Before reading on, please read Part 0 of The GitHub Games series.
By convention, to attain full access to any service, organization or other group, an individual or body needs to get officially registered. This norm is no different for an Internet-based community like GitHub. Therefore, as the title implies, this post shall be dealing with the process of account creation on GitHub.
Note: Leaving aside the chitchat and ramblings that I usually indulge in, this and subsequent installments in The GitHub Games series shall be crisp in nature.
While non-members can view all public repositories on GitHub, access to issue tracking features like adding comments, creating new issues, and being anything more than just the viewer requires you to sign up to GitHub. In any case, all subsequent posts in this series shall assume that the reader has a GitHub account. Therefore, please ensure that all instructions given below are successfully completed before you proceed any further.
- Go to https://GitHub.com/ by either clicking this link, or pasting the URL in the Run dialog so as to open it in your default web browser, or pasting it in the address bar of your desired web browser.
- In case your focus is not already on the Username edit box, move to it by pressing “e” twice from the start of the webpage or by searching for “Username” via NVDA’s Find functionality, and then switch to focus mode.
- Here, you can pick a username of your choice, though it must only contain alphanumeric characters or single hyphens, and cannot begin or end with a hyphen. E.g. bhavyashah
- Press Tab to move to the next form field, i.e. the Email edit box.
- Here, enter your valid e-mail address. E.g. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Press Tab again to move to the next form field, i.e. the Password edit box.
- Here, type a password of your preference for your GitHub account. Use at least one letter, one numeral, and seven characters.
- Press Tab once more to move to the Sign up for GitHub button and press enter.
- On the page that loads now, you simply need to locate the Continue button, the last button on the webpage, and hit Enter. You need not make any changes as such on this webpage.
- On the subsequently appearing page, unless you truly wish to tailor your overall GitHub experience, you may feel free to simply locate and activate the skip this step link, the 7th of the 19 links present on the webpage.
- Now, check your e-mail Inbox (or possibly the Spam folder) for an e-mail from GitHub with the subject line “[GitHub] Please verify your email address.” And open it.
- Activate the Verify email address link present in this e-mail to assure GitHub of your genuine interest in acquiring membership.
- On the page that now comes up, observe the contents of the line preceding the only heading on this webpage – “Your email was verified.”
- Mission complete (or the first phase of the mission, at least)!
- For the purpose of this tutorial, the author used NVDA version 2017.3, Chrome version 61.0, and Windows 8.1 64 bit.
- You may locate cited buttons, links and other form fields by the utilization of general screen reading Internet navigation concepts like browse mode Find (NVDA+Ctrl+F), Elements List, single letter navigation, etc.
- You are always recommended to explore and skim through the contents of a webpage thoroughly, whether or not this tutorial explicitly asks you to do so and even if no changes need to be made in that context. Extra knowledge never hurts.