Create a Table of Contents on any Web Page with Orca Screen-reader

Did you know that:

  • All major screen-readers—be it NVDA, JAWS, Voiceover and Orca—have a way to present data in a virtual browser? This way, such elements as headings, tables, lists and links can quickly be accessed through a single keystroke.
  • That Oftentimes, to move forward through these elements, you can simply press a key such as h for heading, i for a list item, etc.
  • To move backwards, it is just a matter of pressing the SHIFT key together with the element key.
  • That with Orca, you can even have a list of elements presented in a single window:
    • Simply pressing ALT-SHIFT-H will display a list of all headings on a web page in a list;
    • Pressing ALT-Shift-M will present a list of all landmarks1.
    • This trend of ALT-SHIFT plus a key will show you the list of elements of a given type as a list.
  • Using this feature, you can generate a table of contents which you can use to quickly navigate to a given element on a web page.

Try this tip today, and you will be pleasantly surprised at how much time you save through even lengthy articles on web pages.

For those just migrating from Windows, or who use both operating systems as part of their work, you should be pleased that when it comes to browsing, the tricks are just the same when it comes to working with structured documents.

Thanks for reading this post, until next time have a pleasant day!

  1. Landmarks are just regions on a web page specially marked to contain important information ↩︎

Ishe Chinyoka
Ishe Chinyoka
Access Technology Instructor

My research interests include operating systems, access technology, programming, and science fiction.