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RE: HTML+ based on-screen keyboard?

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 18 Jul 2000 12:24:58 -0400 (EDT)
To: Bruce Bailey <bbailey@clark.net>
cc: Francisco Godinho <f.godinho@mail.telepac.pt>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.20.0007181219370.4203-100000@tux.w3.org>
Have you tried using the Java access bridge (does it use Swing for the

It isn't a hugely complex bit of programming but would take me too
long to give in this email (shades of Fermat) if you can use Javascript. The
trick is that if yuou are trying to enter text into multiple inputs, you need
to trap the focus on a particular input, and work on the value of it. (At
least as my memory of what you can change how goes).

Alternatively, the EIAD browser, which is based on IE and a touch screen, and
aimed at people with cognitive disabilities (Acquired Brain Injuries if I
recall correctly), has a built-in on-screen keyboard - you might like to look
into it (it is linked from the alternative browsing page maintained by WAI


Charles McCN

On Tue, 18 Jul 2000, Bruce Bailey wrote:

  Dear Francisco,
  Thanks for your prompt reply!
  This is close to what I am looking for:
  Unfortunately, the virtual keyboard is provided via a pop-up Java applet
  which, I am almost certain, will be invisible and inaccessible to pwKiosk
  (and to the built-in screen reader).  The keyboard has to be created on the
  same page as the main content.
  I expect I will have to give up on this given my three day deadline...
  Bruce Bailey
  > -----Original Message-----
  > From: Francisco Godinho [mailto:f.godinho@mail.telepac.pt]
  > Sent: Tuesday, July 18, 2000 9:24 AM
  > To: Bruce Bailey; w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
  > Subject: Re: HTML+ based on-screen keyboard?
  > Hello Bruce
  > At altavista translate service (http://babel.altavista.com/ )
  > you can find a web based virtual keyboard (world keyboard)
  > from Slangsoft  http://www.slangsoft.com/code/products.html
  > Best regards
  > Francisco Godinho
  > PASIG - Portuguese Accessibility Special Interest Group
  > http://www.acessibilidade.net/index_eng.html

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