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LeaseyBite 22, Facing the Book

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Thank you for your interest in Leasey!

It's fair to say that there are two primary social media platforms people frequent: Facebook and Twitter. Twitter is the platform a large number of visually impaired people prefer because it is predominantly text-based. But in addition to providing you with the opportunity of writing a lot more information in your posts, Facebook is a vehicle many sighted people use, as there is the opportunity to share pictures and other visual imagery. So it's important that we know how to use Facebook as well so we can be part of the community. Indeed at the time of recording this LeaseyBite, we have a training course running on this very subject.

So what can Leasey do to help you with Facebook. Leasey provides support either for the regular desktop or mobile sites. In respect of the main desktop site, JAWS has been instructed to reduce a lot of the verbal clutter that you might hear while you're navigating through it, naturally without compromising any content. For example, you will not hear about heading levels as you move through the pages. Remember that when you read your Facebook news feed or other areas, you want the navigation to be fast. So lets quickly show you some of the access you are likely to receive.

I am now on the regular desktop site, and the first thing I am going to do is to sort my news feed by most recent posts, with the most recent appearing first. This is not the default view. Facebook by default will show you what are called top news stories, in other words, those from your Facebook friends whose items you often like or converse with. To sort it by most recent, I'll press Control+Shift+F. I'll then press Down Arrow to move to "Most Recent" and press Enter.

Now we're head on over to the Facebook Mobile site as we would encourage everyone to use that if possible. There are some things you cannot do with Facebook Mobile, but by and large it should enable you to work with the majority of it. You would go to http://m.facebook.com.

Now I need to reach the first news story, rather than pressing Down Arrow to move through the page. Press Control+Shift+N.

Rather than pressing Down Arrow at this point, I can press F1 repeatedly to move through the news items from my Facebook friends.

When there are no more posts available, focus will wrap back to the first news story. To see more, press Control+Shift+M.

Leasey can do quite a lot more with Facebook than I have time to describe here. However, in addition to activating the usual Leasey help system to gain more keystrokes, let me introduce you to a concept we haven't explored so far, and this is the Leasey Application Menu. If we have created functionality to support an application or particular environment, you can press the Leasey Application Menu key to get a context menu of items you may like to carry out. By default, the Leasey Application Menu Key is set to the scroll lock key on the keyboard, but you can change this if you wish. I'll press this now, and if I press Down Arrow, you will hear that many of the items on this menu correspond to those which I have been discussing with you. Just press Enter on any one of them in order to carry out the action.
You can move to the first, next or previous news story, post a status update, move to your Friend requests or see Notifications.

Face the Book every day with Leasey. She'll help you to be social.

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