Re: JAWS Application Mode

Mike B.

Hi Joe
See if this note helps:
Original Message
From: Ann Byrne
What is application mode, and how does it affect what I am doing?
From: Page, Aaron
Hi Ann,
Application Mode is a mode that JAWS will enter when it begins to interact with a web application. Application Mode is designed to treat the web application
as if it were a typical Windows-based program, and not as a web page. The advantage to this is that application-specific keyboard shortcuts will work without
the need to use the JAWS pass-through, the disadvantage is that typical JAWS keyboard shortcuts (i.e. "H" for headings, "B" for buttons) will not work
as these keystrokes are now being passed through JAWS to the application.
When using web applications that trigger JAWS' Application Mode, it is usually very helpful to learn keyboard shortcuts that are specific to the application
in order to effectively navigate and use the application. You should also have some success (if the application is accessible) navigating the web application
using tab and the arrow keys.
You can usually tell that you are entering an application as JAWS will announce "Application", and upon pressing Enter you should hear JAWS beep as if
it just entered a form. The most frustrating thing about application mode (in my opinion) is the difficulty in getting back out of the application. I usually
will press Insert+Z to set the Virtual PC Cursor to off, and then press Insert+Z again to turn the Virtual PC Cursor back on. After turning off and back
on the Virtual PC Cursor you should again be able to use normal JAWS keyboard shortcuts. If anyone on-list knows a better way to exit applications mode,
I would love to hear it. 
You can practice using applications mode  on this page:
If you press "R" to move through the regions you will encounter the application region, at which point you can press Enter to enter applications mode and
begin interacting with the application. This example is an HTML text editor called TinyMCE, which is a commonly used editor that uses an application region
and is relatively accessible. 
Hope this helps!
Aaron M. Page, B.S.
EIT Accessibility Specialist
Accessible Technology Services, University of Montana
Phone: (406) 243-2082

Take care.  Mike.  Sent from my iBarstool.  Go dodgers!
I believe that everything happens for a reason. Usually, the reason is that somebody screwed up.

----- Original Message -----
From: Joe Orozco
Sent: Tuesday, July 30, 2019 2:09 PM
Subject: [TechTalk] JAWS Application Mode


Can someone please help me understand the JAWS application mode? I
come across it randomly on different websites, namely Google Maps on
the PC. I don't know what its purpose is or how to turn it off. I
mean, I can exit out of it by tabbing over and reverting to the PC
cursor, but assuming it is as unhelpful as it feels, I'd like to stop
it from launching at all as I am not using a touch screen or other
feature that would warrant its use. Thanks for any tips!


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