Re: please help with go to Meeting

Betsy Grenevitch

Thank you so much. I will save these notes.

On 4/21/2022 8:44 PM, Gene wrote:
It may be helpful to explain in some detail how to distinguish between a screen-reader command and program or Windows commands. 

In general, a command is a screen-reader command when it has to do with doing something you have to read the screen for and that doesn't affect a program or Windows, meaning it takes no action in a program or Windows.  Commands like read current line, read title bar, and all the quick navigation commands such as move by heading, are screen-reader commands.  Say time is another screen-reader command.

While a lot of other commands result in speech, that is because the screen-reader is announcing the effects of commands that do something in a program or Windows.  Examples are move right by character, right arrow, move left by character, left arrow, and move right and left by word, control right arrow and control left arrow.  Those commands all move the application cursor.  Move up one line, up arrow, and move down one line, down arrow, are program commands.  You are moving the program cursor down or up a line.

A screen review command that reviews the screen but doesn't do anything in a program is a screen-reader command.  tabbing in a dialog.  is a program or Windows command.  The screen-reader speaks the field in the dialog you have moved to but again, you are taking an action that affects a program or Windows and the screen-reader is telling you the result of the action, which field you have moved to in the program or windows.  Even if you weren't using a screen-reader, the arrow keys and tabbing would do exactly the same thing.  You wouldn't hear speech, but the results would be identical.  A sighted person could move the program cursor in a word processor, for example, or tab through a dialog, or open menus, using exactly the same commands as a blind person would use.  They are all program or Windows commands.

If more people knew how to generally distinguish between screen-reader commands and others, they would understand that most commands they use most of the time are program or Windows commands.  They would then understand that they can have a main screen-reader and one or more they use when the main one doesn't do things well.  And they wouldn't have to learn much to use the second screen-reader for the limited purposes they would use it for.

They might also be more willing to stop using obsolete programs like Internet Explorer.  The commands used in browse mode would be the same, regardless of browser, if the browser supports browse mode. 

There are things to learn but you already know most of what you would use.


Betsy Grenevitch 678-862-3876

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