Re: Touch Cursor Information

Adrian Spratt
 

When your default PC cursor isn’t giving you enough information. With luck, the touch cursor will fill in the gaps.

 

From: jaws-users-list@groups.io <jaws-users-list@groups.io> On Behalf Of LeDon
Sent: Wednesday, April 24, 2019 1:59 PM
To: jaws-users-list@groups.io
Subject: Re: [jaws-users] Touch Cursor Information

 

So, how does one know when one should switch to the touch curser? Surely it is not just a try it  or a hit or miss approach.

 

From: jaws-users-list@groups.io [mailto:jaws-users-list@groups.io] On Behalf Of Rebecca Lineberger
Sent: Wednesday, April 24, 2019 9:15 AM
To: JAWS Users List
Subject: [jaws-users] Touch Cursor Information

 

I’ve had this stored for a while, and can’t remember now if this came from the Help Menu or from the Vispero website.  It mentions Windows 8, but I think the information is still relevant for Windows 10.

 

Object Navigation 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.

 

Once the Touch Cursor is active, pressing

RIGHT

or

LEFT ARROW

will move to the next or previous object on the screen. This is the same as doing a left or right flick on a touch screen. Pressing

UP

or

DOWN ARROW

will move to the previous or next object by type. By default, these commands will move by region, or group if you are on the Windows 8 Start screen. This is the same as doing an up or down flick on a touch screen. To change what object type these commands move by, press

PAGE UP

or

PAGE DOWN

to cycle through the available types. 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 objects without changing the position of the PC Cursor or mouse pointer. Pressing

SPACEBAR

or

ENTER

on the current element will move focus to that element and perform the appropriate action similar to double tapping on a touch screen. 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.

 

If the Touch Cursor is on an object containing text, such as the body of a news article, you can press

INSERT+ENTER

or

NUM PAD SLASH

to enable Text Review. In this mode, you can use the

ARROW

keys as well as all other standard reading commands 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.

 

A good example of using the Touch Cursor is in the News app, where it is enabled by default. Once the app launches, you could press

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.

 

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 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.

 

Advanced Object 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 Automation) structure.

 

With the standard Touch Cursor, you can only navigate 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

and

RIGHT ARROW

keys to move to the previous or next sibling object and the

UP

and

DOWN ARROW

keys to move to the parent 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.

 

 

 

 

 

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