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Using Dragon Dictation with AwardSpring

Ensure Dragon is Working Properly

  • Recommended browser: Google Chrome
  • Required browser extension: Ensure Dragon Chrome extension is installed to ensure better usability when navigating websites.

If Dragon has trouble listening or understanding specific words, use the Accuracy Center utilities. Go to Tools > Accuracy Center > Improve recognition of word or phrase.

Navigation

Most buttons and links on the page can be accessed by commanding Dragon to click their label.

If that ever fails, you can ask Dragon to click an element such as a text link or an image. Dragon will select the element on screen. If there are many elements of that similar property, Dragon will ask you to choose from the selection.

Commands that can help with navigation:

  • “Click Text Link”
  • “Click Button”
Form elements on an AwardSpring application page
  • “Click employed on campus”
    • Dragon selects the textboxes with a label that contains “employed on campus”.
  • "Click Text Field"
    • Dragon clicks the one Text Link on Screen,and if there are many asks you to choose the one you want to select.
  • “Choose <number>”
    • If there are multiple elements on the page that relate to the command Dragon recognized, the program will ask you to choose a number as shown in the image to be more specific.
Text Fields
Text field on an AwardSpring application
  • “Click Text Field”
    • Shows options to select text fields on screen.
  • “Click department”
    • You also can select text boxes by calling keywords in the label.

Caution

  • Dictated text does not always get saved by AwardSpring due to the website not detecting changes.
  • To fix this, after dictating your answer, say “press space” and then say “press backspace” to force the website update their values.
Datepicker
Datepicker element on an AwardSpring application
  • A date picker as shown in the picture is not accessible by Dragon, so you must manually speak out the answer.
  • Date is in the format (mm/dd/yyyy).
  • For single digit numbers you must say “Numeral zero <number>” and for the rest of the numbers you can dictate as usual.

For example, to enter 5th March 2020, you must say the following:

  1. “Numeral 03”
  2. “Slash”
  3. “Numeral 05”
  4. “Slash”
  5. “Two thousand”
Checkboxes
Checkbox elements on an AwardSpring application
  • “Click checkbox” usually lets you choose between the checkboxes on screen

Caution

  • Currently, checkboxes on AwardSpring are not accessible by Dragon.
  • You can “tab” and “ press shift tab” to navigate towards the checkbox and say “press space” to toggle a checkbox
    • “Tab” is keyboard button that allows users to navigate through link or components on a website.
    • “Shift + tab” is a keyboard shortcut that allows users to navigate backwards.
Radio Buttons
Radio button elements on an AwardSpring application
  • “Click Radio” usually lets you choose a radio button on screen.
  • On an accessible radio button, you can say “press Yes” and “press No” to select a Radio Button.

Caution

  • Similar to checkboxes, Radio buttons on AwardSpring are not accessible by Dragon.
  • You can say “tab” and “press shift tab” to navigate towards the radio button.
    • “Tab” is keyboard button that allows users to navigate through link or components on a website.
    • “Shift + tab” is a keyboard shortcut that allows users to navigate backwards.
  • After navigating to the radio button, say “press up arrow” or “press down arrow” to change the radio button selected.

Reaching Inaccessible Buttons

If you have issues using commands to complete any of the tasks above, you can mimic the movement of a mouse using these two methods:

Method 1: “Move Mouse <up/down/left/right>”

Once the cursor starts moving, you can command it to “move faster” or “stop”.

After that, say “click”, and Dragon will perform a mouse click based on the location of your cursor.

Method 2: “Click mousegrid”

Dragon creates a 3x3 grid to quickly move your cursor to different sections on the screen.

Dragon presents a new smaller grid after you select a section in a grid for better accuracy. Once you have your mouse in place, you can say “click” and a mouse click at the cursor will take place.

Mousegrid element on an AwardSpring application