Re: Vision impaired interface

From: Alan Dechert <alan_at_openvotingconsortium_dot_org>
Date: Wed Nov 19 2003 - 11:59:33 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).
>
How about the backspace key? This shouldn't be too hard to find, especially
if you disable (ignore input from) some of the surrounding keys.

Alan D.
==================================================================
= The content of this message, with the exception of any external
= quotations under fair use, are released to the Public Domain
==================================================================
Received on Sun Nov 30 23:17:03 2003

This archive was generated by hypermail 2.1.8 : Sun Nov 30 2003 - 23:17:13 CST