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New Training Course. Chrome Plated, Using Google Chrome with JAWS for Windows!

Introduction.

During a recent American convention, it was suggested that in 3 or 4 years from now, Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge would be the dominant internet browsers.

For years, many of us have been using Microsoft Internet Explorer to shop online, read the news, work with social media sites and much more besides. But we must look to the future. It seems like the right time for us to at least begin to understand what Google Chrome can do or even use it as our full-time browser and there are compelling reasons as to why you may want to do the latter.

That's just one of the aspects of our new training course beginning on 23 August 2017, Chrome Plated!

What Will I Learn?

The course is divided into four sessions, each of which will last 60 minutes. In addition to teaching you how to use the Google Chrome browser with JAWS for Windows, we'll be addressing what we consider to be the most important and critical issue. Efficiency of use. How does the support for Google Chrome compare with Microsoft Internet Explorer in terms of usability? Google have implemented accessibility to excellent effect in Chrome, but can you carry out functions with the same degree of efficiency and ease of use with Google Chrome as you can with Internet Explorer? There are differences in the way you undertake some tasks with an alternative browser, (that is accepted), but once mastered, is it just as easy to get done what you need to do on a daily basis? Are there tasks where Chrome is superior to other browsers? We'll be going into all these issues in great detail.

The training course will cover many topics including:

  • An introduction to the advantages of using Chrome as opposed to other browsers.
  • How to make Chrome the Default browser.
  • Customising Chrome for ease of use with JAWS for Windows through browser Settings.
  • Keyboard shortcuts for web browsing and getting to where you need to be.
  • Working through relevant options in the JAWS Quick Settings.
  • Working with the Address Bar.
  • A brief overview of JAWS Quick Navigation Keys.
  • Good web browsing and screen-reading strategies for getting the most from web pages.
  • Creating and managing your Bookmarks.
  • The five methods for accessing pages you've visited before including those you have Bookmarked.
  • Downloading files: where they go and how to control them.
  • Listening to audio content.
  • Tabbed Browsing: what is it and getting the most from it.
  • Opening pages in a new window.
  • Tools within JAWS and other products, such as Placemarkers, LeaseyPoints, LeaseyAlerts and Smart Navigation.
  • Settings not related to accessibility and optimisation.
  • Synchronising items across computers and devices.
  • Selecting Text ready for copying.
  • Getting Help.

During the course, we'll also be listening very carefully to the audio output delivered using JAWS and paying close attention to the subtle differences between those prompts which you may be used to hearing with Internet Explorer to those from Google Chrome. The pages are rendered slightly differently in each browser and we need to understand the terminology and what it all means.

Who is the Course For?

This course is suited to anyone who has a basic knowledge of how to undertake working with the web with JAWS for Windows using any browser and who wishes to learn how Google Chrome can be used. It would also be suitable for anyone who has an awareness of using Chrome but who wants to learn more to get the most from it.

There will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions regarding the topics under discussion, however this is achieved in a structured manner. This ensures that you can focus on learning the concepts being taught.

If I Purchase the Course, What Will I Receive?

The course will be delivered online via our accessible Zoom Confrencing platform. If you have not used this conferencing software before, you will receive instructions prior to the commencement of the course. This software allows for the delivery of the presentation, including the output from the screen-reading software. The audio is of a high quality.

You can also participate by telephone in the UK, US, Ireland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Finally, there is an accessible I O S app for Zoom.

The course will give to you:

  • four lessons starting 23 August 2017. Each lesson will begin at 7 PM UK time, (2 PM Eastern), each Wednesday.
  • An audio recording of each lesson in MP3 format.
  • Text documentation comprising a list of keystrokes to reinforce topics covered in the lessons.
  • An email list active prior to (and during) the course so you can ask questions outside tuition time.

The proposed dates for the course sessions are as follows:

  • 23 August.
  • 30 August.
  • 6 September.
  • 13 September.

All recordings, documentation and the conference area are accessed through a secure area of our website which is only available to course participants. If you cannot make those dates, please don't worry. You can still take advantage of the Email list and the archives of the webinars, which are usually uploaded the following day after editing.

Costing.

The cost of the course is £50 which is currently 62 US dollars.
The course fee can be ppaid at any time between now and 16 August 2017.

Purchase Chrome Plated Online.

Alternatively, anyone can purchase the course by sending an Email to jaws@hartgen.org, whereupon a fully accessible electronic invoice will be sent to you which can be paid through PayPal or any major credit or debit card. Orders can also be placed by telephone:

  • Call us (from within the UK): 02920-850298.
  • Call us (from the United States): 415-871-0626.
  • Call us (from any other country): (+44)2920-850298.

If you would like to read the views from participants of our previous courses, please Visit our Training area.

Course Prerequisites.

It is important that you have:

  • Good keyboarding skills;
  • A computer with an internet connection or a telephone;
  • A microphone so as to ask questions within the course;
  • JAWS for Windows screen-reader;
  • Access to Google Chrome web browser. If you have not downloaded it prior to the course, details will be provided to you.

Summary.

Look to the future and learn some of the best ways of getting the most from the internet with Google Chrome and JAWS. It's a powerful combination!

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