JAWS for Windows 4.02 Features and Enhancements
The JAWS 4.02 release
provides enhancements to our Braille support and many other improvements
for our JAWS 4.0/4.01 customers. JAWS 4.02 is a full version of JAWS,
and is a free upgrade to all customers authorized to use JAWS 4.0/4.01.
This version of JAWS installs into a JAWS402 folder on your computer.
You do not need to uninstall previous versions of JAWS before installing
In JAWS 4.02, Braille
is much faster and more responsive to your commands.
Support for the all
new Freedom Scientific Focus Braille Displays:
JAWS 4.02 provides
robust support for the Focus 44, Focus 70, and Focus 84 refreshable Braille
displays soon to be available from Freedom Scientific. The Focus Braille
displays provide easy navigation with eight Braille keys, a SPACEBAR,
LEFT and RIGHT SHIFT keys, two advance bars, two programmable function
buttons, and cursor routing keys over each Braille cell. The Focus displays
also include Whiz Wheels® at either end of the display for quick
navigation in files, menus, and lists. The Focus displays provide variable
Braille firmness, status cells on the left or right, and an all new quick
Focus commands are
consistently based on JAWS and Windows commands. If you are familiar with
JAWS and Windows keyboard commands, Focus commands are very easy to learn.
If you become familiar with Focus commands, JAWS and Windows keyboard
commands are also easy to learn. With new support for nine key input,
a vast range of logical, easy to learn commands are assigned for use in
JAWS, Windows, and your favorite applications.
Sticky Key Hot Key
We have removed the
Disable Sticky Key Hot key Toggle check box from the Windows System Parameters
dialog in the JAWS Basic Settings dialog. If you wish to disable the Sticky
keys option you can do so from the Windows Accessibility dialog in Control
Support for HTML
Fieldset and Legend Elements:
JAWS now announces
the HTML "Legend" element value when used in a "Fieldset" element. The
"Fieldset" element is used to group form controls in the same way as a
group box groups controls within a dialog box. The "Legend" element provides
the label for the group of controls. The "Legend" is announced as you
move to each form control within the "Fieldset" with TAB, SHIFT+TAB, or
form control specific navigation commands such as CTRL+INSERT+TAB.
Improved HTML Heading
JAWS now properly
interacts with HTML headings when they contain links or graphics.
MSN Messenger Notifications:
MSN Messenger displays
notification messages to indicate when a contact has signed on and to
inform you when a new HotMail email message has been received. JAWS now
reads these notifications when they appear - even if you are working in
when using Automatically Start JAWS:
JAWS is now more responsive
when Automatically Start JAWS is used within Windows NT, 2000 and XP.
Updated Support for
JAWS support for Lotus
Notes has been enhanced, providing many improvements.
Word XP Spell Check:
JAWS now correctly
reads the spelling of words containing apostrophes when in the Microsoft
Word XP spell check dialog.
Spell Word Command:
The JAWS Spell Word
command, INSERT+NUM PAD 5 pressed twice quickly, now correctly reads the
spelling of words containing apostrophes.
Java Access Bridge:
JAWS support for the
Java Access Bridge available from Sun Microsystems has been restored to
the level previously available in JAWS 3.7. This was accidentally disabled
in JAWS 4.0 and 4.01.
Outlook 2000/XP Message
The Say Line command,
INSERT+UP ARROW, now indicates when a message in the Outlook 2000/XP message
list is unread.
Outlook XP Attachments:
The command to list
attachments in Outlook XP, INSERT+A, occasionally failed in JAWS 4.0 and
4.01. Now if the command fails the first time, you are prompted to retry
and it will succeed on the second attempt.
In Microsoft Outlook,
JAWS now displays in Braille the unread status of a message.
Excel 97 Go To Command:
JAWS now correctly
works with the Excel 97 Go To command, CTRL+G.
JAWS HTML Support:
We have enhanced JAWS
support for HTML to ensure more consistent and accurate performance when
reading web pages and interacting with form controls. Some of the improvements
Improved reading of form control prompts, for example, the combo boxes
· Improved handling of "Accesskey" attribute
so an empty value does not cause a JAWS program error.
· Improved JAWS handling of invalid HTML code to prevent
JAWS exiting without warning. This could be seen at www.newslibrary.com.
· JAWS now properly reads accented characters in English
when they follow immediately after a link.
After exiting the
security dialog in Windows NT, 2000, and XP, JAWS performance is now more
Logging off and Tree
In Windows NT, 2000,
and XP, after you log off and log in again while Automatically Start JAWS
is used, JAWS now properly reads tree view controls.
Links List and Structured
JAWS now properly
displays in Braille the contents of the Links List, INSERT+F7, with Structured
mode while Automatically Start JAWS is used.
and Links List:
After a command from
a Braille display is used to activate the JAWS Links list, the Braille
display correctly updates when you move through the list of links.
In Structured mode,
JAWS now correctly shows the beginning of new lines of information when
they are first displayed.
Braille Speech Box
When using Speech
Box mode and displaying a message that spans several lines, JAWS now correctly
displays the entire message.
Modify Braille Structured
JAWS now allows structured
mode display names to be up to 32 characters.
Newer Braille Drivers:
We have updated the
Handy Tech Braille driver, providing support for the Handy Tech Braille
Star. And we have updated the Alva Braille driver, providing improved
We have optimized
how JAWS processes frames to improve JAWS performance.
Frames and Network
Frame Viewer now takes
advantage of networking capabilities within JAWS.
We have corrected
Network JAWS so all JAWS settings files are saved to the correct locations,
and have made several other improvements.
JAWS for Windows 4.02
and Enhancements in JAWS 4.01