Using Ctrl+F or Command +F to find things – keyboard shortcuts.

search in PDF

search Wikipedia page“I would find that when I am reading poilicies which have so much text to read, I go to the  summary and then use the find and just go to the specific bit. If you know you need a specific item such as ‘consent’ – then use Ctrl +F [Command +F], add the word to the search box and find it directly.”

Amber – nursing.

Crazy: 90 Percent of People Don’t Know How to Use CTRL+F

This week, I talked with Dan Russell, a search anthropologist at Google, about the time he spends with random people studying how they search for stuff. One statistic blew my mind. 90 percent of people in their studies don’t know how to use CTRL/Command + F to find a word in a document or web page! I probably use that trick 20 times per day and yet the vast majority of people don’t use it at all. (Alexis Madrigal)
 

Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts
Keyboard shortcuts for Windows

vBookz PDF – free iPhone app for reading PDFs with text to speech.

vBookz PDF Voice Reader

vBookz PDF Voice Reader

“I’ve just tried a different vBookz app [from the one that offers free Audiobooks  – 30,000+ classics read aloud with text to speech]!   Its called vBookz PDF Voice Reader.  It is a free PDF TTS app and will read directly from a PDF, so you see the page as it should be, not just plain text.  It uses a moving box, rather than highlighting – the box surrounds the word currently being read.  The screen shot shows how the reading speed is controlled and page control.”

The company provide a quick overview of the vBookz PDF Voice Reader app on YouTube.

Neil – Psychology

Linearise layout of tables and presentations for screen reader users

“If certain things aren’t designed in a way which is friendly towards my screen reader, if I struggle to navigate pages of notes or what have you, then I find I just give up. …It very rarely happens, but there have been times, like for the last year we had presentations we had to do for French. Otherwise we used to have to produce a sheet that went with the presentation, like a document, and I used to have to get that e-mailed to me. Now if there were tables in that, you had to set them out in a very standard way, you couldn’t have a non-standard table, one of those funny shaped things, you’d have to have just a plain table. If you’d pulled it off a website, well fine, but then edit it, because otherwise I can’t read it.” David –  Politics and French

WebAim provide very good examples alongside their articel on Creating Accessible Tables

“Here is a table which was created for visual effect:

toilet in a table

The visual user will read: “Basement Toilets Must Flush UP!”

The screen reader will hear (or feel via Braille): “Basement UP! Toilets Flush Must”

Miranda IM – one interface for all social networking that is also free and accessible!

Miranda IM

Miranda IM

“When it comes to social networks and communication online, I have several accounts but I am able to access them all using Miranda IM – Miranda IM offers one interface that can link with for instance Skype or Windows Live and Facebook”

It is a Windows only free download, works with a screen reader and has a simple interface. The program can also work directly from a pen drive.

Sam – Live and Studio Sound