Temporary Keyguard: TouchChatKeyguard AT
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This temporary keyguard allows you to test the suitability of a keyguard for a TouchChat user. The keyguard uses the same design files as our regular keyguards, so you know it will fit the layout of the screen perfectly.
Temporary keyguards are laser cut from 1/8" foam board, the same thickness as our standard keyguards, so you can see how the end user will deal with the size and depth of the openings. The keyguards do not come with any mounting method. You attach them with a temporary means like tape or Blu-Tack. Suction tape is an excellent, more reliable attachment.
There are two styles from which to choose:
- Visible screen - The keyguard is slightly bigger than the visible portion of the screen. It will fit in 90% of iPad cases just the way it is. If your case has a very small screen opening, like a GoNow or AMDI case, you can easily shave a hair off the edge with a razor knife to fit it.
- Full iPad - Select this style if you can test the iPad out of the case. The keyguard will be made to cover the iPad screen. This makes it stronger and gives you much more room for mounting to the iPad.
Proloquo2go allows you to select up to 12 rows and 12 columns. While we can make the keyguard with this configuration we do not recommend going over 8 rows and 8 columns due to the fact that anything more will make the buttons, and therefore the openings in the keyguard, very small.
App Settings and Options
This keyguard supports different designs based on user settings and preferences. Each of these affects the positioning of items on the screen, and thus the design of the keyguard itself. Your temporary keyguard will be truly custom-designed to match every one of the choices you make for the end user.
Version - If you're using a standard TouchChat layout like WordPower without alteration, select the layout here. If your layout is not listed, or if you've changed the number of rows or columns, choose "Other Grid".
Rows and Columns - If you chose "Other Grid" as your version, specify the rows and columns here.
!! IMPORTANT NOTE !! - In iOS 11, Apple changed the way the apps handle the status bar at the top of the screen. As a result, it completely broke TouchChat when Keyguard Inset was off. (It should always be on when using TouchChat with a keyguard. TouchChat fixed that problem with version 2.10.3, but they added a new setting - Status Bar - that completely changes the fit of the keyguard when on. So it's crucial that you look in the Page Size section of your TouchChat settings and order the keyguard to match your settings. If either of those settings don't match what you order, the keyguard will not fit.
Status Bar - In the Page Size section, near the top of the Settings screen. You'll only have this option in TouchChat version 2.10.3 or later. If you have an earlier version, answer "Off".
Keyguard Inset - In the Page Size section, near the top of the Settings screen. Your version of the app may not have this setting, like when running on an older iPad. In that case only, answer "No", and the rest of this paragraph no longer applies. When on, this setting causes extra whitespace at the top and bottom of the screen. It was designed for use with the ChatWrap keyguards, but it also makes the keyguard stronger if you have a case that exposes only the viewable part of the screen. For those cases, such as the AMDI iAdapter, GoNow Rugged, Griffin Survivor, Otterbox Defender, or any of the rigid foam cases with little room above and below, we recommend turning Keyguard Inset on. Failure to provide enough room means we will have to put a vertical reinforcing bar (or two) in the middle of the speech display.
Speech Display - The first setting in the Speech Display Bar section. Select "Open (Visible)" if you want to show the text and/or icons at the top of the screen as the user types. Don't be confused by the double-negative in the setting name. Hide Speech Display off means it's open!
The following three settings, also found in the Speech Display Bar section, only apply if the speech display is open.
Show Icons - If this setting is on, icons will be displayed above the text in the speech display. Note: If the number of lines (below) is greater than 1, the Show Icons setting goes away.
Font Size - Choose whatever you have for this setting. If you specify a font size other than what you have in the settings, the keyguard won't fit.
Number of Lines - Select how many lines of text you want the user to be able to type in a single "sentence".
Button Margin - This is the last setting in the Buttons section. If your TouchChat version is less than 2.17.0, choose "None". Otherwise, choose the button margin size you would like. It's pointless going below 25 pt, because we can't make the bars on the keyguard any less than that thickness, so the edges of all the cells will be covered by the plastic. The larger the button margin, the more space between the cell openings.
Openings for Menu and Vocab buttons - This is not a LAMP setting. Just indicate if you want openings over these two buttons in the green bar, Vocab, Menu, Neither or Both. If they're not open, you will not be able to use them without removing the keyguard or rotating the iPad.
Cell Openings - The default cell openings are rectangles with rounded corners. If you choose circles or squares, they will be centered in the cells, the same size as the cell's height. The extra space helps the user differentiate between the cells, and allows a little place for fingers to rest between the cells. If you choose squares or circles, do not choose colored acrylic, as some information will be covered by the keyguard.
Maximum Opening Size - If you specify a maximum opening size, the dimensions of the grid cells will be reduced so they are no bigger than the maximum you specified. If the cells would naturally be 1" wide and ".5" high, and you specified a maximum of 0.75", the cells would be reduced to 0.75" x 0.5". Round or square openings are reduced in both dimensions to the specified size. If the cells are already smaller than the specified size, nothing will change.
Special Instructions - Use this field to communicate any other information we need to know about the keyguard.