Special Edition Post: Let Me Hear You Now

24 Oct

composed by Jeff Flodin

The purpose of this blog is the exchange of ideas and information.  One of the pleasures of writing this blog is reading and responding to the comments it engenders.  Recently, readers are reporting difficulty with the mechanics of posting comments.  The difficulty rises proportionately with increased vision loss. To address this issue, the following observations and suggestions are offered.

 Every reader of this blog has the opportunity to leave a comment or reply to an existing comment.  This process takes four steps.  First, compose your message.  Second, type your email address.  Third, type your name.  Fourth, activate the “Post Your Comment Button.”

 Sighted readers and visually impaired readers using screen magnification software report little difficulty with this process.  They click each edit box in turn, enter the text, then click on the Post comment Button. 

 Screen reader users report the most difficulty.  The following steps have worked for me.  If there is a better way, please let me know and we’ll all benefit.  My scientific method may need improvement.  I have used what I have: Windows 7, Word 2010 and JAWS 12.  Other operating systems and software applications may require tweaking these steps.  Here goes:

 1       Press Enter on “Leave a Comment” or “Reply” after the blog you wish to comment on

2         Press Insert F5 to bring up a list of form fields

3         Down arrow to “”Enter Your Comment Here” and press Enter

4       You will hear, “Type in Text”

5       Type your comment here or cut and paste your comment  that you composed in a Word Document

6       Press Insert F5 and down arrow to “Email Address” and press Enter

7       Type your email address and press Insert F5

8         Down arrow to “Name” and press Enter

9         Type your name and press Insert F5

10      Down arrow to “Post Comment Button and press Enter

 Still with me?  Now for the “Yes, but” department.  You only need to fill in the email and name edit boxes your first comment.  Subsequent comments from the same computer will already have your email and name filled in automatically.  If in doubt, press Insert 8 to read that edit box to see if it’s empty or if it contains your info.

 So, there you have it.  I hope this works and works well.  Let’s give this remedy some practice.  If we need further modifications, we will address them.  We will assemble our combined experiences and present them to the administrator of the blog site, which is the company called Word Press, which makes the rules for the mechanics of how  comments and replies are created and posted.  Meanwhile, happy reading!


2 Responses to “Special Edition Post: Let Me Hear You Now”

  1. Mani G. Iyer October 24, 2011 at 9:57 AM #

    Thank you Jeff. I agree that leaving comments is not the friendliest thing for the blind community. I use screen magnification and I still struggle with it every time.
    Regardless, I would love to see this site as an interactive forum.

  2. Jeff Flodin October 24, 2011 at 7:06 PM #

    Hi Mani, and thanks for your comment. I’m trying out the new method myself, as I have had problems commenting and responding in the past. I hope that by removing obstacles we can truly make this sit interactive. Thanks again and keep sending us your fine poetry.

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