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Using the Adept1 - Some Examples


The Adept1 permits you to open an “edit” file and an “other” file simultaneously and to hot-key or "flip" between them. While opened, you may read the information in a file a character-at-a-time, a word-at-a-time, a line-at-a-time, or in sentences, paragraphs, or pages. You may change these text units at any moment and may precede them with commands to append, to change, or to insert new text. Thus, you may open, easily navigate, modify, and then save documents for printing or translation into Braille.

At the same time, you may say “open reference” or type "or" to access a menu of reference works including dictionaries, glossaries, etc. Alternatively, you may say “open email” to access and manipulate messages, “open library” to access a local library of ebooks and other documents, “open web” to browse the web, or “open messaging” to initiate such services as podcasting and text messaging. These applications, along with a growing number of new ones, are designed from the ground up to work with speech and to utilize throughout similar commands and command terminology. Thus you may easily learn the applications on the Adept1 even if you have minimal or no technical background.


Accessing Your Library Of Books And Other Items


You may want to read Bric-a-Brac by Alexandre Dumas. To do so, you issue the command “open library" or type "ol". You hear LIBRARY CATALOGUE followed by ALPHABETIC LISTING OF ITEMS BY TITLE. You open this list by saying “open” or by pressing the right arrow key. Then you navigate the list or do a simple search to find the desired book. Alternatively you can menu down the Library catalogues' top-level category menu to an index of authors. When opened, by saying “open” or by pressing the right arrow key, you hear the first letter of the alphabet, “a”. You navigate down to “d” and issue the command “open” or press the right arrow key. The first in a list of authors whose last names begin with “d” is spoken. You may perform a search or navigate down to the entry ALEXANDRE DUMAS. You open it by saying “open” or by pressing the right arrow key. Then you navigate down to BRIC-A-BRAC. You again say “open” or press the right arrow key. The book is opened and, because the book is written in French, the Adept1 automatically switches text-to-speech to speak in the French language. You now read using the standard Adept1 navigating commands.


Opening A DAISY Book


You wish to read the book Relativity, The Special and General Theory by Albert Einstein. To do so, you say “open library” or type "ol". You hear LIBRARY CATALOGUE followed by ALPHABETIC LISTING OF ITEMS BY TITLE. You then move down to the index of authors and, afteropening it, move down to the letter "e". After opening it, by saying “open” or by pressing the right arrow key, you hear the name of the first author. You navigate to ALBERT EINSTEIN and issue the command “open” to get the listing of titles. Upon hearing the desired title, you say “open” or press the right arrow key to actually open the book. The Adept1 says OPENING DAISY BOOK PLEASE WAIT followed by READY. You hear the title and author of the book read by a professional reader, followed by the first item in the table of contents. Using the arrow keys or their voice equivalents, you navigate the table of contents and select the section to be read aloud. You may pause reading at any time by saying “wait Adept1” or by pressing the space bar and you may stop reading altogether by saying “cancel” or by pressing "control c". At any time you may open a second file in order to take notes or you may open the list of reference works to look up terms.


Reviewing Email


You wish to review today’s email. This is done by saying “open email” or by typing "oe". A menu beginning with the option MESSAGES is opened. By selecting MESSAGES, you command email to access your ISP and to download to the Adept1 any pending items. When done, you hear INBOX. You say “open” or press the right arrow key to obtain the listing of email items presented one-at-a-time. These are in the form origin, date, and subject. You may move up and down the menu of items and at any time say “delete email message” or type "dem" to move the item to the wastebasket. By saying “open” or by pressing the right arrow key you may open a disposition menu whose first item is READ. Choosing this opens the item for reading. You now use the standard reading and navigation commands to examine the item, beginning with a simplified three-line header. If, after examination, you wish to delete the item, you say “delete email message” or type "dem".

Should you wish to reply to or forward the item, one of the commands, “open email reply” or "oer" or “open email forward” or "oef", may be issued. If you request either, the item is instantly reformatted with the original email replaced by a properly formatted outgoing message address. You may navigate to the "TO:", "CC:", or "BCC:" lines to append the destination addresses. To do this you may manually append an address or you may open the address book to retrieve the sendee address or addresses. You then add the reply or forward message using standard editing commands. After checking the message, you simply say “open email transmit” or type "oet" to send the message. You may at any time say “open email” or type "oe" to return to the inbox menu in order to continue examining messages.


Searching The Web


You say “open web” or type "ow" to start the web browser. A default page is accessed whereupon the Adept1 says BROWSING. Next, you say “open web url” or type "owu". Then, if not already present, you provide the URL for Google. When confirmed, you say “close” or press the left arrow key to cause the browser to access the Google search page. When ready, you say “open web forms” or type "owf". The search form is opened, whereupon you open the search text box. By saying “open” or by pressing the right arrow key you are given a text box into which the search term or terms may be entered using standard editing commands. For example, you might say “insert” or type "i" to enter dictation mode. The search term is then entered, after which you leave dictation mode by saying “escape” or by pressing the escape key. You then move down to the SUBMIT choice and select it. Virtually instantaneously Google responds with the first results page. You can read this using standard Adept1 commands and when a desired link is found you may say “open web jump” or type "owj" to access more on the selected result. You may even execute the jump immediately by using the hot key right arrow.


A Student Taking Notes


While attending a class, you may wish to record a lecture and later make notes. You may do this by issuing the command “open voice” or by typing "ov" on the keyboard. The Adept1 now captures the lecture until you say “cancel” or press "control c".

Later, you may open an empty file by saying “file edit new” or by typing "fen". Then you begin playing the lecture by saying “file other” or by typing "fo" followed by providing the name under which the recording was saved. The audio is cued and begins playing. At any time, you may stop playback by saying “cancel” or by pressing "control c".

While the audio is halted, you may say “append” or type "a", following which you are placed in dictation mode. You now input notes concerning the lecture. When done, you return to command mode, after which you resume playback by saying “file proceed” or by typing "fp". By going back and forth in this manner, you may listen to segments of the lecture, stop and take notes, or navigate either the audio file or text until satisfied. When finished, you simply close the notes file under an appropriate name.








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