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This document is the handout (outline and command summary) provided at the "pwWebSpeak - Web Access with Speech" workshop at Closing the Gap 1997.

Jim Allan
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
1100 W. 45th
Austin, TX 78756
512.206-9315

http://www.tsbvi.edu
Jay Stiteley
Seeing Eye, Inc. - Field Operations
11 Mt. Kemble Ave.
Morristown, NJ. 07960
Work 973-539-4425 x777

http://www.seeingeye.org

Outline

What is pwWebSpeak

System Requirements

  • Windows 3.x, or Windows 95
  • 5 megabytes of hard disk space
  • 8 megabytes of memory
  • SSIL compatible synthesizer
  • SoundBlaster card (Text Assist or SoftVoice)
  • SoundBlaster compatible (SoftVoice)

WWW Features Supported

  • HTML
  • Tables
  • Forms
  • Client-side Image Maps
  • Mailto
  • Real Audio (integrated with WebSpeak)
  • Audio
  • Frames

Usability Features

  • Keyboard or Mouse navigation
  • Page Summary
  • Browsing by text
  • Browsing by link only
  • Easy access to WWW Search Engines
  • Control of font type, size, foreground/background color
  • Automatic announcement of page attributes, such as links, headings, list items, forms &
  • Control Speech Rate & Volume of synthetic speech
  • Control Volume, Pause/Re-start Real Audio
  • Text search within current page
  • Creation and maintenance of Favorites List
  • Fully accessible History list
  • Proxy server support for LANs and Firewalls
  • Support local page browsing and link following
  • Save pages as text or HTML

Web Page Functions

  • Open a Web Page - F2
  • Open from Favorites List - Shift F2
  • Open from History List - F2 down arrow
  • Open a Local Page - F2, F2
  • Save a Web page - Ctrl-s
  • Save an Element of a Web Page - Ctrl-F9

Basic Navigation

  • Page Views - F10, F5, F6
  • Arrow keys, a, f, h, p keys - move through elements
  • Word List - F11
  • Space Bar/Return - activate a link
  • Alt-b  go to previous page or frame
  • Where am I? - F9
  • Tab - toggle between Elements, Links, and Forms

Page Views

  • Page Summary - F10
    • details numbers of links, graphics, image maps, and forms on current page
  • Jumps and Links - F5
    • move only through links on the current page
  • Page Elements - F6
    • read through the page, one element at a time

Forms

  • F - find form when in Page Elements
  • Down Arrow - for field titles
  • Down Arrow - to move to field
  • Space Bar - to open field for text entry
  • Return - to return to Page Elements
  • Radio Buttons/Check Boxes - wait for "option" to be spoken, then Space Bar

Where to get more information


pwWebSpeak Command Summary

General Keys

F1 Provides Help information on the commands at any point in the execution of pwWebSpeak. Use the cursor Down and Up keys to move through the Help text and the Enter key to exit Help.
F9 This tells you where you are in pwWebSpeak. If you are positioned on a link or an image, pressing F9 again to read the URL, and pressing it again will spell the URL for you character by character.
F12 Toggles letter mode on and off when you are entering text into fields, for example the Open Page field, or the search field. Each character typed is echoed when Letter Mode is ON.
Alt-u Modify setup parameters. This brings up a dialog through which you can set the initial page to be loaded, the synthesizer reading rate, your mail server and your e-mail ID.
Alt-F4
Alt-x
Exit pwWebSpeak and return to Windows. Alt-x provides the option of cancelling the exit process while Alt-F4 will always exit pwWebSpeak.
Cursor Keys The up and down arrow keys move you up and down through the lists available to you and through the options available in a Combination Box field or set of Radio button options on a form.
Enter This is used to follow a link or open a page from the History or Favorites List.
Tab This toggles between the Page Elements list, the Jumps and Links list, and data entry fields if a Form is present on the page. The new list or field title being clearly announced. When you Tab to a Form field, subsequent Tabs step you through subsequent fields until the end of the Form when you are returned to the Page elements list. See the section on Filling in Forms, below, for details of how to interact with Forms and Form fields.
Esc This will stop a transfer in progress, namely the retrieval of a web page or the downloading of a file, and may also be used to exit from a dialog, e.g. the Open Page, Favorites, or Setup dialogs.

Opening, Reloading, and Saving Web Pages

F2

Alt-o
Takes you into the Open a Web Page dialog. You will be prompted to enter a web page address. There is no need to enter the HTTP// as this is assumed.

The down arrow takes you to the History list giving the pages you have visited in this session. You move through the History list using the cursor up and down arrow keys. Pressing the Enter key allows you to select a history list entry and go back to that page.

You may open a local HTML page by pressing F2 a second time to bring up the local page selection dialog or by entering directly the local file name, e.g. file://c:/webspeak/pwstart.htm

Shift F2 Opens your favorites list and allows you to move through the list using the cursor Down and Up keys. A page may be read by simply pressing the Enter key. Any web page may be added to your favorites list by pressing Alt a when the page has been retrieved by pwWebSpeak and is being browsed. When in the favorites list, pressing Del will delete the current entry.
Control-r Reloads current page. This is useful for pages that change their content frequently, like the CNN pages (www.cnn.com).
Alt-a Adds the current web page to your favorites list. You will be requested to enter some descriptive text for the page, and if it is not entered, the URL will be used.
Alt-b Retrieves the Web page you were browsing immediately prior to the current one.
Control-s Save the current Web page to disk in either Web Page (HTML) format or simple text format
Control-F9 Saves the current page element and adds it to the scrapbook file - scrap.txt
Alt-F10 Reads you the U R L of the currently loaded web page

Reading and Navigating through Web Pages

F10 Page Summary. Provides a summary of the page including the number of links, headings, images, image maps, and forms that are on the current web page. Please note that a Web page usually contains more information than is presented on a single computer screen.
F6 Page Elements. This is the default way for reading through a page. This allows you to read through the page one logical element at a time using the cursor Up and Down keys. Cursor Down takes you forward, and cursor Up takes you back.
F11 Word List. This allows you to review each word in the page element using the cursor control keys, and read each word separately. When you are doing this, pressing F11 again will spell the last word read. Cursor Down moves word by word through the list, and cursor Up moves back word by word through the list. When you are finished with the word list process, press F6 to return to Page Elements and continue reading the page.
F3 Read the current page from your current position in the page to the end of the page. During this process you may stop reading by pressing the q key.
F4 A toggle key which allows you to pause and restart when a page is being read or a page element is being read. With Release 1.3 only the SoftVoice and TextAssist speech synthesizers support this function.
F5 Jumps and Links list. This allows you to move up and down through the entire set of links on the page using the Up and Down cursor keys. You may follow any link by simply pressing the Enter key
a Moves you to the next link, HTML anchor, on the page
h Moves you to the next heading on the page
p Moves you to the next paragraph on the page
Alt-r Rereads the current page element, will not work inside a form field
q Stop reading or stop Real Audio.

Searching a Web Page or the Web

F7 Search the Web. This takes you to a special search dialog which provides a front-end to the search engine you have set in the webspeak.ini file. You will be prompted to enter a search term. Pressing Enter will then cause the search to be executed. Reviewing the search results is the same as reviewing any web page.

The default search engine is Alta Vista, but you may change the webspeak.ini file as noted in section 3.4 The [Settings] Section - Default Search, to go to Yahoo, InfoSeek, or Lycos.

NOTE: There is also a local page available which gives access to the simplified search function and allows you to dynamically select which search engine you wish to use.

F8 Search for text on the current web page. You will be prompted to enter a search term, and pressing Enter will carry out the search and you will be positioned in the Page Elements list at the page element that contains the matching term, if one is found.

Control of Display

Shift-F11 Incrementally increases character size of the display over a broad range from small to very large
Control-F11 Incrementally decreases character size of the display.
Shift-F12 Cycles through pre-set foreground colors. Please note that these may be set as INI parameters.
Control-F12 Cycles through pre-set background colors. Please note that these may be set as INI parameters.

Control of Real Audio and Synthetic Speech

Alt-f Increases the reading speed of the synthesizer. This setting is lost when you exit pwWebSpeak unless changed and stored using the Modify Setup dialog (Alt-u).
Alt-l Decrease the reading speed of the synthesizer. This setting is lost when you exit pwWebSpeak unless changed and stored using the Modify Setup dialog (Alt-u).
+ (plus on the numeric keypad) - Increase volume on the synthesizer

-

(minus on the numeric keypad) - decrease volume of the synthesizer

NOTE: Not all synthesizers support volume control.

Shift * (Shift and star on the numeric keypad) - Pause and Re-start Real Audio
Shift + (Shift and plus on the numeric keypad) - Increase volume on Real Audio
Shift - (Shift and minus on the numeric keypad) - Decrease volume on Real Audio

NOTE: Not all sound cards are supported for volume control with Real Audio. If the pwWebSpeak volume controls for Real Audio are not working, then your sound card does not support this feature.

NOTE: If the integrated Real Audio modules were not installed with pwWebSpeak, then the Pause and Volume controls are not accessible.

Function Key Summary

F1
Alt-h
Provides Help information on the commands at any point in the execution of pwWebSpeak. Use the cursor Down and Up keys to move through the Help text and the Enter key to exit Help.
F2 Takes you into the Open a Web Page dialog. You will be prompted to enter a web page address. There is no need to enter the HTTP:// as this is assumed.

The down arrow takes you to the History list giving the pages you have visited in this session. You move through the History list using the cursor up and down arrow keys. Pressing the Enter key allows you to select a history list entry and go back to that page.

You may open a local HTML page by pressing F2 a second time to bring up the local page selection dialog or by entering directly the local file name, e.g. file://c:/webspeak/pwstart.htm

Shift F2 Opens your favorites list and allows you to move through the list using the cursor Down and Up keys. A page may be read by simply pressing the Enter key. Any web page may be added to your favorites list by pressing Alt a when the page has been retrieved by pwWebSpeak and is being browsed. When in the favorites list, pressing Del will delete the current entry.
F3 Read the current page from your current position in the page to the end of the page. During this process you may stop reading by pressing the q key.
F4 A toggle key which allows you to pause and restart when a page is being read or a page element is being read. With Release 1.3 only the SoftVoice and TextAssist speech synthesizers support this function.
Alt-F4
Alt-x
Exit pwWebSpeak and return to Windows. Alt-x provides the option of cancelling the exit process while Alt-F4 will always exit pwWebSpeak.
F5 Jumps and Links list. This allows you to move up and down through the entire set of links on the page using the Up and Down cursor keys. You may follow any link by simply pressing the Enter key
F6 Page Elements. This is the default way for reading through a page. This allows you to read through the page one logical element at a time using the cursor Up and Down keys. Cursor Down takes you forward, and cursor Up takes you back.
F7 Search the Web. This takes you to a special search dialog which provides a front-end to the search engine you have set in the webspeak.ini file. You will be prompted to enter a search term. Pressing Enter will then cause the search to be executed. Reviewing the search results is the same as reviewing any web page.

The default search engine is Alta Vista, but you may change the webspeak.ini file as noted in section 3.4 The [Settings] Section - Default Search, to go to Yahoo, InfoSeek, or Lycos.

NOTE: There is also a local page (pwsearch.htm) available in the installation directory which gives access to the simplified search function and allows you to dynamically select which search engine you wish to use.

F8 Search for text on the current web page. You will be prompted to enter a search term, and pressing Enter will carry out the search and you will be positioned in the Page Elements list at the page element that contains the matching term, if one is found.
F9 This tells you where you are in pwWebSpeak. If you are positioned on a link or an image, pressing F9 again to read the URL, and pressing it again will spell the URL for you character by character.
F10 Page Summary. Provides a summary of the page including the number of links, headings, images, image maps, and forms that are on the current web page. Please note that a Web page usually contains more information than is presented on a single computer screen.
Alt-F10 Reads you the U R L of the currently loaded web page
F11 Word List. This allows you to review each word in the page element using the cursor control keys, and read each word separately. When you are doing this, pressing F11 again will spell the last word read. Cursor Down moves word by word through the list, and cursor Up moves back word by word through the list. When you are finished with the word list process, press F6 to return to Page Elements and continue reading the page.
Shift-F11 Incrementally increases character size of the display over a broad range from small to very large
Control-F11 Incrementally decreases character size of the display.
F12 Toggles letter mode on and off when you are entering text into fields, for example the Open Page field, or the search field. Each character typed is echoed when Letter Mode is ON.
Shift-F12 Cycles through pre-set foreground colors. Please note that these may be set as INI parameters.
Control-F12 Cycles through pre-set background colors. Please note that these may be set as INI parameters.