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PowerUp Game with Accessibility Options

PowerUp can be played with sound only, or with visuals only. It can be played without a mouse or other pointing device. Different key mappings are available, and the sensitivity of some commands can be adjusted. PowerUp can also be played with only a mouse. The accessibility options provide control over how the game�s text will look, whether it is spoken aloud, and the level of sound effects. More information:

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How to set the accessibility options

Play by audio

Read text aloud

Change the size of text

Change the color of text

Play with only a keyboard

Play with only a mouse

How to set the accessibility options

Accessibility options can be set before logging in, by choosing the �Accessibility options� button on the Login screen. You may also type �Control-A� at any time in the game. This brings up a dialog box that displays the options. The dialog box shows the text and speech options. Several keyboard and mouse options are available by clicking the �Show keyboard and mouse options� button. Press �h� at any time in the game to see the available commands.

Play by audio

After launching the game, type �Control-T� to turn on the speech feedback. Open the accessibility options dialog box and select the �Speech output� and �Extra sound effects� options. All text that appears on the screen is spoken (see below for more details) and extra sound effects are provided for events in the world. There are also specialized commands for looking around, finding objects, and walking to them safely. Find out more by selecting the �Play by audio� option on the accessibility options dialog box. Useful tips for playing by audio are also available.

Read text aloud

If the �Speech output� option is selected, all text that appears on the screen can be spoken aloud. When a dialog box is displayed, pressing �Alt-A� will speak the whole contents of the dialog box. Pressing the �tab� key to move around the dialog box will speak the name and contents of each individual control. Within the 3D world, pressing �Alt-A� will speak all of the text in the heads-up displays. Text will also be spoken as it appears in these displays.

Change the size of text

This image shows the three text sizes that are available. Select your preferred size on the accessibility options dialog box. Text in the 3D world is not affected by this option. It can be made larger by pressing �Z� to zoom in.

Change the color of text

These screenshots show the four text color options that are available: standard colors, black text on a white background, white text on a black background, and a low contrast option of brown text on a green background. Select your preferred color on the accessibility options dialog box. When a high or low contrast option is selected, all text is displayed with a solid background. With the standard colors, some text has a transparent background.

Play with only a keyboard

All dialog boxes and menus can be controlled by using the standard keyboard navigation keys: tab and shift-tab to move through the set of controls on the screen, and space or enter to select the current control. Each control will be highlighted as you tab on to it, to show where the focus is. If you have selected the �speech output� option, the control�s name and status will also be spoken when you tab to it.

Any button that can be dragged with the mouse can also be dragged using keystrokes as follows:

press �space� or �enter� to pick up the object

use the arrow keys to move the object

press space or enter again to drop the object

Within the 3D world, use the arrow keys to control where you look. Use the �q� key to �click�.

Play with no keyboard

Bring up the �Accessibility Options� screen by clicking on the �Accessibility Options� button on the login screen. Click the 'Show keyboard and mouse options' button. Click the 'Mouse-only mode'' option. This allows you to use the mouse to look all around in the 3D world, and the right mouse button to start and stop walking. When other commands are needed, click the middle mouse button to bring up a special heads-up display. This provides a set of buttons through which you can control your avatar, and access all the available commands. If you check the 'Use pictures on the buttons' option, this heads-up display will show pictures for the available movement commands, instead of text labels.

Use an on-screen keyboard to enter text when creating and entering your password. No other typing is needed.

Adjust the keyboard and mouse controls

Bring up the �Accessibility Options� screen by clicking on the �Accessibility Options� button on the login screen. Click the 'Show keyboard and mouse options' button. The keyboard and mouse options provide many ways to change the game controls and adjust them to make them more or less sensitive. You can control how fast your avatar turns, choose from several different key mappings, set the walk forward key so that you don�t have to hold it down to keep walking, and change the mouse so that it turns you instead of looking all around. Find out more about these options by selecting the �Adjust controls� option on the accessibility options dialog box.

You may also like to try the mouse-based controls, including on-screen buttons. Look at the �Play with no keyboard� option to learn more.

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