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bug #54654: [Request] improve accessibility of the help text by showing the cursor

Submitted by:  Ben Key <bkey1>
Submitted on:  Thu 13 Sep 2018 12:24:27 AM UTC  
 
Severity:  1 - Wish Status:  Fixed
Assigned to:  Benno Schulenberg <bens> Open/Closed:  Closed

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Wed 28 Nov 2018 04:18:52 PM UTC, comment #9: 

Thanks for reporting back.  Good to hear that the visible cursor has improved things for you.

Benno Schulenberg <bens>
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Wed 28 Nov 2018 01:00:56 AM UTC, comment #8: 

Thanks. I just tested it in the MSYS2 build of Nano version 3.2 on Windows 10 64-bit. The cursor is now displayed in the help buffer and I can follow the cursor to keep track of my position in the help buffer.

I also tested Nano with the JAWS screen reader. JAWS now tracks the cursor as you read through the help buffer. Thus this change did improve the accessibility of Nano.

Ben Key <bkey1>
Mon 12 Nov 2018 06:47:19 PM UTC, comment #7: 

Released in 3.2.

Benno Schulenberg <bens>
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Sun 07 Oct 2018 08:54:10 AM UTC, comment #6: 

The exact commit is 10d9742c.  Will be available in 3.2.

Benno Schulenberg <bens>
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Sun 07 Oct 2018 08:51:32 AM UTC, comment #5: 

An improved patch was pushed to master.  Thanks for reporting.

Benno Schulenberg <bens>
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Tue 02 Oct 2018 06:05:11 PM UTC, comment #4: 

If you can, please try the attached patch.

(file #45124)

Benno Schulenberg <bens>
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Thu 13 Sep 2018 06:42:02 PM UTC, comment #3: 

Ah.  What you call "the caret" most people call "the cursor".  Your cursor apparently is a blinking underscore, mine is a non-blinking block (that inverts the character after the insertion point).

Okay.  I think it will be possible to show the cursor in the help text (extending the meaning of the --showcursor option), and to enable the <Left> and <Right> keys too so the cursor can be moved horizontally.  I will look at this in the coming weeks.

Benno Schulenberg <bens>
Project AdministratorIn charge of this item.
Thu 13 Sep 2018 06:24:59 PM UTC, comment #2: 

Nano implements the caret, just not when reading help.

When editing a document in Nano there is the horizontal blinking _ that shows the insertion point. This is called a caret. It is a target that one can look for helping them to see what line they are on. A screen reader will also look for that and when they use up or down arrow to navigate through a document it will read the line of text at the caret position.

Ben Key <bkey1>
Thu 13 Sep 2018 06:03:49 PM UTC, comment #1: 

I'm unsure what you mean by "the caret".  Is there any other program that implements this caret, and if so, how to enable it, so that I can see what you mean and how it is supposed to work?  Does Vim or Geany or Gedit implement this caret?

Benno Schulenberg <bens>
Project AdministratorIn charge of this item.
Thu 13 Sep 2018 12:24:27 AM UTC, original submission:  

To improve accessibility of the Nano help, you should enable the caret in the Nano help text window. The caret helps someone who has low vision keep track of where they are in the document. In addition, the caret makes the text accessible to users of a screen reader since many screen readers will read the line of text at the caret location as you navigate through the text line by line.

Without the caret, a person who has low vision will have difficulty keeping track of where they are in the help text. I for one cannot read the help text because it is just one long text block and I quickly loose my place and experience eye strain.

Ben Key <bkey1>

 

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    Date Changed by Updated Field Previous Value => Replaced by
    2018-11-12 bens Open/ClosedOpen => Closed
    2018-10-08 bens Summary[Request] improve accessibility of the help text: show the cursor to help mark the reading position => [Request] improve accessibility of the help text by showing the cursor
    2018-10-07 bens StatusIn Progress => Fixed
    2018-10-02 bens Attached File- => Added 0001-display-show-the-cursor-also-in-a-help-text-when-sho.patch, #45124
        StatusNone => In Progress
        Assigned toNone => bens
    2018-09-13 bens Summary[Request] improve accessibility of the help text: implement a "caret" that marks the reading position => [Request] improve accessibility of the help text: show the cursor to help mark the reading position
    2018-09-13 bens Summary{Request] improve accessibility of the help text: implement a "caret" that marks the reading position => [Request] improve accessibility of the help text: implement a "caret" that marks the reading position
    2018-09-13 bens Severity3 - Normal => 1 - Wish
        SummaryTo improve accessibility of the Nano help, you should enable the caret in the Nano help text window => {Request] improve accessibility of the help text: implement a "caret" that marks the reading position
    2018-09-13 bkey1 Carbon-Copy- => Added bkey76@gmail.com

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