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iOS/Amazon keyboard?

Vicky Vaughan
 

Has anyone here successfully used a keyboard with both your iOS device as well as with your Amazon device?

 

I would really like to get your personal experiences, before I choose one for myself.

 

Thanks very much for any information!

 

Sincerely, Vicky


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David Goldfield <david.goldfield@...>
 

Vicky,

I've used an Anker keyboard with both my iPhone as well as with my Fire tablet, HD 8, sixth generation model.

With iOS the keyboard support is usable but not phenomenal. I don't know if you've ever used VoiceOver on a Mac. If you have, there will be many similarities. However, the Mac, while not a personal favorite OS, at least offers very robust keyboard support, with more keyboard commands than many users might need, know about or remember. Some of these keys are VoiceOver-specific, whereas other hotkeys are part of the Mac's operating system. Similar to Windows, you have a combination of hotkeys from your screen reader and from the operating system itself, which gives you a lot of control. With iOS, it almost seems like Apple intended to do the same thing but stopped after being forty percent complete with the project. There are enough keyboard commands to more or less get around in your apps or on the home screen. However, it seems so clunky and inefficient and I find myself sometimes using the touch screen to quickly move focus to where I need to be. Editing text is an awkward experience. You can use navigation commands to move your cursor through a document and you can select text using commands which are very similar to how you would do it in Windows, using the shift key along with navigation commands. However, I have sometimes found that, as I navigate through a document with arrow keys in the Mail app, the text becomes garbled, as though lines were being broken up in odd places and text is announced in a manner which I know is not how I wrote it. If you were using JAWS you could just press insert-escape to refresh the screen, which might fix the problem but I know of no similar command in iOS. Web navigation, while possible, is definitely not as efficient as what you would expect from a Windows screen reader. When you need access to a keyboard in iOS you will certainly be able to complete the tasks you would want to do but I definitely wouldn't recommend it as a replacement computer.

With Fire OS on the Fire tablet the situation is far worse. As best as I can tell VoiceView does not provide much in the way of audible feedback as you navigate through a document or other apps. It might be helpful if you're logging onto a WiFi network or a Web site that requires you to enter a long and involved password but I have found that audible feedback is either inconsistent or nonexistent.

I hope that helps.



David Goldfield, Assistive Technology Specialist WWW.David-Goldfield.Com

On 12/1/2018 8:08 PM, Vicky Vaughan wrote:

Has anyone here successfully used a keyboard with both your iOS device as well as with your Amazon device?

 

I would really like to get your personal experiences, before I choose one for myself.

 

Thanks very much for any information!

 

Sincerely, Vicky


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