View Full Version : Windows accessibility features are not functioning in game!

10-03-2004, 12:46 PM
I'm a physically challenged individual and I require the use of Windows StickyKeys and MouseKeys to navigate through games. When I start the game and attempt to use the Numpad as a mouse there is no cursor movement. It seems that I cannot interact with the game at all using MouseKeys. I've had no problems using the Numpad with previous Myst series games nor most other games.

I'd appreciate it if someone could look into this to see if there is a workaround or a patch that can be set up.

Thanks in advance,
talonist a.k.a. Ron

System info:
Pentium 4 1.3GHz
NVIDIA GEforce2 Ultra with the latest drivers
Creative Audigy2 with the latest drivers
Windows XP Pro SP2

10-04-2004, 01:57 PM
Interesting problem. Have you submitted this problem to the Ubi Tech support team under Myst? That would help in encouraging they include it in a patch.

10-04-2004, 06:24 PM
Thanks maztec, I've been trying to do that but I keep getting redirected to a FAQ page http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/784.gif. Very frustrating http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-mad.gif

10-04-2004, 08:13 PM
Thanks for bringing this up, and for reporting that you are having a problem doing as Maztec suggested, submitting a bug report.

Off to make sure this gets looked at!

10-05-2004, 12:28 PM
And the official news is that it is highly unlikely they will be implemented. The game uses DirectInput which goes around the sticky keys -- and it would take a complete rewrite of a significant portion of the system in order to implement them.

Since I agree that that sucks; I'm trying to talk them into enabling a keyboard movement mode for the cursor, we'll see if that happens or not.. Keep your fingers crossed.


10-05-2004, 04:46 PM
Thanks mszv and maz,

I had a feeling that it might be DirectX, since they updated to 9.0c with SP2 for Windows XP I've been having several different problems. I'll file bug report with Microsoft about that. I appreciate your input and "hopefully", maybe a keyboard navigation option could be helpful.

10-05-2004, 07:43 PM
talonist, as a warning you'll experience an inability to finish some puzzles that are more time oriented if running the game with a keyboard.. So you'll find yourself in a position to need assistance once in a while.

10-05-2004, 09:00 PM
Maztec is the person to be thanked, not me! I made one little post - Maztec worked with the developers on at least a partial solution to the problem!

10-05-2004, 09:15 PM
no guaranteed solution, but we'll see http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

10-06-2004, 11:44 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by maztec:
talonist, as a warning you'll experience an inability to finish some puzzles that are more time oriented if running the game with a keyboard.. So you'll find yourself in a position to need assistance once in a while. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

That will be fine, as long as I can get into the game and roam about this fantastic world. I understand the need for actual mouse clicks and drags to interact with devices.

It's a shame that Ubisoft chose to use Direct Input since the previous worlds of Myst, Riven, Myst Exile and Uru http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/heart.gif were working fine with MouseKeys.

10-06-2004, 02:09 PM
well.. directX is the new thing y'know

10-06-2004, 02:43 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by maztec:
well.. directX is the new thing y'know <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
Yes, a fine graphic environment, just ruminating on my dilema... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

10-06-2004, 03:30 PM
Don't blame you a bit talonist http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Hey, if you don't mind my asking what is your disability?

You can't use a standard mouse right?

Or are you stuck to your keyboard?

Have you tried a touchpad?

Or are you using a site style system?

If you're stuck to your keyboard and have a few hundred dollars to burn -- my personal favorite (been using it for near six months now and LOVE it) is the FingerWorks TouchStream LP keyboard. Absolutely awesome. Particularly if you don't mind a touchpad. Zero force typing.


10-11-2004, 03:12 PM
Hi maz,

I've been offline for a week and I just caught your responce...

I'm fully quadriplegic due to a spinal chord injury (like our recently lost spokesman Chistopher Reeve, God bless him)I have no function in all four limbs so a touchpad is out of the question since it functions by body temperature sensitivty. I am limited to using a stick which I hold in my mouth to type at the keyboard, hense the need for StickyKeys and MouseKeys.

I also use Dragon Naturally Speaking voice recognition software which can control the mouse and keyboard but I found that does not function in game as well! I know there are other alternatives like "eye location recognition programs" but feel that I'd get the same results.

Any other suggestions?