One can turn any pageset into a custom keyboard in Communicator 5. Making a custom keyboard, however, may not be an easy task. If possible you may want to edit one of the existing keyboards. If that is not possible, you may want to reference one of the existing keyboards as you create your own.
When you open one of the existing keyboards in edit view you will notice there are many pages in the pageset. Take the Regular keyboard for instance. The first five pages in the Page List are dedicated for speech output. The first page contains letters, second page for editing, and the third, fourth, and fifth pages for scientific calculation symbols. On the bottom of the first page are smart buttons that change the keyboard letters from lower case to upper case or numbers. If your custom pageset does not contain smart button type keys (such as the ones marked with an X in edit view) then you will need to create your own separate upper case and number pages in the pageset.
The sixth page in the Regular keyboard is for inputting numbers such as phone numbers.
The seventh, eighth, and ninth pages in the Regular keyboard are Multi-line input pages. These pages are used for actions such as typing the body of an email or creating a document. They are typically not spoken but rather used as input which is why you see the teal and red keyboard buttons at the bottom of those pages (red signifying cancel and teal signifying OK).
The tenth page in the Regular pageset is for inputing email addresses and web addresses. This page does not use autocorrect to add a space after the period so that email addresses and web addresses can be typed.
The twelfth and thirteenth pages are similar to the 7th, 8th, and 9th pages in that they are input pages however these pages only allow for a single line of input. These pages would be used for the subject line of an email for instance.
You may ask why all of this is important? To designate this pageset as a keyboard you will need to follow the steps below...
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