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TINYTALK PERSONAL: THE POWERFUL AND AFFORDABLE SCREEN READER
USER GUIDE

OMS Development
1921 Highland Ave.
Wilmette, IL 60091
(708)251-5787

Copyright 1992 OMS Development/Eric Bohlman. All Rights Reserved

TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION
HOW TO USE THIS MANUAL
LEGAL STUFF
CHAPTER 1: WHAT TINYTALK DOES AND WHY IT DOES IT
SECTION 1: HOW PROGRAMS ORGANIZE THEIR DISPLAYS
SECTION 2: APPLICATION MODE AND REVIEW MODE
SECTION 3: AN OVERVIEW OF TINYTALK'S FACILITIES
CHAPTER 2: INSTALLING AND RUNNING TINYTALK
SECTION 1: SUPPORTED HARDWARE
SECTION 2: INSTALLING TINYTALK
SECTION 3: RUNNING TINYTALK
CHAPTER 3: WHAT'S AVAILABLE IN APPLICATION MODE
SECTION 1: IMMEDIATE OUTPUT
SECTION 2: KEYBOARD ECHO
SECTION 3: CURSOR TRACKING
SECTION 4: HOT KEYS
SECTION 5: THE INDEPENDENT CURSOR
SECTION 6: AUTOMATIC POP-UP WINDOW READING
SECTION 7: FORM FILLING
SECTION 8: TEXT HIGHLIGHTING
CHAPTER 4: REVIEW/CONTROL MODE
SECTION 1: SYNTHESIZER CONTROL COMMANDS
SECTION 2: OPTION-SETTING COMMANDS
SECTION 3: NAVIGATION
SECTION 4: WINDOW DEFINITION COMMANDS
SECTION 5: CONFIGURATION-SETTING COMMANDS
SECTION 6: A WINDOW AND CONFIGURATION EXAMPLE
SECTION 7: REMAPPING HOTKEYS
SECTION 8: LABELLING KEYS
SECTION 9: USER-DEFINED PUNCTUATION
SECTION 10: MISCELLANEOUS COMMANDS
CHAPTER 5: SAVING AND LOADING CONFIGURATION LIBRARIES
SECTION 1: SAVING CONFIGURATION LIBRARIES
SECTION 2: LOADING CONFIGURATION LIBRARIES
SECTION 3: CLONING TINYTALK
SECTION 4: THE TTALK ENVIRONMENT VARIABLE
SECTION 5: VIEWING CONFIGURATIONS
SECTION 6: CONVERTING CONFIGURATIONS
CHAPTER 6: ODDS 'N' ENDS
SECTION 1: KNOWN BUGS AND LIMITATIONS
SECTION 2: HOW TO GET IN TOUCH WITH US
SECTION 3: ABOUT OMS DEVELOPMENT INTRODUCTION

Tinytalk Personal is a powerful and affordable speech access program for
IBM-compatible computers. It was designed with three goals in mind: to
provide an entry-level screen reader that doesn't cost an arm and a leg, to
make modern application programs speak more or less automatically and to
use as little memory as possible (it currently takes up only 27K).

Tinytalk Personal isn't intended to be all things to all people; rather it
tries to provide the minimum set of options needed to run modern software.
In the first quarter of 1993, we expect to release "add-ins" for Tinytalk
that will provide advanced features like user-defined pronunciation
dictionaries and a compiler for making configuration files from text
descriptions.

HOW TO USE THIS MANUAL

This manual is organized into 6 chapters. The first talks about how modern
application programs organize their screen displays and gives an overview
of Tinytalk's features. Chapter 2 describes how to install Tinytalk and
get started running it. Chapter 3 gives a more detailed description of
Tinytalk's most important screen-reading facilities. Chapter 4, a long
one, describes Tinytalk's review/control mode, which is where you tell
Tinytalk what to read on the screen and how to read it. You'll learn how
to adjust the voice on your synthesizer, how to set Tinytalk up according
to your preferences for things like punctuation and keyboard echo, how to
specify parts of the screen to be automatically monitored, and much more.
Chapter 5 talks about how to save your configurations to disk so that once
you set Tinytalk up the way you want it, you don't have to repeat the
process each time you turn your computer on. Finally, Chapter 6 ties up
some loose ends.

If screen readers are a new concept to you, don't try to memorize this
whole manual at once; you'll be overwhelmed. Instead, read up to the point
where you think you understand one feature of Tinytalk, go to your computer
and try it. Keep doing this until you're comfortable with a few of
Tinytalk's basic facilities, and then re-read the manual. You'll find that
some things you may have found confusing the first time now make a lot more
sense. Don't worry about not being able to configure your favorite
application programs to talk perfectly the moment you get Tinytalk; that
will come later. Don't be afraid to try anything, and don't be afraid to
skip over certain sections of this manual the first time through.

LEGAL STUFF

Tinytalk Personal, its support programs and this document are copyright
1990-1992 by OMS Development/Eric Bohlman. All rights reserved.

Tinytalk Personal is distributed as shareware, which means that you can
obtain it and try it out free of charge. If you decide to make it your
primary speech package, you are required to pay for it. Since shareware
distribution eliminates many of the traditional costs involved in marketing
software (especially costs incurred by distributors of adaptive software),
paying for it shouldn't be a big strain on anybody; we can offer Tinytalk
Personal for $75, which is much lower than most speech packages.

A copy of Tinytalk that you've paid for is called a "registered" copy,
whereas one that you're evaluating for possible purchase is an
"unregistered" copy. Unregistered copies read you a 30-second commercial
(which you can't shut up) when you run the program; registered copies
don't, and include a program for updating configuration library files
created with earlier versions of the program.

You may distribute the UNREGISTERED version of Tinytalk Personal to others
(including posting it on computer bulletin boards) as long as you include
the ENTIRE, UNMODIFIED set of files listed in the accompanying READ.ME
file. You may not charge anybody more than the cost of disk media and
mailing. You may transfer the REGISTERED version of Tinytalk Personal to
another party only if you do not retain any copies for yourself.

Product names used in this document are trademarks of their respective
manufacturers. No endorsements or affiliations of any sort are implied.