moderated Re: Message Sent to Zoom Support on Meeting Entry/Exit Notifications

David Goldfield <david.goldfield@...>

Hi, Tom.

If you're using Brian Hartgen's Zoom scripts with JAWS, including the free scripts, you can press alt-Windows-S to toggle the speaking of Zoom alerts. Without those scripts JAWS and NVDA can be set to not speak anything but the problem with this latter approach is that you then silence nearly everything else, which is not always ideal or desirable. It sounds like Zoom is planning to allow users to select which alerts they do and don't wish to hear. This is particularly nice as this should work regardless of which screen reader you are using.

David Goldfield,
Blindness Assistive Technology Specialist
JAWS Certified, 2019
On 4/28/2020 10:32 AM, Tom Behler wrote:



I thought the Jaws or insert key plus S also enables and disables announcements.


Please correct me if I’m wrong.


Tom Behler



From: <> On Behalf Of Richard Turner
Sent: Tuesday, April 28, 2020 10:08 AM
Subject: Re: Message Sent to Zoom Support on Meeting Entry/Exit Notifications


That keystroke works in the free Zoom. Its part of the scripts included in Jaws 2020 for sure since I do not have the pro scripts and it works.



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On Apr 28, 2020, at 6:24 AM, Mario <mrb620@...> wrote:

according to an audio I found from Brian Hartgen, if you get the Zoom professional scripts, windows+alt+s  disables the alerts globally. but if one downloads the free basic scripts, windows+alt+s only disables the alerts when in the client window.

-------- Original Message --------
From: Shai [mailto:shaiwol@...]
Date: Monday, April 27, 2020, 7:20 PM
Subject: Message Sent to Zoom Support on Meeting Entry/Exit Notifications
That's correct Monica but that is only when one is in the Zoom
application. If a person elects to go to the desktop or any other part
of their pc, then the alert that the person has joined/left a meeting
will be indicated by JAWS again.

On 4/27/20, Monica S <mrod16@...> wrote:
Hi, I think you would press windows+alt+s to disable alerts.

From: <> On Behalf Of Marty Hutchings
Sent: Monday, April 27, 2020 2:18 PM
Subject: Re: Message Sent to Zoom Support on Meeting Entry/Exit

I have found that pressing JAWS + S until you hear ‘'”None” turns off screen
echo, which stops JAWS from announcing who has entered or left the meeting.

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From: Richard Turner <mailto:richardturner42@...>

Sent: Monday, April 27, 2020 8:36 AM

To: <>

Subject: Re: Message Sent to Zoom Support on Meeting Entry/Exit


So, are the announcements of people entering or leaving considered an alert?
 Like others, I’ve been thrown into learning zoom.

If those are alerts then they can be turned off, but it looks like all
alerts will be turned off.  This is from pressing insert+h in Zoom with


Link‑ To enable or disable alerts, press Alt+Windows+S.
Link‑ To hear the most recent alert, press Alt+Windows+A.
Link‑ To be reminded of whether alert announcements are enabled or disabled,
press JAWSKey+Tab.
To review the last 10 alerts or messages, press Control+1 through to
Control+0. Press twice quickly to virtualise.
Link‑ To only allow chat messages when pressing Control+1 through to
Control+0 press control+F5.

Functionality has also been added to report:
The state of recording when ALT+R is pressed. This is a keystroke which
enables or disables the recording.
Whether the recording has been paused or is resuming when ALT+P is pressed.

Whether the audio has been muted for all participants when ALT+A is pressed.

The controls for scheduling and creating a meeting should also be easier to


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From: <>  <
> > On Behalf Of David Kingsbury
Sent: Monday, April 27, 2020 5:26 AM
To: 'JAWS Main Discussion List' <
> >
Subject: Message Sent to Zoom Support on Meeting Entry/Exit Notifications

Hi all,

Below is a message I just sent to Zoom Tech Support. If you agree with my
opinion, please take a little time to send them similar requests. It’s more
effective if several people speak out.




I would like to report on a general problem, not specific to any meeting,
and make some suggestions. I am blind and use the JAWS screen reader
program. Like millions of other people, many blind people have increased
their use of the invaluable Zoom platform to stay in touch and conduct
business meetings in these challenging times.

As you know, when participants enter and leave meetings, it is announced. I
assume visual participants see something on the screen. Screen reader users
hear “John Smith has entered the meeting,” or “Sally Jones has left the
meeting.” Because we are forced to hear this audio, it often seriously
disrupts meetings, especially those with a large number of participants.
Presenters who use screen readers are frequently interrupted and thrown off
stride. Participants often have to ask presenters to repeat what they just
said. It can even be awkward and embarrassing. Imagine yourself in a meeting
conducted in a physical conference room. In the middle of a presentation,
somebody suddenly blurts out “My name is John Smith and I am leaving the
meeting.” He then gets up and walks out the door. Of course, everybody would
be shocked at this outrageous behavior. A milder form of this can happen in
Zoom meetings. To be perfectly frank, the main reason I leave meetings early
is that I no longer think the discussion worth my time. But I don’t want to
be forced to publicly proclaim it. One thing I recently figured out is to
rename myself as a fake phone number. That way, when I leave nobody knows
who I am. But I should not be compelled to resort to such devious behavior.

While there are ways that blind people can mute their screen reader program,
that only works for those individuals who know the keystrokes. It does not
help improve overall meeting quality for the other participants. And if I am
a presenter, I may need to hear my screen reader program, so I must unmute
it, causing me to hear this annoying verbiage again.

Giving participants and hosts the option to disable entry and exit
notifications would greatly improve the Zoom meeting experience for screen
reader users. I would suggest the following specific modifications to the
Zoom app on the PC.

For participants:

*    In the Settings area accessed through the Home Tab, provide an option for
individuals to mute their individual entry/exit notification.
*    Provide an additional option to mute such notifications for all
*    In the Participants List area of the Meeting Controls window for meetings
you are currently participating in, add a disable entry/exit notifications
in the More options for individual participants dropdown.

For hosts:

*    In the meetings Tab of the PC app, when scheduling meetings, add an option
to disable exit/entry notifications in the Advanced options dropdown.
*    In the Participants List area of the Meeting Controls window for meetings
you are currently hosting, add a disable entry/exit notifications in the
More options for All participants dropdown.

It would be advisable to make similar modifications in the appropriate
places in the smartphone app.

Thank you for taking time to consider these ideas and hopefully implement
them . I strongly believe that if You make these modifications in a future
update, it will greatly improve the Zoom meeting experience for blind and
visually impaired users of the Zoom Cloud platform.


David Kingsbury

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