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Self Announcing List Box

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000121987D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 1 page(s) / 51K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cavendish, C: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Visually impaired programmers suffer many limitations in dealing with today's software environments. In a multi-tasking windowed environment, such as OS/2*, there is generally a way for a sighted person to retrieve background sessions, such as by using what is known in OS/2 as the 'hot-key' sequence. A method of allowing a visually impaired person to distinguish between and retrieve background windows is required.

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Self Announcing List Box

      Visually impaired programmers suffer many limitations in
dealing with today's software environments. In a multi-tasking
windowed environment, such as OS/2*, there is generally a way for a
sighted person to retrieve background sessions, such as by using what
is known in OS/2 as the 'hot-key' sequence. A method of allowing a
visually impaired person to distinguish between and retrieve
background windows is required.

      The solution provided here is a method for distinguishing and
retrieving background window sessions for a visually user of a VDT
(video display terminal) provided with a keyboard and or mouse for
end user interaction. A system currently under development allows a
non- sighted or visually impaired end user to determine the identity
of a window under the cursor by using audio to announce the title of
the window to the end user and by playing a pre-recorded sound while
the cursor location is within a window boundary. A different
distinguishable sound is played for each window and for the
background, thus allowing the visually impaired end user to
distinguish between windows.

      The idea presented here is to provide a list-box control for
the user which would give the user the opportunity to switch between
active sessions. A pre-defined keyboard sequence (such as the
'hot-key') or clicking a mouse button in the background portion of
the display window causes a list-box control to start up. The list
control announce...