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Typer User Guide

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American Printing House for the Blind, Inc.

April 29, 2020

Notice

Typer is intended to work with your platform's screen reader utility. It is not self-voicing.

About Typer

APH's Typer is a cross-platform web application that uses universal design concepts and standard web technologies to deliver an accessible online typing tutorial for the QWERTY keyboard. Typer is intended to function with any browser or platform, desktop or mobile, that supports web standards. Speech is supported throughout the app, including the lessons, via the user's preferred screen reader. See the section Screen Reader Tips for help configuring a screen reader to work with Typer.

Screen Reader Tips

When taking lessons that include punctuation marks, it is important to increase the verbosity of your screen reader to include punctuation. Note that on Android, the default text-to-speech does not include punctuation control, so it is necessary to download and install another TTS engine. Eloquence or vocalizer are some alternatives that includes punctuation control.

When using VoiceOver on iOS, it is helpful to add punctuation control to the rotor to avoid having to go into the settings each time adjustment is needed.

The Home Page

The home page for Typer includes menu links to the Lessons page, User Guide, and About dialogue. Additionally the first time you visit the site there will be a notice of the site's cookie policy.

The Lessons Page

The Lessons Page for Typer is the launchpad of the 35 included typing lessons. Selecting a lesson link from the lessons page initiates that lesson. Additionally, results from the most recent lesson practiced are displayed on this page under the heading "Recent Results".

Taking a Lesson

Lesson Instructions

After selecting a lesson from the Lessons page, a new dialogue will open with instructions for that lesson. The instructions include a description of the location of the keys being drilled and the finger placement used for pressing those keys. The keyboard focus is automatically placed on the "Start Lesson" button. If using a screen reader, the name and instructions for the lesson will be read without any prompt from the user. Press the Enter or Space key to begin the drills that make up the lesson. You can exit the lessons instructions or drills at any time by pressing the Escape key.

Completing the Drills

The instructions for each lesson are repeated at the beginning of the drill sequence followed by the keys to be pressed for the first drill. The keyboard focus is automatically placed in the drill edit box. Simply begin typing to complete the drill.

The edit box will only accept the correct keys requested by the drill. If an incorrect key is pressed, a beep is played to indicate the error, and the remaining portion of the phrase is spelled out. To repeat the text of the current drill, press the Tab key. Using the Tab key to repeat the text does not count as an error. Upon completion of the drill, press the Space bar to advance to the next drill. A bell sounds and the keys for the next drill are announced.

When all drills have been completed the results of the lesson are displayed. You can then choose to go directly to the next lesson by selecting the "Next Lesson" button, or you can return to the Lessons page by pressing the Escape Key.

Viewing Recent Results

Once a lesson has been completed, the "Recent Results" dialogue box on the Lessons page is populated with the results of that lesson. This dialogue will be updated each time a lesson is taken and will always display the name and results of the most recent lesson completed.

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