Enhancements and Improvements in JAWS 14

This page describes the new features and improvements available in JAWS 14. Go to Enhancements in JAWS for a list of all improvements made in JAWS 14 releases. For more information and complete demonstrations, listen to the "What’s New" interview with Eric Damery, the August 2012 FSCast, or the September 2012 FSCast. To download JAWS 14, go to the Previous JAWS Downloads page.

JAWS 14 Features

Flexible Web

Frequently, you will encounter Web pages that contain a lot of excess content which can make it difficult to locate the actual content you want, or interrupts the flow when reading. For instance, many sites contain Google ad frames. These can be troublesome for JAWS users as they disrupt the reading order of surrounding content.

Flexible Web enables you to take more control of Web pages by allowing you to quickly find the content you are looking for, as well as hide content that interrupts the reading experience. You can hide sections of content, such as Google ad frames or other types of unnecessary content, for a smoother reading experience. In addition, you could have JAWS begin reading at a level one heading, or ARIA main region, as these may contain the most interesting content.

To use Flexible Web, open a Web page you want to customize in Internet Explorer or Firefox. Then, move the Virtual PC Cursor to the page element you want to hide, or from where you want to start reading when the page first loads. Activate the Flexible Web wizard by pressing the layered keystroke INSERT+SPACEBAR, X. Alternatively, press INSERT+F2 to open the Run JAWS Manager dialog box, then choose Flexible Web.

Through several easy-to-follow steps, The Flexible Web wizard that opens provides you with two options: hide or start reading at the selected element. The wizard then guides you through the process of creating a temporary customization by giving you various choices about the selected element and how you want to hide it or from where exactly to start reading. Once the customization has been made, it is immediately applied to the page. For instance, if you choose to hide all frames containing advertisements, you will not see any advertisements when navigating the page after making this temporary customization.

If you are not happy with how a customization is working, you can open the Flexible Web wizard to undo the last customization you made. When you return to the page, you can choose a different element or the same one, then reactivate the Flexible Web wizard to retry the customization again perhaps with different criteria. For example, in the case of hiding those advertisement frames mentioned earlier, you probably want to hide all of them, not just the first one on the page. The wizard will provide you with choices about whether to hide just the first one or all of them.

You can create as many customizations for a page as you want. Once you have created one or more customizations, you can save them as a rule, which is applied every time you load the particular page or site. To indicate that a rule has been applied to a page, JAWS plays a sound after the page loads. Rules can be applied to the current Web page, entire Web site, or globally for all Web sites. Otherwise, customizations are only temporary and are lost as soon as you attempt to go to a different Web page in the current browser window, or completely close the browser. If you have made temporary customizations and you attempt to navigate to another page or close the browser, a dialog box opens asking if you want to save your customizations as a rule.

To learn more about using Flexible Web, refer to the Flexible Web help topic in the JAWS online help (f1).

Microsoft Outlook 2010 and 2007 Virtual Buffer Message Support

Microsoft Outlook uses Microsoft Word for viewing all read-only messages. However, due to the way Word supports table navigation, and since tables are frequently used for message layout, messages opened in Outlook 2010 and 2007 tend to be very difficult, if not impossible, to read fluently. While there is an option to view a message in the default Web browser, it is cumbersome and slow to have to activate for every message.

This new feature enables you to open a read-only message and read it using the Virtual PC Cursor just like reading a Web page in Internet Explorer or Firefox. You can navigate messages by character, word, line, sentence, paragraph, page, heading, table, link, and graphic. By default, tables are presented in a simple layout with one cell per line and provide a much more efficient means of reading complex messages.

While navigating a virtualized message, you can:

  • Activate links in the message by navigating to them and pressing ENTER.
  • Obtain a list of links, headings, tables, and graphics in the message as you would on a Web page.
  • Use Navigation Quick Keys to move to various elements in a message. For instance, use P and SHIFT+P to read by paragraph.
  • Route the JAWS or Invisible Cursor to the approximate location of the Virtual Cursor where possible.
  • Select text and copy it to the Clipboard.

If you want to view the actual layout of a message as it appears on the screen, turn off the Use Virtual Cursor for Read-only Messages option in Quick Settings (INSERT+V) for Outlook.

Vocalizer Direct Synthesizer

JAWS 14 supports Vocalizer Direct voices from Nuance Communications. These new voices work exclusively with Freedom Scientific products. Vocalizer Direct offers many benefits including improved performance, especially in the areas of latency and speech quality, as well as support for more languages and dialects, including Hungarian, Thai, Irish English, and South African English.

To download these voices, go to the Vocalizer Direct Voices Web page. Each voice can be downloaded as high premium or premium. The high premium voices are large files, but offer the highest quality speech. The premium voices offer very good speech quality and a smaller file size. Both high premium and premium versions of a voice can be installed on the same computer so they can be compared. After installing a voice, a Vocalizer Direct profile will be added to the list of JAWS voice profiles.

Note: All the Vocalizer Direct voices will be supported in future versions of MAGic and OpenBook. Install them now for JAWS, and these other products will take advantage of them in the future without the need to install again.

Windows 8 Support

Freedom Scientific has been working closely with the Microsoft Windows team over the past year and we have made the necessary changes in JAWS 14 in order to make the Windows 8 experience a very smooth transition. JAWS will perform with all your familiar applications used in Windows 7 or XP with a few exceptions, outlined below. When using the new Windows 8 Start Screen, or the new style apps such as e-mail, browser, calendar, or even the store to shop for Apps, you will find JAWS 14 really makes it a smooth transition for experienced JAWS users and very easy to learn for first-time users. You can also install the new Vocalizer Direct voices and use them with JAWS on Windows 8.

Windows 8 Start Screen and Search Tool Support

When you press the WINDOWS Key, the Start screen opens. This replaces the Start menu from prior versions of Windows. Each program is represented by a tile. Navigation of the tiles of the Start Screen is supported. As you navigate with the ARROW keys, you will hear the name of the tile gaining focus, the row and column of the tile, and expanded state of the tile. Expanded means that the tile takes up twice the space as a standard tile. This is necessary because columns may be skipped when navigating when a tile is twice the width of a standard tile. If you navigate to another group of tiles, JAWS plays a sound to indicate when you have switched groups. You can also simply begin typing the name of the application you want to quickly move to it.

The Search Charm (Search edit box) is activated as soon as you begin typing text after opening the Start Screen by pressing the WINDOWS Key. If you press TAB, you move to the Search Categories list. Pressing UP or DOWN ARROW speaks the name of each category and its position. When you press SHIFT+TAB to move to the Search Results pane, the name of the focused result is announced followed by its position. As you navigate in the Search Results pane using the ARROW keys, the name and position are both indicated.

Screen Sensitive Help (INSERT+F1) is provided at all these points offering navigation tips and warnings.

A few useful keystrokes specific to Windows 8 include:

  • WINDOWS Key+Q: Places you in the edit field for searching your applications. Note that while on the Start Screen, simply beginning to type moves you into this same edit field.
  • WINDOWS Key+F: Places you in the edit field for searching your Files.
  • WINDOWS Key+W: Places you in the edit field for searching your Windows 8 Settings.
  • WINDOWS Key+I: Places you in the Settings Charm.
  • WINDOWS Key+C: Places you in the Charms.

JAWS Cursor Navigation

Reviewing the screen with the JAWS Cursor works somewhat differently in Windows 8 than it does in earlier operating systems. This is due to Microsoft eliminating the use of Mirror Display drivers and instead switching to Accessibility Display drivers.

The main change is that the JAWS and Invisible Cursors no longer have an unrestricted mode in Windows 8. In other words, it is not possible to review the contents of multiple applications at the same time. These cursors are restricted to the contents of the current application or dialog box. In addition, due to Microsoft changes, the title bar of each window cannot be read by the JAWS or Invisible Cursor. To read the window title, use the INSERT+T command.

Just like earlier versions of Windows, there are some applications that render their contents to the screen in such a way that only the PC Cursor will report information about them.

View Clipboard Text

JAWS now combines the power of Results Viewer with the Clipboard. If you have copied some text to the Clipboard, pressing the layered keystroke INSERT+SPACEBAR, C will display the contents of the Clipboard in the Results Viewer. This offers you a wide range of flexibility with managing copied data, allowing you the opportunity to copy and paste it into multiple locations.

For example, you could use CTRL+C to copy text to the Clipboard, then use INSERT+WINDOWS Key+C to append text to the Clipboard from other sources. Once you have added all of the text you want, press INSERT+SPACEBAR, C to display the Clipboard contents in the Results Viewer. At this point, you can choose any portion of the text in the Results Viewer window and copy it to the clipboard. Once you do this, the clipboard text is overwritten and the text previously collected is no longer associated with the clipboard. However, the text is still available in the Results Viewer, as long as that window stays open. This means you can repeatedly copy any text to the clipboard and paste it wherever you want.

Text Analyzer Enhancements

The Text Analyzer, a tool which can be used to notify you of inconsistencies in a document such as mismatched parentheses, unintentional format changes, extra whitespace, and stray or missing punctuation, has been improved to provide even more information about font changes. When scanning a document for errors, the Text Analyzer can now identify inconsistencies with the font name, size, color, and attributes, such as bold, italic, or underline.

To configure what font changes are identified, go to the Text Analyzer page in Settings Center, navigate to the Font Changes to Check group, and select or clear one or more of the check boxes. By default, Text Analyzer will identify all font changes.

Text Analyzer is also now more language aware. If you have created a document in another language, for instance, Spanish, and the correct language code has been used to identify the document as being in another language, Text Analyzer will apply the correct language rules when analyzing the document for errors.

Select between Temporary PlaceMarker and the Current Position in HTML

You can now select text between a temporary PlaceMarker and the current position in HTML environments.

Already used in Word, this method of selecting text is often easier than attempting to use SHIFT in conjunction with the ARROW keys to select large blocks of text. For instance, use CTRL+WINDOWS Key+K to set a temporary PlaceMarker on a Web page, then move to another location on the page. Press the layered keystroke INSERT+SPACEBAR, M to then select the text between the temporary PlaceMarker and current location. The text is then available for copying to the Clipboard.

Removing Unwanted Flash and Frame Announcements

In JAWS 12, a feature was added that allowed previously inaccessible windowless flash objects to become accessible. This allowed JAWS users to be less dependent on page designers that may or may not remember to make Flash accessible. In addition, some sites contain windowless flash objects that were declared as windowless flash in order to hide objects that only affect the presentation of the page like a background picture, an icon inserted to accentuate document content, etc. All these items were invisible to users prior to JAWS 12. Now, as you navigate in the virtual buffer, you hear only "Flash start", "Flash end", or "Flash start", "graphic ###", "Flash end." As you navigate, you may also hear "frame start", "frame end" since Web pages also sometimes contain empty frames, which can be used to improve the visual layout of the page.

JAWS 14 filters out these unnecessary flash and frame objects to help make reading in the virtual buffer as smooth as possible. JAWS will no longer announce the start and end of flash and frame objects if the only object inside flash is a graphic or button, or if the flash or frame object is empty.

If you press INSERT+F9 for a list of frames, empty frames are not included in the list. Also, pressing Navigation Quick Key M or SHIFT+M will only move to frames that contain readable content.

ARIA Support

JAWS 14 supports all of the latest industry standard ARIA tags and elements that can be applied to Web pages. For more details on how JAWS works with ARIA, visit the Screen Reading Software Documentation page and select the JAWS Support for ARIA document.

JAWS Find Searches Convenient OCR Content

After OCR has been applied to an unrecognizable image or text, a JAWS Find (CTRL+INSERT+F), can be used to search for recognized text.

Move to Next or Prior Separator

Frequently, Web page authors will use the <hr> HTML tag to insert a line of dashes between sections of a Web page. This is called a separator. You can now press Navigation Quick Key DASH or SHIFT+DASH to move to the next or prior separator on a Web page in Internet Explorer or Firefox.

New Settings Center option for Configuring Punctuation Level

You can now use Settings Center to configure the amount of punctuation JAWS will speak in all applications. To set the punctuation level, do the following:

  1. Press INSERT+F2, and select Settings Center.
  2. Press CTRL+SHIFT+D to load the default JAWS settings.
  3. In the Search edit box, type "punctuation level" without the quotes.
  4. Press DOWN ARROW to move to Punctuation Level in the filtered search results in the tree view.
  5. Press SPACEBAR to choose how much punctuation you want to hear. The choices are None, Some, Most, and All.

SAPI 5 64-bit Support

JAWS 14 now works with 64-bit SAPI 5 voices. A SAPI 5 64-bit profile has been added to the list of default voice profiles and is available when using JAWS on a 64-bit version of Windows.

New Keystrokes for Permanently Changing Speech Rate

New keystrokes have been added to allow you to permanently change the voice rate on the fly. Press CTRL+WINDOWS Key+ALT+PAGE UP to increase the rate and press CTRL+WINDOWS Key+ALT+PAGE DOWN to decrease the rate. The new speech rate is saved to the active voice profile. You can still use CTRL+ALT+PAGE UP and CTRL+ALT+PAGE DOWN to temporarily change the speech rate if necessary. The rate will revert back to the last saved setting when you press ALT+TAB.

If you are using the MAGic Large Print Keyboard, pressing the dedicated speech rate keys will permanently save the new rate to the active voice profile. Pressing the speech rate keys along with the CTRL key will temporarily change the voice rate.

Append to Clipboard

The command to append text to the Clipboard, WINDOWS Key+C, has changed due to conflicts with the Windows 8 operating system. The new keystroke is INSERT+WINDOWS Key+C. In Windows 8, WINDOWS Key+C opens the Charm Bar.

Scripting Enhancements

JAWS 14 includes a new scripting function for obtaining screen content in XML format. For more information on using this new function, refer to the Enhancements in Scripting Web page.

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Enhancements in JAWS 14.0.9002 (November 2013)

This update improves speech and braille feedback when typing in the Search pane of the Windows 8.1 Start Screen. It also resolves several customer reported issues where JAWS was saying "clickable" on every line when navigating Web pages in Mozilla Firefox.

Enhancements in JAWS 14.0.6005 (August 2013)

This update resolves issues identified by a small number of customers using the Auto Update feature in the previous Update. It also resolves issues with MAGic 12 mouse speech and reading Web pages in Internet Explorer or Firefox on Windows 7 after installing both JAWS and MAGic and running MAGic by itself.

Enhancements in JAWS 14.0.6004 (August 2013)

The following is a list of items addressed or added between the JAWS 14.0.5005 release and the JAWS 14.0.6004 posting.

JAWS

  • Resolved many Java specific issues identified and reported by Pearson Educational.
  • Addressed an issue reported by customers using certain newer HP laptops where the speech rate would unexpectedly increase or decrease when the computer was tilted in different directions.
  • When pressing INSERT+CTRL+V from the JAWS main window, JAWS now properly reports the current synthesizers and displays configured for use with JAWS.
  • Addressed a reported issue with the Wikipedia Research It lookup source not finding certain words even though searching directly on the Wikipedia Web site worked correctly.
  • Addressed reported issues with JAWS not speaking as expected on the Secure Desktop.
  • Updated the help for JAWS Tandem to describe how to open the Event Viewer in Windows 8.

Microsoft Excel

  • Resolved an issue where pressing the SPACEBAR in an edit field on the Settings page of the Data Validation dialog box was causing all text in the field to be read.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

  • Resolved a reported issue using JAWS with the AWARE database management software.

Microsoft Office

  • JAWS now correctly reads the contents of the File Name edit field in Open and Save dialog boxes even if it contains an ampersand symbol.
  • Resolved issues with dialog box information not being displayed as expected in braille when focused on the Tools menu control.

Microsoft Outlook

  • Addressed issues with message fields not reading as expected if they contained an ampersand symbol.
  • Updated the context help message that is displayed if you press INSERT+F1 from a virtualized Outlook message.
  • When performing a find in a virtualized message and the ESC key is pressed to close the dialog box, addressed an issue where the message subject and number of links in the message were being spoken and flashed on the braille display before the line containing the found text was spoken.
  • Addressed multiple issues using the CTRL+SHIFT+S keystroke to display the status of attendees for a meeting.
  • In Outlook 2013, addressed an issue where navigating through calendar appointments using TAB, JAWS would sometimes identify an appointment as a button.
  • When typing text into the Search edit field in Quick Settings for Outlook, resolved an issue where JAWS would continuously read the entire contents of the edit field as you typed each character.
  • Improved the Hot Key help information that is displayed when INSERT+H is pressed from the body of a message.

Microsoft Word

  • If you select more than 1000 characters and then press INSERT+SHIFT+DOWN ARROW to speak the selection, JAWS now announces the number of characters selected and reads the top and bottom line of the selection.
  • When pressing Navigation Quick Keys in Keyboard help, resolved an issue where JAWS would sometimes echo the wrong key even though the command description was correct.
  • While navigating the Info tab in Word 2013, resolved an issue where JAWS was not automatically reading the text located to the right of each control.

Mozilla Firefox

  • Addressed a customer reported issue where JAWS was saying "clickable" at the end of each line while reading.
  • Improved navigating tree views on Web pages and announcing the expanded and collapsed state of items.

Windows Live Mail

  • Addressed a customer reported issue with JAWS not reading message headers.

Enhancements in JAWS 14.0.5005 (August 2013)

The following is a list of items addressed or added between the JAWS 14.0.4004 release and the JAWS 14.0.5005 posting.

JAWS

  • When performing a find in the Script Manager, resolved a customer reported issue where JAWS would correctly announce the found text, however, braille would be positioned six or seven lines above the current position.
  • Resolved an issue encountered on some Web pages in Internet Explorer where placemarkers could not be deleted, or deleting one took several attempts.
  • Addressed a customer reported issue with JAWS not working properly with edit fields via UI Automation.
  • When navigating a data table in another language, addressed an issue where the table headers were still being announced in English instead of the current language as expected.

Microsoft Excel

  • Updated the keyboard help messages for the CTRL+SHIFT+APOSTROPHE keystroke to reflect that this command now lists all comments on the current worksheet.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

  • Resolved a customer reported issue where JAWS would not always read the autocomplete history in various edit fields.
  • When pressing ENTER on a link to download a file in Internet Explorer 10, resolved an issue where the appearance of the Notification bar was not being indicated by JAWS.
  • Addressed a customer reported issue with JAWS closing unexpectedly on a particular Web site.

Microsoft Outlook

  • Addressed a reported issue where JAWS was not reading the selected message in an Outlook 2007 message folder after pressing PAGE UP to scroll up the list.
  • JAWS now reads as expected if you navigate through an Outlook 2013 message with JAWS set to read phonetically.
  • Addressed an issue in Outlook 2007 where pressing a Quick Navigation Key in a read-only message would insert a character into the message instead of performing the navigation command.
  • If you delete a message in Outlook 2010 and then press INSERT+UP ARROW to read the current message, addressed an issue where JAWS would begin reading all messages.
  • Addressed customer reported issues opening encrypted messages while JAWS is running.

Microsoft Word

  • While navigating in the Word 2013 Print dialog box, JAWS now shows the values of collapsed combo boxes in braille.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was not speaking or displaying in braille the location of documents while navigating in the Recent Documents list in Word 2013.
  • If JAWS is configured to announce style changes as you navigate a document, resolved an issue where the style change was being announced twice.

Mozilla Firefox

  • Addressed an issue where activating a control such as a check box would cause the focus to move to the previous control on the Web page.
  • Addressed an issue with JAWS not reading the selected item in disabled combo boxes.
  • Resolved an issue where Firefox would sometimes close unexpectedly when opening certain pages.
  • Addressed issues with detecting editable grids.
  • If language detection is enabled, JAWS now automatically switches to the specified language on table cells and rows where the lang attribute is correctly assigned.
  • Addressed issues with navigation not working as expected on certain Web pages when using the TAB key.
  • When moving into a region using the TAB key, resolved an issue where JAWS was not speaking the region type, such as "main region" or "navigation region".
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS would exit forms mode while attempting to navigate an ARIA tree grid.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was not indicating that a context menu had opened when pressing the NUM PAD ASTERISK key.

Enhancements in JAWS 14.0.4004 (June 2013)

The following is a list of items addressed or added between the JAWS 14.0.3005 release and the JAWS 14.0.4004 posting.

JAWS

  • Addressed a reported issue with JAWS not reading AlphaNumeric text as expected when set to Spell Phoenetically.
  • As requested by a customer, the Text Analyzer will no longer identify two spaces following a period as a run of spaces. Only three or more spaces will be flagged.
  • Addressed a customer reported issue where JAWS would continuously say "embedded object" while navigating flash content.
  • Resolved an issue where pressing INSERT+F from an open Virtual Viewer window was not reporting font information.
  • Resolved issues navigating ribbons in the Japanese version of Microsoft Office 2013.

JAVA

  • Addressed multiple issues with JAWS not properly identifying the correct state of radio buttons and check boxes in certain JAVA applications.
  • Addressed a reported issue with JAWS not properly navigating combo boxes in some JAVA applications.

Microsoft Excel

  • If a chart is being displayed in the Virtual Viewer and you press ESC to close the viewer and return to the spreadsheet, the chart will now remain selected so you can view and change its properties.
  • When editing a text box, addressed an issue where the contents of the text box were not being shown in braille while navigating.
  • When entering a formula and the functions list opens, JAWS now speaks a tutor message that tells you to press TAB in order to insert the selected function.
  • Resolved an issue where manual column and row title deffinitions were lost when toggling the override of titles option in Quick Settings on and off. JAWS should remember settings for row and column deffinitions until you clear them.
  • Resolved an issue where pressing INSERT+SHIFT+F to display a list of cells containing formulas was not always listing all cells with formulas as expected.

Microsoft Word

  • Pressing INSERT+C to read the word in context now works in context menus such as the spell check menu (ALT+F7).

Mozilla Firefox

  • Resolved an issue where the collapsed and expanded state of certain elements was not being announced as expected.
  • When navigating to various list boxes using Navigation Quick Keys, addressed an issue where JAWS was not announcing the position of the currently selected item when the list box first gained focus.
  • JAWS is now much more responsive when opening large pages.
  • When you enter a multi-line edit field, JAWS now speaks the message "contains text" just as it does in Internet Explorer.
  • Resolved issues where you would sometimes hear "frame", or the page address, each time you used TAB or SHIFT+TAB to move back into the Web page.
  • Resolved an issue with JAWS not properly detecting list boxes in some instances.
  • If you navigate to a tree view on a Web page using the TAB Key, resolved an issue where JAWS was not announcing the name of the tree view.

Enhancements in JAWS 14.0.3005 (May 2013)

The following is a list of items addressed or added between the JAWS 14.0.1823 release and the JAWS 14.0.3005 posting.

JAWS

  • If text containing HTML tags is copied or cut to the clipboard, resolved an issue where it would not appear in the JAWS Clipboard Viewer (INSERT+SPACEBAR, C).
  • Improved JAWS announcements of ARIA live region updates in Internet Explorer 10 and Firefox.
  • Addressed issues with JAWS not always moving to the correct location on a Web page after pressing ENTER on a same page link in both Internet Explorer and Firefox.
  • When pressing INSERT+G to open the Graphics Labeler, resolved a customer reported issue where the Graphics Labeler dialog box was not being automatically read by JAWS if opened from Internet Explorer.
  • JAWS now includes a Norwegian braille table for properly showing text in the Norwegian language on a braille display. To switch braille tables, open the Options menu from the JAWS main window, select Braille to open the Braille Basic Settings dialog box, and then navigate to the Translation Table combo box.
  • Issues with JAWS not reading unicode characters correctly when Windows is set to various system locales have been addressed.
  • The INSERT+WINDOWS Key+C command now appends selected text in HTML documents to the Clipboard even when selecting text using a mouse.

JAVA

  • The JAVA topic in the JAWS help system has been updated with the latest information on installing JAVA and enabling the Access Bridge.
  • JAWS tutorial help messages are now spoken in JAVA applications if JAWS is set to announce menu and control help.
  • Addressed an issue with JAWS not properly announcing the correct value in slider controls in JAVA applications.
  • Resolved a customer reported issue where text in read-only edit fields was not being read automatically as expected on 32-bit versions of Windows 7.
  • Addressed a customer reported issue where JAWS would not always announce dialog box information in certain JAVA environments.
  • Resolved customer reported issues using JAWS to navigate tables in JAVA applications.

Microsoft Excel

  • When pressing CTRL+SHIFT+S to move to a specific worksheet, the currently active worksheet is now the selected item in the list of worksheets.
  • If you press INSERT+ENTER or INSERT+DELETE to have JAWS announce the total sum of the current column or row, resolved an issue where the sum information was not announced if the active cell is after the cell containing the autosum formula.
  • Pressing CTRL+INSERT+F2 twice quickly while on a cell containing a formula now shows the formula in the Virtual Viewer.
  • If the spellchecker finds an error that has no suggestions, resolved an issue where JAWS would not announce the error and that there are no suggestions.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

  • Addressed reported issues using F8 to select the contents of various elements on Web pages such as tables and lists.
  • Addressed a customer reported issue with JAWS not reading layout tables correctly on certain Web sites.

Microsoft Outlook

  • When pressing LEFT or RIGHT ARROW to move between days in the Outlook 2013 calendar, resolved an issue where the current view information was being announced instead of the number of appointments for the current day.
  • Resolved multiple issues where JAWS was not reading and navigating appointment information as expected when pressing TAB in the Outlook 2013 calendar.
  • Addressed an issue where you could not navigate by paragraph in a virtualized message in Outlook 2013.
  • Addressed an issue where too much information was being announced when focused on a message that you have replied to in the message list in Outlook 2007.
  • If JAWS encounters a graphic in an e-mail message while navigating by line, resolved an issue where the message would visually scroll back to the top while the Virtual PC Cursor remained at the current location. The Virtual PC cursor and visual focus should always be together as you navigate.
  • If a calendar event is open in Outlook 2013, resolved an issue where the JAWS commands to read message headers (ALT+1 through ALT+9) were not working.
  • After attaching a file to an Outlook 2013 message, if you press SHIFT+TAB to move to the attachments list, resolved an issue where JAWS was not announcing the selected attachment.

Microsoft Word

  • Resolved an issue where changes in indentation were not being indicated as expected while navigating a document.

Mozilla Firefox

  • Resolved an issue with JAWS not identifying all of the links on certain Web pages. JAWS would indicate more available links when opening these same pages in Internet Explorer.
  • Resolved issues selecting text in the CKEditor Web application.

Mozilla Thunderbird

  • Resolved an issue where pressing INSERT+UP ARROW from the suggestions list of the spell checker was not reading the currently selected item.
  • When deleting an open message with the DELETE key, resolved an issue where JAWS was speaking the current character before the message was deleted.

Enhancements in JAWS 14.0.1823 (April 2013)

The following is a list of items addressed or added between the JAWS 14.0.1534 release and the JAWS 14.0.1823 posting.

JAWS

  • Resolved an issue where JAWS would unexpectedly close after selecting the Reuters Top News Stories Research It lookup source.
  • Resolved an issue with the Bookshare Research It lookup source not returning any book titles.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was not able to properly read ARIA descriptions that contained more than 1024 characters.
  • Resolved an issue in Windows 7 reported by Hadley School for the Blind and custom scripts used for an application at their facility.
  • Added a new built-in script function, CollectionItemCount, which returns the number of items in a collection.

Corel WordPerfect

  • Added updated scripts for Corel WordPerfect.

Java

  • Resolved an issue where the braille cursor was not tracking properly when editing text in JAVA applications.
  • When selecting by row or column in a JAVA table, addressed a reported issue where JAWS was not announcing the selection.

Microsoft Excel

  • Addressed a customer reported issue with editing cells in Excel 2007 and 2010 on Windows XP.
  • Resolved an issue where the 32-bit version of Excel 2010 was not always properly closing with JAWS 14 running.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

  • When selecting text on a Web page in Internet Explorer, addressed an issue where more text than expected was being selected under certain circumstances.
  • Resolved an issue in Internet Explorer with the Select a List dialog box (INSERT+CTRL+L) displaying each list item from the Web page on a separate line. If the page contains three lists, then the Select a List dialog box should only contain three items.
  • Addressed an intermittent issue where JAWS was not automatically announcing updates in ARIA live regions in Internet Explorer.
  • Resolved a reported issue where JAWS was not working properly reading a Credit Union Web page.

Microsoft Office

  • We have continued to enhance JAWS support for Microsoft Office 2013. You will experience improved performance when navigating various Office dialog boxes, menus, and documents using both speech and braille.

Microsoft Outlook

  • If an Outlook message contained multiple flags, such as unread and a meeting request, addressed an issue where this information was being shown on the braille display without spaces, making it difficult to read. Additionally, message flags are now shown in lower case on the braille display to improve readability.
  • In Microsoft Outlook, pressing CTRL+INSERT+I to have JAWS speak the contents of the Info bar now also shows this information in braille.
  • When using the Customize Outlook Message List dialog box, addressed an issue where you could not customize the first column.
  • Addressed an issue where JAWS was not properly announcing the read and unread status of messages using the French version of Outlook.

Microsoft Word

  • When navigating by line through a protected form in Word 2010, resolved an intermittent issue where the current form field information was not always being displayed correctly in braille.

Mozilla Firefox

  • Addressed a customer reported issue with JAWS not reading certain Web pages when opened in Firefox.
  • In Firefox, if an edit field contains multiple links on one line, resolved an issue where JAWS was only announcing the first link.
  • In Firefox, if you press TAB to move between the Web page and other areas of the application, resolved an issue where you could not move focus back to the Web page. This occured mainly on pages containing no focusable elements, such as links.
  • Resolved an issue in Firefox 18 where JAWS was not reading as expected when navigating using TAB.
  • JAWS now recognizes “ContentEditable=True” markup in FireFox and will announce when a page contains this option for the JAWS user.

Windows 8

  • JAWS now reports when you change the Windows 8 keyboard layout using the LEFT ALT+SHIFT keystroke.
  • If you press INSERT+UP ARROW while focused on a tile in the Windows 8 Start screen, JAWS now only announces if the tile is selected or expanded. If the tile is not selected or it is collapsed, JAWS now only speaks the name of the tile.
  • In Windows 8, JAWS no longer says "not selected" as you navigate through the list of search results for settings.

Enhancements in JAWS 14.0.1534 (February 2013)

The following is a list of items addressed or added between the JAWS 14.0.1037 release and the JAWS 14.0.1534 posting.

JAWS

  • Several issues with selecting text using JAWS have been addressed.
  • Addressed an issue where JAWS was not reading the correct information when selecting various buttons that open drop down menus on the Facebook Web site. For example, the edit or remove buttons.
  • Resolved an issue with the Braille Study Mode on-the-fly command WHIZWHEEL+NAVROW BUTTON not announcing and spelling the word as expected. This only occured with Focus braille displays that contain WHIZWHEELS.
  • Removed an unnecessary entry regarding braille panning from the list of controls in the Define Structured Mode dialog box in Settings Center.
  • Resolved a customer reported issue with JAWS not properly getting focus in WPF applications when exiting a JAWS dialog box such as the Links List.
  • Resolved a customer reported issue using the SecureCRT application in Windows 8 where pressing INSERT+ALT+W to virtualize the window was not opening the virtual viewer as expected.
  • The default dot firmness for Freedom Scientific braille displays has been changed to 100 percent, which is the highest setting. If you would prefer a lower setting, you can adjust this in the Settings Center by pressing CTRL+SHIFT+D to load the default file, and then searching for the term "firmness".
  • Resolved an issue where pressing WINDOWS Key+PAUSE to open the System Properties dialog box was not working over a JAWS Tandem connection.
  • When running JAWS and MAGic together, resolved an issue where using Navigation Quick Key P to move by paragraph was moving by two paragraphs instead of one.
  • Addressed a customer reported issue where JAWS would unexpectedly close when pressing ALT+TAB to move between Windows Explorer and a Command Prompt window.
  • When using JAWS over a Remote Desktop connection, resolved a reported issue where the ALT key would sometimes become stuck under certain circumstances.
  • Addressed a reported issue with JAWS not reading tree views correctly in Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio.
  • When using a Focus braille display with JAWS over a remote Terminal Services connection, addressed issues with entering text in computer braille or contracted braille from the Perkins-style keyboard on the Focus display. Braille navigation worked as expected.
  • Addressed an issue reading various symbols using the Danish Vocalizer Direct voice.
  • Added two new built-in script functions, CallFunctionByName and PerformScriptByName, which take the name of the function or script to be run as the first parameter.
  • Resolved an issue with the CollectionCopy script function not copying arrays properly.
  • As requested by a customer, the BrailleString script function now works even when flash messages are turned off. In addition, the flash message prefix is no longer displayed as part of the text that is passed to the function to be displayed.

Adobe Acrobat

  • Addressed an issue using the P and SHIFT+P Navigation Quick Keys to navigate PDF forms.
  • Addressed an intermittent issue with JAWS unexpectedly closing when opening certain PDF files.

Microsoft Access

  • Addressed an issue with Access 2010 where JAWS was not announcing controls as expected in the Backstage view.

Microsoft Excel

  • Resolved an issue in Excel 2010 where certain controls in the Insert Hyperlink dialog box were not being spoken correctly when using TAB.
  • When navigating in a comment, resolved an issue where the author's name was not spoken or displayed in braille.
  • If you attempt to override the automatically defined title for a workbook that has defined titles using Quick Settings, the column/row options are now changing to undefined as expected.
  • Resolved an issue where pressing INSERT+F7 from the suggestions list in the Spell Checker, was not displaying the spelling error in braille.
  • Resolved an issue where pressing INSERT+F7 from the Spellchecker was not announcing the misspelled word unless focus was on the Suggestions list.
  • Added custom tutor help messages for various edit fields in the Data Validation and Chart dialog boxes to provide more detailed information.
  • If an edit combo box is opened from the ribbon, for instance, the Font edit combo, resolved an issue where JAWS would not speak any of the values as you navigated with the ARROW keys.
  • If you apply formatting to a cell such as bold, resolved an issue where it was reported incorrectly the first time you applied it.
  • A new group, Monitoring Cell Assignments, has been added to the Workbook, Worksheet, and Region Settings in the Quick Settings dialog box for Excel. Previously, the options in this group were found under the Monitoring Cells group. However, they were moved to this new group as they are worksheet specific. The remaining option under the Monitoring Cells group applies globally to all spreadsheets. The Quick Settings help messages for both groups of settings have also been updated.
  • In Excel 2003, Pressing INSERT+UP ARROW to read the current line now works as expected in the File Name edit field of the Open and Save As dialog boxes.
  • When entering a formula using the functions list in Excel 2007 or later, resolved an issue where JAWS was not automatically reading the formula bar after pressing TAB to populate it with the selected function.
  • Resolved a customer reported issue where Excel 2007 would unexpectedly stop responding while performing a find with JAWS running.
  • If you are editing a cell and the Excel option to move the focus rectangle after ENTER is pressed is turned off, addressed a reported issue where JAWS was not automatically speaking the contents of the cell after you pressed ENTER to finish editing and return to the spreadsheet.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was not speaking the Web addresses when navigating in the Address edit combo of the Hyperlink dialog box.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

  • Addressed a customer reported issue where turning off the Screen Message option in the Verbosity Preferences in Settings Center was causing table titles to not read as expected while using table navigation commands.
  • If you are navigating the list of favorites in Internet Explorer 9 using braille and the list scrolls to a new screen, resolved an issue where the braille display would no longer show the selected item unless you first pressed UP ARROW and then DOWN ARROW.
  • Addressed an issue with the SHIFT+COMMA and SHIFT+PERIOD commands for moving to the beginning or end of the current element not working as expected in block quotes. This was observed mainly in Internet Explorer 10 and Firefox 17.
  • Addressed an issue where nested lists in Internet Explorer 10 and Firefox 17 were being treated as single lists. For example, a list containing four items that contained a nested list with three items was being treated as a single list of seven items.
  • Addressed issues with column and row headers not being announced properly while navigating tables using the table navigation keystrokes. This was also addressed in Firefox.
  • Resolved an issue where the start of certain lists containing graphical items were not being indicated on some Web pages. This issue was also resolved for Firefox.
  • Resolved an issue that was encountered on certain Web pages including Amazon.com where items that should have been on separate lines were being run together on one line.
  • Improved JAWS indication of embedded objects on Web pages in both Internet Explorer and Firefox.
  • Resolved an issue where clickable items were not being identified in braille if the item containing the clickable attribute was inside of a table.
  • When toggling the Document Presentation option through Quick Settings, resolved an issue where the new setting would not take effect until you moved away and then back to the application. This occured in both Internet Explorer and Firefox.
  • Resolved an issue where row header information was repeated multiple times in tables that were formatted with axis and headers attributes.
  • Addressed issues with some bulleted lists not being displayed correctly in braille.
  • Resolved issues using JAWS with ARIA checkable list boxes.
  • Addressed issues with information not being shown correctly on the braille display in the Internet Explorer 10 address bar on Windows 8.
  • Addressed a customer reported issue with JAWS repeating check boxes multiple times on certain Web pages that automatically refresh.
  • If you press TAB to move to a group of radio buttons in Forms Mode, addressed an issue where JAWS was not reading the prompt associated with the radio button group.

Microsoft Office

  • Added new JAWS scripts for Microsoft Office 2013. You will now notice improved performance if you are using Office 2013 versions of Word, Outlook, Excel, or PowerPoint.

Microsoft Outlook

  • Added a new braille abbreviation for the meeting cancelation flag. If you are focused on a message in an e-mail folder that contains a meeting cancelation, the letters mcncl will be shown on the braille display.
  • Resolved an issue that was encountered by a customer in the Out of Office dialog box with the braille prompt for the message edit field not being displayed correctly.
  • If you Opened then closed a message, resolved an issue where you could no longer open the context menu unless you moved focus away from the message list and back. In addition, if you opened the context menu from the message body, an issue was also addressed where the menu would unexpectedly close while navigated.
  • When navigating by line in the edit field of the Signatures dialog box, resolved an intermittent issue where JAWS would sometimes read the previous line instead of the current one.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS would not indicate the alt text for images contained in Outlook 2010 messages while reading using Say All.
  • Addressed an issue where you would sometimes hear extra, unnecessary information while navigating a table in a message using the Table Layer commands.
  • If you are inside a read-only message containing a table and you press ALT+TAB to move to an open Word document, JAWS no longer says "table 0" before speaking the document info.
  • Resolved an issue where split buttons in context menus were not being shown on the braille display.
  • Resolved an issue where extraneous text was shown on the braille display when focused on the Search edit field.
  • Resolved multiple issues with the Font Size edit combo box in Outlook 2010 where braille would not show the new value while navigating with UP or DOWN ARROW. In addition, the control type is now shown in braille.
  • If you are typing an e-mail address into the To or CC fields and the address is auto-completed, addressed an issue where the e-mail address was announced twice. This only occured in Outlook 2010.
  • If you open the context menu from the Inbox then press INSERT+H for hot key help, resolved an issue where the help message stated you were in the Calendar when you were not.
  • When using Navigation Quick Key T or SHIFT+T to navigate by tables in a virtualized message, JAWS no longer says "leaving table" since you are actually entering the table.
  • Addressed an issue where pressing ENTER on a link in an e-mail message would sometimes open the wrong Web page.
  • Addressed issues with routing the JAWS Cursor to the location of the Virtual PC Cursor in certain messages.
  • Resolved an issue with section symbols sometimes appearing in certain types of bulleted lists in virtualized messages.
  • When focused on an item in the list of messages that has a flag such as "unread", "forwarded", "replied", and so on, addressed an issue where the word "message" was being shown on the braille display prior to the message flag.
  • If you are in an empty mail folder, resolved an issue where column headers were still being shown in braille.
  • If you are navigating through a list of messages in Outlook 2010 and the screen scrolls, addressed an issue where JAWS would only read message flags and would no longer read header information.
  • If the Use Virtual PC Cursor for Read-only Messages option in Quick Settings is disabled and you press UP ARROW from the top of the message or DOWN ARROW from the bottom of the message, resolved an issue where the cursor was unexpectedly wrapping around back to the beginning or end respectively.
  • When reading using Say All in certain messages, resolved an issue where the same block of text would sometimes repeat continuously until you stopped the Say All.
  • If the mouse is used to click on a link in a virtualized message, the link is now opened as expected instead of just selecting the text.
  • Resolved an issue using the CTRL+COMMA keystroke to insert special symbols into an e-mail message. For example, to insert a c cedilla, press CTRL+COMMA, followed by C.
  • When composing or editing an HTML message and a link is included inside a list, addressed a braille issue where dots 7 and 8, used to underline the link text, was positioned to the left instead of directly under the link.
  • When attempting to select text in a virtualized e-mail message, addressed an issue where more text than expected was being selected.
  • Message flags are now read correctly in the German version of Outlook.

Microsoft PowerPoint

  • If you are typing text into a slide and you exceed the boundaries of the edit field, addressed an issue where JAWS was not automatically speaking the over flow alert message when you press ESC to return to the object level.
  • Addressed issues with braille not tracking as expected when editing a slide.

Microsoft Visual Studio

  • JAWS no longer reads extraneous information while navigating an SQL grid in Visual Studio 2010.
  • If you are navigating an sql database table, JAWS now displays the cell values in braille.

Microsoft Word

  • If you switch back to Word and then press BACKSPACE, addressed an issue where JAWS would announce the page number in addition to the character being deleted. This was observed in Word 2007.
  • Addressed a customer reported issue where pressing UP or DOWN ARROW to change the values in an edit spin box was not working as expected.
  • If you open a document that causes the Convert File dialog box to open, addressed an issue where you could not use the TAB key to move to the OK or Cancel buttons.
  • When clearing titles for a table in Quick Settings, resolved an issue where it was difficult to determine what had been cleared when manually clearing titles.
  • Addressed an issue where JAWS was not announcing the bullets in a bulleted list when navigating using the JAWS or Invisible Cursor.
  • When in a table, resolved an issue where changing braille to display the current row or column was still only displaying the current cell. Braille table reading can be changed through Quick Settings, or by pressing RIGHT SHIFT+T (RIGHT SHIFT+DOTS 2-3-4-5) from the Focus braille displays.
  • If the New lines and paragraphs indication option is changed through Quick Settings and you then turn off the displaying of paragraph marks in the Word document, addressed an issue where JAWS would still behave as iff paragraph marks were still visible until you moved focus away then back to the document.

Mozilla Firefox

  • JAWS now indicates when text on a Web page is clickable. If a section of text is clickable, you can press ENTER on it to perform an action, such as opening a list of items.
  • If you are composing or replying to a message using the GMail Web site, resolved an issue where pressing DOWN ARROW to move out of the edit field was skipping over the Send button.
  • Resolved issues with ARIA menus on certain Web pages where you sometimes had to press ENTER twice to activate the menu.
  • When navigating through a menu, resolved an issue where JAWS would say "leaving menu" if you navigated to a checkable menu item.
  • Addressed a customer reported issue where JAWS was not indicating a page separator if it was preceded by a heading.
  • If you are in an ARIA grid and Edit Mode is active, pressing the ESC key will exit Edit Mode, however, Forms Mode will still be active so you can continue navigating the cells in the grid. Pressing ESC once more will exit Forms Mode.
  • Resolved an issue with navigating certain types of ARIA grids where JAWS would not indicate if a cell contained controls.
  • Addressed an issue where JAWS was not properly indicating the Main ARIA region on some Web pages.
  • When using the ARROW keys to navigate through ARIA tab controls on a Web page, addressed an issue where JAWS was not indicating the currently selected tab.
  • Pressing ALT+ENTER on a graphic containing a long description now opens and displays the description in a new tab.

Mozilla Thunderbird

  • Pressing INSERT+ALT+1 through 5 from an open message now reads message fields as expected.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was not speaking the file names as you navigate the list of files in the File Selection dialog box.
  • JAWS now properly reads auto-completed addresses using the latest version of Thunderbird.

Windows Explorer

  • When viewing the properties for a folder, resolved an issue where pressing INSERT+B was not reading the contents of the dialog box as expected.

Windows 8

  • When you press and hold ALT and then press TAB to cycle through all running applications, resolved an issue where the application names were not being shown in braille.
  • Addressed an intermittent issue where JAWS would announce that a menu was active when it was not after establishing a network connection.
  • Resolved an issue where pressing INSERT+PAGE DOWN was not reading the status line as expected in various applications if the window was maximized.
  • If JAWS is configured to use a different sound device other than the default sound card, addressed an issue where JAWS sounds such as entering and exiting Forms Mode were still being heard through the default sound card.

Enhancements in JAWS 14.0.1037 (December 2012)

The following has been addressed between the JAWS 14.0.1036 release and the JAWS 14.0.1037 posting.

  • An issue was reported where JAWS was not speaking as expected in the JAWS UI and in various JAWS dialog boxes like System Tray (INSERT+F11) or Links list (INSERT+F7) on a small percentage of computers. This has been resolved.

Enhancements in JAWS 14.0.1036 (December 2012)

The following is a list of items addressed or added between the JAWS 14.0.918 release and the JAWS 14.0.1036 posting.

JAWS

  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was not raising the pitch of the synthesizer for capital letters when selecting by character using the Virtual PC Cursor. Note that the Vocalizer Direct voices do not support changing the pitch.
  • If you perform a Research It query from a currently open Results Viewer window, addressed an issue where JAWS was not automatically reading after the window refreshes with the new results.
  • Resolved an issue where braille would automatically pan unexpectedly while selecting text.
  • Pressing INSERT+C or ALT+CTRL+NUM PAD 5 from within a table in a Word document, Web page, or virtualized Outlook message now gives the correct cell information.
  • Resolved an issue where Braille Structured Mode was not displaying the correct information under certain circumstances in HTML windows.
  • If you are in the list of Flexible Web rules and Tutor Messages are configured to speak menu and control help, added a new help message informing you that you can press F2 to edit a rule.
  • Improved responsiveness when using JAWS with SAPI 5 voices, particularly on Windows 8.
  • Resolved issues of braille not tracking properly and cursor router buttons not moving the cursor as expected in various edit controls in WPF applications.
  • Addressed a customer reported issue where you could not read by character or word when renaming an item in the Windows Start menu.
  • The SHIFT+COMMA and SHIFT+PERIOD keystrokes for moving to the beginning or end of the current element now work more reliably. You can use these commands with regions, toolbars, lists, embedded objects (such as Flash), tables, and frames.
  • Resolved an intermittent issue where JAWS could unexpectedly close while modifying Flexible Web rules.
  • If you open a link from an Outlook message, or open a link in a new browser tab, resolved an issue where the braille display was not returning to the original position when you closed the resulting Web page.
  • Resolved a customer reported issue where frames on the iHeart Radio Web site could not be hidden using Flexible Web.
  • If you are using a Vocalizer Direct voice and you perform a spell command such as INSERT+UP ARROW twice quickly to spell the current line, there is now a more noticeable pause between letters.
  • Resolved issues with INSERT+B not always reading certain dialog boxes in tab order and sometimes repeating text.
  • If you select a link from a page displayed inside a Freedom Scientific webinar which opens a Web page outside of the training room, resolved an issue where JAWS was not indicating that a new browser window had opened.
  • Resolved an issue where pressing INSERT+WINDOWS Key+F4 to perform a memory dump was displaying an "application file for JAWS" error.
  • Added the following keystrokes for the Focus Blue braille displays.
    • LEFT SHIFT+LEFT SELECTOR: Shows the top of the active window in Line Mode or the beginning of the line in Structured Mode.
    • RIGHT SHIFT+RIGHT SELECTOR: Shows the bottom of the active window in Line Mode or the end of the line in Structured Mode.
    • LEFT SHIFT+RIGHT SHIFT: Routes the Braille Cursor to the active cursor position.
  • Resolved a reported issue with a Say All not working as expected in documents that began with a blank line and that contained no period at the end of lines. This was primarily observed in Notepad.
  • If you are using JAWS and a Focus braille display over a Remote Desktop connection, resolved an issue where the keys on the Perkins-style keyboard would no longer enter the correct characters after pressing DOT 7 to perform a backspace.
  • JAWS now includes the latest drivers for the DECTalk and Triple-Talk speech synthesizers.
  • Resolved an issue observed more frequently with shorter braille displays such as the Focus 14 Blue where panning to show the remainder of a word too long to fit on the display would skip to the next word instead of showing the remainder of the current word.
  • Resolved an issue with the Wiktionary Research It lookup source not displaying the definitions of certain words as expected.
  • Added a new script function, MakeCharacterFromValue, which converts an integer value of a character to a character string. For example, 97 would return a lowercase a.
  • Pressing F1 from the Check for Updates dialog box no longer displays a Windows Help error.
  • When entering a password at the Windows Logon screen using the Spanish version of JAWS, the asterisk symbol is now shown on the braille display.
  • Resolved a reported issue with JAWS not reading some international characters properly when entering text in another language than that of the currently running version of Windows.

Microsoft Excel

  • Resolved an issue where certain controls in the Popular category, such as the Font Type and Color, were being spoken twice while navigating.
  • When opening the Spellchecker, addressed an issue where JAWS was not always reading the misspelled word in some instances.
  • Pressing INSERT+H while focused in a chart now displays specific hot keys that can be used in the chart.
  • Resolved an issue in the Data Validation dialog box where text in various edit fields was not spoken as it was selected.
  • Resolved an issue where pressing ENTER to move to a link to a cell from the Links List dialog box in the Custom Summary window was not moving focus to that cell in the spreadsheet as expected.
  • Pressing INSERT+F7 to read the misspelled word and suggestion now works from anywhere in the Spellchecker and is not limited to only working in the suggestions list.
  • When using the table layer keystrokes for reading data in cells in the current row or column, resolved an issue where the cell data was spoken, but not displayed in braille.
  • Addressed an issue with certain controls in the Options dialog box being announced twice when they gain focus.
  • When you press F6 to move to the Status Bar Toolbars, the message "status bar toolbar" is now only announced the first time the toolbar gains focus instead of being announced prior to each control as you navigate.
  • When selecting cells, if selection verbosity is set to all cells and the selection is larger than what is currently on the screen, addressed an issue where not all cells were read as you selected cells or regions. Note that if you select more than 1000 cells, JAWS will only read selected cells that are currently visible on the screen.
  • When editing a named range, navigating with the LEFT or RIGHT ARROW keys now only speaks the character at the cursor. You no longer hear the entire line spoken.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

  • Resolved multiple customer reported issues where pages and forms were not automatically refreshing as expected unless INSERT+ESC was used to manually refresh the screen.
  • Resolved an issue where changing the setting for how JAWS reads text links was not using the new setting until you move focus away from the browser then back.
  • Addressed issues using auto complete with forms on Web pages.
  • Resolved a customer reported issue where JAWS would read in English when using Navigation Quick Keys to move to elements on some non-English Web pages. JAWS would use the correct language voice when reading the page using the ARROW keys.
  • Addressed an issue with JAWS exiting Forms Mode unexpectedly while typing in a new message using the Gmail standard view.
  • Resolved an issue that was observed on some pages where JAWS would appear to become stuck on a link while navigating.
  • If you turned off the Table Titles option in Quick Settings, resolved an issue where JAWS still announced column titles as you navigated to each table cell.
  • Resolved an issue where DOTS 7 and 8 on the braille display were not indicating a selected item in a combo box.
  • Resolved an issue where the I and SHIFT+I keystrokes for moving to the next or previous item in a list was not moving to items contained in nested lists.
  • Resolved an issue that occurred on a small number of Web pages that use layout tables to display only text. In these situations, JAWS would display the text without any spaces which could make it difficult to read.
  • Addressed an issue where JavaScript alerts were not being read automatically in some instances.
  • Addressed a reported issue where Internet Explorer 9 would unexpectedly stop responding on certain Web sites when you selected a radio button.
  • When navigating through certain Web pages using the braille display panning buttons, addressed an issue where the display would temporarily pan and then jump back to the current position making it difficult to read text that extends beyond the length of the display. This occured in both Internet Explorer and Firefox.

Microsoft Office

  • Resolved an issue where typing in the search edit field of the Office 2007 and Office 2010 Help was causing every character entered to be announced twice.
  • Resolved an issue where the entire text of tree view items in various dialog boxes was not being shown on the braille display.
  • Resolved issues navigating edit spin boxes in various Microsoft Office dialog boxes where JAWS would sometimes skip values or speak items twice.
  • If you press the APPLICATIONS key on a misspelled word to open the context menu, addressed an issue where JAWS would skip to the second suggestion in the menu instead of selecting the first one as expected.

Microsoft Outlook

  • Added a new option, Message Type Announcement, to the Quick Settings dialog box for Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010. When turned on, JAWS announces the sender's message type, for example, HTML or Plain Text. The default setting is Off.
  • If you press CTRL+SHIFT+C to copy the selected formatting, JAWS now confirms the formatting has been copied as it does in Word.
  • If a message address field, such as the To field, contained multiple e-mail addresses, resolved an issue where the braille display would not show all of the addresses if they went beyond the length of the display.
  • JAWS now automatically reads the contents of the Readability Statistics dialog box if you have configured Outlook to display this dialog box after a spell check is complete.
  • Resolved issues with various controls in the Signatures dialog box not being spoken correctly by JAWS.
  • Pressing ALT+1 or ALT+2 twice quickly from the body of a new message to move focus to the From or Sent fields, now gives an error message as these fields are not available in new messages.
  • When opening the Font dialog box from an open message, addressed an issue where JAWS was not announcing the title of the dialog box or the current control.
  • Resolved an issue where the Search Query edit field in Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010 was not being spoken by JAWS when navigating using TAB or SHIFT+TAB.
  • If you press INSERT+A twice quickly from the Calendar to display appointments in the Virtual Viewer, resolved an issue where JAWS would not automatically begin a Say All. Pressing INSERT+DOWN ARROW to begin a Say All would also not work.
  • Resolved an issue where pressing INSERT+UP ARROW twice quickly to spell the current item in the message list was not including spaces when spelling the subject.
  • Removed the INSERT+SHIFT+W keystroke, which offered a convenient way to access the Outlook feature for opening a message in the default Web browser, as it is no longer needed. While this was necessary in previous versions of JAWS as it made it easier to read complex messages, JAWS 14 now displays e-mail messages by default in the Virtual Buffer so they read more like a Web page.
  • Addressed a customer reported issue where pressing a cursor router button on the braille display from the message list was not opening the selected message as expected.
  • Resolved an issue where changing both Document Presentation and Braille Mode settings could cause the contents of table cells to no longer be shown in braille.
  • Resolved an issue in the Outlook 2010 calendar where appointments were not being displayed in the Virtual Viewer when pressing INSERT+A twice quickly.
  • Addressed an issue where pressing ENTER on a link in certain messages would not open the link.
  • Addressed an issue where braille was not properly showing changes in indentation for bulleted and numbered lists where the indentation levels changed, or list items contained more than one line.
  • Grammatical error checking now works when editing a message.
  • Addressed an issue where JAWS was speaking information twice while navigating an appointment or meeting notification.
  • When specifying the occurrence for a new appointment, JAWS no longer shows "0 of 4" on the braille display for the group of two radio buttons that let you choose to have the appointment occur every day or every week.
  • Addressed an issue where JAWS was claiming that certain virtualized messages contained tables when they did not.

Microsoft Word

  • When a document is set to original or final view without showing markup and Track Changes is off, addressed an issue where revisions were still being spoken and indicated in braille while navigating by line.
  • Addressed issues of JAWS not speaking the contents of embedded text objects.
  • Resolved an issue where read-only edit fields in the thesaurus were not formatted correctly in braille.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was not automatically speaking the items in the Show results from combo box in the Research dialog box as you navigated. This occurred in both Word 2007 and 2010.
  • Resolved an issue where changing the measurement unit indication through Quick Settings was causing JAWS to no longer announce page, section, and column breaks while navigating the document.
  • Addressed an issue where the Title Definitions Clear option in Quick Settings was not clearing all column and row title settings as expected.
  • JAWS can now report autoshape objects that have been inserted into Word 2010 formatted documents. Note that JAWS will only detect the autoshape object when navigating by line and the object must be followed by a blank line.
  • If you navigate to a blank cell in a table using the Table Layer keystrokes (INSERT+SPACEBAR, T), the word "blank" is no longer shown on the braille display.
  • Removed the Table Options group from the Braille Options group in Quick Settings for Word as these settings can only be changed for tables in virtualized documents and not tables in Word. To customize how tables in Word are shown in braille, use the Define Structured Mode dialog box in Settings Center.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was not reading as expected in the Form Properties dialog box.
  • Addressed an issue where braille was not properly refreshing when inserting a column or row into a table.
  • Addressed a customer reported issue where the INSERT+HOME and INSERT+PAGE UP commands were not working as expected if the cursor was positioned in the middle of a line and you edited the line without moving the cursor. These keystrokes read from the beginning of the line to the cursor and from the cursor to the end of the line respectively.
  • If you attempt to edit a footer that contains more than one line, resolved an issue where the cursor would immediately jump back to the first line when you tried moving to the second line.
  • Resolved an issue where pressing INSERT+UP ARROW to read the current line in a table that is part of a footer was moving to the previous row instead.
  • If the JAWS Track Changes option in Quick Settings is off in a document with Word Track Changes enabled and the view is set to Final Showing Markup or Original Showing Markup, resolved an issue where revision information was still being announced by JAWS.
  • If Navigation Quick Keys are enabled in Word 2010 and you use SPACEBAR or BACKSPACE to move by page, resolved an issue where page numbers were not announced if the page contained a bulleted or numbered list.
  • Addressed an issue where changing the JAWS track changes option to a setting other than speak type, or type plus count was not working as expected.
  • If Document Presentation is set to Screen Layout and the braille mode is set to Line, resolved an issue where braille would not track properly when navigating tables.

Mozilla Firefox

  • Improved JAWS responsiveness on Web pages containing Flash content.
  • Resolved an issue where labels were not being read properly when navigating using TAB.
  • If you press INSERT+T while focused on a heading in Firefox or Internet Explorer, addressed an issue where only the text of the heading was shown on the braille display. The braille display will now show the page title, the application name, and the heading, which is the same information that is spoken.
  • Addressed issues using Navigation Quick Key R to move between ARIA radio buttons.
  • After changing the Auto Forms Mode option in Quick Settings, resolved an issue where it was necessary to move focus away from Firefox then back before the change would take affect.
  • Improved how JAWS reads radio button labels when in Forms Mode.
  • JAWS no longer speaks the message "out of table" when navigating ARIA grids on certain Web pages.
  • Addressed an issue where labels for check boxes on certain Web pages were not being read correctly if Auto Forms Mode was turned off.
  • Resolved an issue where performing a right-mouse-click using the NUM PAD ASTERISK key was not opening a context menu as expected on certain Web pages.
  • Addressed an issue encountered on certain Web pages containing several lists where the start of a list was sometimes not shown in the virtual buffer.
  • When opening the Document regions dialog box (CTRL+INSERT+SEMICOLON), resolved an issue where the current region would not be selected if the Virtual PC Cursor was on a region that was nested three levels deep.
  • JAWS is now much more responsive when navigating in the about:config dialog box.
  • When navigating a Web page that contains an ARIA application region, JAWS will now only alert you when you enter or leave an application region. JAWS will no longer say "application control" for every control by default.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was not announcing the aria-sortable property when used on columns in a table.
  • Addressed an issue of JAWS not properly announcing ARIA relationships. This includes aria-describedby, aria-controls, and aria-flowsto.

Windows Explorer

  • Addressed an issue in the list of drives in Windows Explorer where JAWS would not indicate if a drive was not selected.
  • Addressed a reported issue where JAWS would unexpectedly close when using ALT+TAB to switch between Windows Explorer and Internet Explorer 9. This was observed on some Windows 7 64-bit systems.
  • Addressed an issue where pressing INSERT+B to read the contents of the File Properties dialog box was not reading information such as file size and location.

Windows 8

  • Improved JAWS performance in the Calendar app.
  • Addressed an issue where specific settings such as Forms Mode and Virtual Cursor options were not appearing in Quick Settings in the Modern version of Internet Explorer.
  • JAWS now reads the Cancel Search button in the Modern Mail app.
  • In the Search Settings, JAWS now announces the current state of an app and when you change the state using the SPACEBAR.

Enhancements in JAWS 14.0.918 (October 2012)

The following is a list of items addressed or added between the final JAWS 14 public beta release and the JAWS 14.0.918 posting.

  • The JAWS Basic Training and What's New DAISY books have been updated for JAWS 14. You can install these books by selecting Check for Updates from the JAWS Help menu.
  • Addressed an issue where JAWS would become unresponsive while navigating certain messages in Outlook.
  • Resolved an issue with the Weather Research It lookup source where only the forecast for the current day was listed. The remaining days of the week were displayed, however, the forecast for the remaining days was not shown.
  • Removed extra blank lines from the Stock Quotes Research It lookup source which was creating large gaps between sections.
  • Improved the formatting of information displayed in the Research It Business Search lookup source.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was not speaking when using TAB or SHIFT+TAB to navigate through links in the Results Viewer for Research It. The selected link was shown on the braille display.
  • Changed the order of the radio buttons in the Flexible Web wizard. The previous order was Create, Retry, Save, Undo, and View. The new order is Create, Retry, Undo, Save, and View.
  • Resolved issues using JAWS with Adobe Flash in Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8.
  • When you open a Web page in Internet Explorer that places the focus in an edit field, resolved an issue where text was not appearing in the field the first time you typed it.
  • Resolved an issue where you could not use Microsoft Word to edit a message in Outlook 2003.
  • Addressed an issue reading various symbols using the Finnish Vocalizer Direct voice.
  • Addressed issues where the Eloquence synthesizer would fail when encountering certain strings of text.

Enhancements in JAWS 14.0.730 (October 2012)

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

JAWS

  • Added a link for the Vocalizer Direct Voices Web page to the Web Resources submenu of the JAWS Help menu.
  • Pressing INSERT+SPACEBAR, QUESTION MARK to get help for layered commands now includes Flexible Web, view text on Clipboard, and select text between marked place and current position keystrokes.
  • Resolved multiple issues with the Virtual PC Cursor sometimes losing its position. For example, if you open the Results Viewer while on a Web page in Internet Explorer or Firefox, you were placed back at the top of the page when the Results Viewer closed. JAWS now returns to your current location on the page.
  • When performing a search for DJI using the Stock Quotes Research It lookup source, resolved an issue where the text "after hours" was being included in the quote even if the quote was retrieved between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM eastern when the stock market is open.
  • Addressed a reported issue where punctuation settings were not getting saved or loaded correctly. This occured most frequently in Windows Explorer.
  • Resolved an issue with the Area Code lookup source for Research It giving repeated information.
  • Resolved an issue where selecting a large chunk of text using a command such as CTRL+SHIFT+END to select from the cursor to the end of the document, could cause the computer to become unresponsive.
  • If you use Settings Center to change the Primary and Secondary OCR languages to anything other than English, addressed an issue where these changes were not being reflected in the Quick Settings dialog box.
  • Updated the Braille Display Input Commands topic in the JAWS help with the correct keystroke to toggle Microsoft Word Navigation Quick Keys on or off. The command is DOTS 2-8 CHORD, followed by DOTS 1-3-5-6.
  • Resolved an issue where text in the JAWS Find dialog box was not spoken as it gained focus. This occured primarily on Windows 7 64-bit systems.
  • If you activate Research It from the JAWS window, addressed an issue where the Results Viewer was not automatically gaining focus unless you pressed ALT+TAB to move to it. This only occured in 64-bit versions of Windows.
  • Resolved an issue where untagged graphics in Internet Explorer and Firefox were not recognized even if you changed the Graphics Show option in Quick Settings to All. Untagged graphics were only recognized if you changed the Include Images option in Settings Center.
  • Resolved several reported issues of JAWS randomly not reading text as expected in various applications.
  • You can now use CTRL+SHIFT+UP or DOWN ARROW to select paragraphs in virtual environments. This includes Internet Explorer, Firefox, virtualized messages in Outlook, and Results Viewer windows, such as when you view the contents of the Clipboard using INSERT+SPACEBAR, C.
  • Resolved an issue with the Time Search Research It lookup source not always returning accurate results.
  • Addressed an issue with JAWS remote speech not working at all, or being very sluggish, when using Remote Desktop.
  • Addressed an issue where the Pitch slider and Upper Case Percent Change edit box would become available for the Vocalizer Direct voices in the Voices Adjustment dialog box. Vocalizer Direct does not support pitch adjustment.
  • The Text Analyzer now detects mismatched Japanese parentheses in Japanese text.
  • The Text Analyzer now detects mismatched inverted and non-inverted question marks as well as inverted and non-inverted exclamation marks in Spanish text.
  • Resolved an issue where you could not open Research It from the Run JAWS Manager dialog box (INSERT+F2) if you were in Microsoft Word, Internet Explorer, or an Outlook 2007 or 2010 message.
  • JAWS now correctly lists the Fiona Vocalizer Direct voice as a Scottish voice in the Voice Adjustment dialog box.
  • There is now a more noticeable pause between sentences when reading with the Vocalizer Direct voices. This offers a more natural reading experience.
  • Added the Brooklyn Nets and its abbreviation BKN to the NBA Scores Research It lookup source.
  • Addressed an issue with the Wikipedia Research It lookup source not reliably returning results depending on the search term.
  • Resolved an issue using the French Eloquence voice to read French text where the Eloquence synthesizer would unexpectedly stop working when encountering certain words.
  • Resolved a customer reported issue where contracted braille options in Settings Center were unavailable after a silent install of JAWS.
  • Addressed an issue with the GetProductSerialNumber script functions.
  • Updated the script definitions for the SetSystemVolume and ChangeSystemVolume scripts to clarify the integer range and increments that need to be used as the parameter to affect the volume change.

Microsoft Excel

  • Addressed an issue where JAWS was not speaking or displaying the expected information in braille when navigating the edit control in the Select Data dialog box which allows you to choose which cells are to be used as the data cells for a chart.
  • When you select a chart, a message is spoken indicating the chart is selected, its title, and how to display it in the virtual viewer. JAWS now also shows this message on the braille display so a braille-only user can access this information.
  • Addressed an issue of text not being displayed properly in braille when entering or editing a comment.
  • When using CTRL+SHIFT+B to obtain a list of page breaks, resolved an issue where the number of page breaks in the list was different depending on the active cell.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

  • Resolved a customer reported issue where JAWS was reading the title attribute for buttons instead of the screen text when navigating a Web page using the TAB Key. This was also addressed for Firefox.
  • Addressed issues where the braille cursor would not track properly in tables with Document Presentation Mode set to Screen Layout.
  • Resolved an issue with Internet Explorer 9 where Forms Mode would not be deactivated and JAWS would not automatically begin reading if you navigated into an embedded ARIA document.
  • Resolved a customer reported issue locating check boxes on the Google Preferences page.
  • If you perform a search on a page for text that is not found, addressed a reported issue where JAWS would speak some random text from the page instead of the message that the search string was not found.
  • Addressed an issue of JAWS and Internet Explorer becoming unresponsive on certain Web pages after selecting a link.
  • JAWS now recognizes the ARIA expanded property for HTML elements.

Microsoft Office

  • When unselecting paragraphs using CTRL+SHIFT+UP or DOWN ARROW, JAWS now indicates that the paragraph is now unselected.
  • Resolved an issue where CTRL+UP or DOWN ARROW was not working as expected to select by paragraph when Extended Selection Mode (F8) is enabled.

Microsoft Outlook

  • In a customized message list containing apostrophes in column titles, addressed an issue where JAWS was not correctly reading apostrophes. This was more noticeable in non-English versions of Outlook.
  • If you press the APPLICATIONS Key while positioned on a picture, addressed an issue where JAWS would only announce the shortcut keys for the menu items.
  • Resolved a customer reported issue adding new key assignments to scripts using the Keyboard Manager. This was observed with the Control Delete script where the newly assigned keystroke was not working as expected.
  • Pressing CTRL+ALT+2 in the Outlook 2010 Calendar now switches to the Work Week view as expected.
  • You can now press CTRL+ALT+A from an open Outlook 2007 or Outlook 2010 message to find out what language is currently in use. This command is also available in Microsoft Word.
  • In Outlook 2007 and 2010, when you press CTRL+SHIFT+M from the body of a new message to remove an indentation, JAWS now indicates that the text is being outdented and by how much.
  • When specifying the occurrence for a new appointment, JAWS no longer says "0 of 4" for the group of two radio buttons that let you choose to have the appointment occur every day or every week.
  • When you press CTRL+SHIFT+T from the body of a new message to remove a hanging indent, JAWS now announces that the indent has been removed.
  • With Virtual Ribbons disabled, resolved an issue where button menu controls on the ribbon were not being spoken as expected even though they appeared correctly in braille. These buttons are now both spoken and displayed.
  • Addressed customer reported issues with INSERT+T not always reading the title as expected in Outlook 2010 mail folders such as the Inbox.
  • When you open a message in Outlook 2007 or 2010, JAWS now announces the message format. For instance, Plain Text, or HTML.
  • Addressed an issue navigating through a message folder in Outlook 2010 where JAWS would not automatically read the selected message if the list scrolled. This occured more frequently on slower computers with the message preview enabled.
  • Addressed issues of lines being skipped or repeated when reading messages using Say All.
  • Resolved an issue where INSERT+Z had to be pressed twice in order to turn on Navigation Quick Keys in an editable message.
  • When in a virtualized message, the keyboard help messages for the Navigation Quick Keys now provide the same message you hear for the Navigation Quick Keys in Internet Explorer or Firefox. If the Virtual PC Cursor is off in Outlook messages, the keyboard help messages for Navigation Quick Keys for Word are spoken instead.
  • If the Screen Track Virtual Cursor option in Quick Settings is disabled and you have selected some text in a virtualized message, addressed an issue where the Virtual PC Cursor would go back to the top of the message instead of remaining at the current location if you canceled the selection.
  • Resolved an issue using SHIFT+F4 to find the next occurrence of a search item in virtualized messages.
  • If you activate a same page link in a message, resolved an issue where JAWS was not moving to the correct location in the message.
  • Resolved an issue with some virtualized messages that contain same page links where JAWS would become sluggish when navigating through links using TAB.
  • Resolved an issue where two blank lines were appearing between list items in a virtualized message.

Microsoft Word

  • If "Restore setting when JAWS exits" is selected for a Quick Settings option, addressed a customer reported issue where the setting was being permanently saved instead of reverting to its previous state, even after restarting JAWS.
  • Resolved an issue where not all fields were being indicated in braille except hyperlinks and form fields.
  • In Quick Settings, if Track Changes is set to speak Type + Count and Item Count is set to Speak After Text, resolved an issue where JAWS was not announcing the item, the text of the line, and the number of items of that type while navigating a document.
  • Resolved an issue where changes in the indentation level were not being shown in braille.
  • Resolved an issue where autotext fields were not indicated in braille.
  • Addressed an issue in the Spell Checker where conflicting information was provided for the suggestion list if a "possible word choice" error was displayed.
  • When using TAB or SHIFT+TAB in a numbered or bulleted list to change list levels, JAWS now only announces the auto generated info.
  • If Document Presentation Mode is set to Screen Layout, resolved an issue where a vertical bar was being shown on the braille display before the cell content in column one of a table.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS would not read the Spellcheck dialog box correctly if the color Word uses to identify contextual spelling errors had been customized.
  • Improved braille display panning in documents.

Mozilla Firefox

  • Resolved an issue where JAWS would unexpectedly read other parts of the screen while navigating the list of catagories in the Options dialog box instead of just speaking the selected catagory.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was not correctly announcing buttons on certain Web pages when navigating using TAB, or Navigation Quick Key B or SHIFT+B.
  • When selecting by word in Forms Mode, resolved an issue where JAWS was saying "normal style" prior to announcing the selected text.
  • If INSERT+F1 is pressed from the Heading List dialog box (INSERT+F6) to view context help, addressed an issue where pressing TAB would not close the help message and move to the next control.
  • If you press ALT along with a number to filter the list of headings, for instance, ALT+2 will show only level 2 headings, resolved an issue where the newly selected heading is not automatically announced.
  • JAWS now announces the collapsed state for HTML elements with the ARIA expanded property set to close. This was also addressed for Internet Explorer.

Windows 7

  • Resolved an issue when attempting to rename a file in Windows Explorer where the braille display was not tracking properly as you navigate the file name in the edit field.
  • Addressed an issue in the Change Date and Time dialog box where JAWS was double-speaking digits while navigating the various edit spin boxes.
  • After entering some characters into the search box on the Start menu, addressed an issue where the result that gains focus was not spoken or shown on the braille display.

Windows 8

  • Resolved an issue in the Turn Windows Features On or Off dialog box on 64-bit systems where JAWS was not identifying if items were checked or not checked. This occured as you navigated the list or used the SPACEBAR to toggle an item.
  • Pressing CTRL+TAB or CTRL+SHIFT+TAB while on the address bar in Internet Explorer 10 no longer shows a blank flash message on the braille display.
  • When navigating in some applications using the JAWS cursor, Addressed an issue where PAGE UP and PAGE DOWN were not moving to the top or bottom of the active window.
  • Resolved an issue in the Mail app where you could not read the recipient's address in the To field of a new message.
  • Resolved an issue encountered on 64-bit systems where JAWS was not giving the correct position info for the History and Favorites tree views in Internet Explorer.
  • Improved JAWS performance with navigating and reading information in the Mail app.
  • When searching for an application using the search box, resolved an issue where the name of the first app to be found was not shown on the braille display.
  • As you navigate tiles on the Start screen using a braille display, additional tile information that was previously only spoken is now also shown in braille.
  • Improved JAWS performance in the People and Messages apps.
  • Resolved issues navigating in the USA Today app.

Enhancements in JAWS 14.0.500 (September 2012)

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 long-standing issue where JAWS would not always confirm a selection was copied to the Clipboard when using CTRL+C.
  • When navigating through a list of files in Windows Explorer using a braille display and Line Mode, Addressed an issue where the braille line was starting near the middle of the file name instead of at the beginning. This occured primarily with 40-cell and smaller displays.
  • Addressed an issue encountered on certain systems where braille was not working over a Citrix terminal session.
  • Removed messages from the Results Viewer for the BBC Top News Stories and CNN Headline News Stories Research It lookup sources stating that full stories begin at the first or second level one heading. There are no level one headings in the Results Viewer for these lookup sources.
  • Addressed a reported issue where JAWS would load the wrong user settings under certain system configurations.
  • Resolved an issue with the Convert Currency Research It lookup source not returning any results.
  • Addressed an issue in multiple applications where setting Document Presentation to Screen Layout was still not formatting tables correctly in braille.
  • When skim reading using an attribute rule such as underline and the unit is set to line or sentence, addressed an issue where the text containing the attribute was being repeated after the number of matches.
  • Updated the Keyboard Help messages for numerous keystrokes in Script Utility Mode. To activate Script Utility Mode, press INSERT+WINDOWS Key+MINUS. For more information on using Script Utility Mode, refer to the Basics of Scripting manual, which can be downloaded from the JAWS Documentation Web page.
  • If you are navigating in a table using the table layer (INSERT+SPACEBAR, T), pressing a panning button on your braille display allows you to pan through cell content and no longer exits the layer.
  • After choosing a Research It lookup source, remove some unnecessary information that was spoken before the actual results were displayed.
  • When skim reading by the first sentence of each paragraph, resolved an issue where the first sentence of the first paragraph in the document was read twice if it was preceeded by a blank line.
  • Updated the Remote Access help topic in the JAWS online help to include the latest system requirements for using JAWS Remote Access.
  • The Text Analyzer, which reports inconsistencies in a document, now recognizes non-English opening and closing quotation symbols. In addition, the Classic with quotes Speech and Sounds scheme was updated to now recognize non-English quotes.
  • When returning to a Skim Read Summary, JAWS now places you on the link you last used. Previously, you were placed back at the top of the summary.
  • When you choose to create a Skim Read summary and there are no matches, JAWS now says "0 matches found."
  • Added support for Ethiopic braille characters.
  • Removed extra blank lines from the results of the Weather Research It lookup source.
  • Resolved a customer reported issue where the JAWS and Invisible Cursors were reporting colors on any Web page as black on black.
  • When adjusting the speech rate in the Startup wizard, UP ARROW now increases the rate and DOWN ARROW decreases the rate.
  • For scripters, Added the ability for a jsb in user settings that contains a use statement that specifies loading a jsb with the same name as the current jsb file to call down to the jsb file in shared settings. This allows for selective overwriting of scripts and functions in JSB script files that Freedom Scientific already provides without the need to overwrite the entire JSB file.

Eclipse

  • The Rely on MSAA for Listviews option is now enabled by default for Eclipse. This makes list views much easier to navigate.

Lotus Notes

  • Addressed a reported issue with Lotus Notes Symphony where selected text was not shown on the braille display.

Microsoft Excel

  • Resolved an intermittent issue where choosing Manage Worksheets from the list of Excel shortcuts (INSERT+H) was displaying an Internet Explorer context menu.
  • JAWS no longer speaks unnecessary text when navigating to various buttons in the Custom Header and Custom Footer pages of the Page Setup dialog box.
  • If you enter data into a cell, then press UP or DOWN ARROW to submit the data and move to the next cell, addressed an issue where JAWS would read the entire row containing the cell you just edited. This occured with Excel 2007 and 2010.
  • In Excel 2003, you no longer hear the message "graphic read only" when performing the commands to list the cells in the current row or column that contain data.
  • Resolved an issue where the Quick Settings dialog box (INSERT+V) would not open if the Excel file name contained the & symbol.
  • If a spreadsheet contains defined column/row titles and ranges and you attempt to modify them, resolved an issue where the new settings were not being applied when changing the Define Named Column and Row Titles Override in Quick Settings.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

  • Addressed a customer reported issue activating various Kindle controls at http://www.amazon.com.
  • Addressed issues activating clickable elements on the Youtube Web site.
  • Resolved an issue in the Internet Explorer 9 download manager where JAWS would continuously repeat the currently selected button while the download is in progress.
  • JAWS now supports the Optgroup HTML tag. This means that if you are navigating a list box containing items associated with different groups, JAWS will announce the group the selected item is associated with.
  • Addressed a customer reported issue of Internet Explorer 9 Notification Bar messages not being shown on the braille display.
  • Resolved a customer reported issue where selecting a same page link from the Contents section of a Wikipedia article was not moving JAWS to the particular heading on the page.
  • Resolved a customer reported issue navigating a list contained in a table cell using a braille display in Structured Mode. The entire contents of the cell are no longer shown on the display as you navigate through the list items.
  • If you select a button on a Web page that takes you to a new page, pressing ALT+LEFT ARROW to go back to the previous page now returns you to the location of the button instead of back to the top of the page.
  • Resolved an issue with JAWS not reading as expected in form fields containing quotes as part of the text label.
  • Addressed issues navigating a group of radio buttons on certain Web pages.
  • Addressed a customer reported issue of JAWS not recognizing certain types of links.
  • Addressed an issue with the Netflix Web site where JAWS would not read correctly after changing the account type.
  • Addressed issues navigating through all options in some ARIA menus. JAWS would sometimes exit forms mode unexpectedly while navigating the menu. This was also resolved for Firefox.
  • Addressed a reported issue where JAWS was not reading the alt text of an <img> tag when it is part of a button.
  • Resolved an issue where you sometimes had to press ALT+F4 twice to close Internet Explorer 9.
  • Resolved a long-standing issue that occured on some systems running JAWS where Internet Explorer would remain in memory even after it appeared to close.

Microsoft Office

  • When virtual ribbons are enabled, JAWS no longer says "selected" when focused on a split button.
  • Resolved a customer reported issue where pressing CTRL+LEFT ARROW or CTRL+RIGHT ARROW to move by groups in the ribbon was not working as expected. As you move by group, JAWS should report the lower ribbon group name, followed by the current item and state of the item.

Microsoft Outlook

  • JAWS now supports using shared calendars in Outlook 2007 and 2010.
  • Resolved an intermittent issue where after closing a context menu, JAWS would still behave as if the menu was still open.
  • When composing a new message in Outlook 2010, addressed an issue where JAWS would read the prior line after pressing ENTER to move to a new line in a numbered list.
  • If the Calendar view is set to Week, resolved an issue where JAWS was stating that there were no appointments even when there were.
  • Addressed an intermittent issue where the wrong appointment info was given for a particular date.
  • Resolved an issue in the Outlook 2010 Find and Replace dialog box where JAWS was saying "find and replace toolbar" for certain controls instead of the correct control name.
  • When attempting to choose a reminder time for a new task, resolved an issue where JAWS was not reading as you changed the time.
  • Addressed an issue in Outlook 2010 where JAWS would not automatically announce the first item in the context menu after pressing the APPLICATIONS Key on a message.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS would announce the header of the curren field, for example, Subject, instead of the Attach File button when attempting to attach a file in Outlook 2010.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was saying "dialog" before each control while navigating in the Signatures and Stationary dialog box in Outlook 2007 and 2010. Also addressed an issue where JAWS would sometimes say "MSO Generic Control" while navigating this dialog box.
  • Addressed an issue of JAWS not reading as expected in the File menu when the Calendar is open.
  • Resolved an issue where pressing CTRL+R would sometimes not reply to a message unless you first pressed INSERT+3 for the key pass through. This was intermittent and only occured on certain systems.
  • When using SHIFT+DOWN ARROW to select messages, JAWS no longer reads the message header multiple times. When you select a message, JAWS reads the message header once and then indicates that it is selected.
  • Resolved an issue where pressing INSERT+NUM PAD 5 in a list of messages was reading all of the header information for the selected message. This keystroke now only reads the sender information.
  • Resolved an issue in Outlook 2010 where INSERT+T would no longer read the window title after returning to the Inbox from an open message.
  • In Outlook 2010, the word "zoom" no longer appears in the To field of a new e-mail message.
  • When setting a reminder time for an existing appointment or meeting using the Reminder spin box in the ribbon, resolved an issue where changing the reminder time would cause JAWS speech to pause for up to 30 seconds and then read the date instead of the selected time.
  • Addressed issues navigating through a list of messages in braille using Line Mode where the display was not always showing the start of the line. This made it difficult to read message headers.
  • Addressed an issue where the JAWS Text Analyzer was not identifying a run of spaces in an Outlook message.
  • In Outlook 2010, if you press F6 to move focus from the calendar to the status bar, pressing INSERT+F1 for context help now shows the correct help message.
  • When pressing INSERT+5 on the number row to have JAWS announce the foreground and background colors of the message text, resolved an issue where the color information was not being shown in braille.
  • Addressed an issue where the selected colors were not being shown in braille while navigating the Color picker in the Font dialog box.
  • Addressed a customer reported issue where JAWS was getting stuck in a context menu after adding a contact in the From field. This was observed on Windows XP with Outlook 2010.
  • When you press the CAPS LOCK Key in a message header field and Braille Flash Messages are configured to be cleared manually, resolved an issue where pressing a cursor router to clear the flash message was not clearing the Caps Lock message.
  • JAWS no longer says "suggestion list not available" if you press INSERT+F7 from the message list in Outlook 2007 or 2010. This was misleading. The INSERT+F7 command repeats the current error in the Spellchecker, or displays a list of links in a read-only message.
  • If tutor messages are set to announce menu and control help, resolved an issue where JAWS was speaking the tutor message prior to announcing the currently selected message after pressing the HOME or END in the message list.

Microsoft PowerPoint

  • Addressed a reported issue where text entered in the edit field of the Open and Save As dialog boxes could not be read using standard reading commands. This only occured on Windows XP.

Microsoft Visual Studio 2010

  • You can now select which projects are included in a solution configuration.

Microsoft Word

  • Resolved an issue of the braille cursor not tracking correctly in tables with Document Presentation set to Screen Layout.
  • Resolved an issue where header and footer text was still being shown in braille even though the document view was not set to show headers and footers.
  • If a graphic is selected, pressing INSERT+SHIFT+DOWN ARROW to speak the current selection now announces the selected graphic.
  • Comments are now shown in braille when using Navigation Quick Key N or SHIFT+N to move to the next or previous comment.
  • Resolved an issue where the Word Count dialog box was not being automatically read by JAWS.
  • When selecting by line in a document, the selected text is shown on the braille display. Previously, only the first line of text was displayed in braille.
  • Resolved issues of the braille cursor not tracking correctly when editing text in tables.
  • Resolved an issue with braille not tracking properly after an autotext entry is inserted into a header or footer.
  • Addressed an issue with viewing or editing headers and footers in a document in Word 2007 and Word 2010. JAWS now correctly reports when the cursor is in the header or footer.
  • If JAWS is configured to indicate indentation as you navigate a document, resolved an issue where the indentation was not indicated correctly in number or bulleted lists with items that were more than one line.
  • Resolved a customer reported issue where JAWS was not properly identifying graphics in Word documents with the DOCX extension.
  • Addressed issues navigating in tables that are part of a header or footer.
  • When performing a Say All in a sample template, resolved an issue where the first sentence in the sample text was continuously read.
  • If you press INSERT+UP ARROW to read the current line in a table that is part of a header or footer, you are no longer unexpectedly moved out of the table.
  • Resolved an issue where braille would not work correctly when attempting to navigate or enter text into a document after inserting a header or footer.
  • Resolved issues using a braille display to pan through a table using Structured Mode with Active Follows Braille enabled.
  • If you attempt to set a placemarker while in a text box or the cursor is on an object such as a picture, JAWS now warns you that a marked place may only be saved while in the main document text.
  • Added Keyboard Help messages for the INSERT+ALT+SHIFT+C and INSERT+ALT+SHIFT+R keystrokes. These commands read the title of the current column or row in a table.
  • When inserting a footnote in a document, resolved an issue where the footnote number was not shown in braille until you began typing.

Mozilla Firefox

  • Improved navigation of ARIA menus using a braille display.
  • Resolved an issue activating same page links on Web pages where JAWS was not moving to the correct location.
  • Resolved issues activating certain links on some Web pages.
  • Resolved a customer reported issue where you could not navigate to the Submit button when attempting to perform an advanced search on the Audible.com Web site. This was also addressed in Internet Explorer.
  • JAWS now properly recognizes ARIA tab controls on Web pages as you navigate. This was also addressed for Internet Explorer.
  • In both Firefox and Internet Explorer, the contents of ARIA grids are now shown on the braille display. The letters grdc are used to indicate in braille that you are in a grid cell.
  • Resolved an issue encountered on certain Web pages that contain tooltips where JAWS would unexpectedly move to another location on the page when a tooltip was shown.

Windows 7

  • Addressed issues of JAWS not reading as expected in the Windows Disk Defrag utility.

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