This page documents user agent support notes for General Techniques.
JAWS 5.0 and later includes the following keystrokes:
alt+leftArrow: read previous sentence
alt+rightArrow: read next sentence
alt+NumPad 5: read current sentence
Ctrl+NumPad5: read current paragraph
Window-Eyes 5.5 has hotkeys to read the current sentence and current paragraph.
To surf the internet with WindowEyes you must be in browse mode. Current sentence and current paragraph hot keys do not work in browse mode in version 6.1.
The Window-Eyes default settings for reading surrounding link context are as follows:
Character = CTRL-NUMPAD-LEFT ARROW
Word = CTRL-NUMPAD-RIGHT ARROW
Line = CTRL-NUMPAD-CENTER
Sentence = Not available in Browse mode
(Next Sentence command is undefined by default on Desktop mode but the next line is the DOWN Arrow.)
Next Paragraph = P
Prior Paragraph = Shift P
Current Paragraph = Not Available in Browse mode
Character = ALT-SHIFT-LESS THAN
Word Prior = ALT-SHIFT-J
Word = ALT-SHIFT-K
Word Next = ALT-SHIFT-L
Sentence Prior = ALT-SHIFT-7
Sentence = unavailable in browse mode
Sentence Next = unavailable in browse mode
Paragraph = Undefined on Laptop by default
Line Prior = ALT-SHIFT-U
Line = ALT-SHIFT-I
Line Next = ALT-SHIFT-O
The Zoom functionality in IE 7.0 does not always scale uniformly when absolute positioning is used and the page is scaled smaller. Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 supports both Zoom and Text Size changes for fonts set with %, em or named sizes.
Opera 9 supports Zoom.
Firefox 2 and below supports only text size changes, but can change the size of pt and px fonts as well as %, em and named sizes.
Firefox 3 supports both zoom and text size changes.
Most browsers allow the user to change the color settings to override Web author's CSS and HTML color schemes. This includes IE, all versions of Firefox, Mozilla, and Opera after version 6.
IE 6 will not override background colors in the browser unless the same background color has also been selected in the system settings.
There are no color settings in Safari so it is not possible to over-ride specified colors. Similarly where colors are not specified Safari displays the page in black text on a white background, ignoring any color preferences from within the system settings.