[accesscomp] FW: VoiceOverEasy, (a very complete source for tutorials for IOS devices)

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From: dan Thompson [mailto:dthompson5@xxxxxxxxx] 
Sent: Friday, September 19, 2014 7:48 AM
To: dan Thompson
Subject: VoiceOverEasy, (a very complete source for tutorials for IOS



NOTE to iOS 8 users: iOS 8 became available for download on Sep 18 2014, and
An "iOS 8" option was added to the list of available operating systems.
However, as of this post, Voiceover-Easy.net has not had time to test with
iOS 8. While the step by step instructions in most lessons should work fine
in iOS 8, there may be some deviations. A notice at the top of each lesson
has been added for iOS 8 users to indicate that iOS 8 verification of the
instructions in the lesson is either, "pending," "verified," or "enhanced,"
indicating the lesson has beenupdated with iOS 8 enhancements. If you are
using iOS 8, and you experience any issue with the lessons, or if the
lessons can be done without deviation, please provide feedback to the web
master using the link at the bottom of the page. You, the readers, can
greatly speed up the testing process. 



*I.  Introduction and welcome:

Welcome to VoiceOverEasy.Net!

This website was developed in order to provide a detailed, step by step
tutorial for users of the Voiceover assistive technology found in iPhones
and iPads. This site makes no assumptions that the reader has any previous
knowledge of or experience with iPhones or iPads, and no previous experience
using Voiceover is necessary to begin using these lessons. 

There are no pictures or diagrams on this site. All lessons have been
developed using text only. 

These lessons are intended to be viewed on a computer while working with
your iPad or iPhone. Trying to perform the exercises on the same device you
are reading the lessons on will be difficult, and would require knowledge of
Voiceover commands which beginners will not have. As an alternative to
viewing these lessons on a computer, each lesson could be printed out in
large print or braille and reviewed with your iPhone or iPad in hand. 


*II.  About the Web Master.

I have been working in technology for the federal government since 1985. For
most of my career I was a low vision technology user. I used a screen
magnifier and reader, and when smart phones first were available, I used
whatever tools were available for the phone to read the screen and magnify
the text. 

In 2013 I lost my vision to glaucoma. I found that I had to relearn how to
do almost everything on my computer and smart phone. I soon found that my
smart phone wasn't going to cut it anymore, and I began researching
alternatives. Almost every article I read and every person I spoke to agreed
that Apple's Voiceover technology was the best adaptive technology
available. I attended a one day seminar on the iPhone at the New Jersey
Foundation for the Blind <http://www.njffb.org/>  and purchased an iPhone 5
soon after. It worked much better for me than my previous phone. 

I started by reading the user guide. I found that many of the chapters used
figures and diagrams as part of their explanations of the phone's operation.
This made them of limited use for me. I also reviewed the appendix on
Voiceover. It gave a good overview of how to use Voiceover, but it wasn't
designed to cover all the subtile nuances of its use. So I went back to the
New Jersey Foundation for the Blind <http://www.njffb.org/>  for a series of
workshops on how to use Voiceover. I found them to be extremely helpful, and
I was even able to use some of my experience in Information Technology to
help others as they learned. 

As a computer programmer I am a very organized thinker. It's too bad that
doesn't carry over to the rest of my life! I learn by starting with basic
concepts and then building on them. So I began writing notes and organizing
them into basic ideas. Next, I added concepts that built on those ideas. At
one point I realized the notes might be useful for others, and I started
developing this web site. 

During my career in Information Technology I have written and taught
computer courses to users of many levels. I have found that it's important
that users do best when they have a good grasp of the concepts that underly
the steps they are doing. It makes them more self sufficient. They are able
to figure out what to do when things go wrong. They are able to apply the
concepts in new ways, and they feel more confident when they understand why
things work the way they do. 

Based on this experience VoiceoverEasy.net has been developed so that new
terms and concepts are clearly defined the first time they are introduced,
and then used often for the next several lessons to reinforce them. Also,
those of us who cannot see rely on a high degree of precision in our
vocabulary. We are highly dependent on words. As a result, these lessons
build a "Voiceover vocabulary," which is begun in the Voiceover Basics
section and then used throughout the remainder of the lessons. 

Semi-legal Stuff.

The material here is based largely on my own experiences using voiceover on
the iPhone 5 and iPad Air. I make no claim to be an expert in Voiceover or
any of the other technologies peripherally discussed here. I also have no
association with Apple Inc. or any other companies mentioned throughout
these tutorials. So, with all the disclaimers being said, I hope you find
this information helpful. 


*III.  Acknowledgements.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ms. Kath Harris for her
assistance with critiquing and proof reading this material, and to thank
Jack and Martin for their assistance in getting this site up and running.
This site would not have been possible without their help. 


*IV.  Contacting the Web Master:

There are links for "providing feedback", "making a suggestion", "reporting
an error or problems", , or "something else" on the HomePage.



*V.  Orientation to the rest of the page for starting a lesson. 1.  If using
a screenreader, Press the letter b 1.  If using a screenreader, press the
letter b and the cursor is placed on "start lesson" button.

2. Just below the "start lesson" button is "step one" for starting a lesson.
This involves choosing a device from a drop-down list.

3.  Arrow downonce more and a "change" button is encountered.

4.  Step two involves choosing the IOS version to study.  This is done with
another drop-down list of IOS versions.

5.  Arrow down again and another change button is encountered.

6.  Step three involves  Selecting a Lesson or Web Page from the Table of
Contents shown further down the page.

7.  The next three links are:

a.  <http://www.voiceover-easy.net/default.aspx> VoiceoverEasy Home Page


b.   <http://www.voiceover-easy.net/WhatsNew.aspx> What's New


c.  <http://www.voiceover-easy.net/default.aspx#About> About This Website   



8. Arrowing down once more encounters the next button entitled "show

9. After each of the following lesson links is a "show details button. Here
are the units and lessons available.   After each brief description is a
link to the lesson or unit.  You will notice there is no unit three.  It
jumps from unit two to unit four.  That is how it is on the website.

 <http://www.voiceover-easy.net/Basics/Lesson1.aspx>   Lesson 1. Orientation
and Basics  

This course is geared toward visually impaired users of iOS Devices with
Siri capability and who use Voiceover technology to read the screen of their
device. Lesson One points out key buttons, switches and plugs on the
exterior . It also introduces Voiceover and the gestural language it uses to
navigate around the display. At the end of this lesson you should know: 

*       The location of the power button, Mute Switch, the volume buttons,
the headphone jack, The Home Button, and the USB port for charging your
device and connecting it to a computer.
*       What Voiceover and Siri are, and how they work together to help you
use your iOS Device.
*       How to power up your iOS Device and start Voiceover without
*       The parts of the display and where they are located.
*       How to use gestures to control Voiceover.

. This section introduces terms and actions which will be used throughout
later parts of this course. Even if you have been using your iOS Device for
a while, it is recommended that you glance at the review sections and try
the exercises anyway as a quick refresher. 




 <http://www.voiceover-easy.net/Basics/Lesson2.aspx>   Lesson 2. Working
with Apps  


This course is geared toward visually impaired users of iPhones and iPads
running devices with Siri capability and who use Voiceover technology to
read the screen of their device. This part of the course expands on the
Voiceover navigational gestures begun in Part 1, and introduces new gestures
to launch applications. We'll also do some basic text entry. At the end of
this lesson you should know: 

*       What an App is. 
*       How to activate icons, buttons and text fields. 
*       How to switch between active apps, and how to close apps you aren't
*       What Airplane Mode is. 
*       Why it's important to close applications. 
*       How to scroll vertically between screens 
*       How to sort long lists into alphabetical order. 
*       How to create a note using the Notes Application. 
*       How to enter unedited text into Text Fields 

.         http://www.voiceover-easy.net/Basics/Lesson2.aspx


 <http://www.voiceover-easy.net/Basics/Lesson3.aspx>   Lesson 3. Editing


This course is geared toward visually impaired users of iPhones and iPads
running devices with Siri capability and who use Voiceover technology to
read the screen of their device. In this lesson you will learn more advanced
techniques for editing text inside Text Field items, and take a first look
at the Rotor. At the end of this lesson you should be able to: 

*       Move around text to correct typing mistakes 

on 5 

*       Understand what characters are and what the cursor/Insertion Point
*       Switch between Character, Word and Line modes. 
*       Explain the difference between Standard and Touch Typing. 
*       Adjust speech rate and volume using the Rotor 
*       Create , edit, and save notes. 
*       Select text for cutting, copying, pasting and deleting.

.         http://www.voiceover-easy.net/Basics/Lesson3.aspx


 <http://www.voiceover-easy.net/PeopleApps/Contacts.aspx> UNIT 2: Creating
and Managing Contacts  


This course is geared toward visually impaired users of iPhones and iPads
running devices with Siri capability and who use Voiceover technology to
read the screen of their device. This lesson covers basic and intermediate
contact management. Contacts are used by many apps, including Email, phone
and text messaging to name a few. When you receive an incomingcall, your
iPhone can tell you who it is, if you have that number in your contacts.
When you send Email messages, you can quickly insert Email addresses from
your contacts rather than typing them letter by letter. In this lesson you
will learn: 

*       Important security concerns for working with contacts.
*       What Contacts are and how to add, update and delete them.
*       How to specify contacts as "Favorites" and what Favorites are.
*       How to customize the order in which contacts are listed and how they
are displayed.

.         http://www.voiceover-easy.net/PeopleApps/Contacts.aspx


 <http://www.voiceover-easy.net/Email/Lesson1.aspx> Unit 4: Email  


This course is geared toward visually impaired users of iPhones and iPads
running devices with Siri capability and who use Voiceover technology to
read the screen of their device. In this lesson you will learn: 

*       What Email Accounts are and how to manage them.
*       How to customize Email sounds and other settings.
*       How to set up your device to send and receive email
*       How to set up auto signatures.

.         http://www.voiceover-easy.net/Email/Lesson1.aspx



 <http://www.voiceover-easy.net/LetsTalk/DictatingInTextFields.aspx> Unit 5:
Let's Talk  


this lesson you will learn how to: 

*       Start and stop dictation mode.
*       Capitalize letters at the beginnings of words, or capitalize entire
words and phrases.
*       Specify punctuation while dictating.
*       Add blank lines with the "New Line" command.
*       Add special symbols called Emoticons.



 <http://www.voiceover-easy.net/References/GestureList.aspx> Gesture List


Gestures are made by moving one or more fingers around the screen, or by
tapping with one or more fingers. They form a language Voiceover uses to
control your iOS Device. The folowing table lists all the gestures presented
in the lessons at VoiceoverEasy.net. Gestures are listed in the order in
which they were presented in the lessons. 



 <http://www.voiceover-easy.net/References/Glossary.aspx> Glossary

        This is an alphabetical listing of terms introduced in the
VoiceoverEasy.net lessons.    


 <http://www.voiceover-easy.net/References/OtherResources.aspx> Other

This page contains links to other websites outside Voiceover-Easy.net, which
may contain additional helpful information. VoiceoverEasy.net is not
responsible for the contents of these sites, nor does their listing here
constitute an endorsement of any product sold on that site. 

For Help Using MAC Computers.

The headings on this page include:



Macces ibility.com <http://maccessibility.net/> 

Other resources for learning iOS

Other Technology.

Flying Blind LLC <http://www.flying-blind.com/> >

Independent Living.

Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind, (Florida)
<http://www1.lvib.org/> .

New Jersey Foundation For the Blind <http://www.njffb.org/> 

This concludes the tour of the VoiceOverEasy

Web site.

Hope you find some useful information to get the most out of your IOS



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