Thread Subject: Re: Accessible utility keys
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From: David Poehlman
Date: Thu, Mar 01 2007 8:50 PM
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NOT A TOTAL SOLUTION, BUT YOU CAN PUT LAPTOPS TO SLEEP AND WAKE THEM
VIA A NUMBER OF MECHANIISMS.
On Mar 1, 2007, at 10:39 PM, Gregg Vanderheiden wrote:
If we say "all function can be achieved from the keyboard" people
only think about when the power is on.
But how do you turn the power on a laptop - on - without pushing the
power button. Keyboard emulators can't. powerstrips can't.
Anyone have any ideas?
Gregg C Vanderheiden Ph.D.
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> Subject: Re: [teitac-hardware] Accessible utility keys
> But what if you can't press a key on the keyboard...? That's
> my point. Sit on your hands and then imagine how you'd do
> it. I don't believe the USB port allows for an external
> keyboard emulator, for example, to do the same thing as the
> built-in keyboard. The old Apple ADB protocol allowed for
> power-on from an external device, but when it was replaced by
> USB, that feature went away. Unless I'm missing something...
> Randy Marsden
> President & CEO, Madentec Limited
> ATIA Global Policy Chair
> 780-450-8926 ext. 223
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>> From: David Poehlman < = EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED = >
>> Reply-To: "TEITAC desktop/portable (hardware) subcommittee"
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>> Date: Thu, 1 Mar 2007 14:32:27 -0500
>> To: "TEITAC desktop/portable (hardware) subcommittee"
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>> Subject: Re: [teitac-hardware] Accessible utility keys
>> Hi randy and all,
>> Al of the examples you site can be accomplishable via the keyboard
>> even if the device is turned off. On and off for instancee
> can be a
>> key instead of a switch or small button. computers have had warm
>> reset for quite a while and often, this is all that is
> needed. Some
>> apple keyboards have a power button which turnss the system
> on as well
>> as off. Iin other words,, I agree with thee importance of
> this though
>> the design is less invasive than it might seem.
>> On Mar 1, 2007, at 1:36 PM, Randy Marsden (Home) wrote:
>> I wanted to open a discussion item that we havenÂ¹t
> addressed yet, but
>> that is important to people with physical and mobility
>> It relates to the use of Â³utility keysÂ² on hardware
> things like the
>> on/off button, reset button, volume keys, display
> brightness keys, and
>> so on with a special emphasis on the Reset key and ON/Off keys.
>> These are controls that canÂ¹t be accessed via software.
>> On/Off Button: Many people with mobility impairments canÂ¹t access
>> these keys, yet they become a critical part of the operation of the
>> device. AT canÂ¹t really help in the traditional sense, because the
>> device may be hung (requiring reset) or simply turned off.
> In the old
>> days, when the On/ Off control was a toggle switch, special
> AT devices
>> were developed that turned on and off the AC power to the computer
>> (like a power bar), thus effectively turning the computer
> on and off.
>> But now, with laptops and the momentary On/Off key, these solutions
>> are no longer effective. Some AT manufacturers have gone to the
>> extent of kludging solenoid actuators over the On/ Off key and
>> provided alternative access to that. But it is far from ideal.
>> Reset Key: these are becoming more and more prevalent (and
>> necessary) on
>> portable devices, such as PDAÂ¹s and Smartphones. ItÂ¹s a reality of
>> many of these devices that sooner or later it will lock up
> and youÂ¹ll
>> need to press the reset button. These are usually recessed and
>> require actuation by a stylus, paper-clip, or something
> else small. I
>> believe most manufacturers view this as a necessary evil (or they
>> wouldnÂ¹t put a user-controlled reset switch there in the
> first place).
>> You know, Â³if all else fails, press the reset buttonÂ². I
> know I have
>> to press the one on my smartphone at least 2 or 3 times a
> week. But
>> how do people with mobility impairments do this?
>> Many canÂ¹t.
>> These are not simple problems to solve. One suggestion is that if
>> there is an expansion connector or slot provided on an IT
> device, that
>> extra pins be assigned to perform the same function as the
> On/Off and
>> Reset buttons. In this way, AT can connect to the device via the
>> expansion connector and provide alternative ways of Â³pressingÂ² the
>> keys. Since most ports now are industry standard (USB, PC
> Card, etc),
>> we may be talking about making recommendations to those standards
>> groups (outside of the TEITACÂ¹s mandate, I know, but could
> possibly be
>> included as non-normative comments).
>> In any
>> case, I think it should be added as a Â³shouldÂ² item in 508.
> (I know
>> it canÂ¹t be a Â³shallÂ² item right now, since most existing
> IT products
>> donÂ¹t presently have this capability).
>> Randy Marsden
>> President & CEO, Madentec Limited
>> ATIA Global Policy Chair
>> 780-450-8926 ext. 223
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