Features and Enhancements in JAWS 13

This page describes the new features and improvements available in JAWS 13. Go to Enhancements in JAWS for a list of all improvements made in JAWS 13 releases. For more information and complete demonstrations, listen to the "What’s New" interview with Eric Damery or the September 2011 FSCast. To download JAWS 13, go to the Previous JAWS Downloads page.

JAWS 13 Features

Convenient OCR

Frequently, you will encounter images that contain textual information. These can include a PDF file, the setup screen of an application, or the menu of selections for a DVD movie. While these images contain text that is readable by a sighted person, JAWS is unable to read the text as it is part of the image.

The new Convenient OCR (Optical Character Recognition) feature enables you to access any image on the screen that includes text. With just a few simple keystrokes, JAWS will recognize the image in a matter of seconds and activate the JAWS cursor so you can navigate the resulting text. The recognized text will be in the same location as the actual image on the screen. In order to differentiate the recognized text from other text that may be in the window, JAWS will use a different voice when it encounters the recognized text. When you activate the PC cursor, or switch to another application or dialog box, the text is removed, and you will need to perform the OCR again.

To use Convenient OCR, the following layered keystrokes have been added:

  • INSERT+SPACEBAR, O, W. Recognizes the current application window that has focus.
  • INSERT+SPACEBAR, O, S. Recognizes the entire screen.
  • INSERT+SPACEBAR, O, C. Recognizes the currently selected control, such as a graphical button.
  • INSERT+SPACEBAR, O, Q. Cancels recognition while it is in progress.
  • INSERT+SPACEBAR, O, QUESTION MARK. Speaks a brief help message describing the commands in the OCR layer.

The following examples illustrate just some of the uses of this new feature.

  • You insert a DVD movie into your computer which brings up a menu allowing you to select from various DVD features. You press INSERT+SPACEBAR, O, W, and after a few seconds, JAWS will alert you that OCR is complete. At this point, the JAWS cursor will be active, and you can navigate around the screen using the ARROW keys and read the text of the menu. When you hear the option you want, press NUMPAD SLASH to perform a left-mouse-click, or INSERT+NUMPAD PLUS to route PC to JAWS to activate the option. Prior to JAWS 13, this menu would have been completely inaccessible.

Note: Depending on the type of screen the DVD displays and the quality of the text, the Convenient OCR may not always work. Some DVD screens will be recognized better than others.

  • You open a PDF in Adobe Reader, which turns out to be inaccessible. Press INSERT+SPACEBAR, O, W to have JAWS recognize the text currently visible on the screen which you can then navigate with the JAWS cursor. Before performing OCR in Acrobat Reader, press CTRL+1 to set the zoom level to Actual Size. While this will cause less of the image to be displayed on the screen, this will result in higher accuracy during recognition.
  • You try to install or use an application whose interface is not accessible, such as Acronis® True Image™ Home 2011 or 2012. If no text is readily available when pressing TAB or when using the JAWS Cursor, you can try Convenient OCR. Start with the PC Cursor and press INSERT+SPACEBAR, O, W to recognize the text of the welcome screen graphic. You can then use the JAWS Cursor and NUMPAD SLASH (left mouse button) to move to and choose the possible buttons and links.

About Installation

When you install JAWS from the program disc, the OCR components are automatically installed. If you download JAWS from the Web site and have an active Internet connection when you begin the installation, the OCR components will be downloaded during the install. If you do not have an active Internet connection when you install JAWS from the Web download, a message is displayed at the end of the installation stating that some components were not installed. To use the OCR feature, establish an Internet connection and run the installation again so the OCR components are downloaded.

Customizing the OCR Voice

To customize the voice you hear when reading recognized text, do the following:

  1. Press INSERT+F2, and select Settings Center. When Settings Center opens, press CTRL+SHIFT+D to open Default.
  2. In the tree view, navigate to and expand Voice Aliases, then select Customize Voice Aliases.
  3. Press F6 to move to the Voice Aliases page, and choose the Voice Aliases button to open the dialog box.
  4. Select OCRVoice from the list of voice aliases and choose the Modify button to customize the settings for this alias.

Quick Settings

Quick Settings is a replacement for the former Adjust JAWS Options dialog box, and it has been designed to make it easy to change application-specific settings as well as individual document settings. With Quick Settings you now have the ability to easily:

  • Change settings for individual documents or applications.
  • Determine whether changes will still be in effect after your JAWS session has ended, when the computer is rebooted, or when a new window gains focus. Note that the persistency level cannot be set for individual document settings. Document settings will always be written to disk.

To open Quick Settings, press INSERT+V. This single keystroke eliminates the need for INSERT+SHIFT+V (Personalized Web Settings) and INSERT+CTRL+B (Adjust Braille Options) since personalized Web settings and braille options are conveniently included in Quick Settings.

What is the advantage of using Quick Settings?

When using the Adjust JAWS Options dialog box in earlier JAWS versions, it was not clear if changes would remain after switching focus or maybe after a reboot. The new Quick Settings now offers user adjustable persistence levels, which are quickly accessed through a context menu by pressing the APPLICATIONS key from any of the items in the tree. The current persistence setting is indicated with an icon in the tree view and a check mark in the context menu. The icons are useful for a sighted trainer since it shows the current level settings at a glance. By default, all settings are now Save the settings so any of the changes you make, will remain after rebooting. The three Persistence levels available are labeled as follows:

  • Restore settings when JAWS exits. Think of this as session specific. When you close JAWS, the setting returns to its default value. This persistence is represented by the JAWS icon in the tree view.
  • Restore settings when focus changes. When you change focus to another application or document, the setting returns to its default value. This persistence is represented by the double window icon in the tree view.
  • Save the settings. When selected, the current value becomes the default and is written to disk. This level is represented by the disk drive icon in the tree view.

Notes:

  • If you intend to adjust persistence, from the default (save to disk), you must set the persistence level for the setting before changing the setting.
  • Document-specific settings cannot be changed, therefore, the context menu does not display. In this case, any changes made to the setting are immediately saved to disk.

How does it differ from Settings Center?

The Quick Settings window is very similar to that used by Settings Center. It has a search box, settings tree view pane, configuration display pane, and help message pane. The major difference is that you can set how long changes to settings will apply for individual documents or applications. This is known as the persistence level.

Note: You cannot switch to the JAWS default file (default.jcf) when using Quick Settings. To make default changes that apply to ALL applications, use Settings Center.


How do I use Quick Settings?

To launch Quick Settings in any application or document,

  1. Press INSERT+V. This convenient keystroke is the same that was used to open the Adjust JAWS Options tree view.

    For example, with a Word document open, press INSERT+V.

  2. The cursor moves to the Search box. If you know the setting that you want to change, type a term for it in the Search box. Next, press DOWN ARROW to move to the filtered results in the tree view.

    For example, type the term “typing” (without the quotes), press DOWN ARROW to move to Typing Echo in the filtered result list, and then press ENTER. Focus now moves to Typing Echo in the tree view. The default setting for Typing Echo is Characters.

  3. If you want to change the persistence level, press the APPLICATIONS key, and then select Restore settings when JAWS exits, or Restore settings when focus changes. (Note that Save the settings is always the default selection when viewing persistence levels for the first time.)

    For example, press the ARROW keys to move to Restore Settings when Focus Changes and then press ENTER.

  4. Next, press SPACEBAR to change combo box values, or select check boxes, radio buttons, or other buttons, and then press ENTER. (You can also press F6 to jump between the tree view and the Configuration pane to change settings.) The setting now uses both the selected persistence level and the selected value. The value is saved permanently, or until you change focus, or close JAWS as set by the persistence level.

    For example, press SPACEBAR to select None as the Typing Echo setting, and then press ENTER. As long as focus remains in the current Word document, typing is not echoed. When you move focus away from the document to another application and then back to the Word document, the value for Typing Echo is restored to Characters.


Which files are affected by Quick Settings?

Changes made using Quick Settings are stored in the current application’s JCF file or the current document’s JSI file. These files, along with other persistence level files, are stored in your user settings folder. It can be found by selecting Start Menu, All Programs, JAWS X (where X is version 13 or later), Explore JAWS, and then Explore My Settings.

New Table Layer Keystrokes

JAWS 13 includes a new keystroke layer for navigating tables. While the current keystrokes for navigating tables are still available, using the Table layer eliminates the need to have to hold down several keys at once to perform a table navigation command.

Below is a list of the layered keystrokes for table navigation. Press and release INSERT+SPACEBAR, followed by T to get to the table layer. Then press any of the following keystrokes.

  • ARROW Keys to move by cell.
  • CTRL+ARROW Keys move to the beginning or end of a column or row.
  • HOME or END to move to the beginning or end of the current row.
  • CTRL+HOME to jump to the first cell in a table.
  • CTRL+END to jump to the last cell in a table.
  • NUM PAD 5 to read the current cell.
  • SHIFT+UP ARROW to read the current row.
  • SHIFT+PAGE UP to read from the current cell to the end of the row.
  • SHIFT+HOME to read from the beginning of the row to the current cell.
  • SHIFT+NUM PAD 5 to read the current column.
  • SHIFT+PAGE DOWN to read from the current cell to the bottom of the column.
  • SHIFT+END to read from the top of the column to the current cell.
  • WINDOWS Key+J to return to the prior table cell.
  • CTRL+ENTER or CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER to move to the next or previous table.
  • QUESTION MARK to list the keystrokes you can use in this layer.

The Table Layer remains active until you press a key that does not perform a table command, such as ESC, SPACEBAR, TAB, or ENTER.

Results Viewer

The Results Viewer is a more feature-rich replacement for Virtual Viewer, used with Research It, Skim Reading, and Custom Summary features. The new Results Viewer allows you to display script or internally generated HTML output in a web control window, which will offer more flexibility with the output format. The Results Viewer will support the following features and actions:

  • Able to navigate the Web control and exhibit the same behavior experienced when a JAWS or MAGic user navigates a Web page.
  • Output can be formatted with a wider range of fonts, colors, and sizes, or inserted into tables or various styles of lists.
  • Select links now with the mouse in addition to the keyboard as well as open web pages or invoke custom behaviors as defined in JAWS scripts.
  • The contents of the Results Viewer will persist, even after a focus change, until you choose to close the viewer.
  • Text selection and copy are now an option with both the keyboard and mouse and includes on screen highlighting.
  • Navigation Quick Keys are now available for use.
  • Activate links using the SPACEBAR or ENTER key.
  • Generate a list of links or headers.
  • When using MAGic with JAWS, the magnified display tracks the content as JAWS reads it. They are designed to work together.
  • Activate links in the viewer via the mouse.
  • The JAWS "General Options\Document Automatically Reads" option can be used to specify speech behaviors on Results Viewer startup.
  • Language switching.

Note: The legacy Virtual Viewer will continue to be utilized for all other features including JAWS INSERT+F1 Help.


Citrix® XenDesktop Support

Citrix XenDesktop 4 and later is now supported by JAWS 13. The initial JAWS 13 release (13.0.303) supports desktop virtualization of the Windows 7 32-bit operating system. JAWS 13.0.527 and later adds support for Windows 7 64-bit. Like the Terminal Services and Citrix XenApp support, JAWS uses advanced technology that minimizes the use of available bandwidth, maximizes speed, and provides the full array of synthesizer and braille display configurations.

Improved Access to Top Most Windows

We have now provided a solution to make it easier to interact with Top Most Windows, often referred to as On Top Windows. These are application windows that pop up, without gaining focus or being in the ALT+TAB order. These are often found with Firewall or Antivirus programs and are intended to interrupt the user with information they must act on before continuing. You cannot minimize them or ALT+TAB away from them by design. Unfortunately, this presents a problem for keyboard only users since it is difficult to interact with them without mouse clicking in them first. Screen reader users are often troubled by these windows which cover up windows they were working in making it appear as if something is not working correctly when in fact, it is one of these On Top windows blocking the app they are focused on.

Now, in JAWS 13, these On Top windows are included in the JAWS Task List (INSERT+F10) so the user can check to see if one of these Windows is present and to switch focus to the window from the Task List dialog box using the Switch To button. You will be able to identify such OnTop Windows if they are in the JAWS Task List because they will include the term On Top in the name.

JAWS Merge Utility Updated

The JAWS Merge Utility has been updated so you can merge settings from a previous version of JAWS installed on your computer, such as JAWS 12, into JAWS 13. Due to the changes we have made to enhance support for Microsoft Word and Excel, any settings files associated with Microsoft Word and Excel 2007 and 2010 will not be merged. All other settings files will be merged as expected.

Automatically Detect Focus 40 Blue over Bluetooth

JAWS can automatically detect the Focus 40 Blue over Bluetooth at start up without the need to manually select the correct COM port. To configure this option, do the following:

  • From the JAWS application window, open the Options menu and choose Braille to open the Braille Basic Settings dialog box.
  • In the Default Braille Display combo box, make sure Focus is set as the default braille display, and then select the Modify Settings button.
  • In the Select the output port edit combo box, choose Bluetooth then select OK. Select OK again when prompted to restart JAWS for these settings to take affect, then select OK once more to close the Braille Basic Settings dialog box.
  • Once you have established a Bluetooth connection between the Focus 40 Blue and computer, close and restart JAWS. JAWS will automatically find the correct Bluetooth serial port and begin using the Focus 40 Blue.

JAWS Find with Context Specific History

The JAWS Find feature lets you search for words or phrases in documents and Web pages. The terms entered are stored in a global history. Often, these terms are only relevant to the document or domain name on which the search was performed. In JAWS 13, you can now select the Context Specific History check box, which configures the Find feature to only display terms searched for in that document or domain. This drastically reduces the list of items in the search history, and ensures that the most relevant terms are always available for that document or domain.

Note the following about this new option in the JAWS Find dialog box (INSERT+CTRL+F or CTRL+F for Web pages).

  • The Context Specific History check box is selected by default.
  • The first time you open the JAWS Find dialog box, the option is unavailable. Once you enter a search term, the check box is now available.
  • Any search term entered is only stored for that document or domain.
  • If the check box is cleared, the search term becomes global and is available for any document or domain.
  • The search history maintains a list of the last 25 terms.

JAWS Cursor Support in Internet Explorer 9 and Microsoft Outlook 2010

Full JAWS Cursor support is available in Internet Explorer 9 and Microsoft Outlook 2010. In addition, Braille Cursor navigation while in Line Mode is also available in these applications.

Microsoft Word Improvements

The interface to the Word Object Model has been rewritten. You will experience a more responsive and accurate interface to Word.

Updated JAWS Basic Training and What's New

The JAWS Basic Training and What's new DAISY books have been updated for JAWS 13. You can install these books by selecting Check for Updates from the JAWS Help menu.

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Enhancements in JAWS 13.0.1006 (August 2012)

The following has been addressed or added between the final JAWS 13.0.1005 release and the JAWS 13.0.1006 posting.

  • This build resolves a problem with Web page forms not refreshing when using Internet Explorer.

Enhancements in JAWS 13.0.1005 (July 2012)

The following is a list of items addressed or added between the final JAWS 13.0.924 release and the JAWS 13.0.1005 posting.

  • Improved navigation of ARIA menus.
  • In Microsoft Internet Explorer, if a bulleted list is nested inside a numbered list, resolved an issue where JAWS would read the bulleted items as numbers instead of bullets.
  • Addressed a reported issue of JAWS reading the actual content of password fields on some Web pages.
  • Resolved an issue where Personalized Web settings were not being loaded as expected after being configured for a particular Web page.
  • Addressed a customer reported issue using JAWS with the MPLab Integrated Development Environment (IDE) application.

Enhancements in JAWS 13.0.924 (May 2012)

The following is a list of items addressed or added between the final JAWS 13.0.852 release and the JAWS 13.0.924 posting.

  • JAWS 13 now works with the most recent braille display drivers from Handy Tech and Papenmeier released in the second quarter of 2012. If you use a braille display from Handy Tech or Papenmeier and you have installed the latest drivers, you must install this JAWS 13 update in order to continue using your display. A version of JAWS 12 compatible with these new drivers can also be downloaded from the Previous JAWS Downloads page.
  • Addressed an issue where JAWS would not automatically detect changes in content on certain Web pages in Internet Explorer 8 unless INSERT+ESC was pressed to refresh the virtual buffer.
  • In Windows Live Mail, JAWS no longer announces "read-only" when opening a message or when navigating through links in an HTML message.
  • Resolved an issue where information in the To and Subject fields of an Outlook 2007 message was not always being spoken when entering the field.
  • Resolved an issue where it was not possible to post a status update on Facebook using Firefox.
  • Resolved issues of text on certain Web pages not being shown in the virtual buffer in Firefox.
  • When performing a Say All (INSERT+DOWN ARROW) in OpenBook 9 while JAWS is running, resolved an issue where a repeated dinging sound was heard and JAWS would eventually close.
  • Resolved an issue in the Windows Calculator where pressing D in Statistics mode to clear all data was causing JAWS to announce "control not visible" and data was not being cleared.
  • In the Windows Calculator, addressed an issue where JAWS would sometimes announce calculation results multiple times, or unexpectedly while entering a calculation.
  • Addressed issues of ARIA menus not displaying correctly in braille using Structured Mode.
  • Resolved a customer reported issue reading tables in Internet Explorer with a braille display. The contents of tables are now displayed correctly in Structured Mode.
  • Addressed reported issues with certain Web-based applications where JAWS was not properly detecting focus changes or updates in Web page content.
  • Addressed an issue with JAWS not speaking as expected when left justifying text in Microsoft Word and Outlook using the CTRL+L keystroke.
  • The script functions SetSystemVolume and ChangeSystemVolume now work correctly in Windows 7.
  • Addressed an issue using the Focus series braille display with a Network JAWS client.

Enhancements in JAWS 13.0.852 (April 2012)

The following is a list of items addressed or added between the final JAWS 13.0.718 release and the JAWS 13.0.852 posting.

  • Improved how JAWS works in ARIA menus in Internet Explorer and Firefox.
  • A new DAISY book on using the Convenient OCR feature is now available. To install this book, select Check for Updates from the JAWS Help menu, then choose Convenient OCR DAISY Book.
  • The NBA, NHL, and MLB ResearchIt lookup sources now include the city for each team in the results just like with the NFL lookup source.
  • Resolved issues with the NFL and Business Search ResearchIt lookup sources not correctly returning results.
  • Resolved a reported issue where in some cases, characters would be missing when typing in Microsoft Word.
  • Addressed issues encountered in WPF applications when selecting text and navigating by paragraph.
  • Resolved an issue with the GetColumnText built--in script function not working as expected in Microsoft Excel.
  • JAWS now announces the character being deleted when you press the BACKSPACE key in the Express version of Visual Studio 2010.
  • When US International is set as the default input language in Windows 7 64-bit, addressed an issue where the Typing Echo setting in JAWS was not honored when entering text using 32-bit applications such as Microsoft Word or Internet Explorer. In addition, JAWS would echo the characters in password edit fields.
  • In Internet Explorer, If an ARIA live region is inside of an iframe, JAWS will now read the live region as expected.
  • Resolved an intermittent issue under Windows 7 64-bit where JAWS would not close properly when attempting to shut down or reboot the computer. When this occured, the computer would need to be manually powered off.
  • When performing any of the JAWS table navigation keystrokes in a message in Lotus Notes, JAWS now indicates that table navigation is not supported. This functionality is not available in Lotus Notes.
  • Resolved a customer reported issue where Excel 2010 on Windows XP would unexpectedly close when attempting to navigate in the Names Manager dialog box.
  • When navigating a form in Microsoft Word that contains dropdown combo boxes, resolved an issue where braille Structured Mode was showing mnu instead of cbo when the field is closed.
  • Resolved an issue in Microsoft Word where the message "press F1 for help" was not being flashed in braille when focused on a form field that offers associated help. If the F1 Help option in Quick Settings is set to Read with formfield, the help message for a form field is also now flashed in braille.
  • Resolved an issue where only the last word was underlined in braille after pressing CTRL+A to select all in a multi-line edit field in Firefox.
  • Addressed an issue in Microsoft Outlook where JAWS was saying "bogus radio button" when using the INSERT+B command to read the Appointment Recurrence dialog box.
  • Addressed issues of JAWS not properly identifying Move-up and Move-down buttons in various Microsoft Office dialog boxes.
  • Resolved a customer reported issue where the message "computer braille" was being announced after every keystroke when composing a message in Lotus Notes 7.
  • Improved JAWS reading when navigating in ARIA treeviews in Firefox 11.
  • Resolved an issue with navigating in a Microsoft Word form that uses a table where pressing INSERT+TAB was not reporting the current position in the form. This command worked correctly when used in a table that was not part of a form. In addition, the contents of form fields are now announced before the table position information.
  • Resolved an issue where pressing INSERT+H in Lotus Notes to list the available hot keys was displaying command descriptions, but not the associated keystroke.
  • JAWS now correctly recognizes the datatable=0 tag attribute in Firefox.
  • Resolved a customer reported issue where JAWS was not working properly with the Nuance Enterprise Express Editor, a medical transcription plugin for Word.
  • Resolved an issue using JAWS with the Key Note Gold speech synthesizer.
  • Updated the JAWS help for Microsoft Access to clarify which keystrokes only work in Access 2003.

Enhancements in JAWS 13.0.718 (February 2012)

The following is a list of items addressed or added between the final JAWS 13.0.638 release and the JAWS 13.0.718 posting.

JAWS

  • Resolved issues with the MLB, NBA, and NHL ResearchIt lookup sources not returning any results.
  • Updated the JAWS Help with the new layered keystroke for toggleing the Text Analyzer. The previous command, INSERT+SPACEBAR, T, now activates the Table Layer. Text Analyzer is now toggled using INSERT+SPACEBAR, A.
  • Resolved issues with JAWS not speaking on the LogIn screen after locking the computer or waking up from Sleep.
  • Resolved an issue with changes to the Scheme setting under the Say All Options group in Quick Settings not being saved correctly.
  • If Auto Forms Mode is disabled and the Virtual PC Cursor is located in an edit field when you perform a ResearchIt lookup, addressed an issue where Forms Mode was activated when you closed the Results Viewer and returned to the Web page.
  • The script functions GetSystemVolume, SetSystemVolume, and ChangeSystemVolume now work correctly in Windows 7.
  • Addressed multiple issues searching for specific topics using the Index and Search pages in the JAWS Help system.

Adobe Acrobat

  • Resolved a reported issue where pressing ALT+DELETE was not reporting the correct cursor position as expected in some PDF documents.

IBM Lotus Notes

  • JAWS no longer says "selected" twice when using the SPACEBAR to select messages in the Inbox or other folders.

Microsoft Access

  • Addressed a reported issue where JAWS was not reading correctly when navigating in a data sheet. This only occured when using Microsoft Access in Windows XP.

Microsoft Excel

  • When Braille Mode is set to Current Row or Current Column, increased the number of cells that may be shown on the braille display depending on how much content is in each cell. There now could be up to 20 cells displayed at one time depending on the size of the display.
  • Addressed issues where the List columns (INSERT+SHIFT+C) and List rows (INSERT+SHIFT+R) commands were not working as expected.
  • Resolved an issue where the closed or expanded state of a folder in the tree view of the Save As dialog box was not being indicated on the braille display.
  • Resolved an issue where setting a new monitor cell would erase previously defined monitor cells and place them all at the current cell.
  • When Cell Verbosity in Quick Settings is set to Content Only, addressed a customer reported issue where JAWS was not announcing cell coordinates as expected when selecting cells.
  • Addressed an issue reading a cell defined as a title if the cell data contained an ampersand character.
  • Resolved issues with the Totals Row and Totals Column options in Quick Settings not working as expected.
  • Resolved issues with assigning manual title regions.
  • JAWS is now much more responsive after deleting rows or columns from a large spreadsheet. Previously, JAWS would take several seconds to respond after deleting the data.
  • Improved the process for setting up monitor cells using Quick Settings. There are now 10 individual monitor cell options, 1 through 10, under the Monitoring Cells group. Pressing the SPACEBAR on one of these options will assign it to the currently selected cell in the spreadsheet. For more information, refer to the Monitor Cells in Excel help topic.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

  • Addressed an issue where JAWS was not recognizing the <acronym> tag when used inside a <label> tag.
  • JAWS now announces the Required state of a form field when navigating using the ARROW keys. This was also addressed for Firefox.
  • Addressed a customer reported issue where JAWS was not reading the contents of list boxes on certain Web pages such as http://www.nkch.org/Job-145/Index.htm.
  • JAWS now recognizes the aria-hidden attribute so that text that is supposed to be hidden is no longer announced.
  • JAWS now announces the name of ARIA button menus, such as those found on facebook.com or Google.com, when navigating using the Navigation Quick Key B.
  • When downloading a file in Internet Explorer 9, JAWS will no longer continuously announce the notification bar as you navigate using the TAB key.
  • The Navigation Quick Key Delay option no longer resets back to 0 if it is changed through Quick Settings.
  • Addressed an issue encountered when running both JAWS and MAGic together where JAWS would unexpectedly close when attempting to paste text that was copied from an Internet Explorer 8 window.

Microsoft Office

  • When quoted sentences are created in Microsoft Word and Outlook using the default smart quotes, resolved an issue where JAWS would read past the right quote instead of stopping at the end of the sentence when reading by sentence.
  • If you edited the last line of a paragraph in a Microsoft Word document or Outlook message, resolved an issue where moving by paragraph would no longer work until you perform the next or previous character command.
  • Removed references to Office 2003 from various INSERT+F1 help messages for Office 2007 and 2010.

Microsoft Outlook

  • When navigating through the fields in a meeting request, resolved an issue where the contents of the field were not being read automatically.
  • JAWS no longer says "not selected" for each message while navigating the list of messages in Outlook 2007 under Windows XP.

Microsoft Word

  • After adding a sentence to the end of a document, resolved an issue where the previous sentence command would no longer work.
  • In the Save As dialog box, resolved an issue where the selected folder in the tree view was not being shown on the braille display.
  • When a paragraph starts with a heading and then changes to another style, such as normal text, on the next line, the full paragraph no longer appears in the Heading List dialog box (INSERT+F6). Only the first line of the paragraph that contains the heading should be listed.
  • Changing the F1 Help option in Quick Settings now works as expected. When set to On and you are navigating through a form, JAWS indicates when a field contains an F1 help message. When set to Read with formfield is selected, the help content associated with the current field is read automatically without the need to press F1. When set to Off, F1 help for form fields is not indicated.
  • Resolved an issue with JAWS skipping several lines when atempting to move to the next sentence after inserting text into a bulleted or numbered list item.
  • Resolved an issue where using CTRL+UP ARROW to move to the previous paragraph was not working if another unit of movement, such as moving by character or word, was performed in the current paragraph.
  • After text is added to an existing sentence, resolved an issue where the ALT+NUMPAD 5 command would fail to read the current sentence until pressing LEFT or RIGHT ARROW, or performing a screen refresh (INSERT+ESC).
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS would say "blank" after each character typed into the edit field of the Find and Replace dialog box in Word 2003.
  • Resolved an issue where it was not possible to expand or collapse heading levels in Outline view.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS would not automatically read while navigating in the Font edit combo with the Virtual Ribbons enabled.

Mozilla Firefox

  • Addressed issues of JAWS not correctly reporting the font color.
  • When downloading a file, JAWS now correctly reports the download percentage as it updates.
  • JAWS will no longer announce hidden form controls in Firefox 8.0.
  • Resolved an issue where changing the setting for Auto Forms Mode was not working when toggled through Quick Settings.
  • Addressed an issue encountered when running both JAWS and MAGic together where JAWS would unexpectedly close when attempting to paste text that was copied from a Firefox window.
  • Resolved an issue where the braille display was not showing the currently selected item in a menu as you navigate with UP or DOWN ARROW.

Mozilla Thunderbird

  • Resolved an issue where the Virtual Cursor was being activated when replying to a message from the Inbox and the message was not opened.

Visual Studio

  • Added a new keystroke, CTRL+SHIFT+SLASH, to speak the variable value when stopped at a breakpoint.

Windows Live Messenger

  • If you select text that was entered into the input field of a conversation, addressed an issue where JAWS was not reading the selected text. JAWS would only say "selected" when performing a selection command.

Enhancements in JAWS 13.0.638 (December 2011)

The following is a list of items addressed or added between the final JAWS 13.0.527 release and the JAWS 13.0.638 posting.

JAWS

  • Resolved issues with the Research It sports scores lookup sources where the expected results were not being returned whether you entered a specific date or not.
  • Addressed an issue with the Wiktionary lookup source not returning a definition if searching for a word containing uppercase letters.
  • Resolved an issue with the Time Search lookup source for Research It only returning the list of time formats you can use, however no actual results for your search were returned.
  • Updated the JAWS Help system to make it easier for users to locate firewall and ILM multi-user network authorization information. These topics can be found under Network JAWS and in the Index.
  • JAWS no longer says "selected" when using SHIFT+LEFT ARROW or SHIFT+RIGHT ARROW in ribbons to move between groups.
  • When performing a Say All using a setting other than the default Line without pauses, addressed an issue where JAWS would read the last line, sentence, or paragraph continuously until CTRL was pressed to silence speech.
  • JAWS is now less verbose when announcing the start or end of ARIA regions on Web pages.
  • When using Convenient OCR, the resulting text now remains available if you switch between the JAWS and Invisible Cursor. The text is removed when you activate the PC Cursor.
  • Addressed an issue where JAWS was not properly speaking the Username edit field on the Talking Communities Webinar client login screen.
  • Resolved a customer reported issue where JAWS would speak part of the word just typed when pressing BACKSPACE and Typing Echo is set to Characters and Words.

Adobe Acrobat

  • Resolved an intermittent issue where JAWS would unexpectedly close when doing a JAWS Find in a PDF document.

Eclipse

  • Resolved issues using JAWS with the Rational Team Concert plug-in.

Eudora

  • Addressed an issue of JAWS speaking extraneous information when pressing CTRL+D to delete a message.

Lotus Notes

  • Resolved a reported issue where SameTime conversations were not refreshing.

Microsoft Excel

  • Addressed several instances where braille was not tracking properly in Line Mode.
  • Monitor cell information is now shown in braille as a flash message.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was not properly reading the controls in the Format Chart Area dialog box.
  • Resolved an issue where the Total column option in Quick Settings was not remaining on the same setting with a braille display connected.
  • After pressing EQUALS on a cell to begin a formula and then selecting a range of cells, resolved an issue where JAWS would not properly announce the selection.
  • Addressed issues of controls in the Sort dialog box not reading correctly.
  • Resolved double speaking issues encountered when entering data into a cell.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

  • When on the last line of a multi-line edit field and Forms Mode is not active, resolved an issue where pressing the END key would jump to the beginning of the field instead of the end of the line as expected.
  • Pressing INSERT+SHIFT+V no longer opens the Personalized Web Settings dialog box. You can configure personalized Web settings using Quick Settings (INSERT+V).
  • Resolved an issue where alt text in links was not being spoken when the Text Links Show option in Quick Settings was set to Title.
  • After using SHIFT+ENTER to open a link in a new window, when you close the window, focus now returns to the link you opened. Previously, JAWS would place you back at the top of the page.
  • Resolved an issue with the Page Refresh option in Quick Settings.

Microsoft Outlook

  • JAWS is now much more responsive when navigating messages in Outlook 2010 that contain graphics.
  • Resolved an issue where pressing ENTER on a button in the spell checker would not work unless you first used INSERT+3 to pass the keystroke through. Activating buttons with the SPACEBAR worked correctly.
  • Resolved reported issues of JAWS not reading reliably while navigating in the Calendar using the Day View.
  • When navigating text you are editing in the Signatures and Stationary dialog box in Outlook 2007 and 2010, addressed an issue where JAWS would not speak the phonetic or ASCII value when navigating by character, or spell the word when navigating by word.

Microsoft Word

  • Resolved an issue where the pressed state of buttons in the Modify Styles dialog box were not being indicated in braille.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was not reading correctly when navigating in the Modify Styles dialog box.
  • JAWS is much more responsive when navigating by character over a graphic in Word 2003.
  • Addressed a customer reported issue with the laptop keyboard layout where pressing CAPSLOCK+N or CAPSLOCK+Y for the next or previous sentence was reading the sentence twice.
  • Addressed an issue where the Braille cursor dot pattern used when navigating in revised text, was being altered when changing the dot pattern for the standard Braille cursor.
  • When you move to a table using the List Tables dialog box (INSERT+CTRL+T), addressed an issue where JAWS was silent the first time you navigate to a cell.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was only indicating inserted and deleted text in a document when using Track Changes. JAWS now indicates all revisions in both speech and braille.
  • Resolved an issue in Word 2007 where JAWS was not announcing the selected style when navigating the Style Name edit combo box in the Apply Styles dialog box. The selected style was shown in braille.
  • When turning off Table Detection in Quick Settings, addressed an issue where JAWS was still indicating tables in a document.

Mozilla Firefox

  • Resolved issues with using the END key to move to the end of text in a table cell.
  • Addressed issues of JAWS not recognizing graphics on certain Web pages, such as http://www.discogs.com.
  • Resolved an issue encountered on some Web pages where tables were shown on one line with Documentation Presentation set to Screen Layout. This was also observed on http://www.discogs.com.
  • Resolved a customer reported issue where JAWS was missing content on certain pages even though it visually was on the page.

Silverlight

  • JAWS now reads column and row headers while navigating Silverlight grid controls.

Windows Live Mail

  • JAWS now indicates the unread status of messages using both speech and braille.

Enhancements in JAWS 13.0.527 (November 2011)

The following is a list of items addressed or added between the final JAWS 13.0.303 release and the JAWS 13.0.527 posting.

JAWS

  • Resolved an issue encountered on some systems when updating authorization to JAWS 13. After updating authorization, you may need to restart JAWS in order for it to take affect.
  • Resolved a long-standing issue where it was sometimes necessary to reboot the computer in order to use JAWS if the application unexpectedly closed.
  • Resolved an issue where the braille cursor was not positioned as expected in edit fields when using Structured Mode.
  • The Primary and Secondary language for Convenient OCR can now be changed through Quick Settings (INSERT+V).
  • Documentation is now available describing the latest improvements in the JAWS scripting language. For more information, visit the Enhancements in Scripting Web page.
  • If more than one command prompt window is open, addressed an issue where JAWS would continue reading text from one command prompt window even after changing focus to the other.
  • Resolved an issue with Contracted English Braille translation where the number sign was not appearing directly before the number if the number was proceeded by a quote and a comma.
  • If the Results Viewer and Virtual Viewer are open at the same time, resolved an issue where pressing ESC would close both viewers.
  • Addressed an issue where JAWS was not playing a sound to identify checked items in some dialog boxes even if the current speech and sounds scheme was configured to do so.
  • Resolved an issue turning off the "read only" announcement in a speech and sounds scheme.
  • If you are using a braille display, JAWS no longer goes into Line Mode when renaming a file or folder.
  • In applications where JAWS can announce indented text, resolved an issue where JAWS was not speaking indentation information when using the Say Line command (INSERT+UP ARROW).
  • Pressing ALT+UP ARROW in the help text in Settings Center and Quick Settings now reads the prior sentence.
  • Resolved an issue with PAC Mate Desktop not starting correctly.
  • The Study Mode option is now only available if you are using a braille display that has a double row of cursor router and navrow buttons, such as the PAC Mate Portable Braille Display, or the Focus 40, Focus 80, and Focus 40 Blue braille displays. Study Mode is located under Braille Options in Quick Settings.
  • The Current Word Expand option is now only available in Quick Settings when contracted braille translation is set to Output only.
  • In the Startup Wizard, the Enable Flash Messages check box and Contracted Braille Translation combo box now have INSERT+F1 help.
  • Addressed issues that could occur when installing JAWS 13 while JAWS 12 and MAGic 11 are currently running.
  • Resolved an issue where nothing is heard when navigating to a visited link and the current speech and sounds scheme is configured to play a sound.

JAWS Research It

  • Resolved an issue where the Results Viewer was blank if Research It did not find any results for a search. A message is now displayed if no results are found.
  • The NCAA lookup source now returns all division 1-A scores and schedules. Previously, only the top 25 was displayed. In addition, if you search for a particular team, both division 1-A and 1-AA are searched.
  • Addressed issues with the Weather lookup source when checking the weather for international locations.

Adobe Acrobat

  • Resolved an issue with JAWS not announcing edit combo boxes in certain PDF documents while navigating with the ARROW keys.

Eclipse

  • Addressed an issue where Eclipse would unexpectedly close when opening and closing the menu.

Microsoft Excel

  • When you press an access key in the spell checker to move to the next error, JAWS no longer speaks the access key you just pressed while reading the current error.
  • Addressed a reported issue in Excel 2003 and Windows XP where the Undo option was not working as expected.
  • Addressed an issue in Excel 2010 where JAWS would speak the tutor message each time an option in the Fill tab of the Format Cells dialog box was changed. This would occur even if Tutor Message was set to only announce custom messages.
  • Resolved an issue in Excel 2003 where the content of text boxes was not being displayed in the Virtual Viewer. There were only blank lines where the text in the box should have appeared.
  • Improved how JAWS reads cell information when pressing ESC after adding a comment.
  • Resolved an issue where the current cell was not read after pressing ESC to close the custom summary.
  • When navigating the color controls in the Fill page of the Format Cells dialog box, resolved an issue where JAWS was not properly reading the selected color.
  • Resolved an issue setting column and row titles in Quick Settings.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

  • Addressed an issue where JAWS would not indicate combo boxes on certain Web pages when navigating with the Virtual Cursor.
  • When selecting a same page link to move to a different location on the current page, pressing ALT+LEFT ARROW to go back now returns you to the link.
  • Resolved an issue with using TAB to navigate buttons contained inside Flash content.
  • When you press ENTER on a link in the custom page summary, JAWS now moves you to the correct location on the Web page.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS would get stuck on words containing a left quote when navigating by word.

Microsoft Office

  • Resolved issues navigating in Microsoft Office applications with Tutor Messages set to Custom.

Microsoft Outlook

  • JAWS is now much more responsive when navigating in the Inbox in Outlook 2010.
  • Navigation in the File menu in Outlook 2010 has been improved.
  • Resolved a customer reported issue in Outlook 2003 where pressing NUMPAD 5 twice quickly to speak the current character phonetically was not working in the subject field of an appointment.
  • When pressing ALT+GRAVE to move to the message body and the first line of the message contains a link, JAWS no longer activates the link.
  • Addressed an issue in Outlook 2007 and 2010 using TAB to navigate to links in a read-only message.
  • Resolved an issue of hearing a system ding while navigating through messages in the Inbox. This occured if you had several consecutive messages from the same address.
  • Resolved an issue of hearing indentation information while navigating through links in a read-only message in Outlook 2007 and 2010.
  • If the edit combo box in the Find and Replace combo box contains text from a previous search, addressed an issue where the contents of this field were not being announced by JAWS when the dialog box opens.
  • When navigating by paragraph in an Outlook 2007 or 2010 message, JAWS no longer speaks the paragraph twice.
  • Addressed a reported issue in the Outlook 2010 calendar where the backstage view options were not being announced while navigating.
  • When deleting consecutive messages from the same sender, or that have the same subject, resolved an intermittent issue where JAWS would sometimes not automatically read the next message in the list.
  • Resolved an issue in the non-English version of Outlook where JAWS would unexpectedly close while navigating the calendar after setting an appointment after 23:00.

Microsoft Word

  • Updated the INSERT+F1 help message for the Quick Access tool bar in Word 2007 and 2010.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was not correctly reporting the indentation level of the last line in a Word document.
  • Resolved an issue where after clearing the Word check box in the Manage Application Settings dialog box, JAWS would continue using any setting changes made in Quick Settings instead of reverting to default settings.
  • Resolved an issue where margin information was being reported differently depending on whether or not the cursor was in a table.
  • The Include Demensions option in Quick Settings has been renamed to Include Graphical Demensions to make it easier to find when doing a search. This option only appears when Quick Settings is opened from Word or Outlook.
  • Addressed an issue where page changes were not announced during a Say All until you pressed ALT+TAB to move away and back to the document. This only occured in Word 2007.
  • JAWS no longer incorrectly announces indentation information when encountering outdented text, such as in an outline.
  • Resolved a customer reported issue with the New Lines and Paragraphs Indication option in Quick Settings not changing based on whether paragraph marks are shown or not. When you enable or disable the displaying of paragraph marks in the Word Options dialog box, JAWS automatically sets the New Lines and Paragraphs Indication setting accordingly.
  • Addressed an issue where style changes were being announced after enabling spelling detection from Quick Settings.
  • Resolved an issue where Grammatical Error Detection was enabled when turning off Spelling Error Detection in Quick Settings.
  • Removed references to the Task Pane from the INSERT+F1 help messages for the Quick Access and Status Bar toolbar controls.
  • Resolved an issue with Quick Settings where changing Style Changes to Always Announce was not turning off the Headings Announce option.
  • Resolved an issue with the Spanish version of JAWS where JAWS messages containing accented characters were not read correctly in Word.
  • If you have customized the dot pattern for the braille cursor, addressed an issue where using Track Changes was changing it back to the default setting.
  • Pressing ALT+DELETE while in a table now provides more accurate cursor position information.
  • Resolved an issue in Word 2007 with JAWS not properly navigating tables until you used ALT+TAB to move away and back to the document. This occured when opening a document containing tables from Windows Explorer.
  • Resolved an issue where table navigation commands would no longer work after typing text into a table cell.

Mozilla Firefox

  • The page title is now shown on the braille display when pressing INSERT+T even when you are positioned on a heading. Note that the currently selected heading is included with the title information. This was also addressed in Internet Explorer.
  • Toggling the Document Automatically Reads check box in Quick Settings now works as expected. When this option is cleared, JAWS will not automatically read the Web page after it loads.

Visual Studio

  • Addressed an issue where you had to press ALT+TAB to move away from the application and back to get focus into the output window after starting a compile.

Windows 7

  • Addressed an issue encountered after using ALT+TAB to move to the Desktop where JAWS would not announce the count of the selected item, for example, five of eight. Pressing INSERT+T would also not speak the window title. This did not occur if WINDOWS Key+M was used to go to the Desktop.

Enhancements in JAWS 13.0.303 (October 24, 2011)

The following is a list of items addressed or added between the final JAWS 13 public beta release and the JAWS 13.0.303 posting.

  • Resolved an issue with the Wiktionary lookup source for Research It not returning any results when attempting to get the deffinition of a word.
  • If nothing is selected on the Desktop, addressed an issue where an item was still indicated as being highlighted in braille.
  • JAWS is now more reliable when navigating very complex PowerPoint slide show presentations.
  • Resolved an issue with Research It where the NHL lookup source was not showing results for the current day if no specific date was entered in the edit field.
  • Resolved an issue where the Braille cursor was not always at the same location as the PC cursor when editing a document in Microsoft Word with Track Changes enabled.
  • In Microsoft Excel, Pressing INSERT+NUMPAD 5 twice quickly now spells the current cell.
  • Resolved an issue in Eudora where JAWS was not automatically speaking the newly highlighted message after deleting the current message.

Enhancements in JAWS 13.0.241 (October 13, 2011)

The following is a list of improvements made between this release and the second public beta release.

JAWS

  • Resolved an issue with all of the sports scores look up sources for Research It not returning any results.
  • Resolved issues with the Stock Quotes Research It look up source.
  • Resolved an issue selecting Mark Colors in Braille from the Run JAWS Manager dialog box where JAWS would use the Custom Highlight Assign instead. Selecting Mark Colors in Braille now works as expected.
  • You can now perform commands that include the SPACEBAR directly from a Focus braille display. For example, ALT+SPACEBAR to open the System menu, or INSERT+SPACEBAR to activate the JAWS keystrokes layer.
  • Updated the INSERT+W help message for the Webinar training room plug-in to remove references to keystrokes that are no longer supported.
  • If Quick Settings is open in another window, resolved an issue where pressing INSERT+V while in the JAWS window, the title of the Quick Settings dialog box was not getting announced as it gained focus.
  • Added long Keyboard Help messages for the list of onMouseOvers (INSERT+WINDOWS KEY+SEMICOLON), next clickable element (SLASH), prior clickable element (SHIFT+SLASH), and list of clickable elements (INSERT+CTRL+SLASH) keystrokes. To hear the long description for a command, press the keystroke twice quickly.
  • Added an Include Dimensions option to the General Options group in Quick Settings. When selected, JAWS will announce dimensions for graphics embedded in documents or Outlook messages where Word is the editor.
  • Resolved an intermittent issue saving default settings in Settings Center.
  • Resolved an issue where bullets were not displaying correctly in braille with certain documents opened in WordPad.
  • Addressed an issue with the Reuters Research It lookup source where only five stories were listed even though the results page says top 10 stories. Research It now lists all 10 stories.
  • When pressing BACKSPACE in an edit field of a Java application, JAWS now reads the character being deleted.
  • When opening the Select a Voice Profile dialog box (INSERT+CTRL+S), resolved an issue where the currently selected profile was not displayed on the screen.

IBM Lotus Notes

  • Addressed an issue of JAWS not reading section titles while navigating in a note.

Microsoft Excel

  • The help messages that are spoken when entering or editing a formula are now also shown on the braille display as flash messages.
  • Addressed an issue with the Input message edit field in the Data Validation dialog box not being spoken and brailled correctly.
  • Resolved issues changing between manually defined column and row titles to automatically defined column and row titles determined in the Excel spreadsheet.
  • Resolved an issue in Excel 2007 and 2010 where the content of text boxes was not being displayed in the Virtual Viewer. There were only blank lines where the text in the box should have appeared.
  • When navigating the list of functions for inserting into a spreadsheet, addressed an issue where JAWS was not speaking or displaying in braille the function description.
  • Addressed an issue with editing the contents of a text box.
  • If you want to manually set column and row title reading, you no longer have to open the Quick Settings dialog box multiple times to configure these options.
  • If you add a hyperlink to another worksheet in the same spreadsheet, resolved an issue where JAWS would not announce the hyperlink if it was in a merged cell.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

  • Improved navigating frames on a Web page that contain a Long Description attribute. This was addressed for both Internet Explorer and Firefox.
  • Resolved issues creating a word list (CTRL+INSERT+W) on Web pages in both Internet Explorer and Firefox.
  • Addressed issues navigating with the JAWS cursor in Internet Explorer 9.

Microsoft Outlook

  • Addressed a reported issue where JAWS would announce "CC" for the Subject field in a meeting request. This only occurred in Outlook 2010.
  • Addressed an issue where Outlook 2010 could unexpectedly close when opening the Signatures dialog box.
  • Resolved an issue reading messages in the Inbox message list that contain & symbols in the From field and have no subject. This was observed in Outlook 2010.
  • Resolved an issue in Outlook 2010 where the status of the check boxes was not being read in the tree view of mail folders when selecting the folders that you want to apply view settings to.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS would begin reading the entire Inbox list instead of the currently selected item after moving to the Inbox from the Calendar using CTRL+SHIFT+I.
  • Resolved an issue where you could not perform the command to forward a message from the Focus braille display when in the message body.
  • When pressing INSERT+CTRL+I to read the info bar, resolved an issue where JAWS was announcing the info bar was empty even if it was not.
  • Resolved an issue where pressing CTRL+SHIFT+V to open the Move dialog box would not work from an open Outlook 2007 or 2010 message.
  • Addressed an issue with JAWS no longer reading correctly after updating the date field in an Outlook template.
  • Resolved an intermittent issue where text entered into the Search edit field in Quick Settings would not be correct if you attempted to type immediately after opening Quick Settings. This occurred more frequently when opening Quick Settings from an open message.
  • Resolved an issue where Link Count was not appearing in Quick Settings when opened from Outlook. This option can be found under Reading Options in the tree view.
  • Addressed an issue where the Invisible Cursor was being activated when using ALT+GRAVE to move to the message body.
  • Addressed a reported issue of changes made to a Speech and Sounds scheme not working as expected.
  • Resolved an issue in Outlook 2007 and 2010 where pressing INSERT+A in a message with one or more attachments would not move to the attachments list.
  • When copying selected text from the body of a message, JAWS no longer says "copy to clipboard" twice.
  • Addressed an intermittent issue where the messages "menu" and "leaving menus" were spoken while navigating in the File menu in Outlook 2010.
  • If you have more than one e-mail account, addressed an issue where JAWS would not read the available accounts when moving focus to the From button and activating it in a new message.

Microsoft PowerPoint

  • Resolved an issue where pressing ESC to close the Virtual Ribbon would completely close the menus, even if you were in a submenu. Now, if you are in a submenu, each press of the ESC key will move you up a level in the menus until you finally exit the ribbon.
  • Addressed an issue activating items in the Virtual Ribbons using the SPACEBAR.

Microsoft Word

  • Resolved an issue navigating in the Envelopes dialog box.
  • Resolved a reported issue of characters not always being entered when typing in the footer area of a document.
  • Resolved an issue where F6 and SHIFT+F6 would not work as expected after performing a Find in Word 2010.
  • Addressed an issue with JAWS becoming sluggish in Word 2003 under Windows 7 64-bit.
  • When a non-uniform table is encountered during a Say All, addressed an issue where JAWS was not announcing when the number of columns and rows changed.
  • Resolved an issue where navigating over a border using the ARROW keys gave a different description than when you pressed ALT+SHIFT+B to describe the border.
  • Resolved a reported issue with JAWS double speaking while reading by line. This was also addressed in Outlook.
  • When selecting text in Word and Outlook, JAWS now says "selected" or "unselected" prior to reading the text as it does when selecting in other applications.
  • Resolved issues selecting by line.
  • JAWS announces page numbers correctly in non-English versions of Word.

Mozilla Firefox

  • Resolved an issue where an extended select list box would no longer be shown in the virtual buffer after selecting one or more items.
  • JAWS now indicates if a Web page element offers context help as you navigate. To read this help message, press INSERT+F1 while focused on the element.
  • When selecting a link located inside a table, resolved an issue encountered when going back to the previous page where JAWS would not remember your last location.
  • Addressed issues with navigating in ARIA tree views.
  • Resolved an issue in the Chatzilla extension with incoming text not automatically being read in a chat session.
  • Resolved an issue of JAWS not identifying links in lists that contain both text and links.
  • Resolved an issue where the Web page would scroll each time UP or DOWN ARROW was pressed.
  • Resolved an issue with JAWS not reading as expected in the Password Manager in Firefox 7.
  • Extraneous text is no longer sometimes flashed in braille when Forms Mode is activated in an edit field.
  • Addressed issues navigating Web pages when using JAWS and MAGic together.

Mozilla Thunderbird

  • When composing a message, field names are now shown correctly in braille.
  • Resolved an issue with JAWS not reading as expected in the Password Manager in Thunderbird 6.

Winamp

  • JAWS no longer announces "shuffle mode is off" when using INSERT+SPACEBAR followed by S to mute speech.

Windows Live Mail

  • Resolved an issue where JAWS would become sluggish when moving up past the message headers using the JAWS cursor.

Enhancements in JAWS 13.0.171 (September 26, 2011)

The following is a list of improvements made between this release and the initial public beta release.

JAWS

  • Added three new keystrokes to the Table layer (INSERT+SPACEBAR, T). They are ALT+COMMA to read the current cell, WINDOWS KEY+COMMA to read the current row, and WINDOWS KEY+PERIOD to read the current column.
  • JAWS now announces links in the Results Viewer when navigating using TAB or SHIFT+TAB.
  • Resolved an issue with the Amazon Product Search ResearchIt lookup source not returning any results.
  • Addressed an issue of no speech on the Windows logon screen if a Handy Tech braille display was connected.
  • Updated the JAWS help with new topics for the Convenient OCR feature.
  • Resolved an issue in Settings Center where the search was being cleared after pressing CTRL+SHIFT+D to open Default.
  • Addressed a reported issue where JAWS would speak dollar amounts, such as $27.19, as a combination of pairs and single digits even with Number Processing set to Single Digits.
  • Added access keys for the OK and Cancel buttons in all JAWS place marker dialog boxes.
  • When pressing UP or DOWN ARROW on the Display Placemarkers For group of radio buttons, addressed an issue where focus would move to the next or previous control instead of remaining on the selected option.
  • Resolved an issue using JAWS with the Event Viewer in Windows XP.
  • Resolved an issue selecting text using the SHIFT+CURSOR ROUTER buttons on Focus braille displays.
  • Improved skim reading a document when using the Attributes and Color Rules Apply for Reading option.
  • Resolved an issue in Settings Center where the location in the tree view was lost when switching to another application then back to Settings Center.
  • The custom placemarker summary is now displayed in the Results Viewer as expected.
  • Resolved an issue in the Modify Voice Alias dialog box where JAWS was not speaking the names of the Pitch and Rate slider controls when modifying the OCR Voice alias.
  • Addressed a reported issue selecting the laptop keyboard layout using the Startup Wizard.

Quick Settings

  • In Windows 7, after you press the APPLICATIONS key on an item in the tree view to open the context menu to change the persistence level, resolved an issue where the braille display would only show the first item in the menu even though JAWS would speak the other options as you navigate. In addition, the check mark indicating the current persistence level for an option is now shown in braille.
  • Updated the INSERT+F1 help messages for the Search edit field and the tree view to provide more information specific to Quick Settings.
  • Toggling the Select and Copy option, located under the Virtual Cursor options, now works as expected when set to Virtual Cursor or Using On Screen Highlight.
  • Added context help for the Last Changed Settings tree view item.
  • Addressed an issue where changing the punctuation setting for an application in Quick Settings would not work. JAWS would continue using the default punctuation selected in the Startup Wizard.

Convenient OCR

  • Resolved an issue reading text with the Invisible Cursor after performing OCR in a PDF document.
  • Resolved an issue with Convenient OCR not recognizing the last line of a screen from a DVD movie.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS would close when attempting to perform OCR and a Handy Tech braille display was connected.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS would not close properly if you attempted to close it while OCR is in progress.

Adobe Acrobat

  • Addressed an issue that could occur when launching JAWS in Adobe Reader 10 while MAGic is currently running.

IBM Lotus Notes

  • Resolved a reported issue with selecting and copying text where the prior line was being copied to the clipboard instead of the currently selected text.

Microsoft Access

  • Addressed an issue navigating in data tables in Access 2007 and 2010.

Microsoft Excel

  • Added more descriptive Keyboard Help messages for the ALT+PAGE UP and ALT+PAGE DOWN keystrokes.
  • Changes in attributes such as bold or italics are now shown in braille as a flash message.
  • Resolved an issue where the error for there being no custom summary was not shown on the braille display.
  • Addressed an issue where braille was changing to Line mode in the Find dialog box.
  • If you enter text in a blank cell followed by DOWN ARROW, resolved an issue where JAWS would read the entire row. JAWS should only read the current cell.
  • Resolved an issue in the Categories list box in the Options dialog box where JAWS would occasionally speak the previous item before speaking the currently selected item while navigating with UP and DOWN ARROW.
  • When changing the Cell Verbosity option in Quick Settings to Content Only, JAWS no longer reads cell coordinates when selecting cells.
  • Resolved an issue in Quick Settings where toggling Comments Detection was being applied to all worksheets in the workbook instead of the currently active sheet.
  • Addressed an issue in Quick Settings with the Merged Cells Detection not being document specific.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

  • Resolved an issue reading check boxes on the Earthlink Web Mail site.
  • Resolved an issue on www.usajobs.gov where the page would unexpectedly close or refresh while attempting to apply for a federal job.
  • Resolved an issue reading buttons on Google Web sites using the Virtual PC cursor and Navigation Quick Keys.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS would unexpectedly close on www.google.ua when pressing CTRL+BACKSPACE to delete by word.
  • Resolved an issue where the Skim Read summary could not be opened from the Word List dialog box.
  • Addressed issues with certain list boxes where JAWS would speak the selected item twice while navigating.
  • Resolved an issue with JAWS closing unexpectedly when replying to a message in GMail.
  • Resolved a reported issue where under certain circumstances, Data Grids would disappear from the Virtual Buffer after a page was updated.

Microsoft Office

  • Resolved an issue in both Excel and Word when typing a 2003 command sequence. The popup message "continue typing the 2003 command sequence" was not spoken or brailled correctly.
  • Addressed issues using INSERT+B to read the contents of dialog boxes in Microsoft Office applications.
  • JAWS now reads the text of the dialog box that appears when you attempt to close the application and the current document has not yet been saved.
  • Removed some unnecessary text that was being shown on the braille display when opening the ribbon with the Virtual Ribbon disabled.
  • Resolved issues of JAWS not announcing and spelling grammattical errors when spell checking a Word document or Outlook message.

Microsoft Outlook

  • Addressed an issue where JAWS would become sluggish after opening a context menu in Outlook 2007 or 2010.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was not reading column headers for messages in the Sent Items folder of Outlook 2003.
  • Addressed issues navigating around the Info tab of the File menu in Outlook 2010.
  • Improved JAWS identifying graphics contained in e-mail messages.
  • Resolved an issue navigating the address book in Outlook 2010 when opened from a message header.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was not correctly returning focus to the Advanced Find dialog box after selecting a contact.
  • Resolved an issue with JAWS beginning to read the entire message list when the Inbox opens after launching Outlook.
  • Resolved an issue using the Automatic Replies dialog box in Outlook 2010. JAWS now reads the contents of the People inside my organization field when pressing UP or DOWN ARROW.
  • Resolved an issue encountered when positioned at the beginning of a line in a new message. The braille cursor would appear both at the beginning of the current line and at the end of the previous line.
  • If the Virtual Ribbon is off and you activate the ribbon from the body of a message, resolved an issue where JAWS would say "message" instead of the control name while navigating through controls.
  • JAWS now alerts you when you enter a table in an Outlook 2007 or 2010 message.
  • Several options specific to Word are no longer listed when opening Quick Settings from within Outlook.
  • Addressed an issue where JAWS was not reading controls correctly in the Appointment Recurrence dialog box in Outlook 2007.
  • When attempting to change the format of an Outlook 2007 message to plain text, resolved an issue where JAWS would not read the Compatibility Checker dialog box.
  • Resolved issues with the CTRL+E keystroke to move to the Search edit field in Quick Settings not working when opened from Outlook.

Microsoft PowerPoint

  • Addressed issues with navigating and reading tables contained in slides.

Microsoft Word

  • Resolved a reported issue of JAWS not properly reading field labels on some Word forms.
  • Addressed an issue where the Virtual Viewer was not being shown on the screen after pressing INSERT+F twice quickly to virtualize font information.
  • When spell checking a document, resolved multiple issues where the next error was not getting announced after pressing ALT+C to accept a change or when pressing ENTER to ignore the error and move to the next one.
  • Resolved an issue where changes to the Row Titles Column Set option in Quick Settings were not being saved.
  • Resolved issues with JAWS detecting newly created tables and not reading bookmark titles.
  • If you are using Navigation Quick Key W to move by words in a word list (INSERT+CTRL+W) during a Say All, The Say All no longer stops after pressing W twice.
  • Resolved an issue with the text of endnotes not being shown on the braille display.
  • Addressed an issue in Word 2010 where the bullet type was still being announced even though Bullet Type Indication was disabled in Quick Settings.
  • Resolved an issue in Word 2010 where JAWS would not read the values in the edit fields of the Font dialog box after navigating in the Effects group.
  • If a word list is generated for a Word document or Outlook message, pressing SHIFT+W now moves to the previous word as expected.
  • Resolved an issue when using ALT+SHIFT+A in outline view to show all of the text associated with the selected heading level.
  • If the Virtual Viewer or Results Viewer opens, if Quick Keys are on in the current document, they will now remain active.
  • Addressed an issue of form fields being spoken twice when using F and SHIFT+F to move through a protected form.
  • Resolved an issue where the word list summary was not displaying all occurrences of a word as a link.
  • Resolved an issue where the first time a table navigation command is performed in a new table, JAWS would not speak. This would occur if the Virtual Ribbon was disabled and a table was inserted.
  • Resolved an intermittent issue with tables in Word 2010 where after typing in a cell then pressing TAB, JAWS was not always announcing the next cell you moved to.
  • Addressed an issue of JAWS not reading controls when navigating the Options dialog box if it is opened from the Spelling and Grammar dialog box. Controls read fine when the Options Dialog box was opened from the document.
  • Resolved multiple issues with JAWS not indicating non-uniform tables either during a Say All, or general navigation.
  • Pressing TAB or SHIFT+TAB to move to the next or previous cell in a table no longer causes JAWS to speak part of the text in the cell you were just in.
  • Addressed a braille issue where an entire line of text containing a link was being underlined. Only the link itself should have an underline in braille.
  • Resolved a reported issue where JAWS would sometimes get the table row or column count wrong in Word causing it to announce a change in the number of row or columns when in fact, no change occurred.
  • Resolved an issue with the German version of JAWS where spelling errors were not being indicated.

Mozilla Firefox

  • The message "Use JAWSKey+ALT+R to read descriptive text" is no longer heard continuously as you navigate through a table containing a caption.
  • JAWS now reads the name of the page being bookmarked when the Add Bookmark dialog box opens.
  • Resolved an issue where links were not highlighted in braille. This only occured in Windows XP.
  • Pressing INSERT+SPACEBAR, O, C to OCR a graphic now works as expected.
  • Addressed a reported issue reading lists that contain links.
  • Resolved an issue regarding the JavaScript function, SetTimeout, reported by a developer.

Mozilla Thunderbird

  • JAWS no longer says "selected" when selecting text in a message and the verbosity level is set to Advanced.
  • JAWS now reads all of the controls in the Account Settings dialog box.

Winamp

  • Resolved an issue where keystrokes that include both the ALT and CTRL keys were not working as expected.

Windows 7

  • Resolved an issue in Windows 7 or Vista, if JAWS was getting license keys from a license server on the network and was set to run on the secure desktop, it would not release the ILM key after you logged in. This could cause JAWS to tie up two keys at a single work station.
  • Braille display controls, such as panning buttons and cursor routers, will now work in the UAK dialog box.

Windows Live Mail

  • Improved JAWS support for the Windows Live Mail calendar. Appointments are now announced as you navigate in the Day, Week, and Month views.

Enhancements in JAWS 13.0.97 (September 2011)

The following is a list of improvements available in this public beta release. Note that while many customer reported enhancements are included in this release, the following is a list of more notable changes.

JAWS

  • Resolved a distortion issue with the RH Voice (Russian) synthesizer.
  • JAWS now correctly reads the tree view structure of the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) on Windows XP computers.
  • Resolved an issue for the Arabic version of JAWS when navigating arabic text with Smart Word reading enabled.
  • Resolved an issue with VMware and Windows 7 that would cause JAWS to unexpectedly close.
  • When using the Word Index command (INSERT+CTRL+W), JAWS now includes an accurate word count total for each item in the word list.
  • JAWS now correctly speaks the buttons on the https://giftstest.rehab.state.al.us/bepnet/main/beplogin.aspx Web page.
  • Addressed an issue where JAWS would not switch languages when a voice profile was set to a language other than English. This was observed when reading Web pages.
  • Resolved an issue with sluggish performance when browsing the www.ziggo.nl Web site.
  • Resolved an issue with the Research It Business Search lookup source and changes shown for the S&P 500 Index.
  • Resolved an issue with the Time Search lookup source in Research It.
  • Resolved an issue with the People Search lookup source where search results would not appear if both the city and state were used in the search criteria.
  • Resolved an issue where ALT GR combinations were being treated as word delimiters with Keyboard Echo set to Words.
  • Resolved an issue encountered when using CTRL+BACKSPACE to speak and delete the current word. If Typing Echo was set to words, when you typed the new word followed by a space, JAWS would speak part of the previously deleted word along with the new word.
  • Updated the Braille Display Input Commands help topic with the command DOTS 1-2-4-5-7 CHORD which cycles through the settings for contracted braille input.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was reading the entire line when pressing BACKSPACE under the Command Prompt.
  • Addressed a reported issue navigating tables on certain Web pages.
  • JAWS now recognizes the datalist element on a Web page as an edit combo.
  • Resolved an issue in Settings Center where JAWS did not announce the open or closed status of the Braille Marking item.
  • Resolved an issue in Settings Center where pressing UP ARROW to move from a level two control to a node, would continue showing the name of the control on the braille display instead of the title of the node.
  • Addressed an issue using braille Structured Mode in multi-line edit fields.
  • Resolved an issue in PAC Mate Remote where pressing DOT 8 on a PAC Mate BX with contracted braille input enabled would insert the letter "i" instead of a line feed. With contracted braille input disabled, the letter "i" followed by a line feed was inserted.
  • Resolved issues using the Virtual Viewer in localized versions of JAWS.
  • When you enter text to search for in the JAWS Find dialog box that includes spaces before or after the word, resolved an issue where the leading and trailing spaces were not included in the search.
  • Addressed a reported issue not reading check boxes contained in tables on certain Web pages.
  • Resolved a reported issue where spaces inserted in text caused a blank line to be shown on the braille display even though text would be spoken when using the ARROW keys.
  • Resolved an issue where information was not being shown on the braille display as expected in some applications.
  • Resolved an issue accessing buttons and other elements on PHP-based Web pages.
  • The Text Analyzer can now be used with Arabic text.
  • With the addition of the new Quick Settings dialog box, the Adjust Braille Options and Personalized Web Settings dialog boxes from prior versions have been removed.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was not indicating in braille that an item on the Windows 7 Desktop was selected when in Line Mode.
  • Updated the Basics of Scripting manual which is included with JAWS. To access the manual, go to Start, All Programs, JAWS 13.0, Explore JAWS, Explore the Manuals, and select the file Basics of Scripting.exe. This is a self-extracting ZIP archive and will extract the manual as a series of HTML files for easy navigation.
  • Updated the Basics of Scripting manual with information on Script Utility Mode. References to the Homerow Utility have been removed.
  • Addressed an issue with domain-specific placemarkers where JAWS would try to move to a placemarker that was anchored to specific text even if you were on a different page in the same site where this text did not exist.
  • Added stubs for the Settings Center, Text Analyzer, Virtual Ribbon Menus, and OpenBook Overview DAISY books to the FSReader Open dialog box which is displayed when you select Training from the JAWS Help menu. Titles that include an asterisk at the end have not been installed. Pressing ENTER on one of these titles will open the Check for Updates so you can download and install one or more books.
  • The Import function is now exposed and can be used by scripters.
  • Improved the JAWS help text for ARIA widgets, such as those found in Yahoo Mail.
  • Addressed issues with the braille cursor not being shown correctly in TextPad.
  • Added dictionary entries for Learning Ally.
  • Resolved an issue with the GetCellCoordinates script function.
  • Addressed issues closing JAWS after playing an audio stream in Windows Media Player.
  • Resolved an intermittent issue where the Dictionary Manager would not always close correctly.
  • Resolved an issue using the Focus 40 Blue over a Bluetooth connection where the rocker bars were being treated as WHIZWHEELS if the display was powered off and back on.
  • Resolved an issue for localized versions where Eloquence language name was reporting in English only.
  • If you press WINDOWS KEY+K in a document or Web page that does not contain any placemarkers, JAWS now speaks a message.
  • Addressed a reported issue with control types not displaying correctly in Braille using Structured Mode in some situations.

Adobe Acrobat

  • Resolved an issue where the cursor would unexpectedly jump to the top of the document when selecting text in an untagged PDF file.
  • JAWS now properly reads table headers that use the TH scope=”both” attribute.
  • Resolved an issue where Adobe Reader would close unexpectedly after closing and restarting JAWS.

Apple iTunes

  • Resolved a reported issue in the latest iTunes app store when making a purchase.
  • Resolved an issue using JAWS in the iTunes Store after allowing the automatic update of QuickTime Player to version 7.7.

Eudora

  • Resolved an issue where the BACKSPACE key was not working correctly when composing an e-mail message.

Google Chrome

  • When opening a new Web page in Google Chrome, JAWS now speaks the summary information, such as the number of headings and links, for the new page.

IBM Eclipse

  • Addressed an issue with Eclipse where JAWS announced both the current and next items in a tree view.

IBM Lotus Notes

  • When moving up and down in the Lotus Notes Inbox, JAWS now announces “unread” when focus moves to a message that has not been opened.
  • Addressed an issue where the braille cursor was not being shown on blank lines. This also resolved an issue where the braille cursor would not blink.
  • Resolved an issue where the Lotus Notes.jkm file was empty.
  • Resolved an issue in Lotus Notes where JAWS was not identifying links in messages when navigating with the ARROW keys.
  • Addressed an issue reading section titles when navigating in a note.

IBM Sametime

  • Resolved a longstanding issue where JAWS would announce items in the Sametime contact list twice.

Java

  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was not reading pop up messages. The INSERT+B command will now also reread the message.
  • Resolved an issue where top line menus were not read after pressing the ALT key.

Microsoft Excel

  • Updated the JAWS help file to include the INSERT+CTRL+C and INSERT+ALT+C keystrokes.
  • Resolved an issue where the correct information was not being shown in braille when navigating in Line Mode.
  • Pressing ALT+1 through ALT+4 in Excel 2007 and 2010 now activates items on the Quick Access tool bar as expected. In Excel 2003, these keystrokes read column information.
  • Resolved an issue reading column and row titles that are defined for a spreadsheet.
  • Added more descriptive Keyboard Help messages for the ALT+PAGE UP and ALT+PAGE DOWN keystrokes.
  • Resolved an issue in the header/footer, custom header area of the Page Setup dialog box where JAWS was not speaking the text in the various fields.
  • In Excel 2007 and 2010, Pressing CTRL+F2 now moves focus to the Print Tab as expected. Pressing INSERT+CTRL+F2 now speaks the formula.
  • Resolved an issue where the equals sign was not spoken when written in a formula.
  • Resolved an issue in Excel 2007 where JAWS was not indicating checked items in the Autofilter menu.
  • Removed extra speech and braille feedback from the data validation dialog box that was unnecessary and could be confusing.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was saying “blank” when moving left and right in edit controls that update automatically as you navigate.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was not speaking the selected color when navigating the list of colors on the Fill tab of the Format Cell dialog box.
  • Addressed an issue where items in the suggestion list of the spellchecker were not spelled as the list is navigated.
  • If the Options dialog box was opened from the spellchecker, resolved an issue where control information, such as the name and status of a check box, was not being announced.
  • The state of check boxes in the Proofing Category in the Options Dialog box are shown in braille.
  • Resolved a reported issue where JAWS was not reading input messages in cells surrounded by white space.
  • Resolved a reported issue navigating objects in a spreadsheet.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

  • Resolved an issue where JAWS 12 and Internet Explorer 8 would fail when accessing a training page on The Hadley School for the Blind Web site.
  • Addressed an issue with Internet Explorer 9 where JAWS was announcing a blank line before the first item in a list.
  • When selecting the Surf’s Up link on the Freedom Scientific Training home page, JAWS now opens the Surf’s Up Web page.
  • JAWS correctly reads labels for combo and edit boxes when navigating a Web page using Internet Explorer 8.
  • Addressed an issue regarding left and right movement of the JAWS Cursor in arabic text.
  • Resolved an issue when navigating by headings on a Web page where blank lines were separating each link. This was observed with Internet Explorer 9.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was not announcing text for command elements such as buttons. This was observed with Internet Explorer 9.
  • Resolved an issue where the Virtual PC Cursor would not return to its previous location on a Web page.
  • Addressed an issue where JAWS would read consecutive links on the same line even if the links were separated with a <br> HTML tag. This occurred with Internet Explorer 9.
  • Resolved an issue where the Invisible Cursor was not working properly in Internet Explorer 9.
  • Addressed an issue where links on the www.acb.org Web site were not announced correctly unless using Compatibility View in Internet Explorer 9.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was not announcing changes when pressing buttons in a taskbar.
  • Resolved an issue navigating a Web page that is opened from inside another application.
  • Resolved an issue with typing in edit fields on certain Web pages. JAWS would speak the name of the edit field each time a character was typed.
  • Resolved an issue in Internet Explorer 8 where JAWS would not read alternate text for images that also contained an ARIA describedby attribute.
  • Resolved an issue where one word was being broken up into two words on some Web pages like m.facebook.com.
  • Improved how JAWS reads alternate text for an image contained inside an element label on a Web page.
  • Resolved multiple issues where Internet Explorer and JAWS would unexpectedly close after selecting a link.
  • Resolved empty virtual buffer issues using the Japanese, Arabic, or Hebrew version of JAWS with Internet Explorer 9.
  • Resolved an issue when navigating combo boxes in Forms Mode where the selected item was not being shown in braille. This also resolved an issue in Line Mode where braille was taking a while to update.
  • Resolved a reported issue where JAWS was not recognizing edit fields at www.peapod.com.
  • Resolved an issue using Navigation Quick Key R to move to radio buttons in a Web-based dialog box.
  • Resolved an issue in Internet Explorer 8 with an application from CitiBank.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was not recognizing the Submit button on some Web pages.
  • Resolved an issue with JAWS not announcing the correct number of columns in certain tables.
  • Resolved a reported issue selecting the Listen live link on www.klpw.com.
  • Addressed a reported issue in tables containing a blank cell in the middle or at the end of a row. JAWS would merge two cells when reading the table.
  • Resolved a reported issue with Internet Explorer 8 in XP where pressing F1 for Internet Explorer help and then exiting the help with ALT+F4, focus was not returning to Internet Explorer as expected.
  • Resolved a reported issue where JAWS was not reporting the name of some progress bars.
  • Addressed issues of not being able to read text in edit fields on some Web pages in Internet Explorer 9.
  • JAWS and Internet Explorer 8 on Windows 7 no longer unexpectedly close after selecting the Listen Live link at wjvl.com.
  • JAWS now properly works with combo boxes embedded in flash content.

Microsoft Office

  • Pressing INSERT+F1 on an item on the ribbon now gives help specific to that option.
  • JAWS can now read files opened in Protected View in Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Resolved an issue navigating Virtual Ribbons in Office 2010 with the CTRL+ARROW Keys.
  • Resolved an issue in Access 2007 where JAWS was not reading text in edit fields when navigating by character or word.

Microsoft Outlook

  • Addressed an issue in Outlook 2010 when moving through the date and time fields in an appointment. Although JAWS would display the items in braille, it now speaks the fields too.
  • When creating a new meeting announcement in Outlook 2007, JAWS no longer announces additional information when moving to and reading the Location edit field.
  • Resolved an issue where the cursor would not move beyond the first line of an Outlook 2010 message.
  • In Outlook Web Access Light with Documentation Presentation Mode set to Screen Layout, resolved an issue where table rows were split over several lines.
  • Resolved an issue in Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010 where too much information was being presented when the spellchecker dialog box first gained focus. This has also been addressed in Microsoft Word.
  • You can now use INSERT+SHIFT+W to open an Outlook 2007 or Outlook 2010 message in the default Web browser.
  • Resolved an issue with JAWS announcing "message list view" when sending a message from the Contacts list.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS would repeat text over and over after a Calendar reminder opened.
  • Addressed an issue where the entire line was not being read in a custom view in the Outlook 2010 Contacts folder.
  • Resolved an issue of not announcing the time of a conflicting appointment.

Microsoft SharePoint 2010

  • Resolved an issue where JAWS did not correctly display Ribbon buttons in the virtual buffer.

Microsoft Visual Studio 2010

  • Addressed an issue when editing in the text editor in Visual Studio 2010.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS would repeat the selected item in a tree view when opening the context menu.

Microsoft Word

  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was announcing small bullet characters (INSERT+NUMROW 4) as space markers. This also fixed an issue where JAWS was not recognizing actual space marker characters.
  • JAWS can navigate and edit tables that are in the headers and footers of a Word document.
  • Addressed an issue in Word 2010 where JAWS was announcing multiple items instead of just one when moving through the Files of Type combo box in the File Open dialog box.
  • Resolved an issue in Word 2010 where JAWS was not announcing or displaying in braille the Tools menu that appears in such dialog boxes as Open and Save As.
  • JAWS correctly announces the Copies edit box in the Word 2010 Print tab.
  • Resolved an issue with braille where JAWS was not correctly displaying line spacing in documents.
  • Addressed an issue where JAWS would announce the previous search result instead of the next result when using the Find command in Word 2010.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was not announcing the correct indentation values in Word documents that contain multiple indentation levels.
  • Addressed an issue in Word where JAWS was announcing the number of spaces instead of tabs for indentation.
  • Corrected a typo in the Adjust JAWS Options dialog box for Word.
  • When navigating into a comment in a Word document, JAWS no longer announces “out of comment.”
  • Resolved an issue where, after changing the unit of measure in Word, JAWS was not announcing the unit of measure in a document.
  • Resolved an issue where the braille flash message was occurring too fast to display the new page number when changing pages in a Word document.
  • Resolved an issue where pressing ALT+F in Word 2010 would cause JAWS to close.
  • JAWS no longer announces the words “context menu” when moving through each item in a context menu list.
  • Addressed an issue where JAWS would announce the message “end of row” instead of “start of row” when moving to the first cell of a Word 2010 table.
  • Updated the help message for the Document Presentation option for both Word and Outlook.
  • Resolved an issue where braille no longer displayed table information after moving focus into a table.
  • Resolved an issue when pressing F6 to move among comment, endnote, and footnote panes.
  • Addressed an issue where the first instance of an item found using Find or Find and Replace was not announced. This was observed in Word 2007 and Word 2010.
  • Resolved an issue using CTRL+ALT+END to move to the last cell in a table.
  • Resolved issues where navigating with the ARROW keys could become sluggish. This was especially noticeable when using Auto Correction, or after inserting footnotes, endnotes, or comments.
  • Resolved an issue in Word 2010 where pressing ENTER on the Indentation edit field in the Virtual Ribbon was not turning on Forms Mode.
  • When performing a find in Word 2010 and you press the SPACEBAR on the Next Search Result button, JAWS now automatically speaks the next result.
  • Addressed an issue in Word 2010 when navigating task pane dialog boxes containing multiple tabs. JAWS now indicates which tab is currently selected.
  • JAWS now supports the Browse Search Results tab in the Word 2010 Find dialog box. This allows you to navigate a list of all the matches for a search item and quickly move to a specific match in the document without having to go through each result one by one until you reach the one you want.
  • JAWS no longer says "entering table" when you press ALT+TAB or ALT+F4 and focus returns to the Word document where the cursor is already in a table.
  • In Word 2007 and 2010, JAWS now reads the column headers in the New Address List dialog box as you press TAB or SHIFT+TAB.
  • Resolved an issue when moving to a place marker in large documents.
  • JAWS now announces the section number in Word 2003 when using the Navigation Quick Key S.
  • Resolved an issue with navigation in Word 2003 being sluggish in Windows 7 64-bit.
  • When a numbered or bulleted list is generated by pressing ENTER, resolved an issue where JAWS was reading the list item just typed instead of the new item being auto-generated.
  • Resolved an issue with JAWS tracking properly in a protected document when the screen scrolls.
  • JAWS now more reliably announces non-breaking spaces in a document while navigating or when performing a search.
  • Resolved an issue in Word 2010 where JAWS would not automatically read the font name when navigating through the list of fonts in the Symbol dialog box.
  • Resolved an issue where tab measurements were not getting announced correctly.
  • Resolved an issue where it was not possible to disable the "selected" message in the Beginner Verbosity level.
  • Addressed issues that could occur after accepting or rejecting a revision.
  • When customizing dropped cap options, resolved an issue where JAWS was not automatically reading the font names while navigating through the list of fonts.
  • Resolved an issue with text becoming scrambled when typing contracted braille into a table.
  • Resolved an issue in Word 2007 and Word 2010 where JAWS would get stuck on the ribbon when adding or removing items from the Quick Access tool bar. This was not a problem if using the Virtual Ribbon.
  • In both Word and Outlook 2007 and 2010, when you move to the Suggestions list in the Spell Checker, the word "suggestion" no longer appears twice on the braille display.
  • Resolved the double-speaking of some controls in the Print dialog box in Word 2010.
  • JAWS no longer unexpectedly closes in certain documents when encountering a table and a Braille display is connected.
  • When a document is opened in Protected View in Word 2010, addressed an issue where proofreading elements, such as objects and comments, were not available.
  • Addressed an issue where JAWS would unexpectedly close when using Navigation Quick Key G to move to an Excel chart contained in a Word document.
  • The message spoken when toggling Navigation Quick Keys on or off is now shown in braille as a flash message.
  • Addressed an issue in Word 2010 where JAWS was not detecting objects in a document if paragraph marks were enabled.
  • Improved the indication of bulleted lists created using non-standard symbols.
  • Addressed an issue of JAWS not correctly identifying space markers in Word 2010.

Mozilla Firefox

  • Resolved an issue where Firefox 5 and JAWS would unexpectedly close when trying to install a Flash plugin.
  • Addressed an issue where focus would not move to a selected graphic when using the Select a Graphic dialog box (INSERT+CTRL+G).
  • Resolved an issue when using Firefox to read Web pages that have ARIA landmarks.
  • JAWS now announces the aria-label property for Web page links when using Firefox.
  • JAWS now announces the aria-haspopup property for objects on a Web page.
  • JAWS now supports role=”article” in the list of ARIA landmark regions.
  • JAWS correctly provides feedback for the starting and ending points of each landmark region shown in the virtual buffer.
  • Resolved an issue where Firefox would unexpectedly close when JAWS was closed and restarted.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was too verbose when reading combo boxes.
  • Resolved an issue where the PC cursor was active instead of the Virtual PC Cursor after pressing ENTER from the Select a Paragraph dialog box or the Select an Anchor dialog box.
  • JAWS now supports Extended Select list boxes which allow you to select more than one item.
  • Addressed an issue where the text of toggle buttons was not being announced.
  • Resolved an issue in Firefox 5 when attempting to open a message in a new tab in Gmail Basic.
  • Resolved an issue in Firefox 5 where the program would unexpectedly close when performing a Google search.
  • Resolved an issue with navigating in combo boxes where JAWS would read the label and the selected item multiple times.
  • Resolved multiple issues reading text in dialog boxes in Firefox 4 and later.
  • Addressed an issue where the current position on a Web page was lost when pressing ESC from the Jump to Line dialog box.
  • Addressed an issue with buttons getting announced more than once when navigating to them using Navigation Quick Key B.
  • Pressing INSERT+H or INSERT+W now gives Firefox specific keystroke information.
  • Addressed an issue with JAWS not remaining at the current position on a Web page when moving between tabs or windows with the Webvisum extension installed.
  • Resolved an issue subscribing to RSS feeds in Firefox 4 and later.
  • Addressed issues with JAWS not properly reading frame names on some pages.
  • Resolved a reported issue related to the "legend" element.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS would not move to the selected form field after pressing ENTER from the Select a Form Field dialog box.
  • Addressed issues of text at the beginning of a line in a multi-line edit field not always being shown on the Braille display.
  • Custom labels will now work on pages that contain a port number as part of the address.
  • Resolved a reported issue where opening links in a new tab was not working as expected.
  • Check boxes are now displayed more reliably in braille.
  • Resolved a reported issue where the first row in some tables was being treated as a separate table.

Mozilla Thunderbird

  • When an e-mail message is deleted, JAWS will now announce the next item in the Message list that has focus.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was not reading highlighted messages in the Message list.
  • Addressed an issue where it was not possible to select non-contiguous messages using CTRL+DOWN ARROW or CTRL+UP ARROW.
  • JAWS now properly reads the message list in Mozilla Thunderbird 5.
  • JAWS no longer says "table" while navigating through the message list in Thunderbird 5 or later.
  • When canceling a message, JAWS now automatically reads the confirmation dialog box.
  • Resolved an issue where the Virtual PC cursor would not turn off when replying to a plain text message.
  • Addressed an issue reading the status line in Thunderbird 5.
  • Resolved an issue where the keystrokes to read message fields were not working in Thunderbird 5.

Skype

  • Resolved an issue with Skype where it would fail when adding a contact.

Windows 7

  • Resolved an issue where JAWS would not speak or display in Braille the contents of the Windows 7 logon screen until TAB or SHIFT+TAB was pressed.
  • Resolved an issue with unnecessary characters appearing on the Braille display when focused on the Password edit field on the logon screen. This only occurred with contracted Braille enabled.
  • JAWS now automatically reads the text of the dialog box that allows you to force a currently running application to close.

Yahoo Mail

  • Addressed an issue when composing a new message with Yahoo Mail and Internet Explorer 8. JAWS no longer speaks the entire page when focus moves to the Subject line.
  • Resolved an issue where pressing TAB would move you to a completely unexpected section of the page instead of to the next element in the tab order.

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