Configuring accessibility options for textual editors

Besides the options to change colors and fonts as shown by the related tasks listed below, textual editors in Eclipse can be configured to better fit the needs of people with a physical disability. This document describes the relevant options.

Accessing Annotations

You can navigate to the next annotation by pressing Ctrl+. and to the previous ony by pressing Ctrl+,. Out of the box not all available annotation types are included in that navigation, e.g. breakpoints are not part of it. Breakpoints and other annotation types can either be enabled via the Next Annotation toolbar button drop-down menu or by checking Include in next/previous navigation on the General > Editors > Text Editors > Annotations preference page.

Navigating to an annotation lets its text appear in the status line. The next section explains how to read the status line under Windows.

Some annotation types like e.g. warnings and errors, can be accessed by pressing F2 after having navigated to one of them or setting the caret inside the annotation.

Windows onlyReading the status line with JAWS

JAWS desktop users press Insert+PageDown to read the Eclipse status line and JAWS laptop users press Caps Lock+PageDown.

Quick Diff Hover

Like normal hovers can be shown by pressing F2, the quick diff diff and revision hovers that appear when hovering over the quick diff ruler on the left can also be shown by pressing a key sequence. However, out of the box no key sequence is defined for that. Go to the General > Keys preference page to assign a key sequence to the Show Quick Diff Ruler Tooltip command.

Related tasks
Accessibility features in Eclipse
Navigating the user interface by using the keyboard

Related references
Accessibility preference page
Font and color settings in Eclipse