--- On Tue, 12/4/12, Nicole Valicia Thompson-Andrews <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
I'm using Windows Xp. At first, I thought of adding a dragon to theowels, don't know how'd I'd do that other than add the word dragon to each letter. There's a shape feature in word, what's that for? Doesn't look like that feature is screen reader accessible. I have word 07 on my desktop, but remember it from 03. Any other ideas for transforming the vowels? Why do sighted people use the mouse? Why not just use the keyboard? What is the purpose of a mouse?

No idea how you might add a dragon image.

For a lot of special characters including accented vowels, you can of course use the "Insert -- symbol" dialogue, but there are easier ways!! (see below).

The mouse saves a lot of time memorizing various keystrokes, moving the cursor around etc. Since you're blind, that may be irrelevant.

----- Original Message ----- From: "Mathieu Roy" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, December 04, 2012 6:53 PM
Subject: Re: Accenting Vowels

I'm using Windows 7, and at the right-bottom of my screen I can modify the
language for my keyboard. I am learning Catalan, and there's a lot of accent
you can do in this language: ^, , , and ` on every vowels (for example: ,
, , ) (and you can also do the ). So maybe using your keyboard in the
"catalan" mode would faster than always adding a symbol by clicking on
"insertion" and "symbol". If you do other accents however, maybe other
natlangs mode for your keyboard would be better, I don't know.

Hope it helped.

That's close-- much the same on Windows XP. What you'd want to do is set your keyboard to US-International, which does all those things too. . (But not the raised dot used in Catalan to distinguish "ll" from l+l IIRC.) If you're not in the US, it might be different. For ex., single quote + a vowel give the acute accent , Shift-single quote + vowel gives the umlaut . Only problem is, if you just want real single or double quotes around a word beginning with a vowel, you have to hit the space-bar. One gets used to it........

And finally, of course, one can resort to Left-Alt + numbers from the keypad. The vowels with diacritics and some other characters are in the range 0192-0255. Make a list!! Some of the numbers below 0192 also produce usable things (like L-Alt 0167 ), but not all of them work on all browsers. 

Also, with the US-Intl. setting (and likely with your Catalan setting), Right-Alt + regular keyboard gives much the same, but you have to remember which is which. e.g. R-Alt + a > , R-Alt + w > , R-Alt +z >  etc. etc. Again, make a list if you don't use these characters often enough to memorize them. (This might not work, or work differently, on a Dvorak keyboard.)

Nicole-- what does your screen reader do when it encounters a vowel with an accent mark? Could it be a problem???

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Objet : Accenting Vowels

I've been thinking about how confusing my fist set of vowels for Yardish
was. I came up with a sollution, create an accent mark. Unfortunately, I
don't know how to create an accent mark. Should I use one of the symbols in
Microsoft word's symbol dialogue?