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iPad: The Safari App

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Using Safari to gain access to Google, using VoiceOver.

Step 1. Unlock your iPad, go to the Home screen and locate the Safari application which can be found in the dock area of your iPad.

Note, the dock area is the strip of screen that is about one inch tall (2.5 centimetres in metric) and runs the full width of the iPad, just above the Home button.

Step 2. When the narrator announces Dock, Safari, then double tap with one finger to open the Safari application. The Safari application will open, be aware, if Safari has been previously used prior to this session you will arrive at the last page or place you visited.

If all previous pages have been closed, then you will arrive at the Bookmarks page, this is a page containing book marks for all the previous pages that have been bookmarked. If you have arrived at the Bookmarks page you can select from any of the bookmarks available.

Step 3. If you have arrived at the Bookmarks page you would normally simply navigate by touch or by flicking right or left to the Bookmark of your choice, then double tap with one finger to activate the chosen web page. However in this instance search for the Google bookmark and activate it. If you have arrived at a previous web page which is not the Google page, then flick left until you hear the navigator announce show Bookmarks, then double tap to activate. A new pop up list will be displayed showing the available bookmarks, work your way down this list either by explore by touch or flicking right and left in necessary until you hear the narrator announce Google, button, when you hear this, double tap to activate the Google page.

Step 4. You should now have arrived at the Google web page, whilst the web page is loading you may hear a ticking sound. Web pages can be complex documents with lots of links, buttons, multi-choice boxes known as combo boxes and normal text positioned anywhere on the page.

he top of the iPad area will always contain the same set of buttons that are available whenever you are viewing a web page. These buttons from top left to top right are, Back button. Forward button. Show bookmarks button. Name of web page you are visiting. Reload button. Share button. New tab button Pages button. You can flick with one finger to traverse these buttons. Flicking right will move the narrator focus one button at a time to the right and flicking left will move the narrator one button at a time to the left. 

When you leave the Pages button you will enter the body of the current web page and what is announced will be dependent on the make-up of the particular page you are visiting.

Step 5. Once you have located the Pages button, continue flicking right with one finger until you hear the narrator announce Search, Google Search, Button, Landmark. Then flick right once more and you will hear the narrator announce Search, Search, Combo box, pop up button, expanded. You are now located at the search box input and in the next step will be able to enter in some text, and then get Google to search on the Internet for any web pages that contain any occurrences of the text you have entered.

Step 6. Assuming you are located at the Search input box, double tap with one finger to activate the iPad search, you will hear the narrator repeat Search, Search, Combo box, pop up button, expanded. And the iPad keyboard will now have been activated ready for you to key in your desired search string.

Step 7. Once you have entered all of the text for your Search, locate the Go button on the keyboard (same button as the return button) and double tapped to activate the search. Google will now go off and hunt around the Internet, searching for any web pages that contain the occurrence of the text you have entered.

The iPad screen will now be updated with all of the web pages that Google finds, forming a long list of web pages available for you to open. Google presents the found web pages in a list format, usually the web page in the resultant list follows this format. 

First line. Title or heading for the Web Page, and the heading might also serve as a link to the site in question.

Next line. The web address or URL for the site in question.

Next line. A short introductory paragraph about the site in question.

Usually last line. Some links available within the site in question that can move you to a particular place within the site in question.

Quite often preceding the actual list of web pages the Search engine (Google in this instance) can show a group of related images with links just below each image. This can be helpful to a sighted user who may see something of interest, who then can activate the link just below the required image, to be taken straight to the site that contains further information relating to the image.

Also please note that Google itself presents you with a predefined group of tabs that if selected enable you to search within a particular genre, such as images, or takes you to other applications that are available through Google.

Step 8. Once Google has served you up the web pages you have chosen, they will be displayed on your iPad screen and can be read by either navigating by touch, or by moving your finger down the screen and listening to the narrator announce the screen contents to you. Or flicking right or left to traverse the page element by element, and again listening to the narrator announce the screen contents. This way you can explore the contents of the current web page.

Step 9. You can press the Home button to leave the Safari application running keeping your web page as it is, or you can double press the Home button and close the Safari application as normal. Either way when you next activate Safari it will return the web page you have just visited.

Step 10. To close or dismiss the web page completely find the Pages button and activate it, this will display a new window showing all of the web pages that have been opened. You must now close down or dismiss each window you want to close by selecting the window and pressing the close button.

Select the Pages button and activate it, then keep on flicking right and left if needed and listen to the narrator announce each page that is available for deletion, when you hear the web page announced that you want closed, swipe up or down for a custom action and then double tap to activate. This way you can close all of the web pages that you want to close.

Step 11. When you have closed down all of the web pages you want closed press the Home button to take you back to Home.

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Keyboard control (Chrome/Safari): Screen Speak - Press ALT + s, Pause Audio - Press Alt + p. To reset/reload page activate the Reload Page button below.


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If you are using a laptop, then to search for text on any currently displayed page press Control and F, then enter the required search text in the displayed search box. Any text found in the current page will be highlighted, you can use the up and down symbols displayed within the search box to search forward or backwards for occurrences of your search text.

If you are accessing this site via a smart phone or tablet, you will need to navigate to the 'More options' button, usually towards the top right hand side of your screen, to access your device Search options for the currently displayed page. Note that sometimes instead of the word 'Search' your device might display 'Find in page' as the option to select for searching the current page.

To search for text primarily in other pages of the Simplyinformed Website, enter text in the search box below. To get back from the search results Press ALT and Left Arrow. Please note there may be a few initial links that take you to other sites that match your site search string, these can of course be disregarded if you only want to be taken to content on this site. Please note that the Search box is displayed as a table with one row and three columns, in other there are three cells in the search table layout. Cell one is where you enter your search string and press enter, or move to cell two to activate the Search Button. Move to cell three to find the clear search content button to clear out the text in cell on, ready to enter a new search string. Use the Up and Down arrows to move through search table cells when using NVDA. Once the Narrator has been taken to the search box press the enter key so that the screen reader switches into text input mode.

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