What is the best way for me to learn how to use options? I thought that I could get a better understanding of people's needs by experiencing how they use their computer.


1. Turn them on.
2. Turn your screen off.

There's a decent learning curve, but it's a very different way of using the computer; it's unlikely you're going to learn it while looking at the screen.

@Zach777 Also, learn the key combination (or whatever) for bumping up the voice speed. You'll need it.

@wizzwizz4 @Zach777 Wow. This is so obvious looking back, yet it would not occur to me by a chance.

@wizzwizz4 @Zach777 Two or three centuries ago, I had a dual-boot system for some years, but never used Linux. After once again Windows ate some of my data and turning blue, I was so fed up and took the deep dive into Linux. Then and not before I really started to learn.

I had near-endless trouble with a bad graphics card driver. There were times where I got locked out of my graphical interface every second boot. Then and not before I really learned the command line and terminal text-editors.

@wizzwizz4 @Zach777 In other words, the hard, sure-fire method to learn a new skill might be is to get rid of more convenient alternatives to achieve the same ends. This could be seen as a more extreme, burning-the-bridges form of what @wizzwizz4 suggested.

Some people might also learn well with less drastic methods in some situations. In both cases mentioned in the previous post, I never looked back.

@floppy @Zach777 Eh, unless you install and configure xserver-xorg-video-dummy, you can't use half the programs that way because X won't start.

@Zach777 It's awesome that you want to get first hand experience. I often find that to be the most effective way to break the weirdness barrier between regular tech and AT.

@Zach777 I'm looking but can't find any comprehensive resources for all the main screen readers at once. So what I would suggest is to pick a PC or mobile platform to start with [depending on what feels most comfortable] then build up from there once you are confident, since most screen readers have quite a few similarities.
I'd pick the platform you are already the most comfortable with, then read the documentation that comes with the program or that you can find online, what ever is most up to date. Take it bit by bit and don't worry about the more advanced stuff yet.
In the beginning, most of what you need is just the basic navigation commands and quick navigation commands, especially for website/universal app testing. Understanding the virtual cursor and router if there is one is another important step after that. One thing you may want to skip ahead on a bit is how to change your voice person/rate settings and basic "verbosity" settings though, so it isn't agonizing LOL.

@Zach777 I'm fully blind, so unfortunately I don't have allot of experience with magnifiers or color overlay extensions, but those are also things to look into.

@Superfreq Tbh a lot of things are lacking for the fully blind in regards to tech. I really want to make fully playable for the totally blind eventually. So getting the experience would help tremendously in thinking about that community.

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