FTP EXPLORER NOTES AND user GUIDE
The notes and user instructions given below should assist any visually impaired user of the free FTP Explorer software in its use and may prove to be helpful information for any would-be users of the software when deciding if this program is likely to be suitable for their needs.
FTP EXPLORER 1.0
FTP Explorer is free for downloading and use at home by individuals. FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol. After you have created your Web pages on your hard disk, you will have to find a method of making them available to others. This could be via a domain of your own running from your own computer or it could simply be space on your ISPs server, which you may obtain free or at a monthly or annual charge. An ISP which provides 10 Mb of free server space for you to create your own Website is Onetel but there are many other choices. The below provides basic details about using FTP Explorer in relation to keeping your Website on your ISPs server.
You can download FTP Explorer from:
It's simple to use with a screenreader and is only about a 800 Kb download.
Set-Up and Protocols
1. Installation of FTP Explorer is the normal Windows style and you will also have to provide several pieces of information before you can use FTP Explorer. Some of these will be of your own choosing and others you may have to contact your site provider to obtain. These are:
A. The host address, which is the address of your provider's server, e.g. ftp.onetel.net.uk.
B. A password of your own choosing.
C. A login username, which is likely to be of your own choosing.
D. The "Initial Path" is any sub-directory off of the ISP server's root directory which you may wish to be taken straight to instead of going to the root first and then having to navigate to your own sub-directory where your html files are kept, e.g. /fromthekeyboard. But you do not have to do things in this way if you do not want, as you can simply leave this field blank and always land on the root directory/folder of your Website if you prefer.
Uploading and Downloading Files
2. You use FTP Explorer by:
A. After setting up your password, login name and other protocols, etc, when you first launch FTP Explorer from the shortcut on your Desktop, you will be taken into the profiles, settings, etc, dialogue and you can just press ENTER or ALT C to go online and connect to your ISP. If this does not happen for you, you can simply press CONTROL N to open the above dialogue to go online.
B. After logging on, you will be in the first of three windows, which is the tree view window where you can arrow up and down folders and open them if your site has more than one folder set up on it. If you then press TAB you get to the second window which has the list of individual files in it, which you can arrow up and down and right and left in and view your individual .HTM or .HTML files and other files, such as video and sound files, e.g. index.htm, readme.htm, introsound.wav, etc. If you then press TAB again to the third window, which is an information log file window, this will tell you if your log on has been successful, if your files have been displayed OK, if your uploads have succeeded, etc.
C. When on your Website on your ISPs server (or anyone else's FTP Website), pressing ENTER on any .htm or other file will open a download dialogue and allow you to download it to your specified download directory, e.g. c:\website/, in my case. You can also effect downloads by pressing ALT F, W or ALT f, T.
D. To upload a single or multiple files, put focus on the folder or sub-folder on the ISP server where you want the files to go to and then press ALT F, U. So, to upload to my site, I would remain in the first window where the tree view is and upload whilst in that view--you do not go to the files view in the second window to do this.
E. An upload dialogue will open where you can type the path to a single filename in or browse to it or several files to highlight for uploading. After selecting the files, TAB to "Open" and press ENTER. The page(s) or file(s) should only take a second or two to upload. That's it!
F. If you wish to delete any given file on your Website, you just go to it in window two and press the DELETE key followed by Y to confirm. You would be best deleting such files in this way before uploading new replacement files.
G. To end the session and come offline, press ALT T (for Tools) and then D (for Disconnect), or to simply cancel a current download press ALT T, C. You can also find files you know the names of via the Tools menu, "Find" feature and there is also a "Goto" option as well.
1. If FTP Explorer is not displaying the way you or your screenreader would like, experiment in the several menus to see what works best for you, e.g. press ALT V (for View) and try changing the display from "Large Icons" to "Small Icons or vis- versa ", changing to "List" or "Details" displaying of file information, changing "Arrange Icons" from "Auto Arrange" to such as by "Name" or by "Type", etc.
2. Do not forget the many option changes which can always be made in a program's Options property sheets, i.e. press ALT V (for View, O (for Options) and then TAB and CONTROL TAB through the on/off options and selection lists and the six separate sheets in here to make any fine-tuning choices for yourself.