Re: Learning Jaws and the Keyboard


Marquette, Ed <Ed.Marquette@...>
 

I've stayed out of this, but couldn't resist any longer.
Blind people have some very distinct advantages. Among many, two are:
1. No temptation to look at your feet when ballroom dancing; and
2. No temptation to look at the keyboard while typing.
I actually became a much faster typist after I lost my sight. I learned (sort of) in high school. The course was offered in the "business" class, which was a euphemism for teaching secretaries. It was a great excuse to meet girls. I didn't learn much beyond the home row.
In those days, the challenge was to remember to change the ribbon promptly. I still remember, in horror, the couple of times that I typed a college essay only to be told by my reader that the ribbon had run out and that all I had were white pages with indentations. OUCH!
I cannot imagine how easy it would be to learn typing with JAWS running, or even with a Braille display. Just memorize the layout and, as Dave said, practice, practice, practice.

-----Original Message-----
From: jfw-bounces@lists.the-jdh.com [mailto:jfw-bounces@lists.the-jdh.com] On Behalf Of Farfar Carlson
Sent: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 2:19 PM
To: The Jaws for Windows support list.
Subject: Re: Learning Jaws and the Keyboard

Cy,

Thanks! And did you notice that even the spell-checker foiled me in my use
of the word "complete" where it should have been "completely"? Ah, well,
even if tastefully composed, not carefully composed enough, I guess.

Dave Carlson
Tastefully composed and launched near the Pacific Ocean using a Dell
Latitude E6520, JAWS 13.0.718, and Windows 7 Professional 32-bit


----- Original Message -----
From: "Cy Selfridge" <cyselfridge@comcast.net>
To: "'The Jaws for Windows support list.'" <jfw@lists.the-jdh.com>
Sent: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 12:11
Subject: RE: Learning Jaws and the Keyboard


Dave,
Excellent advice.
Cy

-----Original Message-----
From: jfw-bounces@lists.the-jdh.com [mailto:jfw-bounces@lists.the-jdh.com]
On Behalf Of Farfar Going 60
Sent: Monday, June 25, 2012 11:07 PM
To: The Jaws for Windows support list.
Subject: Re: Learning Jaws and the Keyboard

Agree wholeheartedly.

What's the point in labeling the keys? If you should sit down at another
computer, you'd be complete lost without your crutch. Learn the home keys (A
S D F and J k L ;) and the proper fingers to use for moving above and below.

Practice, practice, practice. Touch typing is easy once you force yourself
to follow the patterns.

Then the spell-checker is your next best friend.


Dave Carlson
Tastefully composed and launched near the Pacific Ocean using a Dell
Latitude E6520, JAWS 13.0.718, and Windows 7 Professional 32-bit


----- Original Message -----
From: "lauren" <childress54@gmail.com>
To: <jfw@lists.the-jdh.com>
Sent: Monday, June 25, 2012 21:41
Subject: Re: Learning Jaws and the Keyboard


I was taught to type like a sighted person would learn. i never used
any special keyboards or anything like that.

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