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Screen Reading Features

This chapter describes ZoomText's screen reading features. These features are included in ZoomText Magnifier/Reader only.

The Reader Toolbar

The Reader toolbar provides quick access to ZoomText's screen reading features. Each toolbar button has an intuitive icon and label for easy identification. Many of these buttons have pop-up menus that provide fast access to the most important and frequently used settings. Related buttons are grouped together and the group is labeled with a clickable link that opens their associated dialog box.

 

Speech   Turns speech output on and off, and allows you to quickly switch between recently used speech synthesizers.

Rate   Controls how fast ZoomText speaks.

Typing   Selects typing echo settings. Typing echo provides immediate feedback of the keys and words that you type. Settings are specified in the Typing Echo dialog box.

Mouse   Selects mouse echo settings. Mouse echo automatically reads text beneath the pointer. Settings are specified in the Mouse Echo dialog box.

Verbosity   Selects a verbosity level. Verbosity allows you to adjust the amount of information spoken when a program item receives focus. Settings are specified in the Verbosity dialog box.

AppReader *  Launches AppReader to read text from the last active application. AppReader provides continuous reading of documents, web pages and email, within the parent application.

DocReader *  Launches DocReader to read text from the last active application. DocReader provides continuous reading of documents, web pages and email, in a special environment where text is reformatted for easier viewing.

Zones   Allows you to create, edit and navigate reading zones. Reading zones let you instantly see and hear selected locations in an application window.

SpeakIt   The SpeakIt tool allows you to read selected areas of the screen by clicking or dragging with the mouse. Any text that is visible on the screen can be spoken, even if it is outside the active program.

 

* The AppReader and DocReader buttons gray out when the active application does not have text available for reading.

 


Speech Settings

Speech settings allow you to customize speech output to fit your needs. You can customize the screen reading voice (synthesizer settings), reading style (text processing), and activate audible cues (hints).

Turning Speech On and Off

You can turn speech output on and off without disabling the magnification features.

�To enable and disable speech

On the Reader toolbar, select Speech Enable (or Disable).

 

Hotkey:

ALT + SHIFT + S

Note:   AppReader, DocReader and the SpeakIt tool can still be used when speech is disabled.

There may be times when you want to terminate speech output while it is occurring. For example, when ZoomText is reading a message box that you are already familiar with. You can force ZoomText to stop speaking this text without turning speech off altogether.

�To terminate speech output as it occurs

Press and release the CTRLkey.

The information that is currently being spoken
is terminated.

Adjusting the Speech Rate

Speech rate allows you to control how fast ZoomText speaks in words per minute (SAPI 4 synthesizers) or in percentage of the synthesizer's range (SAPI 5 synthesizers).

�To adjust the speech rate

On the Reader toolbar, adjust the level in the Rate spinbox.

 

Hotkeys:

Increase Speech Rate:   
CTRL + NUMPAD PLUS

Decrease Speech Rate:  
CTRL + NUMPAD MINUS

Note:   The speech rate can also be adjusted in the Speech Synthesizer dialog box. For more information, see "Speech Settings - Synthesizer Settings" in this chapter.

A separate speech rate is available for AppReader and DocReader. This setting is located in the Reading Options dialog box. For more information, see "Reading Options" in this chapter.

 


Synthesizer Settings

Synthesizer settings let you customize the screen reading voice. You can select from a variety of male and female voices, and adjust their speaking rate, pitch and volume.

ZoomText comes with four speech synthesizers: NeoSpeech (English only), TruVoice, ViaVoice and Microsoft Speech.  The ZoomText Setup program allows you to install any combination of these synthesizers. ZoomText also supports other SAPI 4 or SAPI 5 based synthesizers that have been installed on your system.  

�To adjust the speech synthesizer settings

  1. In the Reader menu, choose Synthesizer...

The Speech dialog appears with the
Synthesizer tab displayed.

  1. Make sure the Enable speech output box is checked.
  2. Choose a Synthesizer and Voice, and then adjust the Rate, Pitch and Volume as desired.
  3. To preview the synthesizer settings, type some text in the Sample Text edit box, and then click Speak Sample.
  4. Click the OK button.

 

Synthesizer tab

The following table describes the Synthesizer settings.

 

Setting

Description

Enable speech output

Enables or disables speech output for screen reading.

Note:  This setting cannot be adjusted when the Speech dialog is opened from the DocReader toolbar.

Synthesizer

Displays a list of speech synthesizers available on your system.

Note:  ZoomText supports SAPI 4 and SAPI 5 based speech synthesizers.

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Voice

Displays a list of voices available in the selected synthesizer.

Rate

 

Controls how fast ZoomText speaks. When using a SAPI 4 speech synthesizer, rate is represented in words per minute. When using a SAPI 5 speech synthesizer, rate is represented in percentage of the synthesizer's range, where 0% is the slowest rate and 100% is the fastest rate.

A separate reading rate is available for AppReader and DocReader. * For more information, see "Reading Options" in this chapter.

Pitch

Selects the pitch of the current voice. Pitches range from 5% to 100%, in steps of 5%.

Volume

Selects the volume of the current voice. Volumes range from 5% to 100%, in steps of 5%.

Options...

Displays optional settings for the selected speech synthesizer, including the synthesizer's pronunciation manager. If the speech device is not pronouncing a word properly, you can adjust the pronunciation by supplying the phonetic spelling.

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Sample Text / Speak Sample

Allows you to test particular speech settings. Text can be typed into the Sample Text box and spoken by clicking the Speak Sample button. The current speech settings are used to speak the sample text, including settings in the Text Processing and Hints tabs.

 

* If AppReader and DocReader are set to use their own reading rate, this rate setting will be grayed out (disabled) when opening the Speech dialog from the DocReader toolbar.

 


Text Processing

Text processing modifies how numbers, punctuations and mixed case words are spoken, so that they are pronounced in the proper context or desired format. With these settings you can create a reading style that clarifies complex words and numbers.

�To adjust the text processing options

  1. In the Reader menu, choose Text Processing...

The Speech dialog appears with the Text Processing tab displayed.

  1. Adjust the text processing options as desired.
  2. Click the OK button.

 

Text Processing tab

The following table describes the Text Processing settings.

 

Setting

Description

Speak mixed case as separate words

Breaks mixed case words into separate words for more accurate pronunciation by the speech synthesizer. For example, the word 'ZoomText' is broken apart and spoken as "Zoom Text".

Filter out repeated characters

Limits the number of times that repeated characters are spoken. This is useful when encountering a string of repeated characters used in formatting.

Repeat Count

Sets the maximum number of times a repeated character is spoken. The repeat count range is from 2 to 10.

Speak numbers according to synthesizer settings

Numbers are spoken according to the synthesizer's built in settings.

Speak numbers using their full word representation

Numbers are spoken using their full-word representation. For example, the number '1995' is spoken "one thousand nine hundred and ninety five".

Speak numbers as single digits

Numbers are spoken as individual digits. For example, the number '1995' is spoken "one nine nine five".

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Speak numbers as digit pairs

Numbers are spoken as digit pairs. For example, the number '1995' is spoken "nineteen ninety five".

Speak punctuation according to synthesizer settings

Punctuation characters are spoken according to the synthesizer's built in settings.

Speak all punctuation

All punctuation characters are spoken.

Speak embedded punctuation only

Only punctuation characters embedded within words are spoken. For example, sales@aisquared.com is spoken "sales at Ai Squared dot com".

 


Hints

Hints provide audible cues when you encounter capital letters, hypertext links, or the start or end of a document. Hints can be heard as a momentary pitch change while the item is read or a verbal announcement such as "Cap" or "Link" prior to the item being read.

�To adjust the hints options

  1. In the Reader menu, choose Hints...

The Speech dialog appears with the Hints tab displayed.

  1. Adjust the Hints options as desired.
  2. Click the OK button.

 

Hints tab

The following table describes the Hints settings.

 

 

Setting

Description

No hints for capitals

No hint is applied when a capital letter is read.

Change pitch when reading a capital

The synthesizer pitch is changed when a capital letter is read.

Say "Cap" before reading a capital

The word "cap" is spoken before a capital letter is read.

Pitch Change
(Capital Letters)

A percentage change to the voice pitch occurs when a capital letter is read. Pitch change ranges from -50% to +50% in steps of 10%.

No hints for links

No hint is applied when a hypertext link is read.

Change pitch when reading a link

The synthesizer pitch is changed when a hypertext link is read.

Say "Link" before a link is read

The word "link" is spoken when a hypertext link is read.

Pitch Change
(Hypertext Links)

A percentage change to the voice pitch occurs when a hypertext link is read. Pitch change ranges from -50% to +50% in steps of 10%.

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Say "Beginning of document" and "End of document"

The words "beginning of document" and "end of document" are spoken when navigating to the beginning or end of a document in AppReader and DocReader.

 


Echo Settings

Echo settings control how ZoomText speaks as you type, use the mouse, and navigate Microsoft Windows and your applications. These settings allow you to fine-tune the amount of information spoken according to your needs.

Typing Echo

Typing echo allows you to hear the keys and words that you type. You can choose to have individual keys, words, or both keys and words spoken. Typed words are spoken upon completion (as soon as you type a space or punctuation character). Additional typing echo options also allow you to select which keys are spoken – all keys or selected groups of keys.

�To enable typing echo

On the Reader toolbar, select Typing, and then select the desired typing echo mode.

 

Hotkey:

ALT + SHIFT + T

Cycles through the typing echo modes.

�To adjust the typing echo options

  1. In the Reader menu, choose Typing Echo...

The Echo Settings dialog appears with the Typing tab displayed.

  1. Adjust the typing echo options as desired.
  2. Click the OK button.

 

Typing tab

The following table describes the Typing Echo settings.

 

Setting

Description

No Echo

Turns off typing echo.

Keys

Activates typing echo by keystroke. You can select which keys are echoed using the settings under Echo these keys when they are pressed.

Words

Activates typing echo by word. Echoing occurs only when a completed word appears on the screen.

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Keys and Words

Activates typing echo by keystroke and by word.

Printable Keys

Echoes all printable characters: letters, numbers and symbols.

Navigation Keys

Echoes navigation keys: arrows, Home, End, PageUp and PageDown.

Editing Keys

Echoes text-editing keys: Space, Tab, Backspace, Insert, Delete, Escape and Enter.

Function Keys

Echoes the function keys: F1 through F12.

Modifier Keys

Echoes the modifier keys: ALT, CTRL, SHIFT and the Windows key.

Locking Keys

Echoes the locking keys and their state: CapsLock, Num Lock, and Scroll Lock.

Other Keys

Echoes miscellaneous keys: Pause, Print Screen and the Application Key.

 

Note:   Selections under Echo these keys... are only available when typing echo is set to Keys or Keys and Words.

 

Mouse Echo

Mouse echo automatically reads text beneath the pointer. As you move the pointer across the screen, single words or complete lines of text are echoed instantly or after hovering briefly.

�To enable mouse echo

On the Reader toolbar, select Mouse, and then select the desired mouse echo mode.

 

Hotkey:

ALT + SHIFT + M

Cycles through the mouse echo modes.

�To adjust the mouse echo options

  1. In the Reader menu, choose Mouse Echo...

The Echo Settings dialog appears with the
Mouse tab displayed.

  1. Adjust the mouse echo options as desired.
  2. Click the OK button.

 

Mouse tab

The following table describes the Mouse Echo settings.

 

Setting

Description

No Echo

Turns off mouse echo.

Instant Echo

Enables instant mouse echo. Words are spoken immediately when the mouse pointer is moved over them.

Hover Echo

Enables delayed mouse echo. Words are spoken after the mouse pointer hovers over them for the selected hover time.

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Hover Time (seconds)

The amount of time in seconds that the mouse pointer must hover over an object before it is spoken. This setting applies to Hover Echo only.

Echo the word only

Only the word beneath the mouse pointer is echoed.

Echo all words in the line or object

When the mouse pointer moves into a new line of text or over a new object, all words in the line or object are spoken. Objects include: title bars, menu items, dialog controls, desktop icons and task bar buttons.

 

Note:   When using mouse echo, holding down the SHIFT key toggles the echo mode from Echo the word only to Echo all words in the line or object (or vice-versa).

Program Echo

Program echo determines what items are spoken as you navigate and use your applications. These items include: window titles, menus, dialogs, list views, tree views, and text that the cursor moves through. The amount of detail that is spoken for these items can be adjusted using the Verbosity Settings. For more information, see "Echo Settings - Verbosity" in this chapter.


�To adjust the program echo options

  1. In the Reader menu, choose Program Echo...

The Echo Settings dialog appears with the
Program tab displayed.

  1. Adjust the program echo options as desired.
  2. Click the OK button.

 

Program tab

The following table describes the Program Echo settings.

 

 

Setting

Description

Text Cursor

When the text cursor moves, text at the new cursor location is spoken. The amount of text that is spoken is in accordance with how far the cursor has moved (by character, word, line, sentence or paragraph).

Menus

When you pull down a menu, its title is spoken followed by each menu item that becomes highlighted.

Controls

As you navigate through dialog boxes, tree views and list views, each item is spoken as it becomes highlighted or selected.

Tool Tips

When a tool tip appears, it is spoken.

Window Titles

When a window becomes active, the contents of its title bar are spoken.

Alerts

When a popup appears, it is spoken.

Echo the word at the cursor

When the text cursor moves to a new line, the word at the new cursor location is spoken.

Echo the entire line

When the text cursor moves to a new line, the entire line is spoken.

 

Verbosity

Verbosity allows you to adjust the amount of information spoken about program controls when they become active or highlighted. Program controls include: application and document windows, menus, dialogs, buttons, icons, and more.

Three verbosity levels – Beginner, Intermediate and Expert – allow you to quickly increase or decrease the verbosity. Beginner verbosity provides more information, while Expert verbosity provides less information. Each of these verbosity levels can be fully customized according to your personal needs.

�To select a verbosity level

On the Reader toolbar, select Verbosity, and then select the desired verbosity level.

 

Hotkey:

ALT + SHIFT + V

Cycles through the verbosity levels.

�To adjust the verbosity options

  1. In the Reader menu, choose Verbosity...

The Echo Settings dialog appears with the
Verbosity tab displayed.

  1. Adjust the verbosity options as desired.
  2. Click the OK button.

 

Verbosity tab

The following table describes the Verbosity settings.

 

 

Setting

Description

Beginner

Selects beginner level verbosity settings. Displayed text is spoken along with complete details about the object.

Intermediate

Selects intermediate level verbosity settings. Displayed text is spoken along with basic details about the object.

Expert

Selects expert level verbosity settings. Displayed text is spoken along with minimal details about the object.

Verbosity Settings

A list of checkboxes that define the verbosity levels. The displayed settings reflect the current verbosity level and automatically update when a different verbosity level is selected.

Select All

Checks all items in the Verbosity Settings listbox.

Unselect All

Un-checks all items in the Verbosity Settings listbox.

 

 

 

 

 

Verbosity Settings

Description

Alerts

Announces the text within alerts when they are displayed.

Cell Column Title *

Announces the column title of the active cell in a spreadsheet.

Cell Comment *

Announces the comments associated with the active cell in a spreadsheet.

Cell Contents

Announces the contents of the active cell in a spreadsheet.

Cell Formula

Announces the formula for the active cell in a spreadsheet.

Cell Name

Announces the name of the active cell in a spreadsheet, such as "A1."

Cell Row Title *

Announces the row title of the active cell in a spreadsheet.

Control Accelerator

Announces the accelerator key for the active control (the underlined character in the control's label).

Control Name

Announces the name of the active control.

Control State

Announces the state of the active control, such as "checked" and "disabled."

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Control Type

Announces the type of the active control, such as "button" or "checkbox."

Control Value

Announces the current value of the active control, such as the number displayed in a spinbox, or text in an edit box.

Dialog Tab

Announces the title of the active dialog tab.

Group Name

Announces the name of a control group when it receives focus. By default, the group name is only announced when navigating into the group, and not repeated while navigating within the group. To have the group name repeated while navigating within the group, select (check) the Repeat Group Name verbosity setting.

Item Number

Announces the item number of the selected item in a list control, and the total number of items in the list. For example, "item 5 of 10."

Item State

Announces the item state of the selected item in a list control, such as "checked" or "grayed."

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List View Labels

Announces the data field names for the selected item in a list view control. This information is not spoken when List View Data (verbosity setting) is disabled.

List View Data

Announces the data for a selected item in a list view control.

Menu Item Accelerator

Announces the accelerator key for the selected menu item (the underlined character in the menu item name).

Menu Open

Announces the opening of a menu, such as "File menu open."

Menu Item Shortcut

Announces the shortcut key for a menu item, such as "Ctrl + S."

Menu Item State

Announces the state of a menu item, such as "checked" and/or "disabled".

Message Text

Announces the text of a message box when opened.

Repeat Group Name

Repeats a control groups name while navigating to a new control within the group.

Note:  This overrides the Group Name setting.

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Sheet Tab *

Announces the name of a spreadsheet tab when initially selected.

Table Entry

Announces table entry and exit.

Tool Tips

Announces the text within tool tips when they are displayed.

Tree Level

Announces changes in tree level (such as "level 3") when navigating a file tree in Windows Explorer and other applications.

Window Title

Announces the title of a window when it is activated.

Window Type

Announces the type of a window when it is activated. For example: "application window" or "dialog window."

ZoomText Hotkey

Announces the command initiated by a ZoomText hotkey when the hotkey is pressed.

ZoomText Setting

Announces the new value of a ZoomText setting when it is changed by a hotkey.

 

* These items are only recognized in Microsoft Excel 2000 and later.

 


Reading Tools

ZoomText offers a variety of tools for quick and easy reading of documents, web pages and email. Each of these tools has unique characteristics that lend themselves to particular reading tasks. We recommend that you familiarize yourself with each of these tools so that you can achieve maximum reading efficiency.

 


AppReader

AppReader reads documents, web pages and email, within the parent application. As you enter and exit AppReader your view of the document does not change, providing quick and seamless transitions between document editing and reading.

AppReader can automatically read through the entire document, or you can manually read by word, line, sentence or paragraph. As reading occurs, each spoken word is highlighted. AppReader settings allow you to customize the appearance of word highlighting, including the highlight shape, size, color and transparency level.

 

AppReader word highlighting in Microsoft Word

 


�To start and operate AppReader

  1. Open the document, web page or email that you wish to read.
  2. On the Reader toolbar, select AppRdr.

AppReader begins reading from the current text cursor position. If a text cursor does not exist, AppReader starts in paused mode, with the first word in the magnified view (from the top-left corner).

 

Hotkey:

ALT + SHIFT + A

 

Note:   The AppReader button is disabled (grayed out) when the last active application does not contain readable text.

  1. To start and stop automatic reading, press ENTER or click the mouse.

When using the mouse, you can resume reading from a new location by clicking on the word where you wish to begin reading.

  1. To read manually by word, line, sentence and paragraph, use the AppReader navigation commands (see "AppReader Commands" in this chapter).
  2. To exit AppReader, right-click or press ESC.

When AppReader exits, the cursor is automatically positioned at the last word that was highlighted in AppReader (if a cursor exists in the application).

 

 

Read from Pointer

ZoomText 10 introduces the new "Read from Pointer" command for starting AppReader. The Read from Pointer command lets you instantly start AppReader at the word under the mouse pointer, making use of AppReader fast and seamless in documents, web pages and email

�   To use the Read from Pointer command

  1. Position the mouse pointer over the word where you want AppReader to start.
  2. Press the Read from Pointer command:
    ALT + SHIFT + LEFT-CLICK.

AppReader starts up and begins reading at the word under the mouse pointer.


AppReader Settings

The AppReader settings allow you to customize the appearance of word highlighting in AppReader, including the highlight shape, color, and transparency level.

�To adjust the AppReader settings

  1. In the Reader menu, choose AppReader...

The Reading dialog appears with the
AppReader tab displayed.

  1. Adjust the AppReader settings as desired.
  2. Select the OK button.

AppReader tab

 

The following table describes the AppReader settings.

 

Setting

Description

Track and highlight words

Enables tracking and highlighting of words when AppReader is reading.

Exit AppReader at end of document

When enabled, AppReader will automatically exit after reading to the end of the document.

Note:  AppReader will not automatically exit when manually navigating to the end of a document.

Shape

Sets the shape used to highlight words: Block, Underline, Frame, or Wedge.

Color

Sets the highlight color.

Thickness

Sets the thickness of the highlight shape.

Transparency

Sets the transparency of the highlight.

Note:  This setting is not available when the highlight color is set to 'Invert.'

Preview

Displays sample text with a preview of the selected highlight settings.

 


AppReader Hotkeys

General Commands

Keys

AppReader

ALT + SHIFT + A

AppReader Read from Pointer

ALT + SHIFT + LEFT-CLICK

Toggle Reading (Play/Pause)

ENTER

Increase Magnification

ALT + NUMPAD PLUS

Decrease Magnification

ALT + NUMPAD MINUS

Increase Reading Rate

CTRL + NUMPAD PLUS

Decrease Reading Rate

CTRL + NUMPAD MINUS

Quiet

CTRL

Exit

ESC

 

 

Navigation Commands

Keys

Say Previous Word

CTRL + LEFT,
or   LEFT

Say Current Word *

CTRL + NUMPAD 5,
or   SPACEBAR

Say Next Word

CTRL + RIGHT,
or   RIGHT 

Say Word Above

UP

Say Word Below

DOWN

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Say Previous Sentence

CTRL + ALT + LEFT

Say Current Sentence

CTRL + ALT + NUMPAD 5

Say Next Sentence

CTRL + ALT + RIGHT 

Say Previous Paragraph

CTRL + UP 

Say Current Paragraph

CTRL + SHIFT + NUMPAD 5

Say Next Paragraph

CTRL + DOWN

Say First Word On Line

HOME 

Say Last Word On Line

END

Previous Page

PAGE UP

Next Page

PAGE DOWN

Beginning of Document

CTRL + HOME

End of Document

CTRL + END

Next Link

TAB

Previous Link

SHIFT + TAB

Execute Link

CTRL + ENTER

 

*

Repeated presses of the Say Current Word command provides the following behavior:

  • First press: speaks the word
  • Second press: spells the word
  • Third press: spells the word phonetically
    ("Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, ...")

 

Note:   Repeated presses must occur within two seconds.

DocReader

DocReader reads documents, web pages and email, in a special environment where text is reformatted for easier viewing. Text is presented in a single line (Ticker) or wrapped lines (Prompter), with your choice of fonts, colors, word highlighting, and magnification level.

DocReader can automatically read through an entire document, or you can manually read by word, line, sentence or paragraph. As reading occurs, each spoken word is highlighted.

The DocReader screen occupies the entire display with a toolbar at the top of the screen and the document text below it. The document text is formatted and displayed according to the current DocReader settings.

 

Prompter mode

Ticker mode

 


�To start and operate DocReader

  1. Open the document, web page or email that you wish to read.
  2. On ZoomText's Reader toolbar, select DocRdr.

The DocReader screen appears with text from the source document. If the source document contains an active text cursor, the word at the cursor position is highlighted in the DocReader display. Otherwise, the first word in the DocReader display is highlighted.

 

Hotkey:

ALT + SHIFT + D

 

Note:   The DocReader button is disabled (grayed out) when the last active application does not contain readable text.

  1. To start and stop reading, click the Play/Pause button or press ENTER.

While paused, you can click any word to set a new location to read from. You can also perform repeated clicks on a word to speak, spell, and then phonetically spell the word (repeated clicks must occur within two seconds).

  1. To read manually by word, line, sentence and paragraph, use the DocReader navigation commands (see "DocReader Commands" in this chapter).
  2. To exit DocReader, right-click or press ESC.

When DocReader exits, the text cursor is automatically positioned at the last word that was highlighted in DocReader (if a cursor exists).

The DocReader Toolbar

The DocReader toolbar provides the essential controls for operating DocReader, and provides access to dialogs for configuring the DocReader display.

 

DocReader toolbar

 

Play/Pause   Starts and stops reading at the highlighted word. When Play mode is executed, the Pause button appears on the toolbar.

Shortcut Key: ENTER

Rate   Controls how fast DocReader speaks – in words per minute (SAPI 4 synthesizers) or in percentage of the synthesizer's range (SAPI 5 synthesizers). This setting also controls the reading rate for AppReader.

Hotkeys:
Increase speed: CTRL + NUMPAD PLUS
Decrease speed: CTRL + NUMPAD MINUS 

Power   Sets the magnification level used by DocReader, from 1x to 36x in steps of 1x.

Hotkeys:
Increase magnification: ALT + NUMPAD PLUS
Decrease magnification: ALT + NUMPAD MINUS

Ticker   Displays a single line of text, with a 1x view of the captured document. When reading, text scrolls horizontally like a ticker tape.

Shortcut Key: T

Prompter   Displays multiple wrapped lines of text that do not exceed the width of the DocReader screen. When reading, text scrolls vertically like a teleprompter.

Shortcut Key: P

Settings   Opens the Reading dialog box to change the DocReader settings.

Shortcut Key: E

Speech   Opens the Speech dialog box to change the speech settings.

Shortcut Key: S

Exit   Exits DocReader and activates the source application. The application's cursor (if exists) is positioned at the last spoken word.

Shortcut Keys: X or ESC

 

 


DocReader Settings

The DocReader settings allow you to customize the appearance of text and word highlighting in the DocReader environment.

�To adjust the DocReader settings

  1. In the Reader menu, choose DocReader...

The Reading dialog appears with the
DocReader tab displayed.

  1. Adjust the DocReader settings as desired.
  2. Select the OK button.

DocReader tab

The following table describes the DocReader settings.

 

Setting

Description

Use fonts and styles from the captured document 1

When selected, the font types and styles used in the captured document are preserved.

Font 2

Sets the font type that the captured document will be displayed in, such as Arial, Tahoma, or Verdana.

Style 2

Sets the font style that the captured document will be displayed in, such as Regular, Bold or Italic.

Use colors from captured document 1

When selected, text colors used in the captured document are preserved.

Text 3

Selects the text color that the captured document will be displayed in. The text and background cannot be set to the same color.

Background 3

Selects the background color for the DocReader screen. The text and background cannot be set to the same color.

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Shape

Selects the shape used for word highlighting: Block, Underline, Frame, or Wedge.

Color

Sets the color of the word highlight.  

Thickness 1, 4

Sets the thickness of the word highlight.

Transparency 4

Sets the transparency of the word highlight.

Preview

Displays sample text using the selected font, color and highlight settings.

 

1

This setting is not available when highlight shape is set to 'Block'.

2

This setting is not available when Use fonts and styles... is selected.

3

This setting is not available when Use colors from the captured document is selected.

4

This setting is not available when highlight shape is set to 'Block' or highlight color is set to 'Invert'.

 

Note:   Additional settings for DocReader are available in the Options tab of the Reading dialog (see "Reader Options" in this chapter).

 


DocReader Hotkeys

General Commands

Keys

DocReader

ALT + SHIFT + D

Toggle Reading (Play/Pause)

ENTER

Increase Magnification

ALT + NUMPAD PLUS

Decrease Magnification

ALT + NUMPAD MINUS

Increase Reading Rate

CTRL + NUMPAD PLUS

Decrease Reading Rate

CTRL + NUMPAD MINUS

Quiet

CTRL

Exit

ESC

 

 

Navigation Commands

Keys

Say Previous Word

CTRL + LEFT,   or   LEFT

Say Current Word *

CTRL + NUMPAD 5,
or   SPACEBAR

Say Next Word

CTRL + RIGHT,   or   RIGHT 

Say Word Above

UP

Say Word Below

DOWN

Say Previous Sentence

CTRL + ALT + LEFT

Say Current Sentence

CTRL + ALT + NUMPAD 5

Say Next Sentence

CTRL + ALT + RIGHT

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Say Previous Paragraph

CTRL + UP 

Say Current Paragraph

CTRL + SHIFT + NUMPAD 5

Say Next Paragraph

CTRL + DOWN

Say First Word On Line

HOME 

Say Last Word On Line

END

Previous Page

PAGE UP

Next Page

PAGE DOWN

Beginning of Document

CTRL + HOME

End of Document

CTRL + END

Next Link

TAB

Previous Link

SHIFT + TAB

Execute Link

CTRL + ENTER

 

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Repeated presses of the Say Current Word command provides the following behavior:

  • First press: speaks the word
  • Second press: spells the word
  • Third press: spells the word phonetically
    ("Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, ...")

 

Note:   Repeated presses must occur within two seconds.

 

Reading Zones

Reading zones let you instantly see and hear selected locations in an application window. For example, your database application may display a dozen or more fields of information. In your normal work flow you may be interested in only a few of these fields. With reading zones, you can instantly see and/or hear these select fields with the press of a hotkey.

You can create up to 10 reading zones for each of your applications. As you open and switch applications, zones defined for the active application are automatically loaded and ready to use.

Reading Zones Toolbar

The Reading Zones toolbar appears over the active reading zone whenever you access reading zones. The toolbar provides controls for navigating and reading the defined zones.

 

Reading Zones toolbar:
Edit and Navigate modes

Reading Zones toolbar:
Trigger mode

 

 

 

 

Play/Pause/Stop   Starts and stops reading. When Play mode is executed, the Pause or Stop button appears on the toolbar (according to the mode that is active). The Pause button appears in Trigger and Navigate modes where you can pause and restart reading at the highlighted word. The Stop button appears in Edit mode where reading always restarts at the first word in the zone.

Shortcut Key: ENTER

Previous   Activates the previous reading zone.

Shortcut Key: SHIFT + TAB

Note: This button does not appear in 'Trigger' mode.

Next   Activates the next reading zone.

Shortcut Key: TAB

Note: This button does not appear in 'Trigger' mode.

Close   Exits the Reading Zone mode.

Shortcut Key: ESC

 


Creating, Editing and Deleting Reading Zones

Creating a new reading zone is a straightforward process. For most new zones, you simply define the zone area, type in a descriptive zone name, and choose to have the zone displayed, spoken or both. You can always edit or delete the zone later, so there's no need to worry about mistakes.

�To create a reading zone

  1. Open the application in which you want to create a reading zone. Make sure the desired application tab, view or window is displayed.
  2. Switch to the ZoomText user interface.
  3. On the Reader toolbar, select Zones New.

The New Zone Tool becomes active and all existing zones for the active application are displayed.

 

Hotkey:

CTRL + ALT + Z

 

  1. Move the mouse pointer to scroll the new zone area into view.
  2. Hold down the left button, drag the selection rectangle over the desired zone area and release the button.

When you complete the drag (release the mouse button) the Reading Zones dialog appears. This dialog allows you to name the zone and select zone options. For information on the Reading Zones dialog, see "Reading Zones Settings" in this chapter.

  1. In the Zone Name box, type a descriptive name for the new zone.

When you navigate to the next dialog control, the new zone name will appear in the Zones list.

  1. Under Zone is relative to, select the zone's relative position within the application window.
  2. Under Zone Actions, select the desired options.
  3. To test the new zone, click Trigger.

The Reading Zones dialog is temporarily hidden while the zone is displayed and/or spoken according to the selected settings.

  1. To create additional zones, click New Zone and repeat steps 4 through 9.
  2. When you're finished creating and editing zones, click the OK button.

 


�To edit a reading zone

  1. Open the application that contains the reading zone that you want to edit.
  2. Switch to the ZoomText user interface.
  3. On the Reader toolbar, select Zones Edit.

The Edit Zones Tool becomes active and all existing zones for the active application are displayed. The Reading Zones toolbar appears over the active zone.

 

Hotkey:

CTRL + ALT + E

 

  1. Move the mouse pointer to scroll the desired zone into view, or click the Next or Previous buttons on the Reading Zones toolbar.

Note:   The Next and Previous buttons are
grayed if only one zone has been defined.

  1. Click inside the zone to activate the sizing handles and toolbar.
  2. To size the zone, drag any handle.
  3. To move the zone, drag inside the zone frame.
  4. To test reading of the zone, click the Play button.
  5. To move to another zone, press the number of the desired zone, or click the Next or Previous buttons.
  6. To edit another zone, repeat steps 4 through 8.
  7. To exit the Edit Zones tool, right-click or press ESC.


�To delete a reading zone

  1. On the Reader toolbar, select Zones Settings...

The Reading Zones dialog appears.

  1. In the Show zones defined for combo box, select the application that contains the zone you wish to delete.

The Zones list updates to display zones associated with the selected application.

  1. In the Zones listbox, select the zone you wish to delete.
  2. Click the Delete button.

The deleted zone is removed from the Zones list.

  1. To delete another zone, repeat steps 2 through 4.
  2. When you're finished deleting zones, click the OK button.

 

Using Reading Zones

Once you've created reading zones for an application, you can use them any time the application is active. You can trigger a single zone at a time (via menu or hotkey), or enter a mode that allows you to navigate through all of the reading zones.


�To trigger a specific reading zone

  1. Open the application that contains the reading zones you want to trigger.
  2. On the Reader toolbar, select Zones Trigger, then select the desired reading zone.

The selected reading zone is displayed and/or spoken according to the zone settings.

 

Hotkey:

CTRL + ALT + {reading zone number}

Each applications set of reading zones are numbered 1 through 10. Reading zone hotkeys correspond to these numbers. For example, the hotkey for reading zone 1 is CTRL + ALT + 1, reading zone 2 is CTRL + ALT + 2, and so on.  

Note:   The hotkey for reading zone 10 is CTRL + ALT + 0.

 

You can also trigger reading zones using the following methods:

  • Press the List Reading Zones hotkey: CTRL + ALT + L, then select the desired zone from the menu.
  • Use the Next and Previous Reading Zone hotkeys:

 

To trigger…

Press

Next Reading Zone

CTRL + ALT + N

Previous Reading Zone

CTRL + ALT + P

 


�To navigate through all reading zones

  1. Open the application that contains the reading zones you want to navigate.
  2. On the Reader toolbar, select Zones Navigate.

Navigate Mode becomes active and the Reading Zones toolbar appears over the first active zone. The zone name and number are spoken.

 

Hotkey:

CTRL + ALT + V

 

  1. To start and stop reading of the zone, click the Play/Pause button.

 Note:  The Play/Pause button is disabled (grayed-out) when navigating to non-spoken zones.

  1. To navigate to another zone, click the Next and Previous buttons.
  2. To exit Navigate Mode, click the Exit button on the Navigate toolbar. You can also exit by right-clicking or pressing ESC.

 


Reading Zones Settings

The Reading Zones settings allow you to create, examine and edit reading zones. When activated, the Reading Zones dialog displays a list of zones that have been defined in the current application. By selecting a zone in the Zones list, you can modify its settings, trigger the zone, or delete the zone. You can also create new zones or navigate through all zones in the current application.

For complete information on creating, editing, navigating and triggering zones, see "Reading Zones" in this chapter.

�To adjust the reading zone settings

  1. In the Reader menu, choose Reading Zones...

The Reading dialog appears with the Zones tab displayed.

  1. Adjust the reading zone settings as desired.
  2. Select the OK button.

 

Reading Zones dialog

The following table describes the Reading Zones settings.

 

 

Setting

Description

Show zones defined for

Displays a list of applications that are currently running. Zones associated with the selected application appear in the Zones listbox.

Zones

Displays a list of zones associated with the selected application (selected in the Show zones defined for listbox).

Hotkey

Displays the hotkey for the selected zone.

Edit

Activates the Edit Zone tool. When activated, the Reading Zones dialog is hidden and zones associated with the selected application appear. The Edit Zone tool also appears allowing you to size and move any of the zones.

Delete

Deletes the selected zone.

Trigger

Triggers the selected zone. When triggered, the Reading Zones dialog is hidden and the selected zone is displayed and spoken according to its zone settings. Afterward, the Reading Zone dialog reappears.

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New Zone

Activates the New Zone tool. When selected, the Reading Zones dialog is hidden and zones associated with the selected application appear. The New Zone tool also appears allowing you to create a new zone.

Navigate Zones

Activates the Zone Navigation mode. When activated, the Reading Zones dialog is hidden and the selected zone and Navigation toolbar appear. Using the toolbar controls or keyboard commands, you can start and stop reading of the zone, and navigate to the next or previous zone.

Zone Name

Allows you to type a meaningful name for the selected zone. Zone names appear in the Zones listbox (in the Readings Zones dialog). They also appear in the Reading Zones menu (when pressing the Reading Zones List hotkey: CTRL + ALT + L) and when clicking Zones Trigger on the Reader toolbar.

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Zone is relative to

Sets the relative position of the zone within the application window: top-left, top-right, bottom-left, bottom-right, or center. This keeps the zone in the correct location even when the application window has been resized or moved.

Note:   In some cases, when resizing an application window, controls within the window may also be resized. When this occurs, you may need to resize the individual zones.

Speak text in zone

When the reading zone is triggered, all text within the zone is spoken.

Display zone

When the reading zone is triggered, the zone is scrolled into view and highlighted.

Display and speak zone

When the reading zone is triggered, the zone is scrolled into view, highlighted and spoken.

Highlight zone for

 

Sets the amount of time (in seconds) that the reading zone is highlighted.

Note:   Highlighting only occurs when Scroll to zone is selected.

Return to previous location

After the zone is displayed, ZoomText scrolls back to the location that was in view prior to triggering the zone.

Dim area outside of zone

When a reading zone is triggered, the area outside of the reading zone is dimmed.

Reading Options

Reading Options contain additional settings for AppReader and DocReader. You can set an independent reading rate for AppReader and DocReader, select how highlighted words are tracked and aligned, and activate the display of format marks in DocReader. Format marks appear in the DocReader's Prompter and Ticker displays, and indicate the layout of text in the source document.

�To adjust the reading options

  1. In the Reader menu, choose Reading Options...

The Reading dialog appears with the Options tab displayed.

  1. Adjust the reading options as desired.
  2. Select the OK button.

 

Options tab

The following table describes the AppReader and DocReader Options settings.

 

 

Setting

Description

Use screen reading speech rate

When selected, AppReader and DocReader reading rate are set by the Rate setting in the Speech dialog (Synthesizer tab).

Rate

Controls the reading rate for AppReader and DocReader in words per minute (ranges vary with speech synthesizers).

Note:  This setting is disabled when Use screen reading speech rate is selected.

AppReader

Sets the tracking type for AppReader: Edge, Center or Jump Ahead. With Edge alignment, the zoom window only scrolls as needed to keep the highlighted word in view. With Center alignment, the zoom window scrolls as needed to keep the highlighted word in the center of the zoom window. With Jump Ahead, when the highlighted word exits the magnified view, the zoom window scrolls to bring the highlighted word to the upper left corner.

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DocReader

Sets the tracking type for DocReader: Edge, Center or Jump Ahead. With Edge alignment, DocReader scrolls as needed to keep the highlighted word in view. With Center alignment, DocReader scrolls as needed to keep the highlighted word in the center of the zoom window. With Jump Ahead, when the highlighted word exits the view, DocReader scrolls to bring the highlighted word to the upper left corner.

Show paragraph marks

Displays paragraph marks where paragraphs end in the source document.

Show line break marks

Displays end of line marks where bulleted and numbered list items end in the source document.

Show indent marks

Displays indent marks where indents occur in the source document.

Show space marks

Displays space marks where extended space, such as tabs, occur in the source document.

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Show end of cell marks

Displays end of cell marks where text ends in each table cell.

Show end of frame marks

Displays end of frame marks where text ends in a web page frame.

Underline links

When selected, hypertext links are underlined in the Prompter and Ticker view.

 

 


SpeakIt Tool

The SpeakIt tool allows you to read selected areas of the screen by clicking or dragging with the mouse. Any text that is visible on the screen can be spoken, even if it is outside the active program.

Note:  Text that appears in graphical images cannot be spoken.

�To use the SpeakIt tool

  1. On the Reader toolbar, select the SpeakIt Tool.

The SpeakIt tool becomes active.

 

Hotkey:

ALT + SHIFT + I

 

  1. To speak a single word, click on the word.
  2. To speak a block of text; hold down the left button, drag the selection rectangle over the text you want to read and release the mouse button.

When you complete the drag (release the mouse button), all highlighted text will be spoken..

  1. To exit the SpeakIt tool, right-click or press ESC.

 

Note:  The SpeakIt tool can be used when speech is disabled.

 

Reading the Windows Clipboard

The Windows Clipboard allows you to copy and move information within or between documents. Each time you use an application's Cut or Copy command, the selected information is placed in the Windows clipboard. Then, when you use the Paste command, the information in the clipboard is inserted into your document at the selected location.

At times you may want to hear what is in the Windows clipboard. This is easily accomplished using ZoomText's Read Clipboard command.

�To read the Windows Clipboard

  1. Press the Say Clipboard command: ALT + SHIFT + C.
  2. To terminate reading of the clipboard, press the
    CTRL key.

 

Note:   The Read Clipboard command is useful for reading text from problem applications that do not display text in a screen reader friendly format.

 

Text Reading Hotkeys

Text reading hotkeys let you navigate and read while creating and editing documents (by word, line, sentence or paragraph). When using these commands, the text cursor moves in accordance with the command. For example, when pressing the Say Next Sentence command, the cursor moves to the beginning of the next sentence and the entire sentence is spoken. The following table lists the text reading commands.

Note:   Num Lock must be turned off when using ZoomText commands that use the numeric keypad.

 

Commands

Keys

Say Previous Character

LEFT

Say Current Character 1

NUMPAD 5

Say Next Character

RIGHT

Say Previous Word

CTRL + LEFT

Say Current Word 2

CTRL + NUMPAD 5

Say Next Word

CTRL + RIGHT

Say Previous Sentence

CTRL + ALT + LEFT

Say Current Sentence

CTRL + ALT + NUMPAD 5

Say Next Sentence

CTRL + ALT + RIGHT

(Continued)

 

 

 

Say Previous Line 3

UP 

Say Current Line

SHIFT + NUMPAD 5

Say Next Line 3

DOWN

Say Previous Paragraph

CTRL + UP 

Say Current Paragraph

CTRL + SHIFT + NUMPAD 5

Say Next Paragraph

CTRL + DOWN

 

 

1

Second press of the Say Current Character command speaks the character phonetically
("Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, ...").

2

Repeated presses of the Say Current Word command provides the following behavior:

  • First press: speaks the word
  • Second press: spells the word
  • Third press: spells the word phonetically
    ("Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, ...")

 

Note:   Repeated presses must occur within two seconds.

3

This command reads the current word or entire line according to the Program Echo setting When the text cursor moves into a new line.

 

In addition to the Text Reading commands listed above, ZoomText will also speak when using standard text navigation and editing keys, listed in the following table.

 

 

Keys

Application Action

ZoomText Action

BACKSPACE

Deletes the character to the left of the cursor.

Speaks the deleted character.

DELETE

Deletes the character to the right of the cursor.

Speaks the new character to the right of the cursor.

HOME

Moves the cursor to the beginning of the line.

Speaks the first word on the line (or nothing if the line begins with a space or tab).

END

Moves the cursor to the end of the line.

Speaks "End of line."

PAGEUP

Pages the application window up.

Speaks the word or line that the cursor appears on, according to the program echo setting When the text cursor moves to a new line.

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PAGEDOWN

Pages the application window down.

Speaks the word or line that the cursor appears on, according to the program echo setting 'When the text cursor moves to a new line.'

CTRL + HOME

Moves to beginning of the document.

Speaks the word or line that the cursor appears on, according to the program echo setting 'When the text cursor moves to a new line.'

CTRL + END

Moves to the end of the document.

Speaks the word or line that the cursor appears on, according to the program echo setting 'When the text cursor moves to a new line.'

 

 

 

 

 

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