Re: Need instructions for Winamp 5.08

Hi Daniel
i am betting that when you installed Winamp 5.08, that you also installed 
the modern skin.  This is why you are so confused.  If you are using the 
modern skin, nearly all of the accessibility is taken away, leaving you 
confused and frustrated as you are.  With Winamp, you must understand the 
concept of a tree view to manipulate things. Hey, nobody ever said it was a 
normal program. It is accessible in it's own peculiar way.  Once you are 
able to get to the skins section, you are going to have 2 choices. you'll 
have modern skin and classic skin. you'll be in a list view so arrow up to 
classic skin. then, press your tab key until you hear, close button. then 
press your space bar.  Your library issue is also easily fixed. hit alt 
plus l and that makes the library appear. pressing alt plus l again will 
make it disappear.  This like a lot of other things in Winamp is a toggle. 
in other words, press the key combo once to turn something on or make a 
window  appear, press that same key combo once again to turn it  off. the 
biggest and best hint I can give you is, when you hear JAWs say, tree 1 
tree view, this is where all your options are. the skins section of the 
tree view is the trickiest. sometimes you can get caught in there.  The 
trick around that is toalt tab away from it, and then press insert plus f10 
to bring up your JAWS window list dialogue and arrow down until you hear 
Winamp 5.08 and press enter which brings the window back into focus.  you 
should then be able to get around in the tree view if you hear, tree 1 tree 
view, skins. if this section is open and you have chosen the classic skin, 
press your left arrow to close that section of the tree view and then tab 
around to the tree view again and you can then move using your up and down 
arrow to explore. also, insert plus the letter h will give you instructions 
for that particular window. Winamp has many different windows and there are 
keyboard shortcuts for each window. when you're in the JAWS help, and you 
hear a feature in the list box, pressing enter on that item actually 
performs that function.  so that also may be a source of help for you.

At 12:14 AM 4/28/2005, you wrote:
>I just downloaded winamp 5.08 from the winamp4theblind site.  And, as I
>remembered from an earlier attempt to add Winamp to my software arsenal, I
>can't for the life of me figure out how to operate it except to play an .mp3
>file and use the z, c and x keys for play, pause and stop.  But I want to
>explore the menus to get an overview of its functions and adjustments, and
>every time I try to do that I wind up in trouble.  Once I somehow changed
>the interface so that it enlarged (I could see this happen) and then kept
>saying I was in the Library, and I couldn't understand the few controls that
>spoke when I tabbed around, and I couldn't exit the area, nor exit the
>program, as Alt F4 didn't do anything.  Another time, I got stuck in that
>library thing again, but Alt F4 exited for me.
>
>Anyway, I even managed to blunder my way into the help file, but I couldn't
>navigate this worth a damn, either, no matter how I tried to use what
>sounded like a tree or book structure, use F6 to switch panes, or anything.
>It was a Jaws nightmare.
>
>I don't recall seeing a link for just some instructions for screen reader
>users on that winamp4the blind site, don't know why.  Can anyone point me to
>some way I could read up on how to master this program, which for some
>reason is so popular among blind users?
>
>thanks,
>daniel
>
>
>
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