Tips for Visually Impaired Users
Macromedia is committed to enabling a high level of accessibility in our products. HomeSite includes support for customizable keyboard shortcuts and browser-based HTML online documentation, including Alt text for all images.
This section offers suggestions for ways to work productively in HomeSite.
Assigning keyboard shortcuts
Keyboard shortcuts are enabled for many file management, editing, and debugging commands. The shortcut list also contains many commands and language elements that are unassigned.
To open the shortcut key list:
- Select Options > Customize (Shift+F8).
The Customize dialog box appears.
- Press Ctrl+Tab to switch to the Keyboard Shortcut tab.
- Press Tab to highlight the first key assignment in the list.
- Use the arrow keys to scroll the list
- To open the list in the external browser, press Shift+F10 to open the context menu, then select the Browse command.
You can change any of the current key combinations and you can also enter new key combinations to unassigned items in the list.
To assign a key combination:
- In the Customize dialog box, on the Keyboard Shortcut tab, select a command from the list.
- Press Tab to place the cursor in the key assignment box and then press the key combination you want to assign.
- Select Apply to save the assignment.
If the key combination is already in use, a message box displays. You can then choose to overwrite the current assignment or cancel the dialog and press Shift+Tab to place the cursor in the key assignment box again.
The list automatically refreshes when changes are made.
Creating additional key combinations
The Snippets Shortcuts and Scripts Shortcuts tabs in the Customize dialog box also contain a key assignment box that you can use to enter key combinations for those code components.
Using shortcut keys for common tasks
Here are a few handy shortcuts:
- Press F11 opens the current document in the default external browser, then use Alt+Tab to move between the applications.
- F9 toggles the Resources window display.
- Shift+F9 changes the focus between the Document Window and the Resources Window.
- In the Document Window, use Ctrl+Tab to move between open documents.
- In the Resources Window, use Ctrl+Tab to move between Resources tabs.
- In the Help tab, use the arrow keys and the plus and minus keys to navigate the Help tree and press Enter to open a Help topic.
- F12 toggles the Edit and Browse modes.
- Shift+F12 toggles the Edit and Help modes.
Working with user interface elements
The following list describes some ways to work productively in the user interface.
- You can use Windows Explorer instead of the Files tabs for working with the file system, network drives, and remote servers.
- Tag Chooser (Ctrl+E) gives you access to the tag sets of all supported languages. Selecting a tag from Tag Chooser opens the tag editor or inserts the tag directly if the tag does not have attributes. This is an alternative to using the tag toolbuttons on the QuickBar.
- The Results window opens to display output from the Search, Code Validation, Link Tester, and Project Deployment operations as well as showing Image Thumbnails. You can hide or display the Results window by pressing Ctrl+Shift+L. The Keyboard Shortcuts list contains key combinations to focus the view on the various Results tabs.
- Enable the Options > Settings > General > Use standard file dialogs option. It is off by default. The standard dialogs are accessible by screen readers.