Re: Is alt + p a nvda or a Windows command?

Martin McCormick

Thank you to all who responded. I just thought I had
seen Alt + P in either a Windows10 book I was reading or one of
the nvda documentation files I have but all of you were right.
The software is named gd-77s as it is specifically for a two-way
radio with that specific model number. It is a Windows program
that allows one to load the radio with frequency power-level and
other important data so that the radio works properly on whatever
channels it is supposed to work on.

Alt + P opens up two choices for the user, Read and
Write. Read is getting the radio's current program state by
connecting a usb cable to the radio and downloading it's current
configuration. Writing involves pouring out the settings you
have configured from your computer to the radio.

When nvda is set to beep at various pitches depending on
the vertical position of the focus, the progress graphic becomes
audible as a series of ascending beeps. It reminds me of a large
jug being filled or what somebody's cat might sound like walking
on a musical keyboard.

That turns out to be useful because the usb interface is
flaky and one has to keep connecting and disconnecting it before
the Read and Write operations work. When they fail, you don't
get any kind of message but instead get dumped back to the main
program screen.

I come from the unix command-line world after 25 years of
writing C, perl and shell scripts plus almost 5 years of
retirement so Windows is a new world but I also have been using a
Mac for ten or so years making the GUI a little more familiar but
I still need to learn a lot.

Anyway, many thanks and I have a nvda question I'll save
for another message as this software is a perfect nvda training
tool as it makes constant use of NVDA + numpad-/ to change focus.

Martin McCormick

"Gene" <gsasner@...> writes:

You may use it in this or that program. But it is a program command.
Screen-readers wouldn't use such commands because they are too likely to
interfere with program commands. Alt and a letter or number while
working with menus, is the standard way of executing a menu short cut.
That's another reason screen-readers wouldn't use it, that interface is
already reserved and it would cause confusion.

I am going into all this because I don't know if you have received the
kind of training that made such things clear and it also may clarify
things for others.

----- Original Message -----

From: Martin McCormick
Sent: Tuesday, January 21, 2020 4:08 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Is alt + p a nvda or a Windows command?

Thank you. That helps a lot.
I got out of the software I was running and simply opened
a new window and alt + p did nothing at all except that nvda
echoed the key strokes.

nvda and Windows10 both have a rich set of keyboard
commands and I could have sworn that alt + p looked familiar.


"JM Casey" <jmcasey@...> writes:
It's definitely not an NVDA command. Any keystroke like that would be

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