Re: help with the new 8.3 version of skype.

Octavian Rasnita

Well, I am afraid exactly of the word "reliable" in your phrase, because if a simple list of hotkeys might not be reliable, then it means that Skype 8 is really bad, and its interface is not 100% predictable.
In that case, if there is at least a possibility of not beeing reliable, then yes, I understand and I agree your point. It probably means that the script might send a hotkey, but it might not work as it should, Skype might not answer as fast as it should, or the current focus position might not be always in the expected object or other such posibilities that might make the list of hotkeys not work. And in that case the script should check a lot of things that it would make it complicated and hard to maintain.

This is exactly the things that I don't like in a program, the thing that I need to press a hotkey, wait to hear its result, check the screen, wait for JAWS to speak the label of the current object for me, press another hotkey... manual work and a lot of waiting time. Not that it would be so bad, but worse than in Skype 7 in any case.

I didn't expect you to make the script that sends that list of hotkeys, but I asked if you think that it can be possible to make it, or better said, if you think that it would be a reliable script. Actually I must admit that I rather asked for a confirmation, because I also have doubts that it would be a reliable thing, and this is actually the reason I don't like Skype 8, and consider it as bad as Windows 7 when compared with Windows XP.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Doug Lee" <>
To: <>
Sent: Thursday, October 04, 2018 3:58 PM
Subject: Re: [skypeenglish] help with the new 8.3 version of skype.

I do not have plans to add something like Alt+PgUp as a JAWS script or NVDA command, for several reasons. I would consider it if there were an API-based way to answer a call, because that would be more reliable than trying to
script a series of UI actions. Also, making a key to answer calls would require me to add default-level scripts to Skype 8 so the key could work outside of Skype itself.

On Thu, Oct 04, 2018 at 02:32:01PM +0300, Octavian Rasnita wrote:
This would involve minimizing all apps for going to the desktop, or using
another method that involves even more key presses, then finding the skype
icon and opening Skype, then tabbing around until the answer or decline
buttons get the focus, which is also complicated.
I think that if it is possible to feed a list of keys to Skype 8 automaticly
in a JAWS script, then I guess it is also easy to do the same thing in an
NVDA module.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Clare Page" <>
To: <>
Sent: Thursday, October 04, 2018 11:57 AM
Subject: Re: [skypeenglish] help with the new 8.3 version of skype.

It's all very well to say that a keystroke such as alt+page up should be
added to the JAWS scripts of Skype 8, but that won't help users of other
screen-readers. I'm not sure that such a keystroke is necessary anyway.
Doug's way of answering Skype calls seems rather complicated to me ,
although that may make seeing who the caller is a bit easier. I am lucky
that the Skype calls I receive are from people I know, and in most cases I
have warning that I am going to receive a call, so I go into the Skype
window in Skype 8, which I tend to leave open while Skype is running
and press Tab till I find the Answer button. There's a Decline button too,
which comes before the Answer button while tabbing through the window, so
you don't want to take the incoming call, you can use that instead.
If you don't want to keep the Skype window open like I do, you can
it with alt+f4 like you did in older versions of Skype, and pressing Enter
on the Skype icon on your desktop will open the Skype window again. Since
rarely minimize the Skype window while my Skype 8 is running, I don't know
if an incoming call will make that window appear, that's why I mentioned
to open it while Skype is still running.
I hope this helps!
Bye for now!
From Clare

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of
Octavian Rasnita
Sent: mercredi 3 octobre 2018 18:01
Subject: Re: [skypeenglish] help with the new 8.3 version of skype.

Hi Doug,

Can't be made a script that executes these hotkeys, a script stored in
If it would be possible, we could assign a hotkey for it, say Alt+PgUp,
one of the problems could be solved.

I hope that it is not a problem that the window uses a web widget, because
that can't be solved.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Doug Lee" <>
To: <>
Sent: Wednesday, October 03, 2018 4:36 PM
Subject: Re: [skypeenglish] help with the new 8.3 version of skype.

The plan for taking an incoming call in Skype 8 is this:

1. Make a shortcut key that immediately puts focus on the Skype 8 window.
Do this by assigning a shortcut key, such as Ctrl+Shift+Alt+K, to the
Skype 8 Desktop shortcut.

2. When a call comes in, type your shortcut, tab for caller ID, then tab
to the Answer button and press Space.

This is more keystrokes than Alt+PgUp was, but it is also less prone to
the, "Oh goodness, I did not mean to pick up that call!" situation. This
situation would be my description of most calls I get, because of spam
calls that
are made to my phone number, which I route through Skype specifically so
can handle such things intelligently.

On Wed, Oct 03, 2018 at 08:36:20AM -0400, Joseph Machise wrote:
well dug until we get a new version of GW connect, and say the hell with
Microsoft do you have a hot key for answering a call
----- Original Message -----
From: "Doug Lee" <>
To: <>
Sent: Wednesday, October 03, 2018 8:32 AM
Subject: Re: [skypeenglish] help with the new 8.3 version of skype.

My experience says Ctrl+Shift+P never answered a call in Skype 8, but
if you happened to be displaying the same contact that called you and
typed Ctrl+Shift+P, Skype tried to initiate a call to that person and
connected to the incoming call as a result. This could easily give the
illusion that Ctrl+Shift+P answers calls if you are testing the feature
and thus are likely to be showing that exact contact when a call

On Wed, Oct 03, 2018 at 02:03:13PM +0200, Michele Barbi wrote:
I'll try ctrl+shift+p the next time I sign in on Skype and a call
only used it for starting a call. Anyway I can confirm ctrl+e for ending
call, I tested it sometimes.

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