[BlindRUG] Switching from Doing with Eyesight to Doing Without

Godfrey, Jonathan A.J.Godfrey at massey.ac.nz
Thu Mar 30 23:35:21 UTC 2017

Hello Nicholas,

I suggest that you move to putting all your R scripts into markdown files.

A quick (and therefore quite dirty) function to do this is in the BrailleR package. Look for BrailleR::R2Rmd()

You’ll get the interactivity one way or another. I use markdown almost everywhere, and the terminal for testing little things and doing small calculations.


From: BlindRUG [mailto:blindrug-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Nicholas J via BlindRUG
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Subject: Re: [BlindRUG] Switching from Doing with Eyesight to Doing Without


Thank you for your answer Dr. Godfrey. All your answers and all the answers I have been getting on all the lists have been great and I think they will be very helpful. I have been working on learning Jaws for a bit now and have seen its helpfulness and I am going to start on Braille very soon. I use r everyday and have wanted to start using the rterm a bit, but had a few questions. Is the rterm like the Rconsole in Rstudio where code is typed and executed line by line? I right now use the Rscript window a lot in Rstudio where I can type all my code and execute however much of it I want. Will I need to start getting used to doing it line by line instead of all at once? How does one then go and fix errors in prior lines of code in the terminal if it is a very long program that may need fixing early on in the code, but will need a lot of code after it to be run? Are there any good things to do or resources on the internet to help practice all that I am learning with all this new technology? The technology gives me hope to help my situation, but it's starting to get a bit daunting on how I will be able to get a good grasp on everything and all the notation I will need to read and write.

Thank you,

On Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 9:59 PM, Nicholas J <314nick15 at gmail.com<mailto:314nick15 at gmail.com>> wrote:

I am legally blind, with enough vision to do things on the computer using Zoomtext and using a portable cctv to view things from a distance. I have been relying on this technology to do everything from programming, to statistical work, to reading, to viewing boards, and surfing the web. I can still see the same amount, but the inefficiencies in all these techniques has become apparent. I have been switching over to technologies like Jaws, Kurzweil, and braille. For r programming, I'm thinking Jaws is the best to use, but I am not sure how. I've read about the terminal and used it before. I mainly use Rstudio visually now and saw that many of the features in it like creating rmarkdown files and such would have to be done differently in places like the terminal. I've learned that Rstudio is not very Jaws friendly, but am not at all sure how to use Jaws and r together. How can you view a whole script of r code at once? In a terminal, doesn't one run code line by line? How can all line be corrected and run at once like in Rstudio? How do I code in r just using my hearing and not eyesight? How do I create such things as an rmarkdown file or a shiny app without Rstudio? I looked through the threads in this list and found things that are very helpful, but am not sure how to use them without using my vision. Any help would very much be appreciated.

Thank you,

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