Pages for Mac and VO

macOS and Mac Apps
Hi! I just bought Pages for my Mac, and I'm currently trying to figure out the most efficient way of editing and formating text in it. I come across a weird thing, that you guys might have a solution to. Don't really know if this is a bug, or if I'm doing something wrong... The thing is, while I'm in editing mode and then stop interacting with the area where I type the text, it'll sometimes not let me get back into editing when interacting with the area again. I first stop interact once, and then it says "stop interacting with page 1", then stop interacting again, and it says"stop interacting with layout area". Then I can move VO around to things like ruler and a bunch of things that just says picture that I don't know what is. But when I then move back to Layout area and interact with it, and then interact with page 1, to take the same route back again, I'm not able to type text or move around in the text that I've already written anymore. Is there something I have to do to get back to editing mode? The only solution right now, is to have my sighted girlfriend to click somewhere in the edit area to get it back working. Or I could close the document and loose all I've done, and open a new one to start over again, cause then it works fine again. Any help would be appreciated, since I need this to work for my new job starting on tuesday. Any other great tips and hints or good resources on how to use Pages with VO on a Mac would also be of great interest! Thanks in advance ;) Cliff, Norway



Submitted by JT on Saturday, March 30, 2013

I've never had this happen to me. Good luck with the new job, I would hate to have to use Pages myself.

Submitted by Scott Davert on Saturday, March 30, 2013

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team
HI. Most likely, the VoiceOver cursor has lost focus with the mouse pointer. When in the document, and interacting with the text, press VO-Cmd-F5 and then click. This should fix the issue, or at least, it did for me.

Yeiii! That worked! Didn't even have to do VO+cmd+F5to route the mouse cursor to where the VO focus was because my girlfriend confirmed that the mouse was following the focus when I moved around. So I only had to do VO+shift+spacebar to do a single mouse click after I've interacted with the document, and I was back on track again! I got my girlfriend to look when I stopped interacting and moved the focus around a bit to see if there was any visual changes, and it was... As soon as I moved the focus after I stopped interacting the last time, the cursor in the text stopped flashing. So I guess the cursor becomes inactive after moving out of the document area and needs to be reactivated again with a mouse click before its possible to write anything again. Thank you so much! Saved my day! ;)