[access-uk] Re: Keyboard woes

Thank you Adrian. I'm waiting to hear back from Maltron. Perhaps USB and/or a carry case would improve things a bit - it's worth a try


Catherine
----- Original Message ----- From: "Adrian Higginbotham" <adrian.higginbotham@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Tuesday, July 10, 2007 1:42 PM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Keyboard woes


Hi catherine - I se from their website that they do offer a referb service with prices range between £20 and £50 so might be worth giving them a call to see what they would charge for replacing the cable., also they supply a carry case and ps2 to usb adaptor (which you could get from a number of places). Switching to USB make improve things a bit as many machines nowadays have USB ports on the front so lees need to stretch the wire around the back as with ps2, less fiddling for you, usb is easier to orientate than ps2 etc.
Their number is. 0845 230 3265.

Speech input options are available but to be robust and reliable you need something to handle the interfacing of the input software and your screenreader, specicly something like j-say which is good but would cost you more than a replacement keyboard although wuld I believe (but you'd need to check) let you move between between machines pretty seamlessley.

Adrian Higginbotham


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-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Catherine Turner
Sent: 10 July 2007 13:11
To: Access-UK
Subject: [access-uk] Keyboard woes

Hi all,

I use a Maltron single handed keyboard because I can only use my right hand. I've been using this for 9 years and am very satisfied with it and can type as fast as I ever did with two hands. So I don't really want to use/learn another way of inputting but am now having a problem.

I think this keyboard has a loose connection inside the wire somewhere. I press keys and nothing happens; I move the wire then something does happen. The laptop's own keyboard works fine so it's not a problem with slow response from the computer. I've had this problem before with one of these keyboards and a friend fixed it for me. However after the repair it didn't last long and I don't have anyone around who could do that now. I've only had this particular keyboard for just over a year and am having this problem again.

I do travel with my keyboard a lot, and disconnect/disconnect it daily to move my laptop between different rooms. I think keyboards and/or ps2 connections are not really designed for frequent moving/disconnecting/connecting so this is probably why I always get these problems. But I need to be able to work in different rooms and at different computers so there's no way around this moving business.

But these keyboards cost £300 and I can't afford/don't want to invest in another one if it's only going to last a year. For several reasons, including the fact that I don't have enough work to be eligible for Access To Work, it's not possible to have a keyboard at every computer I ever use.

I've e-mailed Maltron to see if there's a wireless version of the keyboard but last I knew there wasn't and I haven't found anything on their website about wireless.

So...has anyone got any suggestions as to how I could safely transport my keyboard? I do think the problem is in the wire rather than at the PS2 end because it's the wire I have to fiddle with to get it to work, and it seems to be failing fast.

Or - which I guess is more realistic - I suppose I'm going to have to consider another way of inputting. 9 years ago I used to use an ergobraille notetaker - don't know whether anyone knew of these; but the braille keyboard on them was arranged in such a way that I found it easy/fast to use with one hand. If anyone was aware of these - is there such a thing as something similarly shaped which one could use as input wirelessly? I expect not...

What voice recognition options are there for JAWS users?

Any ideas welcome...

Catherine
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