Layout, Braille category, VoiceOver Utility on Mac
Use the Layout pane of the Braille category in VoiceOver Utility to customise settings for a braille display connected to your Mac.
To open VoiceOver Utility, press Command-F5 to turn VoiceOver on, then press VO-F8.
Note: VO represents the VoiceOver modifier.
Click the pop-up menu, then choose a language to use for showing output.
Click the pop-up menu to choose a braille translation table, if available, for the specified language. Many languages offer System and Liblouis tables.
Click the pop-up menu, then choose a mode. The modes available depend on the Language and Table you selected.
Use automatic braille translation
Select this option to have VoiceOver automatically translate each character you type on your braille display into braille output as you type it.
If you use six-dot mode, VoiceOver automatically translates each word you type on your braille display into braille output after it determines you’ve completed a word or you press the Space bar on your display.
If you deselect this option, you must manually indicate when you’ve finished typing. To do so, press one of the following on your braille display:
Show multiple items
Show items to the left and right of the VoiceOver cursor on the braille display. For example, toolbar buttons around the button that’s in the VoiceOver cursor are shown. When this option is selected, the option to use dots 7 and 8 to indicate the VoiceOver cursor is also selected, so you know which item is in the cursor.
If you deselect this option, only the item in the VoiceOver cursor is shown on the braille display. The option to use dots 7 and 8 to indicate the VoiceOver cursor is also deselected as it’s no longer needed.
Use dots 7 and 8 to indicate VoiceOver cursor
Raise dots 7 and 8 to indicate the position of the VoiceOver cursor. This option is selected by default.
Use word wrap
Words that don’t fit on the current braille line are moved to the next line after you pan, instead of being broken across multiple lines. This option is selected by default.
If you use a smaller braille display or work with content that includes many long words, it may be helpful to deselect this option.
Show alert messages for duration
Drag the slider left towards Short or to the right towards Long.