Re: gnome-shell magnifier

Hi All,

I am delighted to inform you all that caret and focus tracking has
landed in GNOME Shell 3.9.91 and as of 3.9.91 focus and caret tracking
is available for GNOME Shell's magnifier to compliment the mouse
tracking that has already been in place for a while. 

The new feature means that the magnifier can now be used while typing
documents, for caret browsing pages on the internet and also for using
the tab or arrow keys to navigate around the GNOME Shell desktop, for

The GSettings for focus and caret tracking are not yet integrated into
the Accessibility Dialogue for the magnifier. We hope to get these
GSettings into a gui as soon as possible, but in the meantime, here is a
quick how-to explaining what can be done to changing GSettings (should
it be required).

To set focus tracking open up a terminal and type:

$ gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.a11y.magnifier focus-tracking

Where 'mysetting' is either 'push', 'centered', 'proportional' or
'none' (setting to 'none' will disable focus-tracking).  

To set caret tracking open up a terminal and type:

$ gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.a11y.magnifier caret-tracking

Where 'mysetting' is either 'push', 'centered', 'proportional' or
'none' (setting to 'none' will disable caret-tracking).  

You can check the current setting just by typing the following into a
terminal for caret and focus tracking respectively:

$ settings get org.gnome.desktop.a11y.magnifier caret-tracking

$ gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.a11y.magnifier focus-tracking

Any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Because the
feature is so new, it is expected that improvements will need to be made
to the work. I would like to urge users of the magnifier to get in touch
with plenty of feedback so we can learn how people are finding the new
feature and also to learn about any ideas people have for how this
feature (or anything else related to the work) can be improved.

Many thanks for your patience on this and thanks in advance for comments
about the work. 

Kind regards,

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   1. gnome-shell magnifier  (Robert D. Crawford)


Message: 1
Date: Wed, 04 Sep 2013 16:08:04 -0700
From: "Robert D. Crawford" <robdcraw gmail com>
To: gnome-accessibility-list gnome org
Subject: gnome-shell magnifier 
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Hello all,

I've just started using gnome 3, specifically 3.8.1, and I am a
magnifier user.  I have a few questions:

1.  Is there some way to adjust the granularity of the keyboard shortcut
for the magnification?  200%, 300%, etc is too coarse.  I did see that I
could increment by 25% in the accessibility settings dialog but not with
the shortcut.  I do realize I could set the shortcut for something and
then use the on/off toggle to switch between but I don't always use the
same level.  If this is addressed somewhere else please point me in that

2.  Is there some way to create a keyboard shortcut for reverse video?
I don't need it all the time and going to the settings dialog every time
is a bit of a PITA.

Thanks in advance for any assistance.  Again, if this is documented
somewhere that I've not been able to find via google, please point me in
that direction.

Best regards,

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