[bksvol-discuss] Re: Text Editor

  • From: "Jake" <jabrown@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 16 Nov 2004 21:48:29 -0600

Hi Sarah,
    Yes, the idea of getting the screen reader to recognize the change in
pages and announce them is one of the biggest problems. Here's what I've
brainstormed so far perhaps you can offer some advice.

1. I could when the file is opened by the user generate an extra text file
that spells out the words "tab" or "page break" and then have a script for
JAWS that would tell JAWS to look at that file somehow, but I've yet to
find/think of a way to tell JAWS to do that.

2. I could also trying doing something similar to what OpenBook has. That is
a full page of text on the screen, but when moving between pages you have to
load the entire second page on the screen, in other words only one page per
screen at a time. This seems a bit more feasable than the first because I
should be able to get the page number somehow into the status bar.
The problem then arises how does the screen reader tell the difference in

Thanks for reminding me about the NotePad limitation in Win95/98 because I
totally forgot and was already using a regular old text box. Since then I've
upgraded to a Rich Text Box and am learning that for the first time.

I'll keep chugging at this thing and see what I come up with, all advise is
greatly appreciated.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Sarah Van Oosterwijck" <curiousentity@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, November 16, 2004 5:31 PM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Text Editor

> I'm glad some people are ambitious.  I thought about trying that during my
> breaf intense interest and class in VB, but never got arround to making a
> program.  I know that the first problem I thought needed to be overcome is
> the limit on the size of normal textboxes.  We don't need another Windows
> style notepad only with extra features. :-)
> I don't know how to make page breaks visible in an editor, which is the
> biggest problem for bookshare text files right now.  Do you know how to
> solve that problem?
> If you really do get somewhere in writing this program, please try to
> include the following features.
> Tabs, spaces, new line characters, and page breaks must all be visible to
> screen reader.
> It should contain a spell check or directions for using a separate spell
> checking application that can work within the program.
> Search and replace function, preferably with the option of using wild card
> characters.
> Append to clipboard as well as the usual clipboard functions.
> A feature to mark and manipulate a block of text.
> the possibility of saving in TXT and RTF.
> If there is already something out there that does these things with any
> sized file I would like to test it.  The first item in my list is the
> I believe we have the most trouble in finding.  Does note tab show all
> characters?  Tabs would be useful in programing, which it is made for, but
> page breaks aren't that important.
> Sarah Van Oosterwijck
> http://home.earthlink.net/~netentity
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Jake" <jabrown@xxxxxxxxx>
> To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Tuesday, November 16, 2004 3:48 PM
> Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Text Editor
> Hi folks,
>     I've been sitting back and enjoying the discussion about page breaks
> the lack of easy to use alternatives to such things as notepad and wordpad
> for text files.
>     I've programmed in the past and seeing as computer science is my major
> I'm looking into how difficult an easy to use simple text editor that
> with JAWS would be to develop.
>     The main reason I wanted to send this out was so if there was anyone
> considering the purchase of a program they might want to wait a few days.
>     I will get back in a day or two when I've figured out a bit of the
> details.
> Jake Brownell

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