I would like to know how to perform the two-part gestures with Talkback.
The list of two part gestures is here: https://support.google.com/accessibility/android/answer/6151827?hl=en
For each of the gestures, what you want to do is try and perform it as smoothly and accurately as possible. EG, to open the recent apps list which is "left then up" you want to draw something which looks like a capital L - start with your finger near the lower right edge of screen, go directly left towards the left edge of screen, then without lifting (or pausing too long) change direction and move your finger directly up towards the top of the screen.
The key things I find help here:
- Start the gesture before your finger touches the screen. If you place your finger on screen and then start moving, it will likely move the focus to wherever you put your finger down. If you're performing a gesture such as "Home", and not intending to return to the app, this might not be a problem, but if you are trying to open the local context menu for instance, it could be.
- Be aware of where the edges of your screen are. Many phones - trying to focus on larger screen on smaller physical size devices - are getting to where the screen really does take up almost the whole front of the device, however this is not always the case, and on many tablets for instance, there is a border around the edge of maybe up to an inch or more which doesn't form part of the screen. If your gesture is done on this border area, it won't register, or if it is partly on the border area, it may register as something other than what you were intending.
- Learn what physical or soft touch buttons your device has and where they are. On Samsung devices for instance, there is a physical home button on the lower (in portrait) part of the front. To the left and right of this, are soft touch buttons which have no physical feel, but which can be used to interact with the device. On the Nexus range however, there is no physical home button, but three buttons which are actually on part of the screen which perform the same functions however will always appear in the middle at the bottom of the screen, whichever orientation your device is (exactly what they do depends on the version of Android your device is running). In some cases, it can be easier to get the hang of knowing where these buttons are and what they do.
-Finally, be patient - It's so easy to say "swipe right then down" to open the notification shade and conceptually that doesn't seem that hard, but actually doing it accurately on a device and getting the desired result can be a lot trickier.
Oh one more thing, a couple of extra gestures which aren't mentioned in that list:
- swipe left then right decreases the value in a slider (eg a brightness or volume control).
- swipe right then left increases the value in a slider
- Swipe down from the top of the screen with two fingers opens the notification shade
- Swipe down from the top of the screen with three fingers opens the notification shade with the quick toggle buttons visible (for sighted users these two commands use one less finger).
I'm sure there's more I've forgotten but let us know how you go with that!
Thank you very much for your support! Without your help, I wouldn't know what the two part gestures are and what they do. Does the explore by touch tutorial cover how to perform these accurately or not?
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