RE: Text Boxes

Hi,

Yes, it was me who had that "troublesome word document" - and the only way
you can read it is by using the JAWS cursor.

Catherine

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> From: jfw-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:jfw-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]On
> Behalf Of Griffiths, Steve
> Sent: 13 December 2004 09:06
> To: jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: RE: Text Boxes
>
>
> Mark,
>
> Short answer is: I don't think you can.
>
> For a longer answer, below I've cut and pasted a message I posted on =
> 23rd November under the subject "Troublesome Word document (appears to =
> be empty)" where someone had a document that appeared so contain a text =
> box; some of this posting may be pertinent.
>
> Start of pasted text.
>
> One possibility that doesn't seem to have been touched on so far, and =
> which would give the results you are getting, is if the document =
> contents are in a text box. This is a graphic of a box into which text =
> can be typed.  Because it is a graphic it exists in the graphic layer =
> and so the JAWS command Control Shift O will not detect it; because it =
> contains text it may be that you need to read it.
>
> If it is a text box, you should be able to get to the text with the JAWS =
> cursor. So, with the document open, make sure you are in Print Layout or =
> Page Layout view (the name depends on your version of Word) by opening =
> the View menu and pressing P. The reason for doing this is that text =
> boxes are not shown in Normal view. Next, route the JAWS cursor to the =
> PC cursor with JAWS Key + NumPad plus, then arrow down through the =
> document.  If you hear some text which is not the status line, press =
> Control + RightArrow to get the JAWS cursor onto the text, then perform =
> a left mouse click at that point (NumPad slash).  You should now find =
> that the keyboard focus is inside the text box; you can revert to the PC =
> cursor to read it.
>
> I've seen sighted people use text boxes inside Word documents for things =
> like addresses; the purpose is that the address text can be moved around =
> the screen and placed where it needs to be in one go without disturbing =
> the other contents of the document. One problem is that if a text box is =
> used alongside text which is not in a text box, or along with other text =
> boxes, the technique above forces focus into one text box or to the text =
> layer, and this means the information from the document may be =
> disjointed. If at all possible, I try to stay clear of text boxes for =
> these reasons.
>
> End of pasted text.
>
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> Steve Griffiths
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