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macOS Availability Keyboard – NSHipster



For a while now,
the distinction between "desktop" and "mobile"
has become increasingly striking.
As the computers in our pockets become more and more skilled,
they are more like the computers that are usually on desks and inmates.
This trend was particularly pronounced in this year's WWDC,
with the announcement of
Catalyst and
iPadOS.

What is the difference between a MacBook and an iPad today?
Practically, you may want to point out
presence or absence of
a physical keyboard,
a SIM card, or
and ARM processor
(and if rumors of next year's MacBook models are to be believed,
these latter two may soon cease to be an award).

For many of us,
A physical keyboard is the most important feature
makes a computer into a "desktop" computer in the traditional sense;
when you buy an external keyboard for your iPad,
do it to make it "stationary".
But for many others ̵

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including those of us with a physical disability –
A typewriter-like keyboard is just one of many input methods
available to desktop users.

This week on NSHipster,
we are looking at macOS Accessibility Keyboard.
Beyond its immediate utility as an assistive technology,
The accessibility keyboard challenges us to think differently
on the nature of input methods
and any remaining distinction between mobile and desktop computers.


Introduced in macOS High Sierra,
the keyboard for accessibility
lets you write and interact with your Mac
without the use of a physical keyboard.

To turn it on,
open System Preferences
Click the Accessibility Settings pane,
select "Keyboard" under the "Interactions" section of the sidebar.
(Alternatively, search for "Accessibility Keyboard"
and navigate to the first result).

  Editor Keyboard Panel Editor

Click the checkbox labeled "Enable Accessibility Keyboard"
to present the accessibility keypad over the windows of the leading app.

The software keyboard reproduces the design of the hardware keyboard.
Modification keys outlined in red ()
is "sticky keys"
and stay active until a non-sticky key is activated,
allows for uppercase letters and shortcuts.
Along the top row are iOS-style suggestions
which updates automatically as you type.

However, the most interesting feature of the accessibility keyboard
is hidden behind the ⚙︎ button in the upper right corner –
the ability to customize and create your own keyboards!

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