Re: Vision impaired interface

From: Jan Karrman <jan_at_it_dot_uu_dot_se>
Date: Wed Nov 19 2003 - 11:12:57 CST

On Thu, 30 Oct 2003, Alan Dechert wrote:

> We also need to have a way to do it if they don't type. I don't think there
> is a very neat way to do this. Doug Jones probably knows how the DREs
> handle this issue. We may have to repeat all the letters over and over and
> let them pick a letter when they hear the one they want.
> Listen-pick-repeat... Listen-pick-repeat. Not pretty. One thing that might
> make this process better would be to enable them to accelerate the
> recitation of the letters. Say they wanted "m"... rather than listen to a..
> b... c... etc slowly they could press and hold the right arrow to speed up
> the list. If they went past the letter, then they could hit the left arrow
> to go back ... then hit the down arrow to select the letter.

I have now implemented this, and I realize that the arrow keys aren't
enough. One must be able to erase a letter - this can be done with the
up arrow. But I also think that one should be able to get instructions
at this point. Can we add the space bar as a general help key? It should
be quite easy to find on the keyboard. Then hitting the space bar will
provide relevant help at all stages (will not work when a voter types in
a write-in candidate using the keyboard).

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