What's New in JAWS 11
This page describes the new features and improvements available in JAWS version 11. Go to Enhancements in JAWS for a list of all improvements made in JAWS 11 releases.
JAWS 11 Features
This page describes features and improvements available in JAWS 11. To learn more, read the entire What's New, or, if you are a JAWS user, press INSERT+F6 to open a list of headings and then jump directly to a specific item. For more information and complete demonstrations, listen to the March 2010 FSCast, the September 2009 FSCast, or the August 2009 FSCast.
JAWS now works on Windows 7 or Windows Vista computers configured to use multiple monitors.
Update to MLB Scores and NFL Scores
The MLB Scores and NFL Scores lookup sources in Research It have been expanded and now provide links to box scores and game summaries. Each game listed in the Virtual Viewer is now a link. Select any link to launch your Web browser and read a recap and statistics of past games, or a preview of future games. In addition, the MLB Scores lookup source has been revised to list all baseball games together instead of grouping separately into American and National leagues.
JAWS 11.0.1430 and later includes support for Microsoft Office 2010.
New Research It User Interface
Research It has been simplified and consolidated into a single dialog box for easier access to all search functionality. The edit control now includes the history of prior lookups. Also, a help window provides a detailed description of each item in the lookup source list. Finally, an Options button provides an easy solution for customizing the list of lookups that appear each time you use this great new feature. For more information, see Research It described later on this page.
Lookup Sources Added to Research It
The following lookup sources have been added to JAWS:
- BBC Top News Stories
- CNN Headline News
- Flight Info Lookup
- NBA Scores
- NHL Scores
- Technology News from CNET
For more information about lookup sources, see Research It described later on this page. Note that the People Search lookup source has been improved to increase its reliability. To try it, see the People Search example later on this page.
AOL Instant Messenger 7.2 Script Updates
JAWS supports the recent release of AOL Instant messenger, providing an accessible interface to Facebook Chat. For a description of how to chat in real time with your Facebook contacts, see the March 2010 FSCast.
AIM 7.2 scripts have been updated to include the following:
- Item counting works while the user types in the Filter Buddy List box, not just when the user types in the Buddy List itself.
- Boxely menus work with braille.
- The new scripts and installer work with 64-bit versions of Windows.
- Instant messages that are put into grouping objects read correctly with ALT+ARROWS and ALT+NUMBERS.
- The ability to use AIM to access the Facebook Chat interface has been added.
JAWS speech can be toggled on and off using the layered keystroke INSERT+SPACEBAR, S. When using this keystroke, you must first press and release INSERT+SPACEBAR, and then press S to toggle speech.
Word Track Changes and Braille Support
JAWS 11 now makes it easier to identify Track Change revisions such as insertions and deletions in Word documents when reading with a refreshable braille display. When you navigate into revised text of any kind, the Braille Cursor changes to a blinking DOT 8, and the status cells show the revision type.
When Track Changes is turned on, and the PC Cursor is within revised text, the letters I and R appear in the third and fourth status cells to show inserted text. The letters D and R appear in the third and fourth status cells to show deleted text. An R in the fourth status cell represents other revisions, such as style or attribute changes, in the revised text. Pressing the Cursor Routing button above the fourth status cell displays the revision type, author, and date.
To properly display deleted text, you must set the Document Presentation option (using INSERT+V) to Screen Layout. In addition, set Word to use Draft View (Normal View in Word 2003), and choose Final Showing Markup or Original Showing Markup to display changes.
Word’s revision tracking feature with braille support works for any refreshable braille display that supports Flash messages. See the Track Changes in Word help topic in the JAWS help file for more information.
Braille Cursor Operation
In JAWS 8 and earlier, JAWS exclusively used a technology that looked at the computer screen and captured items such as text, graphics, controls, and other elements. This made it easy for someone with a braille display to move around and understand the screen layout. Although this worked well with speech, it was sometimes difficult to see specific attributes within a Word document when using braille. Beginning with JAWS 9, new technology was introduced that improved access to Word documents. From an active cursor and speech perspective, JAWS provided lots of rich and accurate detail contained in the document. From a braille perspective, you could not pan away from the current line without the active cursor following the Braille Cursor. This made it hard to return to where you were initially reading or editing in the document. It was also difficult to review the document beyond what was visible on the screen.
This release of JAWS now combines the best of both technologies for a braille user. You can use the keys on your refreshable braille display to move around the entire screen without moving the active cursor. This means that you can easily browse a Word document with the Braille Cursor, reviewing text and information before and after the current focus line, and then immediately return to the active cursor by pressing LEFT ARROW, RIGHT ARROW, or any other key on the computer keyboard. For more information, see the Braille Options Dialog topic in the JAWS help file.
Braille Output Improvements with Windows 7
In Windows 7, braille output has been significantly improved in the Start menu and Windows Explorer.
A CellMarker is a bookmark in an Excel worksheet. This feature makes it easy to jump from the current cell to one that you bookmarked in the same or different worksheet. You can have one CellMarker per worksheet. The following keystrokes are available:
- Press INSERT+WINDOWS Key+K to set a CellMarker.
- Press WINDOWS Key+K to move to the CellMarker in the current worksheet.
- Press CTRL+WINDOWS Key+K to move to a CellMarker on the next worksheet.
- Press CTRL+WINDOWS Key+SHIFT+K to move to a CellMarker on the previous worksheet.
- Press CTRL+ALT+WINDOWS Key+K to view a list of CellMarkers.
The following options have been added to the Adjust JAWS Options tree view (INSERT+V) when running Excel:
- Filtered Columns and Rows Detection: This option controls whether to detect filtered columns and rows as you navigate cells in a worksheet. The default setting is off.
If the option is on, and the worksheet has filtered columns or rows, JAWS announces the type of filter in use and which columns and rows are filtered. If you navigate within the same column or row, JAWS does not repeat this information. JAWS will also announce if filtered columns and rows are nonconsecutive. The INSERT+F1 Screen-Sensitive Help message also states which columns and rows are filtered.
- Hyperlink Address Announcement: This option determines how much detail is announced for links that point to other cells within an Excel document. The default setting is off.
If a cell contains a link to another cell in a worksheet, JAWS announces the worksheet name and the cell reference when this option is on. If the link points to a Web site or e-mail external to the Excel document, JAWS only states that the cell contains a link.
- Focus Loss Announcement: Use this option to control if JAWS announces a loss of focus. This can happen frequently in some versions of Windows; however, it may become too verbose. When you change this setting, it is stored between JAWS sessions. The default setting is off.
- Tandem Connect Sounds: This option determines if you hear WAV file sounds played when a JAWS Tandem session connects, suspends, resumes, or disconnects while running Excel. The default setting is on. For more information, see JAWS Tandem Sounds described later on this page.
- Stop Words Exception Dictionary: This option controls whether or not a stop words dictionary is used by the Word Index (INSERT+CTRL+W) feature. A stop words dictionary is a list of words that will be ignored by the search. These are common, recurring words; examples include words such as and, of, the. The default is on.
Select Region and Announce Range Keystroke in Excel
Use the CTRL+SHIFT+SPACEBAR keystroke to select a region in a spreadsheet and then announce the region's cell range. This is similar to CTRL+SHIFT+8.
SAPI 5 Synthesizer with 64-bit JAWS
Sixty-four bit versions of JAWS 11 can use 32-bit SAPI 5 synthesizers when running 64-bit Windows operating systems.
Graphics Detection in Word and Outlook
Graphics detection has changed in the Adjust JAWS Options dialog box for both Word and Outlook. The Picture and Graphical Objects Detection option, formerly located in the Reading Options branch of the tree view, has been removed. To detect graphics in Word documents or Outlook messages, press INSERT+V to use the Graphics option in the General Options branch.
New Scripting Capabilities
The JAWS script language now supports arrays and collections, along with For and ForEach loops for iterating through these new data types. For technical details, see the Variables chapter in the Basics of Scripting manual. It can be downloaded from the Freedom Scientific Web site.
Enhanced Typing Support for Focus Braille Displays
For several versions, JAWS has had the ability to receive text input from the Focus 40 and 80, and Focus 40 Blue braille displays using the included Perkins-style braille keyboard. Use LEFT SHIFT+SPACEBAR+RIGHT SHIFT, the three buttons at the front of the device, to toggle Typing Mode on and off on the Focus display.
Now this functionality has been expanded so that the Focus can do almost everything you can do while using PAC Mate Remote. When you toggle on Typing Mode, not only can you input text via computer braille, but you can also control your computer from the Focus, just as you can with PAC Mate Remote using a PAC Mate BX or QX.
For more information, refer to the PAC Mate Remote Help topic in JAWS for the list of keystrokes. Open the JAWS Help system and navigate to the Keystrokes book. Press RIGHT ARROW to expand the book then DOWN ARROW to the "Keystrokes for PAC Mate BX Remote Mode" topic. Press ENTER on this topic, and then F6 to move into the reading pane. You must have JAWS 11.0.756 or later installed to use this enhanced Typing Mode functionality.
Note: With the current implementation, there are several keystrokes that may be different or not supported, as the Focus braille display does not have the Function Keys as does the PAC Mate BX.
Features such as Web Slices in Internet Explorer 8 and gadgets saved in your Windows Sidebar are intended to make it easy for you to quickly obtain information. This material is presented in a format that is quick to scan visually. However, when using assistive technology tools, there is often extra information presented that is easier to ignore visually than when listening or reading with braille.
Research It is a new feature that provides quick access to information while also making it easy to return to your primary task. Use just a few keystrokes to look up information and display salient data in the Virtual Viewer. When you have finished researching, press another keystroke to return to the task you were performing before the research started. All that is required to use Research It is an Internet connection.
There are multiple ways to launch and use Research It. The most efficient way to search for a term is to use the new layered keystroke, INSERT+SPACEBAR, R. By pressing and releasing INSERT+SPACEBAR, and then pressing R, you can open the Research It edit field to type a word or expression of interest. This can be a zip code, or city and state, or city and country that can be used with the Weather lookup tool to read a forecast, or a date that is used to view baseball or football schedules and scores, or a word to use with the Wikipedia search query to view its meaning or description. After viewing these results, press ESC to close the Virtual Viewer window and return to your original focus point.
By default, Wiktionary is the primary lookup source. This means that while the cursor is on a word in a document or Web page, you can press the default keystroke, INSERT+WINDOWS Key+R, to quickly lookup the Wiktionary description for that word. You can always change the primary lookup source at any time using the JAWS Configuration Manager, which lets you select which lookup source to use as the JAWS default or as the default for individual applications. As you become more familiar with Research It, and as more lookup modules are created and made available to you, you will want to change the default lookup source used by JAWS, or just use a different lookup source on the fly.
If you are a software developer or script developer, you can create and customize your own lookup module DLL and tailor it to your organization's needs. For example, if your company specializes in medical equipment, you can create a lookup source that is essentially a glossary of medical and industry terms. A doccument that outlines formatting for rule sets and debugging techniques is available. See Screen Reading Software Documentation.
The next section provides examples of how to use Research It. If you need more information, refer to the Research It topic in the JAWS help file.
Research It Examples
There are several ways to run Research It. You can use the default lookup source, or you can select a lookup source from the Research It list. The following examples show different ways to search for specific information with Research It.
Use the Business Search lookup source to find a specific or general business in your area. Search results will provide the name, address, and phone number.
- Press INSERT+SPACEBAR, R.
- Type a business name or business category, followed by a semicolon, and then a zip code, city, or city and state for the location. Next, press TAB. For example, type:
grocery store; 33716 and then press TAB
(These parameters will generate a list of grocery stores in and around the 33716 zip code after you select the Business Search lookup source.)
italian restaurants; st petersburg, florida and then press TAB
(These parameters will generate a list of Italian restaurants in St. Petersburg, Florida after you select the Business Search lookup source.)
Note: Always use a semicolon to separate the business name or business category from the location. Use a comma to separate the city and state location. Do not use a period when typing city name abbreviations, for example, type St Petersburg, FL, or Washington, DC.
- Use the UP and DOWN ARROWS or first letter navigation to select Business Search, and press ENTER.
- After a few seconds, the Virtual Viewer window opens and displays your search results.
Use the Convert Currency lookup source to quickly convert an amount of money from one currency to another currency. The lookup source uses three-character abbreviations to represent international currencies. The conversion that appears is based on the day’s current conversion rate.
- Press INSERT+SPACEBAR, R to open the Research It edit field.
- Type the amount of money and currency that you want to convert from followed by the currency that you want to convert to.
For example, to convert 100 U.S. dollars into Euros, type:
100 USD EUR and then press TAB
Make sure to include a space between each item. Always use the currency’s three-character abbreviation. Select currency abbreviations for a list of currencies.
- Use the UP and DOWN ARROWS or first letter navigation to select Convert Currency and then press ENTER.
- After a few seconds, the Virtual Viewer window opens and displays the conversion results, for example:
100 U.S. dollars = 67.4399784 Euros
If you did not type a valid currency, Research It will display the currency abbreviations so that you can try again.
To quickly find an individual, you can enter the person's name followed by location. However, the key to a successful search is to enter as many details as possible, such as the person’s first and last name, street name, city, and state, to improve the odds of finding that person.
- Press INSERT+SPACEBAR, R.
- Type the person’s first and last name followed by a semicolon, and then type the city, followed by a comma, and the state abbreviation.
- Press TAB.
- Use the UP and DOWN ARROWS or first letter navigation to select People Search, and press ENTER.
- After a few seconds, the Virtual Viewer window opens. The following results are possible:
- The name that you are searching for appears in the list of results that display in the Virtual Viewer.
- No results are returned, so you will need to try a different name.
- Many results appear, but the name that you are looking for is not displayed in the Virtual Viewer. If the person is not in the list, the search criteria may need to be modified to narrow the search even further. In this case, repeat steps two and three, but this time, after typing the person’s name followed by a semicolon, type the street name. For example, John Smith; Oak Street N; St. Petersburg, FL.
Use the Weather lookup source to receive the current weather forecast for any location based on city name, airport code, or zip code.
- Press INSERT+SPACEBAR, R.
- In the edit field, type your current location, local airport code, or zip code, and then press TAB. For example, type:
st petersburg florida, or
33716, and then press TAB.
- Use the UP and DOWN ARROWS or first letter navigation to select Weather, and press ENTER.
- After a few seconds, the Virtual Viewer window opens and displays the weather forecast for the entered location. After reading the information, press ESC to close the Virtual Viewer.
Sports League Scores and Schedules
Use the following procedure if you want to look at baseball, basketball, football, or hockey schedules and scores for a specific day.
- Press INSERT+SPACEBAR, R.
- In the edit field, type the date using the MM/DD/YYYY format, and then press TAB.
Note: If you do not enter a date, you will get today's schedule and game results.
- Use the UP and DOWN ARROWS or first letter navigation to select MLB Scores, NBA Scores, NFL Scores, or NHL Scores, and then press ENTER.
- After a few seconds, the Virtual Viewer window opens and displays a list of games scheduled for that day. Press ESC to close the Virtual Viewer.
Note: If you select a league that is currently in the off-season, no results will appear.
For a summary of current news stories, you can use the following procedure for the BBC, CNN, Reuters, and Technology News for CNET lookup sources.
- Press INSERT+SPACEBAR, R, and then press TAB to move focus to the Lookup Source list.
- Select a news lookup source from the list, and press ENTER.
- After a few seconds, the Virtual Viewer window opens and displays a synopsis of news stories using the selected lookup source. If you want more information about a specific story, select its Full Article link. This action closes the Virtual Viewer window and then displays the complete story in a Web browser. Otherwise, press ESC to close the Virtual Viewer.
You can use Wikipedia to quickly research an item.
- Press INSERT+SPACEBAR, R.
- In the edit combo box, type the term that you want to find, and then press TAB. For example, type:
Freedom Scientific, and press TAB.
- Use the UP and DOWN ARROWS or first letter navigation to select Wikipedia, and press ENTER.
- After a few seconds, the Virtual Viewer window opens and displays the results returned from the Wikipedia lookup. Press ESC to close the Virtual Viewer.
JAWS 11 Program DVD
JAWS 11 screen reading software now ships on a DVD that combines both 64- and 32-bit versions of JAWS. When you insert the DVD, it detects if your computer is running 64-bit or 32-bit Windows and then installs the appropriate JAWS version for your operating system.
The additional space available on the DVD also lets us provide you with several RealSpeak Solo Direct English and Spanish voices, a free and full functioning DAISY book reader, a number of basic training audio files in DAISY format, and MAGic screen magnification software, which can be run together with JAWS.
FSReader, the $79 Freedom Scientific software DAISY book reader, is now included free of charge as part of the JAWS 11 installation. Even if you do not have a JAWS 11 license, you can still install and run FSReader directly from the JAWS 11 Demo. In addition to reading all of the DAISY training material provided for free from Freedom Scientific, you can use FSReader to read DAISY books from other sources such as BookShare.org. Note that some DAISY book providers, such as RFB&D, require a valid account to access certain DAISY material. When installed, the full version of FSReader places a shortcut on your Windows desktop and has its own entry in the Programs menu.
When released, MAGic 12 will also include FSReader for free. A version of FSReader for the PAC Mate Omni is available today for download at no additional charge.
Word Index (INSERT+CTRL+W) is the ideal tool for those who do a lot of reading for study and research purposes. Word Index generates a list of words that appear in a document or on a Web page. The words are sorted and appear in the list based on the number of occurrences with the highest number coming first and then alphabetized. You can scan the list for a specific word or concept, and then press enter to jump to that occurrence of the word and use the Navigational Quick Key W to move between occurrences of the word you selected. You may also choose to create a summary of all the sentences in your document containing the word and review these sentences in the Virtual Viewer. They will appear as links that take you back to that location in your document. This is a useful timesaver since you can get a feel for the context of the word, and then move to the appropriate section of the document and continue reading.
Use Word Index when reading Web pages or Microsoft Word, Outlook, Outlook Express, Notepad, WordPad, or Adobe Acrobat files.
Focus 40 Blue Braille Display Support
JAWS supports the new Focus 40 Blue braille display, a 40-cell display with both USB hardware and Bluetooth wireless connectivity. Refer to the Focus 40 Blue user documentation for general information about the unit. For a brief overview of Bluetooth partnership information, refer to the Focus Bluetooth Connection topic in the JAWS help file.
When you add a PlaceMarker to a page that is frequently updated, the PlaceMarker can drift from its original position or even disappear as Web content is added and removed. In JAWS 11, you can now anchor PlaceMarkers to specific text or HTML elements such as heading tags. This allows greater flexibility when adding temporary or permanent PlaceMarkers on dynamic Web pages. For more information, refer to the PlaceMarkers topic in the JAWS help file.
Filter Duplicate Links
JAWS 11 introduces a new feature that filters duplicate and consecutive Web page links so that only the text link is announced. This is useful when a graphic link and text link, which both point to the same URL, appear side by side on a Web page. Hearing duplicate links can be both confusing and annoying to novice and experienced JAWS users.
The Filter Duplicate Links check box, which is selected by default, is a new Links page control for HTML Options in Configuration Manager. You can also toggle this feature on or off using INSERT+V or INSERT+SHIFT+V with your Web browser or Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Speaking Number Strings as Single Digits
JAWS is now configured to read telephone numbers, serial numbers, and other long number strings as individual digits. For example, JAWS will read the telephone number 727-803-8000 as 7 2 7 – 8 0 3 – 8 0 0 0 instead of seven hundred twenty-seven dash eight hundred three dash eight thousand.
This change has been made by adding the "Speak Single Digits if Number Contains" combo box and the "Dashes" check box to the Text Processing dialog box in Configuration Manager. They are located in the Number Processing group. Select a value in the combo box to set a threshold for JAWS so that if several digits appear in a row, JAWS will announce the digits individually instead of as a large number. Select the Dashes check box so that JAWS knows how to read the number string if it contains dashes without spaces. These changes are both active by default.
Show Word Comments, Footnotes, Endnotes, or Revisions in Virtual Viewer
You can now quickly see a list of comments, endnotes, footnotes, or revisions in a Virtual Viewer window when running Microsoft Word. When you press WINDOWS Key+SEMICOLON, the Items to Display in Virtual Viewer dialog box opens. From this dialog box, you can choose to view comments inserted in a document, footnotes or endnotes that appear in a document, or, if Track Changes is turned on, any revisions made to a document. After selecting which type of item to view, JAWS searches the document and shows the results in a Virtual Viewer window.
Multiple Sound Card Support
Multiple sound card support, originally introduced in JAWS 10, has been expanded so that now both JAWS speech and JAWS event sounds are output to the same sound card. This means that the WAV sound files heard when you enter and exit Forms Mode are sent to the same audio device as JAWS speech. Previously, if these sounds interfered with your audio output, it was necessary to turn off the Forms Mode Indication sounds using Configuration Manager.
Note that non-JAWS sounds, such as system sounds, continue to be sent to your Windows default audio card.
Having JAWS speech and sounds directed to the same sound card is also beneficial during a JAWS Tandem session. The JAWS user on the controller system can now hear when he or she navigates in and out of edit fields and combo boxes while in Auto Forms Mode on the target system.
JAWS Tandem Sounds
During a JAWS Tandem session, events that generate sounds on the target system, such as a Windows program error, entry and exit of Auto Forms Mode, or other JAWS sounds associated with the Speech and Sounds Manager, can be heard on the controller system. This means that when an event occurs on the target system, JAWS sends a notification to the controller system so that the controller computer plays the same or a similar WAV file. This is very helpful to support personnel and trainers running the JAWS Tandem session.
Outlook Message List Customization
An Outlook message list is a list box, such as the Inbox and Sent Items lists, that contains e-mail messages. These lists typically contain multiple columns, such as From, Subject, and Received, that provide information about each e-mail message. In JAWS 11, you can use the Customize Outlook Message List feature, which is available by pressing INSERT+F2 and then selecting Customize Outlook Message List, to arrange the column order, determine if certain columns are read, and configure if JAWS announces these columns with speech or braille. The Customize Outlook Message List dialog box functions very similar to the way the Customize List View dialog box operates.
Several improvements for JAWS support of Skype versions 3.8 and 4.1 have been made. Dialog boxes and controls are now speaking as expected in most areas of the application. In addition, there are several third-party Skype scripts available for use with JAWS. For more information about these scripts, visit http://www.dlee.org/skype/. As with all third party scripts, this information comes from another source. Always use your own discretion when downloading and installing third party scripts.
AOL Instant Messenger 7
New scripts are now available for AIM 7. These scripts support the latest AIM 7 features such as Lifestream and Me tabs, IM Bubbles, and real time messaging. For more information about AIM 7 support, refer to the AOL Instant Messenger topic in the JAWS help file, or the AOL Instant Messenger Web page.
Windows 7 Calculator
New scripts have been created to provide JAWS support for the Windows 7 Calculator, which is available in the Windows 7 operating system scheduled to release in October of 2009. JAWS will work with the expanded calculator modes of Standard, Scientific, Programmer, and Statistics, and will also support Basic, Unit Conversion, Date Calculation, and Template controls. Improvements have also been made to the Function List (INSERT+F8) to eliminate confusion and provide full function names.
User Interface Automation (UIA) support is available in JAWS 11 and later. UIA is successor to the older Microsoft Active Accessibility (MSAA) framework. It is an Application Programming Interface (API) for User Interface (UI) accessibility that is designed to help Assistive Technology products such as JAWS and MAGic to interact with standard and custom UI elements of applications or the operating system.
ARIA Drag-and-Drop Support
JAWS 11 supports the ARIA drag-and-drop properties ARIA-Grabbed and ARIA-DropEffect. When a Web content author applies these properties to objects on a Web page or application, it makes it easier for assistive technology to identify objects that can be selected, moved to another location, and released.
The WINDOWS Key+CTRL+EQUALS keystroke opens the ARIA Drag and Drop dialog box. It shows a list of droppable objects, as tagged by the author, on the current Web page. When you select one of these objects, JAWS will move focus to that object. If no droppable objects are available, JAWS will announce the message, “No droppable elements were found on the page” instead of opening the dialog box.
Use this keystroke with Internet Explorer 8 or later and Firefox 3 or later.
ARIA Live Region Text Filter
An ARIA live region is a dynamic section of a Web page that receives constant updates, such as news headlines, business information, and weather updates. JAWS will announce when text in a region is updated. You may turn this off in the Adjust JAWS Options dialog box using the Announce Live Region Updates option.
Using the ARIA live region text filter, you can determine if JAWS speaks when updates occur, based on a given text string. Open the text filter by pressing WINDOWS Key+CTRL+DASH. Next, type a string of text into the edit field that may be contained in a live region update. Finally, select one of the radio buttons to have JAWS announce only those updates that contain the filter text, or to make JAWS ignore updates that contain the filter text. As a JAWS user, this gives you greater control over the information that is announced when the live region of a Web page updates.
Lost Focus Message
The Lost Focus message is a JAWS alert feature that you can turn on to let you know when a window loses focus, becomes invisible, or becomes inoperable. When these conditions exist for longer than three seconds, JAWS will announce, “Lost focus,” and if tutor messages are turned on, you will also hear, “Press ALT TAB,” which will let you regain focus of an open application, window, or desktop. The Lost Focus message is turned off by default. To turn it on, press INSERT+V and choose the Focus Loss Announcement option to toggle it on. The setting of this option is saved to the Default.JCF file and is constant across applications and JAWS sessions.
A window can lose focus for a number of reasons, for example, when installing or closing an application. When this occurs, the computer can be left in a state where nothing is in focus, which is why the Lost Focus message is such a useful aid.
Application Specific Voice Profiles
For JAWS 11, voice profiles have been modified to make it very easy to select, create, change, and save voice settings for use with JAWS or specific applications. Previously when changing voice profile settings, you had to choose between making a Global Voice Adjustment or an Individual Voice Adjustment, and then decide if the changes would apply as the default setting for all of JAWS or just the current open application. Now when modifying settings, you open one dialog box, Voice Adjustments, configure the profile, and save it. Next, using INSERT+CTRL+S you can select any available profile to use as the JAWS default, and also select the same or a different profile for the current application open on your computer.
JAWS ships with several factory voice profiles based on the synthesizers installed on your computer. This makes it easy for you to use these settings as a template for future voice profiles that you create and save for JAWS and other applications. To create a new profile from a factory default profile, open Voices from the Options menu in the JAWS user interface, and then choose Voice Adjustments. Select any of the available factory settings from the Profile Name combo box, make the necessary voice adjustment changes, and save the profile using a name that can easily be identified with the profile.
Control Description and Verbosity Preferences
Control Description is a new item available for Verbosity Options in Configuration Manager. When selected, JAWS will announce any descriptive MSAA text associated with content or controls such as edit boxes, combo boxes, radio buttons, and so on. This functionality is off by default except when using Beginner Preferences or Intermediate Preferences with Internet Explorer or Firefox.
To toggle Control Description on or off, do the following. Press INSERT+F2 and select Configuration Manager. Next, press ALT+S and choose Verbosity Options. Choose the Beginner Preferences, Intermediate Preferences, or Advanced Preferences button. Move to the Control Description check box, and press SPACEBAR to select or clear the check box. Close the Preferences dialog box and save the verbosity settings.
Third Party Braille Displays
When installing the 32-bit version of JAWS, all braille display drivers previously shipped in earlier versions of JAWS will continue to be provided and work with JAWS 11 as expected.
For JAWS 64-bit, Freedom Scientific braille displays, such as the Focus, PAC Mate Portable, and PowerBraille displays, will be included and installed as part of the JAWS 11 installation. Third party braille display manufacturers will be provided separately from the manufacturers themselves. At the time of this writing, only Papenmeier in Germany has completed and published their drivers for JAWS 11 and JAWS 10 on 64-bit Windows.
After the support files are installed on your computer, you will continue to use the JAWS Synthesizer and Braille Manager to add a third party braille display to use with JAWS.
Table Reading Keystrokes
The keystrokes to read the previous or next row and previous or next column in a table now include the ALT keystroke to avoid conflicts with the Windows 7 operating system. Use the following keystrokes when reading by row or column in a table:
- Read prior row: WINDOWS Key+ALT+UP ARROW
- Read next row: WINDOWS Key+ALT+DOWN ARROW
- Read prior column: WINDOWS Key+ALT+LEFT ARROW
- Read next column: WINDOWS Key+ALT+RIGHT ARROW
Virtualize Current Window Keystroke
The Virtualize Current Window keystroke is now INSERT+ALT+W. The previous keystroke, INSERT+CTRL+W, is now used for Word Index.
Virtualize Current Control Keystroke
The Virtualize Current Control keystroke is now INSERT+ALT+SHIFT+W. The previous keystroke was INSERT+CTRL+SHIFT+W.
Messenger Conversation Keystrokes
The keystrokes to cycle between Windows Live Messenger or MSN Messenger conversations, WINDOWS Key+1 through WINDOWS Key+0, have changed due to conflicts with the Windows 7 operating system.
In Messenger, you now press INSERT+SPACEBAR, 1 through INSERT+SPACEBAR, 0 to switch to a different conversation. For Windows 7 and Windows Vista computers, the WINDOWS Key+1 through WINDOWS Key+0 keystrokes launch or cycle between applications on the Taskbar.
Script Utility Mode Keystroke
The name of the Home Row Utility has been changed to Script Utility Mode. In addition, the keystroke to toggle this mode on or off is now INSERT+WINDOW Key+NUM PAD MINUS instead of INSERT+SPACEBAR. Script Utility Mode is a function for advanced scripters. The laptop keystroke for Script Utility Mode is CAPS LOCK+WINDOWS Key+DASH.
Drag and Drop for Laptop Layout Mode Keystroke
The laptop keystroke for Drag and Drop has changed from CAPS LOCK+CTRL+8 to CAPS LOCK+SHIFT+8.
Toggle Outlook Reminder and Research It Keystroke
The keystroke previously used to toggle into and out of an Outlook reminder dialog box, INSERT+WINDOWS Key+R, is now used to launch the new Research It feature. If you want to continue using the ToggleOutlookReminder script, open the default.jkm file and assign a new keystroke.
Basic Training Updated for JAWS 11
The JAWS 11 Basic Training has been revised and includes the latest information about the new JAWS 11 features. The training is available in text and audio DAISY format as well as individual MP3 modules. For more information about these and other DAISY and MP3 training files, visit the Freedom Scientific Training Headquarters.
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Enhancements in JAWS 11.0.1471 (September 2010)
The following is a list of items addressed or added between the final JAWS 11.0.1467 release and the JAWS 11.0.1471 posting. All enhancements since the initial public beta release are included in this release.
- Resolved a reported issue where certain misspelled words would cause the Eloquence synthesizer to fail.
- Resolved a reported issue where Speech and Sounds Manager was not working as expected when announcing Small Caps as part of a scheme.
- Resolved a reported problem where JAWS was taking up to two minutes to start after log in. This occurred when the computer had HTTP access to a local subnet but not the entire Internet.
- Added various window classes used by Delphi so that JAWS now recognizes these items by default.
- Resolved a reported issue in Visual Studio 2010 where JAWS was not reading the current line correctly in all parts of the new Project Dialog.
- Resolved reported issues when reading the tree view of the Event Viewer/Microsoft Management Console in Windows XP.
- Resolved several issues with the Wiktionary lookup source where it stopped working because of changes made to the Wiktionary Web site.
- The date for game schedules and results has been added to the NFL Scores lookup source.
- Resolved a reported issue with team abbreviations and misspelling when using the NFL lookup source in Research It.
- Updated the NHL and NBA lookup sources to take on the same new format for results as introduced in the NFL and MLB lookup sources.
- Resolved reported issues with the Flight Schedule lookup source.
- Resolved a reported issue where JAWS was not properly reading Windows Help when launched from Internet Explorer.
- Resolved a problem in Lotus Notes related to reading the Context menu in the Notes embedded browser.
- Resolved a reported problem in the Lotus Symphony Office scripts.
- Resolved a problem in Excel 2007 and Excel 2010 where JAWS was reporting an unknown function related to SayCurrentValidationInPutMessage.
- Resolved an issue where JAWS was not working as expected in the Outlook 2003 Calendar. This occurred in certain views when an appointment included the 11 a.m. hour.
- Resolved a reported issue where the Word Index feature was not working as expected when working with very large books.
- Resolved a reported Oracle issue where JAWS was not reading the contents of the Google Web Toolkit.
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Enhancements in JAWS 11.0.1467 (August 2010)
The following is a list of items addressed or added between the final JAWS 11.0.1461 release and the JAWS 11.0.1467 posting. All enhancements since the initial public beta release are included in this release.
- Resolved an issue where the Focus 40 Blue braille display would no longer output braille in JAWS 10 during the upgrade process to JAWS 11. This only occurred on 64-bit Windows 7 computers.
- Resolved issues and improved performance with the Reuters News, UPS Tracking, Business Search, MLB Scores, NFL Scores, and People Search lookup sources.
- Resolved an issue where JAWS was not announcing that a cell was using AutoFilter to filter data in a worksheet. JAWS now announces ”AutoFilter has dropdown.“ Press ALT+DOWN ARROW to open the filtered list.
- Resolved an issue where braille output was not correctly displayed when focus was in a combo box.
- Resolved an issue where JAWS would announce the previous radio button instead of the current one that has focus when moving through a group of radio buttons.
- Resolved an issue reported by IBM regarding MSHTA settings in Internet Explorer scripts.
- Resolved an issue where JAWS did not announce menu items when moving up and down in menus.
- Resolved an issue where JAWS was not announcing items in the Lotus Notes calendar.
- Resolved an issue where JAWS would lose speech after reaching the bottom of an Outlook 2007 message.
- Resolved an issue in international versions of JAWS where the right CTRL key did not work properly when combined with other keystrokes. This was observed in read-only messages in Outlook 2007.
- Resolved an issue where JAWS was providing the wrong keyboard echo when using Windows Explorer in Windows 7.
- Resolved an issue where JAWS repeated the form field name with each character typed in an edit field of a tabular form.
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Enhancements in JAWS 11.0.1461 (June 2010)
The following is a list of items addressed or added between the final JAWS 11.0.1447 release and the JAWS 11.0.1461 posting. All enhancements since the initial public beta release are included in this release.
- Resolved an issue where letters were lost when using Typing Mode with a Focus braille display.
- Resolved a customer reported issue where JAWS was announcing large negative values in combo boxes.
- JAWS no longer duplicates information that is typed into form edit fields.
- Resolved issues and improved performance with the Convert Currency and MLB Scores lookup sources in Research It.
Word and Outlook
- Addressed an issue reported by The Lighthouse of Houston related to the spell checker not working as expected when using a third party add-in with Word.
- When in a table in a Word document, the INSERT+TAB keystroke correctly announces the cell content along with column and row title.
- The default setting for graphics detection in all versions of Word and Outlook 2007 or later is set to Labeled by default. This means that JAWS announces alt text (if available) and image dimensions.
- Resolved an issue where tutor messages were spoken before relevant information when using the ARROW Keys to read the next line or previous line in an Outlook 2010 e-mail message. This fix also resolves an issue where tutor messages were spoken with each press of an ARROW Key when moving through a message folder.
- JAWS no longer announces an unknown function call error when Outlook 2003 is configured to request a user name and password before launching.
- Resolved two issues with Lotus Notes®. JAWS now announces labels for the date and time fields in a calendar entry. Also, the ALT+DOWN ARROW keystroke now opens the combo box for date and time fields.
- Resolved an issue with Lotus® Sametime® software where JAWS was not reading chat history when using the ARROW Keys.
- The Lotus Notes topic in the JAWS help file has been updated to include the latest application functionality and keystrokes.
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Enhancements in JAWS 11.0.1447 (May 2010)
The following is a list of items addressed or added between the final JAWS 11.0.1430 release and the JAWS 11.0.1447 posting. All enhancements since the initial public beta release are included in this release.
- Fixed an issue with the History menu not being read in the Lotus Notes Sametime Instant Messaging program.
- Fixed a problem with braille routing in the subject line of Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010 e-mails.
- Fixed an intermittent problem in Outlook 2007 e-mails where Outlook was crashing when using ARROW Keys to move across imbedded links.
- Updated Winamp scripts.
- Resolved an issue with the Qwitter client on 64-bit Windows 7 systems.
- Resolved an issue with the Stock Quotes lookup source where NASDAQ quotes were not updating in real time.
- Resolved issues with the Business Search, Wikipedia, Area Code, Currency Converter, and Time Search lookup sources. In some cases, minor changes to lookup sources were made due to changes on external Web sites.
Windows Live Mail
- Resolved an issue in Windows Live Mail where the entire Menu bar was announced when you created a new message, then moved to the body of the message, and then returned to the Menu bar.
- Resolved an issue where JAWS did not announce the number of unread messages for any folder when navigating through the folder's tree view.
- Resolved an issue when inserting a signature into a new Windows Live e-mail message. The problem appeared after you inserted a signature and then tried to navigate through the message body using ARROW Keys. This resulted in Forms Mode sounds being heard, and focus remaining in the signature text.
- Resolved an issue where strange text was announced by JAWS when pressing UP ARROW or DOWN ARROW in a blank To, CC, BCC, or Subject edit field.
- Resolved an issue where JAWS would not read the header and content of the next message after you deleted an opened e-mail message.
- Resolved an issue where JAWS would not correctly announce the header or content of e-mail messages when using CTRL+PERIOD or CTRL+COMMA to move to the next or previous message.
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Enhancements in JAWS 11.0.1430 (April 2010)
The following is a list of items addressed or added between the final JAWS 11.0.756 release and the JAWS 11.0.1430 posting. All enhancements since the initial public beta release are included in this release.
- Resolved an issue with the People Search lookup source in Research It. The problem appeared when entering a First and Last Name along with City and State. In some cases, the search would fail if the 411.com Web site returned results that included middle initials. People Search should prove to be much more reliable now.
- The U for Unicode that follows the JAWS serial number in the UI has been removed. All JAWS versions are now Unicode.
- Resolved an issue when using JAWS with certain HP scanners.
- Resolved an issue where JAWS was not correctly announcing list box items after turning on this functionality in Configuration Manager.
- Resolved an issue where the braille display would go blank when selecting text in a WordPad document.
- JAWS correctly announces the time and date without double speaking when Windows is configured for 24-hour time format.
- Sixty-four bit versions of JAWS can use 32-bit SAPI 5 synthesizer and voices when running 64-bit Windows operating systems.
- Resolved an issue where the SAPI 5 speech rate would fluctuate when running 64-bit Windows operating systems.
- Created the INSERT+SPACEBAR, S keystroke to toggle speech while using a braille display.
- Resolved an issue when reading DAISY books while running JAWS and OpenBook together.
- Updated the currency abbreviations for the Convert Currency lookup source in Research It.
- Resolved an issue when running Research It directly from the Run JAWS Manager dialog box with Word or Internet Explorer.
- Updated the descriptions of several Research It lookup sources.
- The FedEx lookup source has been removed from Research It.
- A recent change to the yellowpages.com Web site caused the Business Search lookup source in Research It to stop working. We are currently working to resolve this issue so that Business Search once again shows the correct results.
- Resolved a double-speak issue with the read-only text in the Research It dialog box.
- Resolved an issue with duplicate access keys in the Research It dialog box.
- Updated the People Search lookup source to work correctly with the People Search Web site.
- Resolved an issue with system sounds received from the controller during a JAWS Tandem session.
- Resolved an issue when using the RIGHT SHIFT key during a JAWS Tandem session.
- Resolved an issue when closing the Adjust JAWS Options dialog box without saving changes to any options.
- JAWS now has functionality to cancel layered keystrokes.
- Resolved contracted English braille errors with the e-r, e-n, o-u, o-w, and e-d signs. Also resolved an error where two-letter contractions followed by an underscore were being translated.
- Addressed an issue where braille was not reading some combo boxes when using Forms mode.
- The Edit Schemes Dialog topic in the JAWS help file has been updated and corrected.
- Corrected minor errors in the help descriptions in the Excel Adjust JAWS Options dialog box.
- Clarified the description of the keystrokes to switch between different conversations in Windows Live Messenger and MSN Messenger.
- Corrected a misspelling in the Java Getting Started help topic.
- Corrected several keystrokes mentioned in the Internet Explorer hot key help.
- Added Taiwanese braille table.
- Expanded the amount of text that can be typed into the Word or Phrase edit combo box.
- Resolved an issue where the braille cursor appeared at the end of a text string but would not display prior text when moving from one application to another.
- Provided a Next link to view additional People Search items when more than 10 results are returned.
- Resolved an issue where links in the Research It Virtual Viewer did not work when selected.
- Updated the help text that describes how to type a term for the Business Search lookup source.
- Updated the help text in the Research It dialog box that describes the Convert Currency lookup source.
- The braille display now correctly tracks in Word when multiple lines are selected.
- Results using the NBA lookup source display correctly in the Virtual Viewer.
- Radio buttons in the HTML Options dialog box of Configuration Manager no longer appear blank and can be selected.
- Any Research It lookup sources removed in a previous release are restored to the list of items when you update JAWS.
- The word "this'll" is now correctly handled by the braille translator.
- The word “which'll” no longer uses the which sign.
- The HJCONST.JSH file has been updated.
- The keystrokes to create and delete relationships in Access 2007 are now available in screen sensitive help.
- Resolved an issue where JAWS did not announce that relationships existed when moving through list items.
- JAWS announces selected text when running Adobe Flex.
- Resolved an issue where JAWS was not reading Web pages with Adobe Flex Flash objects.
- Tutor messages for buttons now state that you must press SPACEBAR instead of ENTER to activate the button.
- JAWS now recognizes the Collaborate button control in the Search dialog box for Adobe Reader 9.
- Resolved an issue where JAWS did not recognize the Options button or menu control found in different navigation panels.
- Resolved an issue where JAWS did not recognize the Show button or menu control in the Comments navigation panel.
- Resolved an issue where JAWS did not recognize the Highlight Color button or menu control in the Model Tree navigation panel.
- Resolved an issue where JAWS was announcing incorrect information when using the navigation quick key S for next same element on any page title.
- Resolved an issue where JAWS was not reporting style changes when moving between cells.
- The CTRL+SHIFT+SPACEBAR keystroke now selects and provides information about a region.
- JAWS is now announcing tutor messages for selected Ribbon items.
- Resolved an issue where JAWS was not announcing row and column totals based on the setting of the INSERT+V options.
- When a link is also a formula, JAWS can activate the link as it does with standard hyperlinks.
- When Filtered Column and Row Detection is on, JAWS will also announce which columns and rows are being filtered when moving into filtered cells.
- The JAWS keystroke works for setting column and row titles when running JAWS and MAGic together.
- When saving a setting that is not related to column and row title changes, the .JSI file for the current workbook is correctly updated.
- Resolved an issue where JAWS does not announce, but does display with braille, a link that is a cell reference.
- Corrected misspelling in the Reading Options section of the Adjust JAWS Options dialog box.
- Clarified the descriptions for the column title and row title options.
- Monitored cells maintain their settings when data changes are made in a workbook.
- If the number of objects in a worksheet do not change, JAWS no longer repeats object counts when you move away from and return to the worksheet.
- When editing a description for a macro, the ARROW Keys no longer cause the whole description to be read rather than giving feedback on the exact position in the description.
- Descriptions for the ALT+1 through ALT+4 keystrokes have been updated in the JAWS help file.
- Excel no longer remains in memory after closing an application.
- When a list of columns, rows, or other cell type is invoked, JAWS now moves focus to the cell nearest the active cell rather than at the top of the cell list that has the desired condition.
- When a link is a formula, JAWS now reads both formula and hyperlink information when ALT+SHIFT+H is pressed.
- Resolved an issue where the row and column total announcement could not be set correctly.
- Resolved an issue where JAWS did not correctly announce text when moving through the contents of an edit box
- Resolved an issue where JAWS would speak the underlying URL as part of the ARIA tab text.
- When a tree grid row is expanded or collapsed, JAWS now announces if the item is opened or closed and does not double speak the table row name.
- JAWS now announces the value of a spin box control after the value changes.
- Resolved an issue where JAWS was not announcing the value of Form controls.
- Resolved an issue where JAWS was not entering Form mode or correctly reading column headers in a table
- Web pages now scroll correctly when using the SEMICOLON or SHIFT+SEMICOLON keystrokes to move to ARIA landmarks.
- Resolved an issue where pressing the SPACEBAR while in Forms mode on an ARIA tab control caused braille to output text from a different location on the Web page
- Resolved an issue where JAWS was not reading the header cells when moving into an ARIA table grid.
- Resolved an issue where JAWS was not speaking the expanded or collapsed state of tree grid rows.
- Resolved an issue where JAWS was not speaking accessible descriptions for ARIA links.
- When navigating a slider control in Firefox, JAWS now announces the slider value.
- JAWS no longer announces blank when using LEFT and RIGHT ARROWS to navigate items on the menu bar.
- When navigating to a button inside a toolbar, JAWS now announces that focus is in a toolbar.
- JAWS no longer exits Forms mode when focus moves to a control with the MSAA linked state set.
- Resolved an issue with Google.com search results where JAWS would announce a blank line between a link and the description text even though one was not visually present.
- JAWS no longer announces random text on a Web page when focus moves to an edit box control.
- Resolved an issue where JAWS was not reading the correct text when in Forms mode while using Facebook.
- JAWS will read HTML table headers if the cells contain ARIA attributes.
- Resolved an issue where JAWS would double speak when moving between rows in a tree grid.
- Resolved an issue reported when reading tables in Internet Explorer 7.
- Resolved reported issues on certain Web pages where JAWS was not correctly announcing button labels.
- Updated the INSERT+H help message for Internet Explorer. The correct keystrokes for reading the next column or row and the prior column or row are now announced.
- Resolved an issue with the INSERT+F1 help for edit and form controls on a Web page.
- Resolved an issue where JAWS would announce the prior line when using the UP or DOWN ARROWS to move to a heading in Symphony.
- The panning keys on a braille display now advance to the next and previous lines of the document.
- Resolved an issue where JAWS would announce the previous item or speak twice when using the F6 or ARROW Keys.
- The navigation quick keys now work reliably in Symphony.
- Resolved an issue where braille was not showing the cursor when typing past the end of the display while running Word, WordPad, Outlook, and so on.
- Resolved an issue regarding what JAWS announced after pressing the navigation quick key S while running a Web browser or Adobe Reader.
- Resolved an issue in Notepad where JAWS failed to read lines of text as the screen was updated.
- Resolved an issue in Outlook 2007 and Word where JAWS would announce paragraphs twice when navigating a table using CTRL+DOWN ARROW.
- When saving an Office application, JAWS now announces the folder that the file will be saved to when ALT+I is pressed while the Save As dialog box is open.
- After changing the setting of an option, JAWS no longer announces the change when the Adjust JAWS Options dialog box closes.
- JAWS makes no announcement when you close the Adjust JAWS Options dialog box without changing an option.
- Resolved an issue where JAWS would not pause when announcing an option, its current setting, and help text description when navigating Table options in the Adjust JAWS Options dialog box.
- Resolved an issue where braille flash messages appeared when navigating Ribbons and edit boxes.
- Resolved an issue in Outlook 2007 where JAWS did not announce items selected in a message list.
- Resolved an issue where the Word application help opened instead of the Outlook hot key help when pressing INSERT+H.
- Resolved an issue in the German version of Outlook. The problem was observed when creating and navigating through a distribution list in the Outlook address book.
- Resolved an issue in Outlook 2003 where JAWS would read the previous HTML e-mail message instead of the current message.
- Resolved an issue when using the ALT+a digit, ALT+DOWN ARROW, or ALT+UP ARROW keystrokes to change the Calendar view in Outlook.
- JAWS now announces links in the Navigation pane of the Calendar view when using ARROW Keys.
- JAWS now functions correctly when Outlook is configured to run spell check automatically before sending an e-mail message.
- JAWS 11 now uses the Message voice when navigating an e-mail message list.
- Resolved an issue where JAWS would make the wrong announcement when closing a split button dialog box.
- JAWS no longer announces font and attribute information after these items are turned off in the Speech and Sounds Manager.
- Resolved an issue where JAWS would not speak or braille a flagged message unless the subject edit box was blank.
- Improved the way JAWS reads the New Document dialog in Office 2007 applications.
- Resolved an issue where JAWS would not correctly announce Out Of Office AutoReply messages that appear in the Inbox message list.
- Resolved an issue where JAWS would repeat an e-mail message if the first or last message in the list contained an attachment or was a Reply To message.
- Resolved an issue where the SHIFT+H keystroke would not move to a prior heading in an open e-mail message.
- The ALT+I keystroke can now be used in Outlook to announce the folder that the file will be saved to when the Save As dialog box is open.
- JAWS reads menu items normally when using the JAWS Cursor. The special emphasis on the hot key portion is no longer spoken before the rest of the item.
- Resolved an issue where non-English versions of JAWS were not reading the unread message status correctly in Outlook.
- Resolved an issue where JAWS 11 would exit Navigation Quick Key mode (INSERT+Z) after making a change in a document or e-mail message.
- When reading message header information, it now appears in braille.
- When an items list is invoked, focus moves to the list closest to the current point in the document.
- The announcement of slide transition in PowerPoint is now off by default.
- Resolved an issue in PowerPoint where JAWS would spell slide titles instead of announcing them when using the UP and DOWN ARROW keys to move through the thumbnails pane.
- Corrected misspelling in hot key help.
- When navigating through the Skype Option’s tree view list, focus now moves to the correct instance of the Sounds and Video settings pages when pressing TAB or SHIFT+TAB.
- Resolved an issue where an error message appeared when closing JAWS after starting a Window XP computer.
- Resolved an issue where Word would fail when accessing a protected document on a Windows 7 computer.
- Resolved an issue in WordPad on a Windows 7 computer that caused the braille display to go blank.
- Resolved an issue where JAWS provided no feedback when using CTRL+A to select all items in Windows Explorer on Windows 7 computers.
Windows Live Messenger
- Resolved an issue where the ALT+1 through ALT+9 keystrokes in Windows Live Messenger were not reliably reading message history.
- Resolved an issue where proofreading elements in Word 2010 were not available when a document was opened in protected view.
- Resolved a reported issue in Word 2007 where you would lose text as you typed.
- Resolved an issue where Say All read poorly in Word tables.
- When a protected form includes graphics, JAWS announces this information as the document opens.
- Braille and speech are now synchronized when tabbing through a protected tabular form.
- Resolved an issue where JAWS did not indicate that an object had focus when ENTER was pressed to move to it from within the Inline Objects dialog box.
- Resolved an issue where spelling or grammar mistakes were spoken twice when navigating into or out of the error.
- Resolved an issue where focus navigation did not move correctly when starting in the Apply Styles dialog box and then pressing F6 to move to other areas of the Word application and document.
- Resolved an issue where focus would move back to the document area when changing options in the Restrict Formatting and Editing task pane.
- JAWS correctly announces radio buttons and edit boxes in the Page Range group in the Print dialog box.
- If a Word table with three or fewer columns is saved as an HTML table, JAWS now speaks column headers when using table reading commands.
- Resolved an issue where a braille display’s routing buttons would turn off Extended Selection mode.
- When changing Word option settings using the Adjust JAWS Options dialog box, JAWS no longer announces changes when you exit the dialog box.
- When a heading level is a list item, the outline level number is now also announced with navigation quick keys.
- Resolved an issue where JAWS was not announcing the Text Format edit box items in the Text Form Field Options dialog box.
- JAWS now correctly announces in speech and braille when you navigate into and out of review comments in a Word document.
- Resolved an issue where Word would close when using a braille display and navigating tables using the Navigation Quick Key T.
- Resolved an issue for international braille display users where the display sporadically jumped when editing bulleted lists
- When the native keys for indent, hanging indent, and remove indents are pressed outside the document window, JAWS no longer announces that indentation has taken place.
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Enhancements in JAWS 11.0.756 (December 2009)
The following is a list of items addressed or added between the final JAWS 11.0.746 release and the JAWS 11.0.756 posting. All enhancements since the initial public beta release are included in this release.
- Resolved an issue in Windows 7 where properly authorized JAWS licenses were being asked to reactivate after rebooting.
- Improvements have been made to the way JAWS recognizes all data tables that are tagged with the <TH> component.
- Resolved an issue with FSReader 2.0 where audio content was not being played after pressing CTRL+P.
- The Set Row Total and the Set Column Total functions now correctly define and report the row or column total for the selected cell in an Excel worksheet.
- Resolved an issue in Excel where some settings were not correctly saved after closing the Adjust JAWS Options dialog box.
- JAWS correctly identifies tables using the Navigation Quick Key T when running Internet Explorer 7 or Internet Explorer 8.
- Resolved an issue where JAWS would frequently shut down when running Windows Explorer in Windows 7.
- When using Firefox, JAWS correctly enters Forms Mode and reads table headings.
- Resolved a reported issue when using Terminal Services or Remote desktop if connecting to a computer running Windows 7.
- Resolved a reported issue in Internet Explorer edit controls where text being selected was not being announced as expected.
The following lookup sources have been added to the JAWS Research It feature in this release. Remember that you can quickly access lookup sources using the INSERT+SPACEBAR, R keystroke. See previous lookup sources for a list of items added in an earlier release.
- Area Code Lookup: Type a U.S. or Canadian area code into the lookup edit field and learn the city, state, or province location for that area code.
- Business Search: Allows you to search for a specific or general business in your area using its name or business category and location. The location can be in the form of a zip code, city, or city and state. Search results will provide the name, address, phone number, and, when applicable, Web site link. Always use a semicolon to separate the business name or category from the location, for example, pizza; 33716. This particular search will return a list of pizza restaurants in and around the 33716 zip code. If you know the name and location of a business, such as John Doe Plumbing in St. Petersburg, Florida, you can type John Doe Plumbing; St Petersburg, FL to retrieve the address and phone number. If you would rather see results for more plumbers in your city, enter the term plumbers and then the location for a list of these businesses in your area. Note: Use a comma to separate the city and state location. Also, do not use a period when typing city name abbreviations, for example, type St Petersburg, FL, or Washington, DC.
- Convert Currency: Use this lookup source to convert an amount of money from one currency into a foreign equivalent. The current day’s exchange rate is used to convert the currency values typed into the lookup edit field. Note: Three letter abbreviations are used to represent international currencies, for example, USD for U.S. dollars, GBP for British pounds, or EUR for Euros. To view a list of valid currency abbreviations, select the Convert Currency lookup without entering a monetary value. Research It will indicate that you must enter valid currency values and will then display a list of currency abbreviations for numerous countries. Run Convert Currency again, but this time use the appropriate currency abbreviations from the previous list. When typing currencies and amounts into the lookup edit field, first type the amount and currency you are converting from, and then type the currency that you are converting to. For example, to convert 100 U.S. dollars into British pounds, type 100 USD GBP using a space between each item typed. The result will appear similar to 100 U.S. dollars = 61. 2070021 British pounds.
- FedEx Tracking: Returns status information for a valid FedEx® tracking number. Note: You may want to consider making this your default lookup source if your job requires you to frequently track FedEx shipments.
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Enhancements in JAWS 11.0.746 (November 2009)
The following is a list of items addressed or added between the final JAWS 11.0.734 release and the JAWS 11.0.746 posting. All enhancements since the initial public beta release are included in this release.
This release, posted on November 24, 2009, resolves an issue with new Windows 7 installations where JAWS would request that you install the mirror driver after using certain programs such as iTunes® 9.0.2 or Roxio Creator® 2010. This has now been resolved for JAWS 11. If you are running JAWS 11.0.734 or earlier, please use the Check for Updates feature in the JAWS Help menu to download and install the latest JAWS release.
If you experience a similar problem using JAWS 10 or MAGic 11, download and install the latest 64- or 32-bit Video Intercept using the following links:
The following lookup sources have been added to the JAWS Research It feature in release 11.0.746. Remember that you can quickly access lookup sources using the INSERT+SPACEBAR, R keystroke.
- Amazon Product Search: Displays search results from Amazon.com® for the word or item entered in the edit field. Results appear as links followed by price and shipping information.
- Bookshare™ Book Search: Displays search results from Bookshare.org based on an author’s name, a book’s ISBN number, or words found in a book title or book description. If a match is found, the result appears as a link containing the author, title, and copyright date.
- Health Search on WebMD: Provides search results from the Web site WebMD® for the words entered in the lookup edit field or located at the current cursor position in a document or Web page. If a match is found, results appear as links followed by a brief synopsis. Note: You may be interested in using this as your primary lookup source if your job requires you to search for and use medical terms.
- Stock Quotes: Displays current and up to 52-week historical financial information for the stock symbol entered in the edit field or selected from a document, spreadsheet, or Web page.
- Time Search: Displays the current time and time zone for any location typed into the edit field. Note: Be specific when entering a location since one name may represent multiple cities. For example, if you only type London into the edit field, you will receive time results for London, England, U.K., London, Ontario, Canada, and London, Arkansas, U.S.A. If no result is returned, enter another city that is close to the preferred location.
- UPS Tracking: Returns progress and delivery status information for a valid UPS™ tracking number. Note: This lookup source is a good candidate to set as your default if your job requires you to frequently track UPS shipments.
- People Search: Allows you to search for individuals using their first and last name, street name (optional), and location. Use semicolons to separate search terms, for example, John Smith; Main Street; St. Petersburg, Florida. Always use a comma to separate the city and state or province location. Note: The results that appear in the Virtual Viewer are limited to the first 10 items provided by the Web site 411.com. If more information is available, select the Next link. This will open your Web browser and place you on page two of this lookup source's Web site so that you can continue viewing search results.
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Enhancements in JAWS 11.0.734 (October 2009)
The following was addressed between the final JAWS 11.0.729 release and the JAWS 11.0.734 posting. All enhancements since the initial public beta release are included in this release.
- Security update for JAWS 11.
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Enhancements in JAWS 11.0.729 (October 2009)
The following is a list of items addressed during the JAWS 11 development cycle and public beta releases.
- Resolved a reported issue where, when trying to use JAWS and DecTalk Access32 without authorization, the pitch and rate settings for Eloquence were set to the maximum values.
- Resolved an issue where JAWS was preventing certain processing of non-English characters in Console Applications when using non-English keyboard layouts.
- Resolved an issue with Power Braille not properly re-initializing after returning from Standby.
- Resolved reported issues where Research It lookups were failing in 64-bit Windows operating systems.
- JAWS announces the correct value that is exposed via the valuenow attribute when interacting with a widget in Internet Explorer.
- JAWS reads IBM Eclipse popup windows.
- JAWS successfully works with FSBraille after using multiple accounts to log on to Windows.
- Run JAWS from the command line with the /seloq switch, or /sRealSpeak switch, and Eloquence and RealSpeak pitch and speed are set to maximum and RealSpeak speaks Spanish.
- The PowerBraille display works when installing the JAWS Network Client.
- The Network JAWS client can switch to RealSpeak Solo Direct or SAPI5 synthesizers from Eloquence.
- Resolved issue where SAPI4 synthesizers were not showing up in the Voice Profile list.
- With PAC Mate Desktop running, voice parameters for the current synthesizer can be changed.
- When you perform a search using Research It and you read the results in braille, the Virtual Viewer window no longer shows table coordinates for every line.
- When you enter a date for an NFL or MLB game in the past, Research It no longer reports today's schedule or scores.
- Resolved an issue where firewall settings may be causing problems with yielding Research It results
- Updated the PlaceMarkers help topic with the proper keystrokes to allow users to move to PlaceMarkers 1 through 4.
- Resolved a reported issue where screen corruption could occur at the location of the I-Beam mouse pointer in Windows XP on a notebook using an ATI Radeon X300.
- JAWS incorrectly translates "and" in the braille rendering of the word fandom.
- Resolved an issue with the PowerBraille 65/80 where braille F8+F9 caused an unknown function call to braillegrade2translatecurrentword.
- Resolved a reported issue with speech being maintained on the PAC Mate when voice adjustments are made and an attempt is made to save changes. Note that this happened when users were using the PAC Mate Remote option only.
- ResearchItByEnteringTerm has been added to INSERT+SPACEBAR, R.
- Resolved a reported issue where the wrong rule set was getting called when choosing the Weather lookup in certain cases.
- A Research It query now accepts Unicode and other special characters used in search strings.
- Synchronizing scripts in JAWS 11 results in compilation failure
- Synthesizer does not change but other settings do change when switching back to controller during a JAWS Tandem session.
- If client is using DECTalk Express and likely other hardware, starting JAWS on the server renders wrong default DECTalk settings.
- JAWS correctly announces that ALT+V is the access key for the Voice group when navigating controls in the Voice Adjustment dialog box.
- JAWS now reads the Shutdown button on the Windows 7 Start menu when you press TAB to move to it.
- Adjusted the Word navigation keyboard commands list so it now reads JAWS Key+Z instead of INSERT+Z.
- All text is now spoken when scrolling through the Index list in the JAWS help file.
- The functions ScreenEchoToggle and PunctuationSetLevelTextOutput now use different messages instead of cmsg15_l. This resolves a previous localization issue.
- Rule files (.rul), for all Research It rule sets, now contain a version number.
- The Weather lookup source in Research It now accepts airport codes.
- A clear and concise message now appears in the Virtual Viewer window if a time-out error occurs when using Research It.
- When you press WINDOWS Key+INSERT+R, the first line in the Virtual Viewer window contains the name of the lookup source that is being used followed by the term that you are searching for when using Research It.
- FSTxtSvc supports composition selection function.
- The beta version of Online Bible 3 runs with JAWS 11.
- In the Windows XP Control Panel User Account dialog box, JAWS now speaks the highlighted user account in the account grid.
- Contracted English Braille: nowise should not use the ow-sign.
- Contracted English Braille: Outdistance should not use the st-sign.
- Contracted English Braille: Psychedelic should not use the ed-sign.
- When navigating a treeview, JAWS now announces information for different levels.
- Resolved an issue where unexpected text was added to a list item's name.
- JAWS no longer double-speaks when navigating a list of items in treeview.
- Resolved a reported issue in Acrobat Reader where JAWS would not always navigate away from combo or list boxes after entering and exiting Forms Mode.
- The Virtual buffer location now follows the document's visual location when using CTRL+PAGE DOWN.
Apple iTunes 9
- Resolved an issue in iTunes 9 where the Virtual Cursor was always sent to the top of the page after pressing a preview button on an album page. Note that resolving this issue will result in the Virtual Cursor not always being at the top of new pages when they load. In this case, you will have to press CTRL+HOME to move to the top if you want to start reading there.
- Resolved issues reported in iTunes 9 regarding empty virtual buffers in the iTunes store.
- Resolved an issue where the iTunes process remained running after performing a search in the iTunes store and then closing the iTunes application.
- Resolved problems that started in Version 9 of the iTunes Store's HTML content. After searching for music, you no longer need to press INSERT+ESC to refresh the virtual buffer to see updated information such as album details, podcast information, and so on.
- Resolved an issue where text was not read correctly in the search edit field if you pressed BACKSPACE to remove text you had typed. Turning on Enhanced Edit in the iTunes.jcf file also addressed the issue for JAWS 10.
- Resolved an issue where the Virtual buffer was not active, and, as a result, much of the store content was not accessible.
- Resolved an issue where JAWS 10 was not reading next or prior characters when the PC Cursor is in a read-only text box.
- Eudora e-mail scripts have been updated and include updated help messages when viewing Eudora settings from the Adjust JAWS Options dialog box (INSERT+V).
- Resolved an issue when using Internet Explorer 8 on non-English Windows XP operating systems where pressing TAB to move to the compatibility button on the tool bar would result in a lock-up or instability.
- Resolved an issue reported in Internet Explorer 7 where, after using ALT+DOWN ARROW to open a combo box, JAWS would not announce the highlighted item while navigating a Web page.
- Resolved an issue where JAWS would not properly disable Flash content on Web pages in the JAWS Options dialog box.
- JAWS no longer reads the wrong page at www.dominos.ca.
- When using CTRL+TAB or CTRL+SHIFT+TAB to move between tab pages in Internet Explorer, the sluggishness that was once observed when using ARROW Keys to move about a Web page has been resolved.
- When using the JAWS Find feature, if the search string included more than 10 characters, the search feature will now wrap from the bottom of the Web page to the top to continue the search.
- Resolved an issue where JAWS was inserting unnecessary blank lines on pages when a braille user set the Document Presentation option to Screen Layout.
- The announcement of Frame Name and Text was not automatically being announced when using the TAB key to navigate to it. This has been resolved.
- Resolved an issue in Internet Explorer 8 where the Virtual Viewer was not appearing on screen with the Hot key help when pressing INSERT+H.
- Resolved a reported issue where there were no blank lines between search results on www.altavista.com.
- It is easier to move to the message body of a new e-mail message with JAWS while using the Hotmail Web interface.
- Resolved an issue where certain graphics in Outlook Web Access were not showing in braille.
- Resolved an issue reported where copy and paste from Internet Explorer to an HTML e-mail in Outlook was not including all markup. The example was a live link which was also a heading. In this case, it was being pasted as a heading only.
- HTML buttons are now being read correctly.
- JAWS now announces items instead of saying "Not selected" when navigating through the list of items that appear in the Internet Explorer Download dialog box on a Windows 7 computer.
- INSERT+F7 on www.liveatc.net now shows all links found on the page.
- Resolved a specific issue in Internet Explorer where pressing SPACEBAR on a check box, with Forms Mode off, did not echo the prompt and state of the check box.
- JAWS now correctly reads Web page content at the Motley Fool Web site.
- Resolved an issue where the ARIA "dialog" role was not working properly in Internet Explorer 8 with JAWS 11.
- Resolved an issue where some of the form controls on a Web page were skipped when navigating the page using the F Navigation Quick Key.
- You can now select the preview songs buttons on CDBaby.com
- Resolved a reported issue where JAWS was not reading submenus correctly in Java applications.
- Resolved an issue where scripts, written and provided in MAGic for an application, would not always load while running JAWS and MAGic together, even though JAWS does not have scripts for the application.
- Resolved an issue where the Oval and Triangle cursor enhancement attributes in MAGic were not fully visible when running JAWS and MAGic together.
- When running JAWS and MAGic together, you can successfully select words in a Word document by double-clicking with the mouse.
- When running JAWS and MAGic together, you can move the mouse across a line of text in an application without interrupting JAWS speech and having JAWS repeat the text.
- Resolved a reported issue in Microsoft Access where JAWS was not properly tracking in grid controls.
- Resolved a reported problem where the JAWS feature to return to a previous cell, CTRL+SHIFT+GRAVE, after having moved to a monitor cell was not working as expected.
- Excel Title Reading Verbosity and Title Reading row and column definitions are being ignored after saving.
- Identified an issue in Microsoft Excel when trying to use the JAWS feature to "Append To Clipboard" WINDOWS Key+C. This problem was causing a crash of Excel in some cases so we disabled the Append to Clipboard JAWS feature for this application only.
- Help messages for setting column and row titles through Adjust JAWS Options have been updated.
- When you navigate to a monitor cell in a worksheet, and then press CTRL+SHIFT+GRAVE, focus will now return to the cell that had prior focus.
- In an Excel worksheet, where the view is set to Split Window or Freeze Panes Window, JAWS will now list cells with comments when you press CTRL+SHIFT+APOSTROPHE.
- Page Break Detection, CTRL+SHIFT+B, can be turned on or off for the current Excel worksheet using the INSERT+V, Adjust JAWS options, keystroke.
- Using CTRL+SHIFT+B, you can view a list of cells located at horizontal and vertical page breaks in an Excel worksheet.
- Form Control Detection, used to identify list boxes, check boxes, and similar form controls, can be turned on or off for the current Excel worksheet using INSERT+V.
- If a worksheet contains a text box, JAWS can show the contents of the text box in a Virtual Viewer window when you press CTRL+SHIFT+T.
- JAWS now reports meaningful color control values when navigating the controls of the Fill tab in the Format Cells dialog box (CTRL+SHIFT+P).
- Addressed a reported issue where workbooks that contain multiple worksheets would sometimes read cell text from the wrong worksheet when switching back and forth.
- JAWS can now see the buttons in the Microsoft Office 2007 installer on Windows 7 computers.
- When using the Scope attribute with the <TD> tag in an HTML table, JAWS correctly processes the tag and reads table row and column headings.
- The keyboard help message for CTRL+T now states that the keystroke creates a hanging indent when used while working in a Word document or composing an Outlook e-mail message. Otherwise, the keystroke will perform its default action.
- JAWS now selects and announces all characters and punctuation when using Extended Mode (F8) to select characters or punctuation in a Word or Outlook document.
- The ALT+1 through ALT+4 keystrokes in Office 2007 applications, such as Word and PowerPoint, have been unassigned in JAWS to avoid conflicts with any quick access toolbar functions native to those applications.
- Resolved reported issues where prompts were not read properly when saving message attachments in Outlook 2003.
- Resolved an issue where the sender of a message was not being announced if there was no subject for the message.
- Resolved an intermittent issue in Outlook 2003 where, when an e-mail message is opened, JAWS announces "dal= on" at the top of the message.
- Addressed several reported issues that occurred when using CTRL+D to delete Outlook e-mails. In some cases, JAWS was not reading other HTML e-mail messages after deleting the current message. This has been resolved.
- Resolved a reported issue where the presence of a Flag associated with a message was not being indicated while navigating through the Outlook 2003 Inbox.
- Resolved an issue where there was speech delay when using the ARROW Keys to move through Outlook 2007 menus on a Windows XP computer.
- Resolved a reported issue where Outlook 2007 failed to close for 30 seconds or more when using a braille display connected via USB.
- Resolved an issue where JAWS would announce "0 items" when switching from a folder with no items to a folder that contains items.
- Resolved a reported issue where Rich Text messages were being read in Outlook XP and Outlook 2003.
- JAWS no longer misreads Header fields with shortcut keys after focus is placed in the Tasks notes field.
- Resolved an issue where JAWS was very sluggish when navigating through grouped messages in Outlook message folders.
- Resolved an issue when reading an e-mail sent from Outlook 2003 would insert a space character on each blank line.
- Blank lines are inserted before DIV tags when they should only cause a new line. This causes excessive white space in e-mail messages.
- Text is now entered when typing in the Text Search Pattern edit field of the Skim Reading dialog box in an Outlook 2007 message.
- Resolved a reported issue with sluggish performance in Outlook 2003 and Outlook 2007 when navigating through messages in an Exchange Server folder with Windows Vista and VPN access.
- With Outlook AutoPreview turned on, move through the message list and JAWS now speaks the Preview window.
- Folder names are announced correctly when you press TAB to move from the message list to the Folder tree view.
- Resolved an issue reported in Outlook 2003 where the message list appeared to be empty except for message flags in certain situations.
- Resolved reported issues when using CTRL+SHIFT+DOWN ARROW to select text was not always announcing the text in Outlook and Word.
- The first two lines of a highlighted message are now read when AutoPreview is on.
- Resolved a reported issue where Navigation Quick Key mode was not working correctly when reading or reviewing messages.
- Now able to read text when composing an out of office note in Outlook 2007 and using UP and DOWN ARROW keys.
- In Outlook, JAWS now announces the sender of the message when there is no text in the Subject field.
- Resolved an issue where JAWS speech stopped after pressing the Reply Directly to Sender command (JAWS Key+SHIFT+R).
- INSERT+F1 help messages for the JAWS list of links feature have been updated for link fields.
- If you have two identical messages that are sent one after the other, JAWS will now read both messages when navigating through the Sent Items list box.
- Complete message information is now displayed or spoken when pressing ESC to exit a menu or dialog box that is at least two levels deep.
- In Outlook 2003, JAWS is now speaking correctly when you select non-contiguous items in the address book when addressing a message.
- Information is now announced by JAWS when navigating forward or backward through the checkbox options that appear in the Toolbar's Customize dialog box under the View menu.
- In the new contact dialog box, phone number labels are correctly announced as business, home, mobile, and so on.
- JAWS no longer announces additional date and time abbreviations when moving through Calendar time slots using UP or DOWN ARROW.
- When you press CTRL+SHIFT+DOWN ARROW to select paragraphs in an e-mail message, JAWS now reads the selected paragraph text.
- When using the ARROW Keys to navigate through the list of results in the Advance Find dialog box, the highlighted messages are now announced only once.
- JAWS now correctly reads the Subject line information of any e-mail message that begins with the word "Attachment" in its subject line.
- JAWS now announces location elements once when using the UP or DOWN ARROW keys to move through the New Appointments dialog box.
- The Location label is now announced by JAWS when you press TAB to move through the Appointment dialog box.
- If you launch the Research It feature from an open e-mail message, pressing ESC to close the Virtual Viewer window no longer closes the e-mail message too.
- Sluggishness, once seen when moving through various dialog boxes, no longer occurs in Outlook.
- When you move from a message list to a folder tree view, JAWS now announces the number of unread messages for the selected folder.
- If the current view is set to show all appointments, active appointments, or reoccurring appointments in Calendar, JAWS now reads the currently highlighted item when using the UP and DOWN ARROWS to move through the list.
- JAWS correctly speaks and displays in braille any items that are highlighted when using the UP and DOWN ARROW keys to move through a list of tasks and appointments.
- When an appointment starts and ends, for example at 18:15 and 18:45, when the Regional and Language settings are configured for French, the end time slot is now tagged as containing the appointment.
- When composing an e-mail while the Font dialog box is open in Outlook Express, JAWS no longer plays the Forms Mode On sound when you first enter the dialog box.
- The Microsoft Outlook 2007 key map file (.jkm) has been updated to include the following keystrokes and functionality: F8 = Selection by Unit Mode, SHIFT+F8 = Reduce Selection by Unit, and CTRL+SHIFT+F8 = Selection by Movement Mode.
- Now, when reading link text in an Outlook 2007 e-mail message, JAWS no longer announces the words “end link” after reading a link in an HTML e-mail message. If you want to restore this announcement, you can do so by pressing INSERT+V to open the Adjust JAWS Options dialog box and then toggling on the Announce End Links in a Message item in the Reading Options group.
- W, the Navigation Quick Key for the Word Index List feature, works with Outlook 2007 read-only messages.
- Resolved a reported issue where PowerPoint 2003 would not always unload from memory when it was closed while running JAWS.
- Resolved a reported problem in Microsoft Project when attempting to open Properties or Information for different items.
- Resolved an issue where text selected using CTRL+SHIFT+UP ARROW or CTRL+SHIFT+DOWN ARROW was not being announced.
- Resolved an issue in Word 2007 where JAWS was not echoing the proper text when selecting by word.
- Resolved a reported problem where, after turning on Navigation Quick Key mode, no indication about tables was given when using the Navigation Quick Key T.
- Commands for reading next and previous columns, ALT+WINDOWS Key+RIGHT ARROW and ALT+WINDOWS Key+LEFT ARROW, work in non uniform tables.
- Applying a style to a document no longer causes JAWS to see the document as a table.
- Revision and bookmark information now appears in braille as the document is navigated.
- When selecting text, braille now moves off the top line of the selection; it is now possible to accurately see what is selected when only using braille.
- Line reading is available after pressing ESC, SPACEBAR, or ENTER, and then ESC from the Apply button of Style dialog box.
- Resolved an issue in Word where JAWS was not recognizing tables or table reading commands.
- When using WINDOWS Key+SEMICOLON to open and view a list of comments, end notes, footnotes, or revisions in a Word document, JAWS will now announce the number and type of items in the document. For example, if a document contains 16 comments, JAWS will announce this when the Virtual Viewer window opens.
- The description for the Word Classic scheme, selected from the Speech and Sounds Manager in Configuration Manager, now clearly states that superscripts and subscripts are suppressed when reading a Word document.
- JAWS now announces field data as you navigate a Word document by line.
- Resolved an issue where there was a mismatch between the keyboard help message and functionality of some Navigation Quick Keys in Microsoft Word.
- Many keystrokes, such as first-letter navigation and SPACEBAR are now available in JAWS and other dialog boxes when Navigation Quick Keys mode is turned on.
- JAWS correctly reads items when navigating through the Header list.
- In a Word document, you can press the Navigation Quick Keys H or SHIFT+H to jump to the next or previous heading. Now, after turning on Navigation Quick Keys, you can press 1 through 9 to jump to the next heading at that heading level. For example, 2 will move focus to the next level 2 heading in the Word document. SHIFT+2 will move focus to the previous level 2 heading.
- If a document contains insertion and deletion markup, and you set the Tracking view to Final, JAWS no longer announces any of the Tracking changes in the document.
- When the Show all Formatting Marks check box is selected in Word, JAWS announces all formatting marks including Paragraphs marks.
- JAWS now correctly speaks screen text information on Web sites with buttons whose text value is different from screen text, such as travelocity.com.
- Resolved a reported problem where Flash buttons, such as Play and Pause, were not appearing on youtube.com.
- Resolved an issue where AutoForms mode turns on when you navigate into a disabled edit field.
- When Auto Forms Mode is on and you navigate out of a multi-line edit field using the UP or DOWN ARROW keys, JAWS now moves focus to the next line after the edit field.
- Resolved a reported problem where some radio buttons were not properly identified by JAWS 11 with Firefox 3.5.
- Resolved an issue when trying to exit Forms Mode when running Firefox on a Windows XP computer.
- Resolved an issue where Forms Mode would turn off when entering the message edit area of a Gmail message.
- Resolved an issue where JAWS would insert a new line before and after HTML <tt> tags on a Web page.
- Focus not placed on edit field when opening home page or new page.
- Headings that span more than one line, such as Facebook status headings, are now correctly announced when you cycle through headings using H or SHIFT+H.
- JAWS now announces all content when navigating the Microsoft Genuine Microsoft Software Web page.
- Added range functionality to IME scripts involved with composition
- In Application mode, when using TAB to navigate a virtual document, JAWS correctly announces links.
- Landmark keystrokes are now available for PAC Mate Remote.
- The configured Voice settings for JAWS on the desktop now hold on the PAC Mate when a PAC Mate desktop session is launched.
- Incorrect functionality observed while pressing SHIFT+TAB in the Options dialog box.
- JAWS speaks and shows in braille the same information when navigating a Skype treeview list.
- You can use braille panning to read longer controls or static text.
- The Skype 4.0 upgrade message now recommends that you upgrade to Skype 4.1 or later.
- JAWS correctly announces changes when increasing or decreasing slider values in Skype 3.8.
- Updated screen-sensitive help messages for Skype 4.1 and later.
- Improved speech and braille in Start menu of Windows 7.
- Improved handling of Windows Explorer in Windows 7.
- Windows Media Player 12 has the same level of support found in Windows Media Player 11.
- Enhancements have been made to the INSERT+F11 keystroke for Task Tray operation.
- Improved handling of common dialog boxes found in Windows 7 and Windows 7 applications. These dialog boxes include File, Save As, and Open, and various properties dialog boxes such as volume control, File and Folder Options, Taskbar, and Start Menu options.
- Conflicts with previous Messenger Conversation keystrokes have been resolved as mentioned in the Messenger Conversation Keystrokes section of this page.
- Resolved a reported issue where JAWS would not always speak when trying to select non-contiguous items by holding the CTRL key, and then pressing SPACEBAR on the different items in the list view.
- Addressed an issue reported when selecting multiple pictures in Windows Explorer and then attempting to e-mail these items while JAWS is running on a Windows Vista computer.
Windows Live Mail
- Graphics are now labeled so that message flags are properly announced in Windows Live Mail.
Windows Live Messenger 14
- Resolved an issue with 64-Bit Windows Vista where outgoing and incoming messages were not spoken as expected.
- When running Windows Live Messenger on a Windows XP computer, JAWS now announces the number of available contacts when you navigate through the list using the UP or DOWN ARROW.
- Resolved a reported issue where JAWS was not recognizing incoming and outgoing Braille Flash Messages in Windows Live Messenger.
- Resolved an issue where the previous message was announced instead of the current message when using the ALT+1 through ALT+ 0 keystrokes in Windows Live Messenger.
- Typing a message sound is now heard during a conversation.
- When using the UP and DOWN ARROW keys to move through your list of contacts, JAWS no longer says "not selected" after announcing contact information. This issue occurred only on Windows XP computers.
- JAWS now announces the selected item as you navigate combo boxes in Windows Live Messenger 14.
Windows Presentation Foundation
- Windows Presentation Foundation applications do not completely shut down when running with JAWS.
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