Re: Vision impaired interface

From: Jan Karrman <jan_at_it_dot_uu_dot_se>
Date: Wed Nov 19 2003 - 14:38:17 CST

On Wed, 19 Nov 2003, Alan Dechert wrote:

>
>
> > 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.
>

I chose the space bar since it stands out among the keys. Once introduced
to it, it is easily recognizable. Other suggestions? Peter, Cory, anyone?

/Jan
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