[macvoiceover] Re: Voiceover Feature Enhancements

you press them.  you don't hold them.

On Jan 22, 2009, at 9:19 PM, David Truong wrote:

Well, it's four keys you have to hold down at the same time smile.

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what's rong with vo-shift-f3?

On Jan 21, 2009, at 3:38 PM, Krister Ekstrom wrote:

I'll have to investigate what the numpad can and can't do, i wonder if
it can turn individual tracking of cursors on and off? I mean that if
i want the mouse cursor turned off in a situation can the Numpad be
designed to turn just that cursor tracking off/on?
/Krister


21 jan 2009 kl. 20.39 skrev Sara:

I need it for cursor tracking and such. I don't want that on or off
all the time and going to the VO utility is a pain if I need to
change these often. So, unless numpad can do this with the press of
a key, I need app-specific settings for cursor and mouse tracking
and that. About changing speech settings sure, I'd like the key echo
on sometimes and off other times. That's about all I'd bother
changing from app to app at the moment.
Sara
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From: Travis Siegel
To: macvoiceover@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Wednesday, January 21, 2009 7:22 AM
Subject: [macvoiceover] Re: Voiceover Feature Enhancements

Actually, the second one (move from window to window, and have vo
remember where you were in the previous window already works in most
cases, it depends a lot on the kind of application, and the state of
voiceover at the time of the switch.
I.E. if I'm in preview, and scrolling a pdf document, then I switch
to text edit, read a little, (or write a little) then switch back to
preview, I merely need to interact with the pdf content again, and
I'm right back where I was.  Same with switching back to text edit.
What particular problem were you having with this feature?
As for the skipping by sentence/paragraph/whatever while in read all
mode, I'm not sure that's the point of read all mode.
If you wish to read *all* the content on the page, then skipping
parts of text isn't exactly reading all, and therefore wouldn't
really fit with what the command is suppposed to do.
If you want to skip portions of reading, just use navigational keys
to move around the text, there are keystrokes for moving vi word,
sentence and paragraph.  I've never used this method of reading,
(with the exception of group mode in safari) so no real experience
with how well this method works, but perhaps others could comment.
And, as for the configurations based on application, this is
something a lot of folks ask for when they're fresh from windows,
because that's what they're used to with windows-based screen readers.
And, while I admit, a feature like this one might be kind of neat, I
rarely find a use for such a feature.
It's easy enough to change the vo basic settings such as rate, pitch
and volume on the fly using the ctrl-option-command-arrow key
combinations that I really don't think it's all that necessary to
have a per-application settings capability.
OSX isn't like windows in that each and every application requires
an entirely new set of graphic labeling files, scripts to move
around the screen, and macros to read parts of the screen
automatically.  A lot of the functionality has been built-in to vo,
and honestly, I just dont see a need for that level of
configuration, though I'm sure others disagree with me, but
honestly, I almost never change my vo settings while using my
machine, and don't really see any need to do so.
If you have the numpad commander turned on, you can assign a lot of
vo functions to your keypad, and thus remove most of the need to
configure things separately for different applications.
Of course, each person works differently, and I'm sure there's
opposing points of view on this topic, so let's ear them folks.  I'm
curious.  Do you in general think we need application-level
configurations, and if so, for which options?
What would you change from app to app that would require a
configuration file for each application you run?
Help me out.  I've been using vo for over 3 years, and I just don't
see this kind of need, but I'm by far generally the exception, and
not the rule, so let's discuss this one, and find out what others
think.


On Jan 20, 2009, at 9:58 PM, E.J. Zufelt wrote:

Good evening,

There are three significant feature enhancements that I believe are
necessary in Voiceover.  I have sent these requests to
accessibility@xxxxxxxxx
and would strongly encourage you all to send in a message as well
supporting these requests.  I would also love it if you could
forward this message to any Voiceover users that you know who do
not read this list.

1. Configuration options that are configurable on a per-application
basis.

2. The ability to move from one window to another (for example
Preview to Mail) and have VO remember where you wre in the original
document when you return.

3. The ability to skip the current sentence or paragraph while VO
is in continual reading mode.

Thanks,
Everett




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