Re: Drop Box file sharing


Gudrun Brunot
 

Hi: I agree with Bill, there are two different things you can do when it comes to sharing files with someone. If the file is in your dropbox, and all you want to do is send that file to someone without attaching it to your email (which doesn't work if the file is large), you put the file in question in your Public folder under your Dropbox folder, highlight the file, hit the apps key and arrow down to "copy public," then scoot over to your email program and paste the link to the file right in the message to the receiving person.

The other way is what is causing trouble, the one where you and one or two or more people want to share a box. Here, you have to navigate through an interface that can be tricky. Brian Hartgen has put up a nice tutorial on how to create a folder to be shared, join a folder, leave a folder, etc. I don't have the link to it, but I copied the text from it and saved, and I'm pasting it in below. Like so many other good things he's got on his homepage
http://www.hartgen.org/
This one has helped me, and I hope it helps you too.

Dropbox Folder Management Using JAWS for Windows

Submitted by brianhartgen on Tue, 07/30/2013 - 12:48



Dropbox is an excellent tool for storing files. It can be used so you can share your personal files among different computers or mobile devices you own, together with sharing files with others, such as people with whom you wish to collaborate on a document.

However, the interface does present some accessibility challenges for screen-reader users. This article seeks to address them in conjunction with the screen-reader JAWS for Windows. You may be able to adopt similar strategies with alternative screen-readers.

Dropbox Notifications



While it is true that you can press the keystroke Insert+F11 in order to view the Dropbox notifications in the Windows System Tray, (such as whether files are uploading/downloading or if "all files are up-to-date", the J-Tools set of JAWS scripts from Astec at

www.astec-at.co.uk

make interacting with Dropbox easier. You can press a keystroke to instantly hear Dropbox file status information, another to drop right into your Dropbox folder and a third to view the Context Menu for it including working with your Preferences. The Preferences multi-page Dialog Box is also made more accessible.



Folder Management


By far the task most people have difficulty dealing with is either leaving a shared Dropbox folder or, (as an owner), removing someone from the folder.

This article will work through both scenarios. The process of creating an invitation to a user via Email to join a folder is accessible so I will not cover the steps unless anyone specifically requests them.



Leaving a Shared Folder


If you are not the owner of the folder, (in other words if you did not originally create it), you may care to leave a folder you previously had access to.

Here are the steps involved. They are all accessible.


1. Browse to the Dropbox website at
www.dropbox.com
and ensure you are signed in.

2. Using the list of Links feature, (Insert+F7), locate the name of the folder with which you no longer wish to be associated. Each folder name is hyperlinked. Press Enter on the desired folder name.

3. Each time you work through a step in this process, a new page is not rendered on the Dropbox website, so JAWS has difficulty in revealing the newly updated content to you. To rectify this, press Insert+Escape to refresh the JAWS Virtual Buffer.

4. Using the JAWS Find facility, (~Control+F), type the word, "Share", and press Enter. Hopefully, the cursor should be on the line entitled, "Shared Folder Options". If it is not, press F3 until JAWS announces these words.

5. When the cursor is on the appropriate line of text, press Enter. Do not be concerned that it is not a Link or a Button. In fact it is a Button but JAWS cannot detect this as a standard control.

6. Press Insert+Escape again to refresh the Virtual Buffer.

7. Press the letter B to reach the, "Leave Shared Folder" Button and press Enter on it.

8. Press Insert+Escape again to refresh the Virtual Buffer.

9. You may be prompted as to whether you wish to leave the folder. Locate the appropriate Button if so and press Enter.




Removing a Subscriber to a Dropbox Folder


This process is more troublesome but using JAWS it can be achieved.




1. Browse to the Dropbox website at
www.dropbox.com
and ensure you are signed in.

2. Using the list of Links feature, (Insert+F7), locate the name of the folder containing the member you wish to remove. Each folder name is hyperlinked. Press Enter on the desired folder name.

3. Each time you work through a step in this process, a new page is not rendered on the Dropbox website, so JAWS has difficulty in revealing the newly updated content to you. To rectify this, press Insert+Escape to refresh the JAWS Virtual Buffer.

4. Using the JAWS Find facility, (~Control+F), type the word, "Share", and press Enter.

5. Hopefully, the cursor should be on the line entitled, "Shared Folder Options". If it is not, press F3 until JAWS announces these words.

6. When the cursor is on the appropriate line of text, press Enter. Do not be concerned that it is not a Link or a Button. In fact it is a Button but JAWS cannot detect this as a standard control.

7. Press Insert+Escape again to refresh the Virtual Buffer.

8. Using the JAWS Find Facility, (Insert+F), type the first part of the person's name you wish to remove and press Enter. Hopefully the cursor should now be on the line of the person's name.

9. Now here is the tricky part. Using Insert+NumPad Minus, route the JAWS Cursor to the PC Cursor and begin exploring the text on screen with the Arrowkeys. This is not as easy as it sounds because, very often, the text within the Internet Explorer page is obscured and JAWS cannot detect it. In addition, the JAWS Cursor sometimes is not correctly routed to the Virtual Cursor, but in most cases, it is. If JAWS cannot latch onto the name of the user you wish to remove, try maximising the Internet Explorer window by pressing ALT+Space then X. In any event, you may need to use Up or Down Arrow in order to locate the name with the JAWS Cursor.

10. When the name is located, you should hear on that line of text the name of the user followed by the word, "Joined". There may also be additional
text on this line comprising Dropbox folder names, but provided you hear the name it should be fine.

11. At the end of the line containing the name is a graphic. This graphic cannot be detected by JAWS even if its Graphics setting is set to read "All". Press the End key on the keyboard and then press the Left Mouse Button, (NumPad Slash).

12. Press NumPad Plus to return to the Virtual Cursor.

13. Underneath the name of the user in the Virtual Cursor, you will now see a list of three items, each of which is hyperlinked. One item will be "Kick Out User". Press Enter on this Link.

14. Press Insert+Escape again to refresh the Virtual Buffer.

15. This page contains two new controls. One is a Check Box, where you can specify whether the user you are about to remove should keep a copy of the files. You probably do not wish them to. The second is a Button, "Kick Out", which is self-explanatory. Press Enter on this Button. The process should nowbe
complete.



Gudrun

-----Original Message-----
From: Gwensinfo [mailto:gwensinfo@tampabay.rr.com]
Sent: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 9:45 AM
To: jfw@groups.io
Subject: Re: Drop Box file sharing

Hi Bill, I am so confused. I don't use a public dropbox. I have all my own dropbox ID and password. I share files the way I was talking about with a friend of mine who has her own dropbox account and it is not tied to my dropbox account. Totally confused. Take care

Gwen and the great Orb
sent from my iPhone 5s
"a dog has many friends because he wags his tail and not his tongue "
Anonymous"

On Mar 22, 2016, at 12:22 PM, Bill White <billwhite92701@dslextreme.com> wrote:



Hi, Gwen. The reason I believe that Marianne is having trouble following your instructions is that both of you are talking about two different things. You are trying to show her how to get and copy a public link for a file in her public DropBox folder into an email to send to another user.

On the otherhand, what Marianne wants to do, I believe, is to share one of her dropbox folders with a DropBox user with a different account. This may be what is causing the problem in communication.
Bill White billwhite92701@dslextreme.com

----- Original Message -----
From: Gwensinfo <mailto:gwensinfo@tampabay.rr.com>
To: jfw@groups.io
Sent: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 7:26 AM
Subject: Re: Drop Box file sharing


If you want to call me send me an email and I'll provide you my number, or I can call you and I will help you with this. You actually don't go to share, you go to copy drop box link

Gwen and the great Orb
sent from my iPhone 5s
"a dog has many friends because he wags his tail and not his tongue "
Anonymous"

On Mar 22, 2016, at 9:36 AM, Marianne Denning <marianne@denningweb.com> wrote:



I went into Drop Box on my computer, selected the file I wanted to share, used the application key and went to share. When I hit enter I went into edit boxes but JAWS did not tell me what went in each edit box. I assumed based on past experience what went into each edit box and sent the request. This morning the person had accepted my request to share the folder. Those were the steps you explained. Thanks!


On Tue, Mar 22, 2016 at 9:27 AM, Gwensinfo <gwensinfo@tampabay.rr.com> wrote:


I am sorry, but I'm a bit confused. Did you say what I told you about creating a link work? I'm not sure what you're talking about edit boxes. When I do the link from the actual dropbox as a directory, I don't going to any edit boxes. Can you please explain.

Gwen and the great Orb
sent from my iPhone 5s
"a dog has many friends because he wags his tail and not his tongue "
Anonymous"

On Mar 22, 2016, at 9:14 AM, Marianne Denning <marianne@denningweb.com> wrote:



It worked that way. JAWS does not tell me what goes in each edit box so I have to walk by faith. It did work. I think that is just a glitch in my computer.


On Mon, Mar 21, 2016 at 9:20 PM, Gwensinfo <gwensinfo@tampabay.rr.com> wrote:


I apologize if I said.drop box link on the desktop, I meant dropbox icon on the desktop that was in my previous message thanks

Gwen and the great Orb
sent from my iPhone 5s
"a dog has many friends because he wags his tail and not his tongue "
Anonymous"

On Mar 21, 2016, at 5:40 PM, Cindy Ray <cindyray@gmail.com> wrote:



So far I haven’t been able to do anything with it except log in for a while.

Cindy





From: Marianne Denning [mailto:marianne@denningweb.com]
Sent: Monday, March 21, 2016 2:16 PM
To: jfw@groups.io
Subject: Drop Box file sharing



Every time I want to share a folder with someone in Drop Box it has changed and seems less accessible. Has anyone tried to share a folder recently? If so, could you give me some tips please.



--

Marianne Denning, TVI, MA

Teacher of students who are blind or visually impaired

(513) 607-6053 <tel:%28513%29%20607-6053>












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Marianne Denning, TVI, MA
Teacher of students who are blind or visually impaired
(513) 607-6053 <tel:%28513%29%20607-6053>










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Marianne Denning, TVI, MA
Teacher of students who are blind or visually impaired
(513) 607-6053



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