Re: Jaws and inaccessible buttons

Mike B. <mike9902@...>

Hi Sandy,
The Touch Cursor was introduced into JAWS in version J15 or J16, I believe.  Below is a description.
Using the Touch Cursor
Certain applications, especially many of the modern-style apps found in Windows 8, do not always work as expected with JAWS when navigating with the standard
cursors such as the PC and Virtual PC cursors. Activating the new Touch Cursor enables you to use the ARROW keys on your computer's keyboard, or the controls
on your braille display, to navigate through the actual objects in an application similar to using gestures on the touch screen of a tablet. Application
objects include everything from menu bars, toolbars, and progress bars, to form controls, regions, links, etc. Press SHIFT+NUM PAD PLUS, or SHIFT+CAPS
LOCK+SEMICOLON if using the laptop keyboard layout, to activate the Touch Cursor. To turn it off, activate one of the other cursors, like the JAWS or PC
Cursor. Pressing the PC Cursor command (NUM PAD PLUS) will cause JAWS to say "Touch Cursor" and the Touch Cursor will remain active. If Tutor Messages
are enabled, JAWS will also speak the message "Double tap to activate PC cursor". Press the PC Cursor command twice quickly to turn off the Touch Cursor
and activate the PC Cursor.
The Touch Cursor is enabled by default in certain Windows 8 applications to improve navigation. These apps include News, Weather, and Store. Whenever you
move focus to one of these apps, the Touch Cursor is automatically activated. To automatically enable the Touch Cursor in another application, press INSERT+V
to open Quick Settings while focused in the application where you want to use the Touch Cursor, expand the Touch Cursor Options group, and then select
Automatic Activation. You must do this for every application where you want to have JAWS automatically turn on the Touch Cursor.
Navigating With the Touch Cursor
To move to the next or previous object on the screen, press RIGHT or LEFT ARROW. You can also use TAB or SHIFT+TAB.
To move by a specific object type, press UP or DOWN ARROW. By default, the UP and DOWN ARROWS will move by regions, or by groups if you are on the Windows
8 Start Screen. To change what object type these commands move by, press PAGE UP or PAGE DOWN to cycle through the available types using the navigation
For example, if you want the UP or DOWN ARROW keys to move by headings, press PAGE UP or PAGE DOWN until you hear "headings. Now, pressing UP or DOWN ARROW
will move to the next or previous heading.
Press CTRL+HOME to move to the first object and press CTRL+END to move to the last object. To announce the current object, press INSERT+UP ARROW. To perform
a Say All, which will cause the Touch Cursor to move through the application and speak each object, press INSERT+DOWN ARROW.
As you navigate using the ARROW keys, the system focus does not follow the Touch Cursor. This allows you to freely navigate through objects without changing
the position of the PC Cursor or mouse pointer. Pressing SPACEBAR or ENTER on the current object will move focus to that object and perform the appropriate
action. For instance, opening a menu, selecting a check box, or activating a button or link. In addition, a rectangle will be displayed around the currently
selected object to visually indicate the location of the Touch cursor for sighted users.
To quickly move the Touch Cursor to the object that currently has focus, press INSERT+NUM PAD PLUS, or CAPS LOCK+APOSTROPHE if using the laptop keyboard
layout. JAWS will route the Touch Cursor to the currently selected object and announce it. The Touch Cursor will remain active after performing this command.
To determine what object types will be announced as you navigate with the Touch Cursor, press INSERT+V to open Quick Settings, expand the Touch Cursor
Options group, then move to Configure Types. This group lists all available types that can be navigated to using the Touch Cursor. Use the SPACEBAR to
select or clear a type. Types that are selected are announced while types that are not selected are ignored.
Note: The Configure Types option only appears in Quick Settings if the Touch Cursor is currently active when Quick Settings is opened.
Navigating the Windows 8 Start Screen
Previously, navigating Tiles on the new Windows 8 Start Screen was difficult to understand. Like a traditional desktop, the columns did not wrap, and because
tiles can be different sizes, it was very difficult to orient yourself when moving with the PC focus. We now suggest you consider using the Touch Cursor
mode to offer a more seamless and predictable way of learning the tiles and where they are located.
To begin, move focus to the Windows 8 Start Screen by pressing the WINDOWS key until you hear "Start Screen." Now you can activate the Touch Cursor by
pressing SHIFT+NUM PAD PLUS on a Desktop keyboard or SHIFT+CAPS LOCK+SEMICOLON on a Laptop keyboard. With the Touch Cursor on, you can use the single-finger
flick up and down gestures to move between the groups, or use UP and DOWN ARROWS to simulate the gestures, even if you do not have a touch screen. Note
that groups are generally not named by default, so JAWS will refer to the Group name based on whatever the first tile is in the group that gains focus.
At any point, you can use either a single-finger flick right or left on a Touch Screen or use the RIGHT and LEFT ARROWS to explore all tiles from your
current location. If you locate a Tile for an application you wish to launch, simply double tap the touch screen with a single finger, or just press ENTER
to launch the tile you are on.
Touch Cursor Navigation Quick Keys
While the Touch Cursor is active, you can use Navigation Quick Keys to quickly jump to various types of objects, such as regions, headings, links, form
controls, and so on. These commands are similar to the Navigation Quick Keys that are used when navigating HTML and PDF documents with the Virtual PC Cursor.
By default, Touch Navigation Quick Keys are not enabled when the Touch Cursor is activated. This allows you to fully use applications that support typing
in the main window. For example, the Windows 8 News app lets you type so you can quickly locate specific stories.
If you would like Touch Navigation Quick keys to be enabled automatically when the Touch Cursor is activated in a specific application, press INSERT+V
to open Quick Settings while focused in the application, navigate to the Touch Cursor Options group, and select Touch Quick Keys. You can also press INSERT+Z
while the Touch Cursor is active to temporarily toggle Touch Navigation Quick Keys on or off.
The following Navigation Quick Keys are available:
Note: You can add the SHIFT Key to any of these commands to move to the previous occurrence of that element.
A - Next radio button
B - Next button
C - Next combo box
D - Next document
E - Next edit field
F - Next form field
G - Next image
H - Next heading
I - Next list item
K - Next link
L - Next list
M - Next menu
O - Next tool bar
P - Next pane
Q - Next tab
R - Next region
S - Next occurrence of static text
T - Next table
U - Next group
V - Next tree view
X - Next check box
Z - Next status bar
Text Review
Text Review allows you to read the text contained inside an element using standard reading commands. If the element at the current Touch Cursor position
has text, such as a news article, pressing NUM PAD SLASH or INSERT+ENTER will activate Text Review. You can then use the ARROW keys to read the text as
if you were reading a regular document. Pressing the ESC key will exit Text Review and return to Touch Cursor navigation.
For example, in the News app, where the Touch Cursor is enabled by default, you could press UP or DOWN ARROW to move to the Top Stories region and then
press RIGHT ARROW to move to a particular story. When you find the article you want to read, you can press INSERT+ENTER or NUM PAD SLASH to switch to Text
Review so you can use the ARROW keys or the braille display to read the article. Once you are finished, press ESC to close Text Review and then use RIGHT
or LEFT ARROW to select another article from the current region, or UP or DOWN ARROW to move to a different region.
By default, JAWS will play a sound when you enter or exit Text Review mode. If you would rather have JAWS speak a message, press INSERT+V to open Quick
Settings, expand the Touch Cursor Options group, and clear the Use Sounds option.
Advanced Navigation
For advanced users, specifically those who may be involved with developing applications, Advanced Navigation provides more detail about all objects in
the UIA (User Interface UAutomation) structure.
With the standard Touch Cursor, you can only navigate to objects that are visible on the screen in the current application. In Advanced Navigation, the
Touch Cursor traverses all UIA objects in a hierarchical manner. All Objects, whether visible or not, can be traversed in Advanced Navigation.
To enable Advanced Navigation, press NUM PAD STAR, or CAPS LOCK+A if using the laptop keyboard layout, while the Touch Cursor is active. Once active, use
the LEFT or RIGHT ARROW keys to move to the previous or next sibling object and the UP or DOWN ARROW keys to move to the parrent object or the first child
object. To view more Advanced Navigation commands, press INSERT+H while this mode is active. Press NUM PAD STAR once more to turn off Advanced Navigation
and return to the standard Touch Cursor.
Take Care.  Mike.  Sent from my iBarstool.
Book: a utensil used to pass time while waiting for the computer repairman!

----- Original Message -----
From: sandy
Sent: Saturday, February 23, 2019 7:33 PM
Subject: Re: [jaws-users] Jaws and inaccessible buttons

omg, what’s the touch cursor?
From: Mike B.
Sent: Saturday, February 23, 2019 8:11 PM
Subject: Re: [jaws-users] Jaws and inaccessible buttons
Hi David,
Slight correction, to turn the touch cursor off just tap the Numpad plus key twice quickly, no Insert key.  I'm sure you know that and it was just a typo.
Take Care.  Mike.  Sent from my iBarstool.
Book: a utensil used to pass time while waiting for the computer repairman!
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, February 23, 2019 4:18 PM
Subject: Re: [jaws-users] Jaws and inaccessible buttons

Hi all!

I use the touch cursor in JAWS to access a lot of information!

You can turn on the touch cursor by pressing:

Shift+Numpad Plus!

To turn it off, just press Insert+Numpad plus twice to go back to the PC cursor.

Now, your arrow keys turn into swipes on a touch screen.

Pressing the right arrow, with the touch cursor turned on, for example, mimics swiping right on the touch screen.

The left arrow swipes left, and so on with the up and down arrow.

This allows the program you are using, to think you are swiping like you do on your touch screen phone!

This really helps a lot to access buttons and controls that you cannot access any other way!

Now, once you arrow to what you want, press enter.

Pressing enter with the touch cursor turned on, is like the double tap on a touch screen.

The program thinks you are performing the double tap by pressing enter with the touch cursor on in JAWS.

It is a huge feature, and it is too bad that more people do not know about its power.

I hope that gets you all started with using the touch cursor in JAWS.

David Moore


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From: Justin Williams
Sent: Saturday, February 23, 2019 12:31 PM
Subject: Re: [jaws-users] Jaws and inaccessible buttons


I've never tried this, but can you use the touch cursor?

I'm planning to learn how to myself.

I've heard of people using that before.

  You might also try another browser.

Sometimes, that works.


-----Original Message-----

From: [] On Behalf Of Faraz

Sent: Saturday, February 23, 2019 5:08 AM


Subject: [jaws-users] Jaws and inaccessible buttons


Hello List members.



I am using jaws 2018 and used to work on a local website page for my own business. that website company has updated their page interface and add java script which cause few buttons make inaccessible. I was going through jaws help today and found that jaws also providing support to move mouse cruser (rather then root jaws to pc option) to get on destination button. I used that key strokes alt+shift+right, down,up and left arrows to get my mouse pointer to my desire place, the issue I faced that I still need sighted assistance because that key strokes helps to moving mouse but not read what text is under mouse pointer. I want to know how I can manage to deal with this issue ? Your help would be highly appreciated.


Please note that when I spoted mouse cruser to that button and used simple arrows keys it read that button at that time.



Looking forward to hear back from you on it.



Faraz q.



With best regards,

Faraz q.









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