Re: Views on Keyboard Shortcuts to teach or, perhaps, emphasize when teaching

Debbie Kessler

It's not so much not knowing one or the other but rather knowing how to distinguish jaws keystrokes from the windows once.

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On Jan 8, 2016, at 5:40 PM, Carolyn Arnold <> wrote:

Brian, I think that we need to know Windows strokes, since we are working in a Windows system, but, as blind users, it is imperative for us to know JAWS specific strokes. That is why, for us, there is so much more to learn to get maximum use from our computers.

Bye for now,


-----Original Message-----
From: Brian Vogel []
Sent: Friday, January 8, 2016 6:13 PM
Subject: Views on Keyboard Shortcuts to teach or, perhaps, emphasize when teaching

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Hello All,

What follows is a rather philosophical question but that certainly has practical implications that the cohort will know about a lot more personally than I ever can. Hence this is the place to ask.

When I tutor on using JAWS I do not focus exclusively on JAWS and its keystrokes because JAWS hovers on top of all other Windows programs and assists in using those. My philosophy is that I want my clients to know as many, if not more, keyboard shortcuts that are universally, or very close to universally, applicable in all Windows programs. I want them to know that, in almost all cases, ALT+F opens the file menu or equivalent, followed by S saves a file, followed by A does a Save as, etc.

One of my clients, with whom I had a marathon 3.25 hour tutoring session yesterday, is relatively new to using Windows Live Mail as well as using PDF XChange viewer to perform OCR on the many image PDFs that still get thrown his way. As a result, I worked him through certain tasks step-by-step and create instructions in the same format, examples of which will follow. It was only when we were conversing afterward, and he used the phrase JAWS keyboard shortcuts when talking about conventional Windows keyboard

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