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LeaseyBite 8, LeaseyAbbreviations

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Thank you for your interest in Leasey!

Within the last LeaseyBite, we learned how to create LeaseyTexts. As part of that tutorial, JAWS referred to creating an Abbreviation. We can create our own form of shorthand, so when we want to reproduce a LeaseyText in the future, we don't need to even enter the LeaseyText list if we do not want to. All we need do is type a few characters on the keyboard and the text is pasted into the edit area in which you are focused.

I suggest you use Abbreviations for words and phrases which you would type on a regular basis. For example, if you regularly type on Twitter, "I hope you have a fabulous day", you might abbreviate that to the characters "fab".

Since I last made a recording, I've created a new LeaseyText. This is the text which will appear on each LeaseyBite page containing the text transcript, advising you that it is an approximation of what you hear in the audio segment. I want to abbreviate this because I need to reproduce it on at least 31 web pages.

The LeaseyText is called "Transcript". Lets go ahead and read it first by pressing the Leasey Key then "V".

Having found the item in the list, I'll press Enter to bring it into the JAWS Virtual Viewer so we can read what it says.

We heard the text content and that is definitely the one. Lets press Escape to close it.

Press the Windows Key+Semicolon to create an abbreviation.
The list now in view contains all of the LeaseyTexts to which Abbreviations can be assigned. Press Enter on the appropriate one.

We are now requested to type the Abbreviation. We haven't assigned an abbreviation to this LeaseyText before, but if we had, we would be able to read it here in the Edit Box and make changes. I'll type the letters "TR" in lower case, and press Enter. JAWS spells the Abbreviation to us so it is absolutely clear what we need to type.

To reproduce the Abbreviation, you type the characters, and then press Windows Key+Apostrophe. So it's an easy keystroke to find. Remember, this is designed to be fast.

I'm in Notepad. I'm going to type "TR". I won't press the Space Bar, I'll just immediately type Windows+Apostrophe. JAWS says, "Transcript Inserted". The text is now available in the application.

If you want to remind yourself of all the Abbreviations created, press Control+windows+semicolon.
This is the list of Abbreviations previously created. JAWS speaks the name, followed by the abbreviation characters. If you press Enter on any of these items, the Abbreviation will be deleted, so do be careful! For now, I'll press Escape to exit the list.

We've just learned how to remind ourselves of what abbreviations we have, but in the course of learning about LeaseyAbbreviations, we inadvertently discovered another way of being able to do it. Lets just reiterate that so it's clear. Press the Windows key with semicolon.

Here we have a list of text notes. If I arrow down, I will reach "Transcript". That's the one that we created an abbreviation for. I'll press Enter.
JAWS again asks us to review the abbreviation in the Edit Field. If I do so with the Arrow keys, I see that the letters "TR" are present. I now know the abbreviation, so I can press Escape to close this part of the program.

What you should be noticing by now, having listened to the LeaseyBites, is that the interface for working with many of the Leasey functions is very similar, no matter the task you are working through. Predominantly you either need to type something, or select an item from a List box. The only issue is remembering the keystrokes if I'm not there to train you. But don't worry, I even have a solution for that in a later LeaseyBite.

So with Leasey, the text we are typing is getting less and less, improving your productivity while reducing the number of key presses at the same time.

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