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Easy Access is a set of keyboard utilities built into the Apple Macintosh operating system that allow the user to modify the operation of the keyboard and mouse for individuals who have limited upper extremity mobility. The utilities are provided with the operating system at no additional cost. Sticky Keys is a feature that allows single-finger operation of the keyboard. With Sticky Keys turned on, the "modifier" keys (such as SHIFT) can be pressed before the key they modify, rather than at the same time. Pressing the modifier key once modifies the next keystroke only; pressing it twice locks it on until it is turned off by being pressed again. Multiple modifier key sequences (like SHIFT-OPTION) can be executed using Sticky Keys. MouseKeys is a feature that allows the keys on the numeric keypad to be used in place of the mouse. Since the Apple PowerBook does not have a built-in numeric keypad, this utility set also includes a Mouse Keys for the PowerBook utility, which is used to emulate the numeric keyboard on the standard PowerBook keyboard. SlowKeys is a utility that enables the computer user to have the keyboard delay a keyboard entry unless the desired key is held down for a user-determined amount of time. The set also includes a text-to-speech utility that allows the computer to read alert messages that appear on the screen; messages can be read in either English or Mexican Spanish. Easy Access is included in operating systems 4.1 and above. COMPATIBILITY: For use on Apple Macintosh and PowerBook computers.
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