moderated Re: I have some questions concerning using a braille display with JAWS, specifically the Focus Blue 40 5th Gen, and want to know of other braille display lists out there.
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Information about using braille displays seems thin on the ground, perhaps because it’s such a niche thing.
I have recently come into possession of a Focus 40 (not 5th gen) and a Brailliant 80 braille display, and, like you, have only had quick ‘n’ dirty experience with using a braille display and JAWS /connected to PC until now, at least since the old Dos days.
I have not found any tutorials to speak of, and not sure you’ll have any better luck, but if you do, I’d be a little curious to see what others have to say. Best you can probably do is ask questions, like you are doing now, and see what others say. What I have found is that braille + PC is a unique experience that is going to be tailored to individual user preferences. So, best thing you can probably do on your own is read all the documentation, and then experiment, and see what you like. While there doesn’t seem to be a ton of information out there, everything is very configurable. And the JAWS documentation is pretty easy to understand.
There is a braille display users list:
There seem to be a lot of Focus users there.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com> On Behalf Of Kevin Minor
Sent: August 3, 2019 1:59 PM
Subject: I have some questions concerning using a braille display with JAWS, specifically the Focus Blue 40 5th Gen, and want to know of other braille display lists out there.
It’s me again. I’m finally getting the Focus 40 Blue 5th Generation display this coming week, and I have some very basic questions.
First, where can I get a refreshable braille display for dummies tutorial? I don’t think this necessarily deals with the Focus itself. I have used one over ten years ago, but I did very basic things with it, and I’d like to learn more advanced tricks for using one. I know JAWS has some documentation in the help topics, but I don’t know if that’s as simple as I need.
My second question concerns email lists for braille displays in general. Many of the questions I have are more Focus specific rather than JAWS, so I figure that there are other braille display lists out there that can give me good information. If there are web sites as well, I would like to learn about them. I know I can read the user’s manual, but I’m just wondering if there are some helpful hints that I could learn.
Those are my questions. I can’t wait until I get the Focus and pair it with my iPhone and PC and use it. I’m also looking forward to using it by itself to take notes and read books. I feel like a kid at Christmas, and I’ll just have to patiently wait for it to come.
Thanks in advance for any help.
Have a blessed day, and don’t work too hard.
Kevin and Jilly