Re: Proposal to set NVDA's desktop layout object navigation keys to be active in desktop layout only

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I also learned laptop mode on all desktops even with jaws, and my teachers hated it. Lol! But it was so so much easier for my poor hands.

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On 10 May 2019, at 14:13, Kevin Cussick via Groups.Io wrote:

I agree I use laptop even on the desktop machine, this is because I only want to learn one keyboard layout.

On 09/05/2019 23:35, David Moore wrote:

Hi Quentin!

I wanted you to know that

I use the laptop commands for object navigation on my laptop, even though it has a Number pad.

I like the laptop commands better, because you can keep your hands right on the alpha-numeric keys. I love just being able to hold down the shift and NVDA keys, and just press the arrow keys to do object nav.

I would not be affected at all.

I just wanted you to know!

David Moore

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*From: *Quentin Christensen <mailto:quentin@...>
*Sent: *Thursday, May 9, 2019 5:52 PM
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*Subject: *Re: [nvda] Proposal to set NVDA's desktop layout object navigationkeys to be active in desktop layout only

Hi Marcio,

Do you use laptop layout or desktop layout currently?  Laptop layout already redefines all the object navigation keys to use other keys on the keyboard (the original idea was that laptop layout would provide full functionality on a keyboard without a number pad).  Currently what actually happens is that with NVDA in laptop keyboard layout, you have access to BOTH the laptop layout object navigation, AND the desktop (number pad) object navigation.

Our proposal is to set the number pad object navigation commands to work ONLY in Desktop layout (which is what most people expect anyway).

Would that break how you currently use NVDA?  Since you said your number pad isn't working, it sounds like it shouldn't make a difference, but maybe I didn't explain it well to begin with.


On Thu, May 9, 2019 at 8:37 PM Ralf Kefferpuetz <ralf.kefferpuetz@... <mailto:ralf.kefferpuetz@...>> wrote:

For a laptop with a numpad just set the layout to desktop and you’re

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navigation keys to be active in desktop layout only

I do have a laptop which was supposed to have a numpad. Nowadays,
it's not working.
So, with this new proposal, would I lose all the functionalities
related to object navigation?
If so, I'd imagine that the proposal for a hybrid layout is more
desirable, especially for me because this way I don't lose access to
all of this.

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Em 08/05/2019 21:11, Quentin Christensen disse:

Following on from the Key assignments in NVDA thread, I have
created an issue on GitHub:

Basically, the desktop layout object navigation and review
cursor keys in NVDA are actually set to be active for ALL
keyboard layouts.

Laptop layout was designed for users without a number pad, but
there are users who use Laptop layout but still have a number
pad and wish to use this for navigation (Without NVDA running,
the number pad, with numlock off, replicates the navigation keys
of home, end, page up, page down, insert, delete and the arrow
keys and some laptops have a number pad but no separate
navigation keys).

My proposal then is to set the desktop object navigation /
review cursor keys to be active in desktop layout only.

If there is anyone who uses laptop layout but still wants to
access the desktop layout object navigation keys, please let us

Kind regards



Quentin Christensen
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Quentin Christensen
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