Use a Handy Tech BasicBraille display with VoiceOver

 When using your HandyTech Basic Braille display with VoiceOver on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you can use the following device-specific key commands. 

The following device-specific key commands can be used on these displays:

  • 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 uses the correct table, make sure that you have the latest version of iOS.

Navigation

VoiceOver action Display key
Move to previous item 1
Move to next item 4
First element 1 + 2 + 3
Last element 4 + 5 + 6
Go to status bar 2 + 3 + 4
Activates the Back button if present 1 + 2

Scrolling

VoiceOver action Display key
Scroll left one page 2 + 4 + 6
Scroll right one page 1 + 3 + 5
Scroll up one page 3 + 4 + 5+ 6
Scroll down one page 1 + 4 + 5 + 6

Rotor

VoiceOver action Display key
Move to previous item using rotor setting 3
Move to next item using rotor setting 6
Select previous rotor setting 2 + 3
Select next rotor setting 5 + 6

Interaction

VoiceOver action Display key
Double-tap selected item Router
Select item under your finger 3 + 6
Activates the Home button 1 + 2 + 5
Activates the Delete Key 1 + 4 + 5
Activates the Return Key 1 + 5
Activates the Volume Up button 3 + 4 + 5
Activates the Volume Down button 1 + 2 + 6
Activates the Eject key 1 + 4 + 6

Reading

VoiceOver action Display key
Read page starting at selected item 1 + 2 + 3 + 5
Read page starting at the top 2 + 4 + 5 + 6
Speak page number or rows being displayed 3 + 4

Editing

VoiceOver action Display key
Select all 2 + 3 + 4 + 6
Select text 2 + 5 + 6
Unselect text 2 + 3 + 5
Tab 2 + 3 + 4 + 5
Shift tab 1 + 2 + 5 + 6
Cut 1 + 3 + 4 + 6
Copy 1 + 4
Paste 1 + 2 + 3 + 6
Undo 1 + 3 + 5 + 6
Redo 2 + 3 + 4 + 6
Change an item's label 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 6

Control

VoiceOver Display key
Toggle Screen Curtain on and off 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6
Pause or continue speech 1 + 2 + 3 + 4
Toggle speech on or off 1 + 3 + 4
VoiceOver help 1 + 3

Braille

VoiceOver action Display key
Toggle expanded status description Status Router
Pan braille to the left 2
Pan braille to the right 5
Toggle announcement history 1 + 3 + 4 + 5
Next output model 1 + 2 + 4 + 5
Next input model 2 + 3 + 6

The HandyTech BasicBraille displays don't have Perkins input keys, so they don't work with the Common braille commands for VoiceOver.

Instead, HandyTech BasicBraille displays have six buttons, which are named 1 through 6. The buttons can be used to approximate the Common Commands that users have with displays that have Perkins-style input keys, such as Dots 1 through Dots 8, and Space bar.

 

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