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direct link to a PDF download for the new Accessibility Guide for Windows 10 and Office 2016

Mike B <mb69mach1@...>
 


This is a direct link to a PDF download for the new Accessibility Guide for Windows 10 and Office 2016:
 
 
 
Take care.
Mike


Re: VLC

David Moore
 

Hi Ted,
I need to get a blu-ray to try it out for myself. I thought I found directions for playing blu-rays, but I cannot find those instructions. Also, I do not think my DVD drive on my computer will play blu-rays. I have a feeling that VLC will play blu-rays, but I cannot test it out for my self, and I can no longer find the instructions for how to do so. I will let you guys know as soon as I can, because I would love to know for sure myself. Have a great one.
 

Sent: Thursday, December 17, 2015 1:36 PM
Subject: Re: VLC
 

Okay, David, at the risk of being tiresome, what has to be done to play a Blu-ray? Also, how does one activate the resume feature.  This program even plays MASH gracefully, and, as several veterans of this list will attest, that’s high praise, indeed.

 

Ted

 

From: David Moore [mailto:jesusloves1966@...]
Sent: Wednesday, December 09, 2015 5:55 PM
To: jfw@groups.io
Subject: Re: VLC

 

Hi,

My name is David Moore, and I use VLC media player exclusively. It can play all files of audio, and stream video, and play DVDs and Blue Rays. VLC has many key commands that can be used to control what you are doing. Since VLC is open source, There are always add-ons coming out that can make VLC much more accessible each week. Just a few of the commands are holding down shift and pressing right and left arrow fast forwards or rewinds by a tiny amount. Holding down ctrl and doing the same thing, forwards and rewinds a bit more. Also, Ctrl + up and down arrow increases and decreases the volume. Num pad plus, speeds up the speech, and num` pad minus slows down the speech. It is the best media player out there by far and the most versatile. It plays DVDs so well and it is so easy to play them with VLC. Please ask me any questions. Have a great one.

 

 

From: Bobb Wiley

Sent: Wednesday, December 9, 2015 5:40 PM

Subject: Re: VLC

 

Uh, to give a little more info, vlc is an audio—I think it’s also a video—player similar to winamp or windows media player.

From: Jim L

Sent: Wednesday, December 09, 2015 4:35 PM

Subject: Re: VLC

VLC is a open source media player

 

 

 

From: Elise Berkley [mailto:bravaegf@...]
Sent: Thursday, 10 December 2015 6:23 AM
To: jfw@groups.io
Subject: Re: VLC

 

Hello, Jim and all members of this list.  My name is Elise Berkley and I am new to the list.  Jim, or anyone, can you explain what VLC is?  I have never heard of this program, and I like to know everything – laugh, laugh!!  Thanks.

Elise

Life doesn't imitate art; it imitates bad television. --Woody Allen


Re: excel help

Dale Alton <blinkydale@...>
 

To open a drop down in Excel is like doing it on the internet, "control+down arrow".

Denver Dale

-----Original Message-----
From: Lisle, Ted (CHFS DMS) [mailto:Ted.Lisle@ky.gov]
Sent: Thursday, December 17, 2015 7:38 AM
To: jfw@groups.io
Subject: Re: excel help

That dropdown has always been tricky. Our time sheets work that way, so I've always required supervisory help--embarrassing!
Ted

-----Original Message-----
From: Marianne Denning [mailto:marianne@denningweb.com]
Sent: Tuesday, December 01, 2015 10:42 AM
To: jfw@groups.io
Subject: Re: excel help

Ctrl page down will jump from sheet to sheet in a workbook.

On 12/1/15, Alex Stone <alex.stone@gmail.com> wrote:
I need a little bit of help with Excel 2007 please. Firstly what is
the jaws keystroke to switch between excel worksheets within a workbook?
Also, How do I navigate dropdowns within cells in a workbook?




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


Re: Introducing myself & question on Google Voice with JAWS

Brad Martin
 

So I found my first mistake. I was logged into Google Voice instead of Gmail.

When I logged into Gmail, Google Voice line would indeed "ring" if one can call it that. But using Firefox and JAWS 15, I couldn't figure out how to answer the call either. First of all, JAWS didn't announce for me that someone was calling or indicate that I had been bounced into a dialog box of any kind. I just did Control End and stumbled upon the controls I found. I found a cancel button, a dial pad, and a few other things. But I could find no way to answer the call. I shall try with Internet Explorer and see if that's any better.

Brad

On 12/17/2015 11:06 AM, Brian Vogel wrote:

Thanks to everyone for their responses.  I've gotten more information than I could have hoped for!!

This is being done on a client's computer, not my own, and I don't have access to it at the moment.  But my memory is half decent on good days, so . . .

We are using the Google Voice plug-in, not Hangouts.  On my own computer I have the Voice plug-in under Firefox for one GV number and the Hangouts App/extension under Chrome for another.  On the client's machine I believe it's Voice and Firefox.

I have already reported this issue as best I can to both Freedom Scientific and Google.  I am hoping that Google will take the accessibility issue seriously and look into this.

In the meantime I think the work around we'll end up using is having her Google Voice number ring her cell number on her iPhone.  I'll probably also try to assign some sort of dedicated ringtone to those calls, but I've got to figure out the best way to do that, so that she knows whether the call is coming in directly to her actual cell number or being forwarded from GV.

It will probably not be until after the holidays that we next get together and that I can do this, but her internship won't start until that time, either.  I try to avoid working "at deadline" for precisely these reasons.  Having done this sort of work for some years now I have long ago been disabused of the notion that JAWS, or any other assistive software, is likely going to behave in the way I want it to, particularly with new or obscure features.  Given the pace of change in web browsers and general web coding it's a miracle that the assistive technology companies can keep up with it at all.  I just wonder how long it will be until stuff becomes stable with Windows 10!

Thanks Again,

Brian



Re: looking for programs to play DVD's that are accessible with JAWS

Lisle, Ted (CHFS DMS)
 

Read the help file. I have to warn you, though, its reasonably well-behaved with DVD's, but Blu-rays are another matter. Shortcut keys won't work, and you're forced to rely on right mouse clicks.

Ted

-----Original Message-----
From: Kevin Wollenweber [mailto:dancingweed@optonline.net]
Sent: Wednesday, December 16, 2015 1:09 AM
To: jfw@groups.io
Subject: Re: looking for programs to play DVD's that are accessible with JAWS

Annabelle: I, too, have Cyberlink Power DVD, but honestly don't know how to use it. My version is supposed to also play Blu-ray; this is the program that I find totally inaccessible with JAWS. How do you use it? What are the functions to make the program "talk" through JAWS at all?

Kevin

-----Original Message-----
From: Annabelle Susan Morison [mailto:foristnights@comcast.net]
Sent: Tuesday, December 15, 2015 8:46 PM
To: jfw@groups.io
Subject: Re: looking for programs to play DVD's that are accessible with JAWS

I have Cyberlink Power DVD which came with a laptop that I purchased a few years ago, but it's not exactly all the way accessible. I guess it depends on the DVD I'm playing within the program.

-----Original Message-----
From: Dacia Cole [mailto:dacia.luck@gmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, December 15, 2015 5:20 PM
To: jfw@groups.io
Subject: looking for programs to play DVD's that are accessible with JAWS

Hi,

I believe I've posted this before, but am not sure. If I did, my apologies.
I'm looking for programs that play dVD's and allow you to navigate the menus including picking episodes if it's a tv show. I have JAWS 17 and windows
8.1 and am using a Lenovo laptop. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
I'd prefer free, but am happy to pay some if it's a good program.


Re: Dropbox and that illusive "Selective sync"

Nermin
 

Hi Gudrun,

I think you can stop folders from syncing by going to your dropbox folder, choosing the folder you want to stop, then going into the context menu.
I think there's an option to not sync the folder.
Also, if you need more space, install the Carousel and Mailbox apps onto your phone, link them with your Dropbox account, and get 4 GB free.
You'd need to do that before February though, since they'll discontinue both apps by then.

Good luck,
Nermin
-----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
From: Gudrun Brunot
Sent: Thursday, December 17, 2015 8:43 PM
To: jfw@groups.io
Subject: Dropbox and that illusive "Selective sync"

Hi guys: I was trying desperately to find a way to solve a problem: I work
with a radio station and often send in radio shows I have completed. My
radio station owner thought that it would be great to store all my shows in
the dropbox I'd been using for transfer. He called and checked if that was
okay. Only, he didn't speak to me, but to my dear Rob, who is, shall we
say, less versed in the trials and tribulations of all these interactive
programs. You guess the result--my dropbox got flooded, jammed, paralyzed.
So how do we set it so we can have things stored in Dropbox and not on our
hard drive? Selective sync. Is it available in Dropbox Basic? Yes. Does the
general instruction you find in the help center texts usable? No. I looked
on the jaws list archive and found a message from Brian Elberton where he
had tried in vain to access the selective sync function in Dropbox. I didn't
know how to do it either, but I figure it out, so here it is:

Selective sync, Gudrun's method:

1. Open system tray.
2. Find Dropbox.
3. Press enter to go to the Dropbox menu.
4. Arrow up to preferences and hit enter.
5. You will need to do a bit of exploring with the tab key, because you
land on the first control tab and hear things like Okay button, cancel
button, and, as you tab forward, things like "Start Dropbox on system
startup" checked. Note that JAWS doesn't indicate the name of the control
tab.
6. Hit control-tab once, and you're likely to hear "unlink this
dropbox", but don't do that. Tab until you hear "Selective sync," and hit
enter.
7. Now, you'll hear, as you arrow up and down, the names of your boxes,
with the word "checked" after the name, and if you hit spacebar, the
checkmark will disappear. If you have a folder with subfolders, you can
arrow right to check and uncheck these as desired. Note that if you leave
the main folder unchecked, that will probably make all the subfolders
unavailable. In a situation where you want to have some subfolders checked
and some unchecked, leave the main folder checked.
8. When you have set each folder to its desired status, tab once to
hear the words "Update enter" and hit enter.
9. You'll land on another "okay enter," and hit enter on it.
10. You'll be back on the first screen of preferences. Tab around to
"enter" and hit enter, and you should be safely out of the preferences. You
will notice files disappearing or appearing in accordance with your
settings.

Hope it helps.

gudrunbrunot.com
Listen to samples and read about my services:
translation, interpreting, sound design, and listen to clips from my CD,
J-Walking.


Re: How do we Change the JAWS StartUp Message

Bill White <billwhite92701@...>
 

Hi, Darran. I saved the message about changing the JAWS Start-up script. Below is what was in the text of that message.
 

To change JAWS’ startup message:

 

 

with JAWS loaded:

 

1. press JAWS key 0 to go to the script editor

2.  press shift control D to bring up the default script

3. locate the

Void Function AutoStartEvent ()

4. add the following lines just before the EndFunction statement

 

SayString("Greetings John Smith , ")

SayString("you are running Jaws version 7 point 0 0 point 1 3 5 U ,")

saystring("Today is")

Say ( SysGetDate(), ot_string)

Say (SysGetTime(), ot_string)

 

5. change John Smith to whatever you want and change the version number to

whatever version you are running

6. save the script with control s

 

It should compile correctly otherwise correct any errors and resave.

  

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, December 17, 2015 8:48 AM
Subject: How do we Change the JAWS StartUp Message

Hi List.
 
Many many moons ago someone once gave directions on how you would go about altering the JAWS startup message. You could change it in such a way as to greet you by name and then announce the time, for example.
 
Yes, this is just a bit of a gimmick, but if there's anyone on the list who knows what changes must be made to JAWS to make this possible, I'd appreciate the directions.
 
Using version 17.
 
Many thanks.
 
Darran
 


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Dropbox and that illusive "Selective sync"

Gudrun Brunot
 

Hi guys: I was trying desperately to find a way to solve a problem: I work
with a radio station and often send in radio shows I have completed. My
radio station owner thought that it would be great to store all my shows in
the dropbox I'd been using for transfer. He called and checked if that was
okay. Only, he didn't speak to me, but to my dear Rob, who is, shall we
say, less versed in the trials and tribulations of all these interactive
programs. You guess the result--my dropbox got flooded, jammed, paralyzed.
So how do we set it so we can have things stored in Dropbox and not on our
hard drive? Selective sync. Is it available in Dropbox Basic? Yes. Does the
general instruction you find in the help center texts usable? No. I looked
on the jaws list archive and found a message from Brian Elberton where he
had tried in vain to access the selective sync function in Dropbox. I didn't
know how to do it either, but I figure it out, so here it is:

Selective sync, Gudrun's method:

1. Open system tray.
2. Find Dropbox.
3. Press enter to go to the Dropbox menu.
4. Arrow up to preferences and hit enter.
5. You will need to do a bit of exploring with the tab key, because you
land on the first control tab and hear things like Okay button, cancel
button, and, as you tab forward, things like "Start Dropbox on system
startup" checked. Note that JAWS doesn't indicate the name of the control
tab.
6. Hit control-tab once, and you're likely to hear "unlink this
dropbox", but don't do that. Tab until you hear "Selective sync," and hit
enter.
7. Now, you'll hear, as you arrow up and down, the names of your boxes,
with the word "checked" after the name, and if you hit spacebar, the
checkmark will disappear. If you have a folder with subfolders, you can
arrow right to check and uncheck these as desired. Note that if you leave
the main folder unchecked, that will probably make all the subfolders
unavailable. In a situation where you want to have some subfolders checked
and some unchecked, leave the main folder checked.
8. When you have set each folder to its desired status, tab once to
hear the words "Update enter" and hit enter.
9. You'll land on another "okay enter," and hit enter on it.
10. You'll be back on the first screen of preferences. Tab around to
"enter" and hit enter, and you should be safely out of the preferences. You
will notice files disappearing or appearing in accordance with your
settings.

Hope it helps.

gudrunbrunot.com
Listen to samples and read about my services:
translation, interpreting, sound design, and listen to clips from my CD,
J-Walking.


Re: Video player

Lisle, Ted (CHFS DMS)
 

Gotta try that, thanks!

 

Ted

 

From: David Moore [mailto:jesusloves1966@...]
Sent: Sunday, December 13, 2015 2:50 AM
To: jfw@groups.io
Subject: Re: Video player

 

Hi Kevin,

Yes, VLC media player will play blu-ray discs and you can read what you need to access. Just put the disc in your drive and go to your dvd drive in Files explorer and press applications key. Then, just down arrow to play with sub menu and press right arrow. Then, just go to VLC player and press enter. After you hear the music, just press enter and you will be able to watch the movie. Have a great one.

 

Sent: Sunday, December 13, 2015 12:52 AM

Subject: Re: Video player

 

Will this video or media player accept blu-ray disks?  If so, I’d hang up ITunes to find a very accessible media player that accepts *ALL* formats.  Like I’ve always said, it is nice to have video description, but what good is video description if you don’t know where to find it…and this new player that you’re promoting here sounds as if it will work just fine.  I currently have VLC, but I’m not always sure that it will accept all formats and even read enus on disks, if such things are readable.

 

Kevin


Re: Very Strange Issue With Old Windows XP Computer

Lisle, Ted (CHFS DMS)
 

Uh oh, could be the hard drive or the battery on the motherboard.  Have there been power surges or similar phenomena?  Get sighted help, and see if Windows will do a restart-repair.  If not, you are probably looking at a hardware failure of some kind, especially on a machine that old.  If your last shutdown was normal, it’s probably not Windows-related.  I’ve had this happen both at home and at work.

 

If you haven’t resolved the problem by the time you see this, we could go off list.

 

Ted

From: Tom Behler [mailto:tombehler@...]
Sent: Saturday, December 12, 2015 10:56 AM
To: jfw@groups.io
Subject: Very Strange Issue With Old Windows XP Computer

 

Hello, everyone.

 

I have an old Windows XP computer that I use for logging as a ham radio operator, and I have just experienced a very strange problem with this computer.

 

The computer worked fine last night, but this morning, when I turn on the computer, I can’t get to any of the programs on the machine.

 

If I turn on the computer, I can hear the hard drive start to engage, but after waiting for a few seconds, nothing happens, other than a double beep which I’m sure  indicates something. … Jaws will not come up, so I can’t read the screen.  And, I don’t have any sighted assistance here to look at the screen.

 

Has anyone experienced this sort of thing before, and if so, can you tell me what might of happened?  Most important, how do you get the computer back into normal operation?

 

Dr.  Tom Behler from Michigan

 


Accessible program to play Blue Ray Format On A PC

Tim Ford
 

The IRTI Eclipse Media Server software may work, and you can run a full featured version for 30 days before deciding whether to pay the $29.95 cost.  Hopefully someone on this list can try it out and let us know; I do not have a blue ray drive to test it on.
 
Below is where to find the software.
 
The only accessible player I know of is from IRTI, and costs $29.95 via
download; $59.95 if you want them to ship you the install CD.  Although you
can use it just fine with JAWS running, it has its own voice, and works best
in that mode, so when you bring up the program, it is best to put JAWS to
sleep by either exiting JAWS, or better yet, putting JAWS to sleep with the
insert key space bar, then s.

Here is the link to all the info.  You will for sure want the instruction
manual, which IRTI can give you, also by download or email attachment.
I have the software, and it works just fine.  It also gives you direct
access to picking the audio described track if one exists on the DVD.

http://store.irti.net/eclipsemedia-server-pc-software/


-----Original Message-----
From:
dacia.luck@...
Sent: Monday, August 17, 2015 4:53 PM
To:
JAWS-Users-List@...
Subject: [JAWS-Users] Program that is JAWS friendly to play movies on DVD.

Hi, I am looking for a program that is jaws friendly, and accessible, I will
play movies on DVD. I am just 16 and Windows 8. I want to be able to
navigate the menus, as some of my DVDs are TV shows, and I want to be able
to select episodes. Thank you. I am using jaws 16 and Windows 8.1.

Sent from my iPhone
For answers to frequently asked questions about this list visit:
http://www.jaws-users.com/help/

 
Sent: Thursday, December 17, 2015 10:27 AM
Subject: Re: Playing BlueRay Format On A PC
 

Lord, I hope so. I still have hope for VLC.  Power DVD is a real pain in the neck!

 

Ted

 

From: Gary King [mailto:w4wkz@...]
Sent: Wednesday, December 09, 2015 3:27 PM
To: jfw@groups.io
Subject: Playing BlueRay Format On A PC

 

If you play movies in the Blue Ray format on your PC, what JAWS friendly program are you using?  I have Power DVD 9 that came with my Windows 7 computer, but I am wondering if there's something better.

Gary King
w4wkz@...


Re: fillable pdf forms

Lisle, Ted (CHFS DMS)
 

Do you have Office 2013?

 

From: Lauren Snyder [mailto:princessesrule@...]
Sent: Friday, December 11, 2015 3:19 PM
To: jfw@groups.io
Subject: fillable pdf forms

 

Hi:

 

There is a court document online I need to complete because my life is a drama. To keep in tact the information I complete, how do I save it? When I leave for a few minutes and I come back, Jaws just says the http address and I have to start from the beginning.

 

Is there a way to save it as a Word file without losing the format? I downloaded Acrobat DC and have Jaws 17.

 

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Lauren

 


Re: VLC

Lisle, Ted (CHFS DMS)
 

Okay, David, at the risk of being tiresome, what has to be done to play a Blu-ray? Also, how does one activate the resume feature.  This program even plays MASH gracefully, and, as several veterans of this list will attest, that’s high praise, indeed.

 

Ted

 

From: David Moore [mailto:jesusloves1966@...]
Sent: Wednesday, December 09, 2015 5:55 PM
To: jfw@groups.io
Subject: Re: VLC

 

Hi,

My name is David Moore, and I use VLC media player exclusively. It can play all files of audio, and stream video, and play DVDs and Blue Rays. VLC has many key commands that can be used to control what you are doing. Since VLC is open source, There are always add-ons coming out that can make VLC much more accessible each week. Just a few of the commands are holding down shift and pressing right and left arrow fast forwards or rewinds by a tiny amount. Holding down ctrl and doing the same thing, forwards and rewinds a bit more. Also, Ctrl + up and down arrow increases and decreases the volume. Num pad plus, speeds up the speech, and num` pad minus slows down the speech. It is the best media player out there by far and the most versatile. It plays DVDs so well and it is so easy to play them with VLC. Please ask me any questions. Have a great one.

 

 

From: Bobb Wiley

Sent: Wednesday, December 9, 2015 5:40 PM

Subject: Re: VLC

 

Uh, to give a little more info, vlc is an audio—I think it’s also a video—player similar to winamp or windows media player.

From: Jim L

Sent: Wednesday, December 09, 2015 4:35 PM

Subject: Re: VLC

VLC is a open source media player

 

 

 

From: Elise Berkley [mailto:bravaegf@...]
Sent: Thursday, 10 December 2015 6:23 AM
To: jfw@groups.io
Subject: Re: VLC

 

Hello, Jim and all members of this list.  My name is Elise Berkley and I am new to the list.  Jim, or anyone, can you explain what VLC is?  I have never heard of this program, and I like to know everything – laugh, laugh!!  Thanks.

Elise

Life doesn't imitate art; it imitates bad television. --Woody Allen


Re: Playing BlueRay Format On A PC

Lisle, Ted (CHFS DMS)
 

Lord, I hope so. I still have hope for VLC.  Power DVD is a real pain in the neck!

 

Ted

 

From: Gary King [mailto:w4wkz@...]
Sent: Wednesday, December 09, 2015 3:27 PM
To: jfw@groups.io
Subject: Playing BlueRay Format On A PC

 

If you play movies in the Blue Ray format on your PC, what JAWS friendly program are you using?  I have Power DVD 9 that came with my Windows 7 computer, but I am wondering if there's something better.

Gary King
w4wkz@...


Re: Can the Windows 10 update message be turned off?

Peter Donahue
 

Good afternoon everyone,

If this helps and you have a sighted person that can do this for you there seems to be a checkbox that if activated with a mouse stops the Windows 10 Upgrade message from appearing. We had some friends of ours here last night. One of them saw this notification and was able to stop it by clicking it with the mouse. So far it has not reappeared at least for now. Let's hope it stays that way. Otherwise we'll need to install the GWX tool mentioned in previous messages. As far as we're concerned this is spam and Microsoft needs to be called out for it. It's one more reason why I'm seriously considering switching to a Mac desktop. I need to buy a new desktop next year and the Mac is high on my list for consideration.

Peter Donahue




cecropia64 wrote:

Thanks for that heads-up.

Stew

On 12/17/2015 12:19 PM, Brian Vogel wrote:

Microsoft keeps releasing updated versions of the Windows Updates that install GWX (Get Windows Ten [X]) and you have to be eternally vigilant with regard to Windows Updates if you're going to try to keep GWX from installing.

A far easier option, and one that "the geek world" is loving, is GWX Control Panel, available on the developer's webpage here <http://ultimateoutsider.com/downloads/>. He has been quite diligent in paying attention to which Windows Updates are trying to install GWX as time goes by and either blocking those if they're not yet installed or removing any GWX material from those that have.

I recommend this highly as an ongoing solution until Microsoft ends the free upgrade period (with attendant nags) on July 31, 2016.


Brian


Re: Editing an XML file.

Lisle, Ted (CHFS DMS)
 

Any Word after 2007 ought to work, allowing you to both open and save in that format.

Ted

-----Original Message-----
From: Soronel Haetir [mailto:soronel.haetir@gmail.com]
Sent: Monday, December 07, 2015 9:46 PM
To: jfw@groups.io
Subject: Re: Editing an XML file.

Editing XML files is easy enough so long as you are careful. I recommend that you use notepad if you don't normally use programming type text editing programs. (If you do use such programs then pretty much whatever you have should do the job).

On 12/7/15, Shane clark <hshaneclark@gmail.com> wrote:
Hello everyone, so, a buddy and I have been talking about an app by
the name of Kodi that some of you may be familiar with. He told me
that he could possibly bootload Kodi to my Chromecast. However, he
said he'd have to edit Chromecasts XML file, which I have no idea how
to do. So my questions are, could I edut the XML file using jaws, and is it hard to do?
And would this be the best solution to use Kodi, or would the PC be
the best way to access it with Jaws?
Thanks, Shane.

--
Soronel Haetir
soronel.haetir@gmail.com


Re: JAWS With Blackboard

 

Kane,

           I was working with a client attending an institution that used Blackboard and there were no accessibility issues, per se, with Blackboard and JAWS 16.

           I do have to say, though, that I don't think that anyone who relies on JAWS should have to go in to using Blackboard, no pun intended, blind.   The system is wildly complex and the options within it that various instructors use can vary quite widely.

           I pressured the institution in question to set up either a mock Blackboard system where individuals could practice using that or a couple of mock courses in their live Blackboard system that new students who are using any form of accessibility software for blindness or low-vision could be "enrolled in" so that they could practice navigating through blackboard before they had to do so in the context of taking a real course.

           My feeling was that learning Blackboard with JAWS was quite akin to a full course in itself.  The client I was seeing at the time was a very capable student but there was no way she was going to be able to deal with learning Blackboard and the actual course material at the same time.


Brian


Re: Can the Windows 10 update message be turned off?

cecropia64
 

Thanks for that heads-up.

Stew

On 12/17/2015 12:19 PM, Brian Vogel wrote:

Microsoft keeps releasing updated versions of the Windows Updates that install GWX (Get Windows Ten [X]) and you have to be eternally vigilant with regard to Windows Updates if you're going to try to keep GWX from installing.

A far easier option, and one that "the geek world" is loving, is GWX Control Panel, available on the developer's webpage here.  He has been quite diligent in paying attention to which Windows Updates are trying to install GWX as time goes by and either blocking those if they're not yet installed or removing any GWX material from those that have.

I recommend this highly as an ongoing solution until Microsoft ends the free upgrade period (with attendant nags) on July 31, 2016.


Brian



Re: Can the Windows 10 update message be turned off?

 

Microsoft keeps releasing updated versions of the Windows Updates that install GWX (Get Windows Ten [X]) and you have to be eternally vigilant with regard to Windows Updates if you're going to try to keep GWX from installing.

A far easier option, and one that "the geek world" is loving, is GWX Control Panel, available on the developer's webpage here.  He has been quite diligent in paying attention to which Windows Updates are trying to install GWX as time goes by and either blocking those if they're not yet installed or removing any GWX material from those that have.

I recommend this highly as an ongoing solution until Microsoft ends the free upgrade period (with attendant nags) on July 31, 2016.


Brian


Re: Google Drive/Docs

 

Natalia,

        Are you/is he trying to access Google Drive through its native web interface or have you considered installing the Google Drive application on his computer.  This creates a folder that synchronizes with your personal Google Drive and you can use the standard JAWS commands just like you normally do in Windows Explorer/File Explorer to access your files on Google Drive.

        If you drag and drop a file into the Google Drive folder that was created it will be uploaded to Google Drive.  If you delete one, it will be deleted.  If you edit the file, the latest version will be synced to the drive after you're done.


Brian