moderated Re: pros and cons of Braille display


Cohn, Jonathan
 

I do find a Braille display useful for editing, though I generally don't have mine hooked up unless I am writing computer code which has to be very precise. 
JAWS does have a "structured braille mode" which is useful for filling out forms. For example if there are checkboxes or radio buttons, JAWS will display UEB code OF space UEB code with (computer Braille of these is left and right parenthesis ). If you click in the blank space between the two Braille patterns, it will check or uncheck the item. This is done with Braille displays that have a routing key over each braille character. I am not sure how the original Orbit display handles this.
Also, braille displays have 8 dots instead of 6 dots. I believe that spelling errors have both these dots on so you can quickly scan a document to find spelling errors.
There is a groups.io list  dedicated to braille displays that is run by somebody named "cliff".
 

On Apr 23, 2021, at 14:02, Van Lant, Robin via groups.io <Robin_Van_Lant@...> wrote:

I have a topic I’d like some input on. If I should take it elsewhere or talk to someone offline by phone, please advise a direction to go.   I am a JAWS user and really cannot function on a computer without speech, but still have a tiny pinhole of usable vision due to RP.  I use Braille for labeling things around the house, but am not a proficient reader, especially when beyond some two letter contractions.  Braille displays have always seemed too expensive, especially given that using one would feel more like an experiment now, given my poor efficiency. Yet, as my vision decreases, I’ve wondered if a Braille display (such as the Orbit) would be useful.  I’m not planning to use it to read books, but I’d like better understanding of why some of you use it.  I’ll be paying for it out of my own pocket, so this is a decision I don’t take lightly.  Does it add value to editing and formatting in Office 365 applications?  Does it give incrased accessibility to webpages or is that really the same accessibility that listening to JAWS gives?  What else should I consider in this decision?  
 
Thanks for any insights.
Robin
 



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