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Old Jun 1, 2010, 11:04 PM   #1
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iPad Going Black When Using Voice Over?

Hey, thought I'd pass this on.

Mysteriously, my iPad started fading to BLACK when I triple-clicked the home button to activate Voice Over (wanted some text spoken to me on a web page).

Well, it had been working so well prior to this... now... everything always fades away. After being too lazy to do anything about it, I finally gave up and Googled the problem from a few different angles, before finding this:

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If VoiceOver is on and the screen is black, but you can still use the device by pressing volume up and volume down, you may have screen curtain on. Try triple-tapping using three fingers on the device display to turn off screen curtain. Or connect the device to iTunes (see above).

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4064
What's this? "Screen curtain"? Never heard of it before. Sure enough, however... one triple-tap later, and my screen was visible again. Problem solved!

With a name to call it, I Googled again and found this response:

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That's not a bug. You have the 'screen curtain' feature of VoiceOver enabled. You can disable it by doing a 3-finger triple-tap gesture. You can also use iTunes to disable VoiceOver: press "Configure Universal Access" from the device sync screen.
http://discussions.apple.com/message...ageID=11374079

Some poor guy actually restored his iPad to get out of this mode. Yikes.

At any rate. I word to the wise. Also, someone posted these URLs for anyone curious to learn more about Apple accessibility gestures.

http://www.apple.com/iphone/how-to/i...eover-gestures
http://www.apple.com/accessibility/iphone/vision.html

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