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Unit 1: VoiceOver Basics Answers.

Basics Lesson 1: Orientation and Basics, Section 6

  1. What is the difference between Portrait and Landscape orientation?
  2. Your iOS Device is in Landscape Orientation when its long sides are horizontal. To be in Portrait orientation the long sides must be vertical and the "Home" button must be at the bottom of the display.

  3. With your iOS Device held in Portrait orientation, where is the wake/sleep button, and what does it do?
  4. In portrait orientation this button is near the top right corner of the iOS Device. There are three functions of interest here.

    • When your iOS Device is off, holding down this button for several seconds begins the power up sequence. Remember, you will get no audible signal until the end of the boot process. So be patient.
    • Press the button quickly to lock or unlock the screen.
    • Hold the button down to power off your iOS Device.

  5. What technique have we learned so far to turn VoiceOver on and off on your iOS Device?
  6. Hold down the Home button until you here the double bell tone. Then say "VoiceOver on," or "VoiceOver off." When you turn VoiceOver off, Siri may not confirm the action is complete. Your iOS Device may simply stop talking.

  7. What is an icon, and what is a folder? What is the one thing folders can do that other icons cannot?
  8. An icon is a small picture you can Activate to launch a program. VoiceOver will say the name of the program associated with the icon.

    A folder is a special type of icon that can contain other icons. This is useful because similar programs can be put in a single folder. This helps to keep your display organized.

  9. What are VoiceOver gestures? What is the one gesture discussed so far and how do you do it?
  10. Gestures are made by tapping or moving your fingers around the screen. So far we've covered the Explore gesture. Place your finger on the display and move it around while maintaining contact with the screen.

  11. Where is the Status Bar? Use the Explore gesture with your finger. How many items are on it? If your iOS Device supports cellular service, determine how many bars of cellular signal strength you have. How much battery power is left?
  12. The Status bar goes across the top of the active display. You can count the number of items by moving your finger slowly from left to right. Be careful not to drift down below the Status bar. You're iOS Device will "chirp" if you do. If your device has celular capability, the celular signal strength indicator is first on the Status bar. VoiceOver will announce "X of 5 bars." The battery charge indicator is the last item. It's to the right.

  13. How can you adjust the VoiceOver volume using what we’ve talked about so far?
  14. Use the volume buttons on the side of your iOS Device. Remember VoiceOver needs to be speaking when you make the adjustment.

  15. How many items are on the starting page of your Home Screen? Name at least three
  16. You can count them using the explore gesture and moving your finger across each row of the grid.

  17. Where is the Dock? What are its similarities with, and differences from the Home Screen? Name the items on the Dock from left to right.
  18. The dock goes across the bottom of the active display. It is a grid like the Home Screen, but it has only one row. As you change from page to page of the Home Screen, the items in the Dock always remain visible.

Basics Lesson 1: Orientation and Basics, Section 10: Exercises.

  1. Using the Explore gesture try to find the battery level indicator. Hint, it’s in the Status Bar. How much battery power do you have left?
  2. Simply move your finger across the display to use the Explore gesture. Don't break contact with the display's surface. Remember to go slow so you hear everything VoiceOver has to say. The Battery Power indicator is all the way on the right side of the Status Bar.

  3. Use the Explore gesture again to find the “Mail" icon. Then use Where Am I to have VoiceOver tell you it’s exact location.
  4. Move your finger around the display until you hear VoiceOver say "mail." Then lift your finger from the display. The Mail icon will be the current item. The Where Am I gesture is a three finger single tap. VoiceOver will tell you the icon's position. You should find mail in the Dock.

  5. Use the Next Item gesture to find what icon comes after Mail.
  6. The Next Item gesture i a single finger flick right.

  7. Use the Previous Item gesture to find out what icon comes before Reminders.
  8. The Previous Item gesture is a single finger flick left.

  9. What part of the screen is the News icon in? Use the Where Am I gesture to get the exact row and column number in the grid.

    This icon is normally on the starting page of the Home Screen.

  10. How do you get VoiceOver to begin reading all the items below the Status Bar starting with the first? What gesture makes it pause before it reaches the end and sets the last item spoken to the Current Item?
  11. The Read Top Down gesture, a two finger flick up, starts reading from the top of the screen . To pause reading use a two finger single tap. This is the Paue/Resume gesture. The two finger single tap gesture again will start reading from where VoiceOver left off providing you haven't done any other gesture since you paused VoiceOver.

  12. Use the Read Top Down gesture to have VoiceOver begin reading the icons on the Home Screen. Pause VoiceOver when it reads the Music folder. Use the Where Am I gesture to determine the Row and Column number of that folder.
  13. The Read Top Down gesture is a two finger flick up.
    The Pause Resume gesture is a two finger single tap.
    TheWhere Am I gesture is a three finger single tap. Remember to space your fingers out a little, and avoid having one of them hit the inactive zones.

  14. Make VoiceOver read all the icons beginning with the Reminders icon and ending at the last icon in the Dock.
  15. First you must find the Reminders icon. You can use the Explore gesture, or the Next/Previous Item gestures until you find it. Then use the Read to Bottom gesture, two finger flick down, to begin reading from that point.

  16. Use the Read Top Down gesture or the Next and Previous Item gestures until you find the Messages icon. Then use the Where Am I gesture to hear its location on the display.
  17. The Read Top Down gesture is a two finger flick up.
    The Next Item gesture is a single finger flick right. The Previous Item gesture is a single finger flick left.
    TheWhere Am I gesture is a three finger single tap. Remember to space your fingers out a little, and avoid having one of them hit the inactive zones.

  18. Based on what you heard from the Where Am I gesture, try to find the Messages icon as soon as you touch the display with the Explore gesture. If it’s not the first icon VoiceOver reads, pick up your finger and try again.
  19. VoiceOverEasy.net cannot tell you where the icon is on your iOS Device. The location varies between software releases and device types.

  20. Try repeating questions 9 and 10, but this time try it with the Clock icon.
  21. Try the same thing with the Weather icon.
  22. Scroll to the next page to the right. How many items are in the Home Screen grid on that page?
  23. To scroll one page to the right use the Next page gesture, a three finger flick left. Once you are there, you can use the Explore gesture to count the icons. You could also use the Next and Previous Item gestures, or you can use the Read Top Down gesture.

  24. What happens if you use the Scroll Page Right gesture again?
  25. You will either go to the third page of the Home Screen, or you will hear the "Thunk" sound that signifies there are no more pages in that direction.

  26. What is special about the Dock area?
  27. As you scroll through pages on the Home Screen the items in the Dock remain stationary and are always visible.

  28. What do the Triple Finger Double Tap and Triple Finger Triple Tap gestures do?
  29. The Triple finger double tap stops VoiceOver from speaking. You must use the same gesture to start VoiceOver speaking again.

    The Triple finger Triple tap is the Screen Curtain gesture. It turns the display on and off.