Re: Announcing Highlighted text

Hi,

Again, first of all, please understand that to say that something is 
highlighted of course means what you describe, that it's in a different 
color to call attention to it and mark it off.  But as I said, you  see, 
this is simply the visible *evidence* of the actual action, which is 
selecting something.  I'm sorry, but there's a distinction.  It's really 
helpful to be precise when speaking of things like this.

As for the example you give, it isn't so wrong an example at all.  But all I 
can say is that I often select all sorts of stuff, whether a few words or a 
bunch of paragraphs or half a document or whatever.  How much doesn't 
matter.  But if I want to be sure that things are just right, say, at the 
end of a selected portion that I've selected with, you know, what is it, 
control shift down arrow, yes?  I just use my up and down-arrow keys to 
explore, to unselect or select at that point.  It's become second nature to 
me.  I'd much rather do this than, having selected something like a block of 
250 words on a document page, use this command so that I have to sit and 
listen to the entire block until it gets to the end and I can hear that 
everything I wanted to select is selected, but not anything I didn't want to 
select.

Interesting how the Window Eyes command got into your brain and squeezed out 
the jaws command.  Did you pass the exams?
unto , I ntohoutside
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Michael G." <commodore128@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Saturday, November 12, 2005 9:59 AM
Subject: Re: Announcing Highlighted text


Hi expereince lthogh you,

It's difficult to remember an instance of when I could have used this
command because it's not something that has come up often at all.  It's
funny, but the last time I needed this command was about three weeks ago and
I had to take a test that's required by the state in order for me to be able
to teach computer classes along with access technology.  This question
concerning the announcement of selected text came up during the Jaws portion
of the test and I didn't have a clue what the answer was.  Ironically, I
happened to know the command for Window Eyes of all things and I don't even
know Window Eyes all that well. But besides that, one instance I can think
of where you might use this command is if you're looking to select a large
block of text, perhaps a paragraph that is four or five lines long.  Now
let's say you select this paragraph using Control+Shift+Down arrow (which
will select the entire paragraph), but, then you suddenly remember there
might have been a line of text at the end of the paragraph you didn't want
selected.  Here you could have Jaws announce the selected text to insure you
have what you wanted rather than arrowing down to the end of the paragraph
to make sure there wasn't any unwanted text selected. But who knows, it
might well be faster to just go ahead and do exactly that.  It really
depends on your preference. I realize this probably wasn't the best example
but it's the only one I can think of off the top of my head.  I'm sure there
was some other instance I wanted this command for but I can't recall it at
the moment.  As to your point about referring to this concept as selecting
text or highlighting text, it is primarily something that came out of my
prior experiences from when I was able to see. Right now I'm not able to see
much of anything.  But for as long as I can remember, with all the computer
courses I've  taken and all the computer books I've read, It was almost
always the case that they referred to this concept as highlighting.  And if
you're able to see, it really does look as if you're taking a highlighter
pen and marking text in a book.  But the terms selecting and highlighting
are interchangeable.  It did pose a problem for me though because it
prevented me from finding this command in the Jaws help file.  I was looking
for the term highlight when I should have been lookking for select.

Michael



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