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Oh the Joys!

I'm waiting for the oven to finish preheating. We're having spaghetti and garlic bread for lunch, and I need to put the garlic bread in first. So, while I'm waiting, I figured I'd start an entry.

Today's going to be interesting. I've got a PowerPoint class starting next week, and I need to start putting together my handouts for the class. I've got 5 people, so I want to make sure I have as much done as possible. In preparation for preparing, (does that even make sense?), I finally got around to installing my copy of window-Eyes 6 onto my machine. Since switching from Window-Eyes to JAWS almost four years ago, I've kept up on the software updates for both screen-readers since I need to know them both so that I can teach clients. However, without getting into the old which one's better debate, in my opinion, I'm glad I made the switch. Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to say anything bad about Window-Eyes because it is definitely a great program, but for my preferences in verbosity and things, I've found that with a fresh installation of JAWS I can get up and running faster than I can with a fresh install of Window-Eyes because of all the things in Window-eyes that I disable. I also need to say that my opinion on this is not based on my relationship with Freedom Scientific. SMILE!

Anyway, I'm getting off track. I've got five people in my PowerPoint class. Two Window-Eyes users, one JAWS user, and one who I believe is using ZoomText. So, this is going to be an interesting challenge. The handouts that I write include commands for both screen-readers. Having absolutely no experience with ZoomText and PowerPoint, I'm not going to be able to give a lot of help to one individual.

My thought for the class is to start off by discussing the different components of a slide, navigation between the different areas, and how to edit them. Then I want to talk about the different ways of creating presentations; within PowerPoint, or, my personal favorite, within Word as an outline. I'm hoping to get into adding pictures and sounds, but it's really going to depend on the dynamics of my group, and if they're comfortable working with images. Considering that at least three,possibly four of them may end up using PowerPoint on the job, I'm hoping that they're willing to do the images and things. It should be an interesting experience though.

If anyone has used PowerPoint and wants to offer any tips or suggestions, please feel free to pass them on. It's always nice to get more than one point of view.