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HandyTech BasicBraille: Device keys for VoiceOver navigation

When using a HandyTech Basic Braille display with VoiceOver in iOS, you can use the following device-specific key commands to navigate. 

The HandyTech BasicBraille displays lack Perkins input keys, so they do not honor the Common braille commands for VoiceOver.

Instead, this line of displays has six buttons (named 1 through 6) that can be used to approximate the Common Commands users have with displays with Perkins-style input keys (for example, Dots 1 through Dots 8, Space bar).

Router Double-tap the selected item
Status Router Toggle expanded status description
1 Move to previous item
4 Move to next item
3 Move to previous item using rotor setting
6 Move to next item using rotor setting
2 + 3 Select previous rotor setting
5 + 6 Select next rotor setting
1 + 2 + 3 Move to the first element
4 + 5 + 6 Move to the last element
1 + 2 + 3 + 5 Read page starting at selected item
2 + 4 + 5 + 6 Read page starting at the top
3 + 6 Select item under your finger
1 + 2 + 5 Activates the Home button
2 + 3 + 4 Goes to the Status bar
3 + 4 + 5 Activates the Volume Up button
1 + 2 + 6 Activates the Volume Down button
1 + 2 Activates the Back button if present
1 + 4 + 6 Activates the Eject key
1 + 4 + 5 Activates the Delete key
1 + 5 Activates the Return key
2 + 3 + 4 + 5 Activates the Tab key
1 + 2 + 5 + 6 Activates the Shift and Tab keys
1 + 3 + 4 + 6 Cut
1 + 4 Copy
1 + 2 + 3 + 6 Paste
1 + 3 + 5 + 6 Undo
2 + 3 + 4 + 6 Redo
2 + 3 + 5 + 6 Select All
1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 Toggle Screen Curtain on and off
1 + 2 + 3 + 4 Pause or continue speech
1 + 3 + 4 Toggle speech on and off
1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 6 Set custom label
1 + 3 Start VoiceOver help
2 + 4 + 6 Scroll left one page
1 + 3 + 5 Scroll right one page
3 + 4 + 5 + 6 Scroll up one page
1 + 4 + 5 + 6 Scroll down one page
3 + 4 Speak page number or rows being displayed
2 + 3 + 5 Deselect text
2 + 5 + 6 Select text
2 Pan Braille to the left
5 Pan Braille to the right
1 + 3 + 4 + 5 Toggle announcement history
1 + 2 + 4 + 5 Switch between contracted and uncontracted Braille
2 + 3 + 6 Switch between eight-dot and six-dot Braille

Additional Information

These commands apply to the following models of the HandyTech Basic Braille line: Basic Braille 16, Basic Braille 20, Basic Braille 32, Basic Braille 40, Basic Braille 48, Basic Braille 64, Basic Braille 80.

To ensure that your braille display is using the correct table, please make sure that you have the most recent version of iOS installed.

Last Modified: Sep 30, 2013
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