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LeaseyBite 21, Custom Web Text

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Thank you for your interest in Leasey!

It seems quite a while ago now, but we talked about some useful tools we can use when navigating the internet. These included LeaseyPoints and LeaseyAlerts. Using the internet is one of the best things in life, there's so much you can do. But sometimes, you need a reminder as to how to do something.

When you visit a web site initially, the first thing you are going to do is to explore the page, so as to hopefully gain some navigational techniques you can employ in the future. Are there headings on the page which will take you to strategic points within it for fast navigation? Does the page contain tables, in which case it may be helpful to turn on the JAWS Smart Navigation mode so that it is easier to read? Do you need to use the JAWS Find facility to locate a word or phrase as a useful starting point?
There are many more examples, and whichever trick works for you on a web site, you'll want to remind yourself what you did to get to where you need to be, so that the next time you go back there, you can do it all over again. Let me introduce you to Leasey's Custom Web Text.

When you visit a web site or a specific page, you have the opportunity of creating some custom notes for it. When you revisit the site again, you'll be told that there is custom text available, and to press a keystroke to read it. Remember, Leasey puts you in control, so we're not going to automatically speak the text, or place it into the Virtual Viewer thus interrupting your web browsing. You decide when you want to read it.

The first thing we need to decide is whether we want to create custom text for a domain or a specific page. This can be changed at any time. I am going to choose to create text for specific pages because that is probably the most useful. Most Home Pages of web sites for example are quite straightforward to navigate. Often the tricky part is how to access specific forms or tables which could be located on other pages as you delve deeper down into the site.

To change to specific pages, we're going to focus on a web site, and press the Leasey Key followed by ALT+Windows+C.
This brings into view a screen using the JAWS Virtual Viewer. Because we haven't created any custom text for this web site as yet, Leasey assumes that you either want to create some, or you want to change modes. Domain Mode means that it will apply to the entire site. Page Mode of course applies to individual pages. I'll press Enter on the appropriate Link to switch between options.

Page Mode is now set, so I'll press Escape to close the screen and return to my web site.

We now need to enable the Custom Web Text feature. As usual, it is off by default. To enable it, press the Leasey Key then ALT+Windows+W. It is a toggle keystroke. If you decide you no longer want it, press it again to disable it. But in most cases, once you've set it, you will probably want to keep it switched on.

I have just started using the Zoom conferencing system so we can host our training courses and any special events. There are a lot of good ways to get around this site, and while I am learning how to work with it, I think I will make some notes as I go along. When I visit the Home Page, the first thing I usually do is to bring into view the list of Links on the web page using Insert+F7, and select the link "My Account". So lets make a note of that.

Press the Leasey Key then ALT+Windows+C when you are on the web site of interest. This is the Home Page.

Activate the first link to create some Custom Text.

Now, type the reminder text for yourself, and press Control+Enter to save it.

We'll come back to it in a moment and check it works. However, another slightly troublesome page is called "My Meeting Settings". I will activate that Link on the page.

There are two good strategies here. First, because there are no navigational techniques I can use, such as Headings, I need to press letter "N" to bypass all the non-linked text. That is the starting point. Also, I need to remember that after each block of settings, there is an "Edit" Link, which I need to activate if I wish to change anything. I'll go through the same procedure for creating the Custom Text.

Having done that, lets first go back to the Zoom Home Page. Notice we were advised that Custom Text is available. As prompted, I'll press the Leasey Key then ALT+Windows+C to read it.

The text is displayed using the JAWS Virtual Viewer, so we can read it at our own pace, perhaps line by line.

After that, you have the opportunity of editing the text, or deleting it. pressing Enter on the "Edit Text" link will allow us to do just that. Amend the text as necessary. Perhaps you have thought of another good tip to add here, and press Control+Enter to save as before. However, I've decided that I do not need that tip anymore, so I will activate the Link to delete the text instead. JAWS confirms it has been deleted, and we can press Escape to return to the web site.

Now, what about my navigation tips in respect of the page for "My Meeting Settings". They should still be available. Lets go there to find out.

Having reached the page, again JAWS announces that Custom Text is available, and I can read it by pressing the Leasey Key then ALT+Windows+C.

There is one other piece of useful information to pass onto you. JAWS contains a feature called Custom Labels. If there are elements of a web site where the accessibility could be improved upon, you can label those elements to speak something more useful. Form controls are a good example as to where this may occur. If at Hartgen Consultancy we have created any custom labels to improve the web experience for users, they are not only downloaded in the background, but installed in the correct location on your machine. So the next time you visit the site, it should be a more pleasant experience for you. This only occurs if, and only if, Custom Web Text is enabled. You have to make the decision first that you would like this additional support.

The web is your oyster with the Leasey Custom Text.

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