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This information describes the unique features in this topic for keyboard and assistive software users. It is not intended to teach you how to use assistive software. There are sections on using shortcuts, listening to the learning material, buttons on screen, linked screens, and answering questions. We recommend that you work through each section.

Using shortcuts

The shortcuts available in the topic are shortcuts to links, so to activate them you may need to press Enter. If your technology supports it, you may prefer to access these links using your links list.

Listening to the learning material

The content of this learning material (though not this screen) is read out to you by our narrator. As you work through the screens you can pause your screen reader; this will allow our narrator to read out the text on screen.

Buttons on screen

Across the top right of each screen you will find a line of buttons.

The first button allows you to toggle between the Flash-rich version and the plain HTML version of this learning package. If you are using assistive software, we recommend that you select the plain HTML version. The keyboard shortcut is Alt + V.

The second button is the Sound on/off button. Select this if you wish to turn our narrator off; select it again if you wish to turn the narrator back on. The keyboard shortcut is Alt + S.

The third button is the Replay sound button. Select this to replay the last piece of narrated sound. The keyboard shortcut is Alt + R.

The fourth button is the Glossary button. Some objects contain a glossary and selecting this button will open the glossary in a new window. The keyboard shortcut is Alt + G. Glossary words linked in the text on screen will open their glossary definition in a new window.

The fifth button opens the Help file in a new window. The keyboard shortcut is Alt + H. Remember, you may need to press Enter to activate a keyboard shortcut.

Linked screens

Some screens are linked. You will know when a screen is linked to other screens by its heading. To go to the next linked screen, the keyboard shortcut is Alt + F; to go back one linked screen, the keyboard shortcut is Alt + B. Your screen reader may read out the next and back links for these linked screens as 'greater than' and 'less than'. Remember, you may need to press Enter to activate a keyboard shortcut.

Answering questions

You will find questions in the tutorial screens and in the Quiz sections. To start the Quiz, you can use the keyboard shortcut Alt + F on the Quiz introduction screen. Our narrator will read out the question and the answer options. You can tab through the options and select them by pressing Enter, or use the keyboard shortcuts Alt + 1, Alt + 2, then, Alt + 3 and so on. To submit your answer, you can tab to the Submit button, or use the keyboard shortcut Alt + A. The feedback will appear on screen. The narrator will read out your feedback, as long as the sound is set to 'on'. If the Quiz says it is 'just for fun' you will get the feedback for all the questions after you have answered the final question.
Select the Next question link to move on to the next question. The keyboard shortcut for this is Alt + F. The final screen in the Quiz, which gives you your overall score, does not have narrated audio. Remember, you may need to press Enter to activate a keyboard shortcut.

We hope that you enjoy this general art and design topic.