Screen Reader Assist

Users can configure a toggle key to enable Z and I Emulator for Windows to replace blank and null characters in the input field with another character. This option enables screen readers to report the length of the field to visually impaired users. Data sent to and from the host is not changed—only the screen display and the screen reader's voicing of the display are affected. By default, this function is not enabled.

For 3270 and VT emulators, the default padding character is a blank. For 5250, the default replacement character is an underscore. You can choose another character if you prefer.

During the emulation session, you can turn the screen reader assist on or off, as needed. To map the screen reader toggle to a key, click Settings → Keyboard. Click Customize to access the keyboard setup dialog. Refer to the online help for a complete list of available keyboard functions.