different screen-reader, it’s a good idea to ask if there is a feature that is equivalent to what you use in the one you generally work with if you are switching screen-readers or plan to use the other one a lot more. Not asking may cause you to lose access to a useful or important feature.
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I will also point out that Window-eyes had the ability to change and
stay in any given mode, as well as the ability, (not by just changing
cursors) to at least query the system and see if browse mode was
available, and then tell you, for example, "browse mode available,"
which is extremely valuable in cases where you try to go to it in a
control you may not be familiar with but suspect that browse mode may be
Curtis Delzer, HS.
San Bernardino, CA