moderated Re: The dreaded application mode

Mike B.

See if the note below helps:
Note:  To get out of applications mode press the PC cursor twice quickly.  That is exactly right. That is exactly correct. Pressing the PC cursor key twice
quickly reactivates either the PC cursor or the virtual cursor. Most likely it will be the virtual
cursor assuming this is happening on a Web page.  Use this keystroke instead of the, Insert + Z, keystroke mentioned below in Aaron's reply.
 Original Message
From: Ann Byrne
What is application mode, and how does it affect what I am doing?
Page, Aaron
Hi Ann,
Application Mode is a mode that JAWS will enter when it begins to interact with a web application. Application Mode is designed to treat the web application
as if it were a typical Windows-based program, and not as a web page. The advantage to this is that application-specific keyboard shortcuts will work without
the need to use the JAWS pass-through, the disadvantage is that typical JAWS keyboard shortcuts (i.e. "H" for headings, "B" for buttons) will not work
as these keystrokes are now being passed through JAWS to the application.
When using web applications that trigger JAWS' Application Mode, it is usually very helpful to learn keyboard shortcuts that are specific to the application
in order to effectively navigate and use the application. You should also have some success (if the application is accessible) navigating the web application
using tab and the arrow keys.
You can usually tell that you are entering an application as JAWS will announce "Application", and upon pressing Enter you should hear JAWS beep as if
it just entered a form. The most frustrating thing about application mode (in my opinion) is the difficulty in getting back out of the application. I usually
will press Insert+Z to set the Virtual PC Cursor to off, and then press Insert+Z again to turn the Virtual PC Cursor back on. After turning off and back
on the Virtual PC Cursor you should again be able to use normal JAWS keyboard shortcuts. If anyone on-list knows a better way to exit applications mode,
I would love to hear it. 
You can practice using applications mode  on this page:
If you press "R" to move through the regions you will encounter the application region, at which point you can press Enter to enter applications mode and
begin interacting with the application. This example is an HTML text editor called TinyMCE, which is a commonly used editor that uses an application region
and is relatively accessible. 
Hope this helps!
Aaron M. Page, B.S.
EIT Accessibility Specialist
Accessible Technology Services, University of Montana
Phone: (406) 243-2082

Take care and stay safe.  Mike.  Sent from my iBarstool.  Go dodgers & Rams!
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----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, October 15, 2020 10:47 AM
Subject: The dreaded application mode

Hi Fellow listerrs,


My university went about updating their Blackboard platform; however, all the input fields are in application mode. How do you deal with this? It has probably been discussed before, but I cannot find it at this time.



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