4. Creating a board
Let's see step by step how to create your first board with DomoPad'com Verbo of Domodep.
Choose a style
First, select New board on the drop-down menu or click on the icon on the toolbar. A dialog that lets you select the style of your board displays.
The style refers to the look of your board: the colour of the pages, how far apart the rows and columns are separated, the shape of cells, etc. In the style DomoPad'com Verbo, for example, both pages and cells have bluish tones and a border that indicates what kind of action the cell performs. It is a neutral style that is suitable for many types of board. The style High contrast, on the contrary, uses very dark pages, and cells with striking colours and bold letters, so it is more convenient for users with low visual acuity.
For this example we will use the style SPC, a style that follows the recommendation of colour scheme of this system. Select SPC from the dropdown list and click OK.
Later you will see that you can create your own style or modify existing ones.
Add rows and columns
Once you have chosen the style, the next step is to decide how many rows and columns your page will have.
Suppose you want a page with 3 rows and 5 columns. Initially our page is 3×4, so we add one more column. As the page is currently empty it does not matter where you insert the column, so just press the Add column to the left or Add column to the right icon in the toolbar.
Note that there are also icons to remove the selected column, and to add and delete rows.
Insert a cell
Next we will insert a cell. Double-click on the cell that is in the upper left corner.
The window that appears lets you choose the type of cell you are adding :
Say something. A cell that says a message. It is the basic type in communication boards. As discussed below, depending on the preferences you have chosen, to say a message can mean several things - from simply reading it out loud, to represent it as a pictogram and text. As we have chosen the SPC style, we have various types of message cell available: People, Verbs, Descriptive, etc. Other styles may choose to define other different cell types.
Jump to a page. Cells that allow us to move from one page to another within the board.
Message bar. A cell that performs some action related to the message bar, as read or delete previously added messages, or remove them all.
First things first: let's add a cell that allows us to say "Hello". Hello belongs to the Social category, so click the icon Social (the one with the pink background).
In the window that appears, simply type the message you want to say - "Hi". Notice that as you write, symbols are suggested. You can select the one you like, or click on the three dots at the right to see more options. In this case we will stick with the one that has been automatically selected. Click Ok.
That easy ! This is the aspect of our board so far.
If you are creating a communication board, most of your cells will be like the one we just added. Now that we have seen how it is done, let's add two important messages: I and You. Try to make your board look like the image below.
Remember I and You belong to the category People, so make sure you choose the right type of cell.
Play the board
How about seeing what our board looks like how far? Press F5 or the icon at the right side of the toolbar.
The window will go full screen and the toolbar will disappear. We are playing the board. From this point we can start using it with any of the methods (mouse, keyboard, switches, etc.) that have been configured.
Try pressing one by one the three cells of our board. As they are message cells, they will do just that: say "Hello", "I" and "You". Furthermore, these three messages will be added to the bar as symbols and text.
The bar provides visual feedback of the messages being said. It is a kind of notepad in which we can build sentences. As discussed below, you can customize the look of this bar (if it displays symbols, text or both, with which font, size, etc.) or even completely hide it to work with a more conventional communication board.
Controlling the message bar
Right now our board does not do much. For one thing, there are not many messages we can say, and secondly, once we have selected them we cannot do more with them. If you press the cells several times you will see that the messages fill the bar quickly.
If we want to use mhe Message bar to build sentences we need a way to read the messages added before together, and to delete them when no longer needed. Press F5 again or Escape to exit playback mode and re-edit the board.
Double-click on the bottom right cell, and in the window that appears select Read. Then double-click the two cells to its left and select Delete and Clear. When finished, your board should look as shown below.
Done. You now have with cells that allow you to control the message bar. Try playing back your board (F5) and clicking different combinations of the three message cells and the three new ones. Notice the difference between Delete and Clear.
When you are finished, press F5 or Escape to edit the board again.