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Screen Reader hints and Tips

Below you can see a list of helpful things when using your screen reader with Braille Brain. Different screen readers will yield different results as they all interpret things differently. For example Chromevox and Android currently do not support Nemeth, so doing any exercise with Nemeth would be challenging with a braille display or the screen reader.

Six key entry is a mode meant for Qwerty keyboards. If using a traditional braille display you will want to leave this feature off. If using a qwerty keyboard or a braille display with a qwerty keyboard such as the Mantis if you turn six key entry on you can type in braille with the f, d, and s keys for dots 123, and j, k, and l for dots 456.

Braille Brain uses sim braille which is a image that simulates the braille dots. The different screen readers will have there own way of relaying this info to the user. Listed below using headings you should be able to navigate to your screen reader of choice and here tips on how best to set it up to use Braille Brain. The screen readers that work best with Braille Brain are JAWS, NVDA, and Voiceover for Mac and iOS.

Voiceover Mac and iOS

Make sure quick navigation is turned off by pressing both left and right arrow keys at the same time. This will allow you to enter text in to edit fields. Also if you choose to use 6 key entry this will allow for input.

If using a braille display using the thumb keys or panning keys caused voiceover to jump focus randomly. I had better results using the arrow keys or key presses such as dot four cord to move the focus.

For math content to show correctly you need to have your output set to uncontracted 6 or 8 dot braille. To do this do the following. Go to settings, accessibility, voiceover, and then braille. In braille choose output. Set the output to uncontracted 6 or 8 dot.


If using a braille display with JAWS if you would like to see the sim braille on the actual braille display you need to have JAWS be outputting to computer braille. If any other setting is chosen you may see a blank line or see incorrect braille. To do this focus JAWS. Then press alt to go to the menu. Arrow down to braille and press enter. Tab to advanced and press enter. Arrow down to general and press the right arrow to expand the tree view. Arrow down to translation and press right to expand. Arrow down to output and choose computer braille from the options.

Using table mode with JAWS can help you navigate more efficiently. You can just press the down arrow key however when encountering a table it maybe easier to use the table commands to move around. With jaws press t to get to the first table. Then hold the control plus alt keys and use the arrows to move around the table.