FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

How do I use the keyboard?

To enter Braille cells using a standard keyboard please read the Keyboard Check page.

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How do I use the main menu?

The menu has been designed as an accessible drop down menu which can hold all of the many links which are available whilst presenting itself in a useful compact format. The top level consists of the main topic areas, About, Getting Started, Resources and then when logged in and within a topic, Module 1 and Module 2. Each of these contains a sub menu underneath it which further breaks the information down.

To access the sub menu, tab or arrow to the main top level menu (e.g. Getting Started) and then press the enter key. This will expand the menu and make each item in the submenu available by continuing to tab or arrow through the sub menu or in the Link List available by pressing Insert – F7 while using the screen reader. To close a sub menu you can either tab or arrow to the end of it and into the next top level menu, or press the Escape key while in the menu.

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How do I save my exercises?

When you are completing exercises we recommend you save at regular intervals to avoid losing your work. In Visual Access mode, you save your work by pressing the Save button after the exercise. In Non-Visual Access mode, you can save your current exercise progress by pressing the 1 key or by leaving edit mode and pressing the Save button after the exercise.

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My screen reader says s,d,f,j,k or l when I enter Braille using 6 keys?

To prevent the screen reader echoing out the actual keyboard key pressed as well the interpreted Braille character generated by UEBOnline, we recommend that you disable the echoing of typed characters in your screen reader when using UEBOnline.

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I do not hear the ‘ding’ at the end of the line?

UEBOnline will sound a ‘ding’ like an elevator ding when the cell marker reaches 40 cells. In some lessons, the line being typed does not reach 40 cells hence there is no ‘ding’ sounded.

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How do I spell this word?

When entering words for an exercise in Non-Visual Access mode, you will come across some words that aren’t spelt how you might imaging, particularly names of people. If in doubt about the spelling of a name you can press the 3 key while in edit mode and the word will be spelt.

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Why are some wordsigns or groupsigns read incorrectly by the screen reader?

When completing some exercises, the screen reader will do an auto expansion of some wordsigns and groupsigns which may be a bit confusing. For example, when sounding out the group sign s t, screen readers can expand this to street. Other common expansions include: l b to pound, f t  to feet and c m to centimetres.

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Do I have to complete UEB Literacy first before commencing UEB Mathematics?

No. However UEB Mathematics still uses literacy components of UEB so you must be familiar with UEB before commencing the mathematics topic. If you are not familiar with UEB Literacy we strongly recommend you complete that first before commencing UEB Mathematics.

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Do I need a Brailler?

No. You use the 6 keys on a standard QWERTY computer keyboard. See Keyboard Check for more detail.

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What do I need to complete a UEB Online topic?

As a minimum, you need a computer running a modern web browser, an internet connection to access the UEB Online program and a keyboard capable of generating 6 simultaneous keystrokes. In addition if you are completing this in the Visual Access mode, you will need a screen reader installed on your computer such as NDVA or JAWS and be familiar with its operation. See System Requirements for more detail.

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Can I use an iPad, phone or Tablet to complete the UEB courses?

No. At this point in time we do not support the use of touch devices such as an iPad for completing UEB Online. It must be a computer or laptop with a connected keyboard.

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What is High Contrast mode?

At the top of each page is a High Contrast mode button. Pressing this will put the UEB Online website into a mode where you can adjust the font size, background colour and text colour to enhance your viewing experience.

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What is the difference between Visual Access and Non-Visual Access mode?

When completing exercises within a lesson there are two options, Visual Access mode and Non-Visual Access mode.

Visual Access Mode makes the data entry area look like a piece of paper and each braille cell you type is displayed on the screen as typed. You can also use arrow keys to navigate within the page. This mode of operation is intended for sighted users.

Non-Visual Access mode uses a screen reader technology on the computer to read aloud the various exercise content, including the ability to spell words, replay exercise words/sentences and to check what you have typed. It is specially designed so that vision impaired users can complete lessons at their own pace and with the same level of accuracy requirements as Visual Access Mode.

See How to complete lessons for more detail.

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Why can’t I move to the next lesson?

Within each lesson there are 1 or 2 exercises to be completed with 100% accuracy. If the Next Lesson button is not enabled for you to press, then at least 1 or both of the lessons still have errors which must be corrected. At the end of each lesson a message will be presented congratulating you for completing the exercise. If you did not receive this message you have not completed the exercise yet.

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What should I do if I get an error completing an Exercise?

Whenever you get an error while completing an exercise, you must stop and fix it. Whilst it may be possible to continue, the original error will keep occurring until it is fixed. As each exercise must be completed with 100% accuracy an error cannot be ignored. You will not be able to proceed to the next lesson until all errors are cleared.

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