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What's New in JAWS 6.0

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JAWS Features

Create Custom Labels

JAWS 6.0 allows you to assign custom text labels to almost any HTML element that you can move to by pressing the TAB key in Internet Explorer, America Online, and HTML documents. These elements include text links, graphic links, form fields, and buttons. You can also label images on Web Pages. JAWS reads these custom labels instead of the identifying text assigned to elements by the Web page author. In addition, JAWS uses custom labels to identify the elements when they appear in lists, such as the list of form fields that displays when you press INSERT+F5. You can use this feature to customize the elements of any Web page to help you navigate the page, reduce verbosity, compensate for incomplete or poorly labeled elements, and similar functions. Redefine the labels for entire Web forms or applications so the names are more useful and meaningful to you. Customize Web pages so that links and graphics provide more information and help you find what you need right away. The Custom Labels feature provides unmatched flexibility in the way you read Web pages.

You can also use this feature in Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat/Reader to label form fields. You can customize entire forms to suit your individual needs by using custom labels. The procedure for labeling form fields in these programs is the same as the procedure for labeling HTML elements.

You can assign a label to the current form field, HTML link, or HTML image by doing one of the following:

  • Press CTRL+INSERT+TAB.
  • Presss INSERT+F2, select "Custom Label," and press ENTER.

You can then type a custom label for the item and press ENTER to save it. The custom label remains in place even if you close the document and re-open it at a later time. Use the "Custom Label Delete" and "Custom Label Delete All" options in the Run JAWS Manager (INSERT+F2) dialog box to remove your custom labels.

Because these custom labels are stored in .jsi files, you can use Settings Packager to share them with other JAWS users. To start Settings Packager, press INSERT+F2, select "Settings Packager," and press ENTER. Your custom labels are grouped into a file with the same name as the Web page domain (e.g., www.freedomscientific.com) or document name. For more information on using this program, open the Settings Packager Help menu and choose Help Topics.

FSReader Demo

JAWS now includes a free demonstration version of FSReader, Freedom Scientific's new DAISY reader program. DAISY stands for Digital Accessible Information System. DAISY books have enhanced navigation features and can combine both audio and text versions of the material. FSReader Demo can only read DAISY books created by Freedom Scientific, such as the What's New for JAWS 6.0 and JAWS Basic Training modules. The full version of FSReader can read any DAISY book.

FSReader Demo is installed automatically when you install JAWS. To start FSReader Demo, use the FSReader Demo shortcut on your desktop. You can also open the Start menu, open the JAWS60 folder, and choose FSReader Demo. For more information on using FSReader, start the program, open the File menu, and choose Open. Select the DAISY book "FSGettingStarted" and press ENTER.

DAISY Training Materials

The JAWS Basic Training and What's New are now located on the program CD and are available in a digital format called DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System). Because this training is in digital (or electronic) format, navigation between sections of a book or other digital documents is much easier than using audio cassettes or CDs. You choose whether to install the training material during the JAWS installation. The training materials are installed in the Training\Enu folder (located in the folder where you installed JAWS). You can read and listen to the training material using the free FSReader Demo DAISY reader.

Note: If you downloaded JAWS from the Freedom Scientific Web site, you cannot install the Basic Training.

Improved Performance and Responsiveness

JAWS 6.0 is faster and more responsive than any previous version. You'll find that navigating through lengthy documents is quicker and easier. JAWS also features improved performance while you are reading complex Web sites.

Skim Reading Mode

The Skim Reading feature lets you quickly browse through long documents by reading the first part of each paragraph. To begin skim reading in a document, press CTRL+INSERT+DOWN ARROW. By default, JAWS reads the first line of each paragraph, but you can choose to read the first sentence of each paragraph instead or set up your own skim reading rules. To change your skim reading preferences, press CTRL+SHIFT+INSERT+DOWN ARROW.

You can also use this feature to skim a document for paragraphs that contain certain words and phrases. To do this, you set up text rules, which you can save and use again later. To create, save, and apply text rules, press CTRL+SHIFT+INSERT+DOWN ARROW.

Customize List Views

A list view is an area in a window or dialog box that contains one or more items, such as files, folders, records, and so on. The list view usually contains multiple columns that display information about each item in the list. You can use the Customize List View feature to change how JAWS provides you with information about these columns and items. Using this feature, you can:

  • Change the order in which JAWS reads columns in the list view.
  • Tell JAWS not to speak certain columns or show them on your Braille display.
  • Choose a voice alias that JAWS uses when reading column headers.
  • Choose whether JAWS should speak column headers and/or display them in Braille.
  • Assign custom text to each column header that JAWS can speak and/or display in Braille.

Read List View Columns 1 through 10

You can now press CTRL+INSERT+1 through 0 on the numbers row to read the contents of the first ten columns in a list view. CTRL+INSERT+1 reads the first column in the list view, CTRL+INSERT+2 reads the second column, and so on. This command only reads the item in the currently selected row, and not all items in that column of the list view.

Enhanced Progress Bar Support

Programs often use progress bars to show the status of a process, such as an installation. You can now specify how often JAWS announces the state of progress bars during a process in the User Options dialog box of Configuration Manager. To hear the name and status of a progress bar at any time, press INSERT+TAB.

Text Processing Dialog Box

Several radio buttons within group boxes in the Text Processing dialog box have been changed into combo boxes. For more information on these options, see Text Processing Dialog.

Add/Change Dictionary Entry Dialog Box

When you add or change an entry in the Dictionary Manager, you no longer need to activate the Advanced button to add a sound or change the pronunciation language for the current word. These options are now available in Add/Change Dictionary Entry dialog boxes. Use the Select Sound button to assign a sound to the word, and use the Language list to select which language JAWS should use to read the word.

Indicate New Lines

JAWS can now indicate when you move to a new line within a document. You can specify speech or a sound that you want JAWS to use to indicate a new line in the Speech and Sounds Manager, on the Misc tab. In the Text Processing dialog box, you can specify when JAWS should indicate a new line. The Proofreading schemes included with JAWS now use the sound file Clay Pot Lid.wav to indicate new lines.

Additional Support for On Screen Keyboards

In the Keyboard Options dialog box in Configuration Manager, select the Enable On Screen Keyboards check box if you want to use an on-screen keyboard with JAWS. If this option is enabled, some programs that allow you to assign replacement text to keystrokes or automate typing (such as ShortKeys™) may not work correctly.

Improved Reading in Edit Windows

Reading by sentence or paragraph has been improved in edit windows, such as those used for composing Outlook messages. In these windows, navigating by sentence and paragraph is much faster and more accurate. JAWS also no longer speaks additional text when performing a Say All by sentence or paragraph, or when reading by sentence or paragraph. In addition, you should no longer inadvertently follow links while reading.

New Merge Utility Command

During installation, JAWS no longer asks you if you want to import your settings from a previous version. However, you can still merge your settings by choosing Merge Utility from the JAWS Utilities menu.

Start Settings Packager from the INSERT+F2 Dialog Box

You can now start Settings Packager from the Run JAWS Manager (INSERT+F2) dialog box. To do this, press INSERT+F2, select "Settings Packager," and press ENTER. For more information on using this program, open the Settings Packager Help menu and choose Help Topics.

More Support for Edit Combo Boxes

The ability of JAWS to find prompts for edit combo boxes in Visual Basic applications has been improved.

Start JAWS from the Windows Run Dialog Box

You can now start JAWS by typing a command in the Run dialog box. Press WINDOWS Key+R and type "JAWS6" (without the quotes) and press ENTER. You can start JAWS 5.0 or JAWS 5.10 by typing "JAWS5" or "JAWS51" instead.

New Command Line Switches for Installation

The /all command line switch should no longer be used for network installations. This switch installs Stand-Alone JAWS with all speech synthesizers and Braille displays. This allows the selection of all devices that will be used on each client system. The /serverwithspeech command line switch installs Network JAWS with all speech synthesizers and Braille displays. Speech is provided for all users, both on the clients and server. The /remote switch allows you to install JAWS on server from a remote location while in a terminal session. When you use this switch, Setup does not install JAWS video drivers in the computer's primary display chain. In addition, the installation does not speak, JAWS does not start automatically when the installation is complete, and you are not asked if you want JAWS to start automatically.

Default User Mode

You can override your user settings and start JAWS with only the default factory settings. To do this, press WINDOWS Key+R, type "JAWS6 /default" and press ENTER. Any changes you make to your user settings are not saved in your user folder.

Error Reporting

In Windows XP, an error report is generated if JAWS fails or otherwise encounters a serious error. You can now choose the Send Error Report button to send this error report to Freedom Scientific so we can investigate the error in more depth.

Automatically Read MS-DOS Windows

JAWS now reads the contents of the MS-DOS window automatically.

Remote Access for Citrix and Terminal Services

You can use JAWS 6.0 in remote access terminal sessions with Citrix MetaFrame and Microsoft Terminal Services. JAWS provides users of client computers with speech and braille access to the terminal session environment. They can even use devices like braille displays and hardware synthesizers. All you need to do is install JAWS on the server and client computers and purchase remote access authorization for your license.

Note: The Remote Access feature is only available for licenses of JAWS Professional that use Internet License Manager (ILM) for authorization. You cannot use the Quella version of JAWS in terminal sessions. The Remote Access feature must be purchased separately.

Optional Dongle Authorization

When JAWS starts, it now determines whether a dongle is connected to the computer. If one is connected, JAWS uses the features and information for the license associated with the dongle to authorize JAWS. If no dongle is connected, JAWS searches for the license information stored on the computer. You can use the Dongle Viewer utility to view information on the license associated with the dongle currently connected to your computer.

This new feature allows you to choose the method of authorization that best suits your needs, without installing a different version of the software or obtaining a different program CD. Dongles are sold separately or as an additional JAWS feature.

Tip: Optional dongle authorization is only available for licenses of JAWS that use Internet License Manager (ILM) for authorization. You cannot use a dongle to authorize the Quella version of JAWS.

Additional Options in the Run JAWS Manager (INSERT+F2) Dialog

Three new options are now available in the Run JAWS Manager dialog that appears when you press INSERT+F2: Adjust Braille Options, Customize List View, and Skim Reading Tool.

Log On Speech Settings

If you are required to log on to your computer, you can use JAWS to navigate the Windows log on dialog box if the Automatically Start JAWS check box is selected. JAWS now uses the speech settings of the last person that logged on to the computer while you are in this dialog box.

User Specific and Shared Profiles

JAWS 6.0 introduces a new approach to settings files and customization. Just as Windows provides a "My Documents" folder for each user on a computer or server, JAWS now allows each user to have their own profile. This profile contains the user's custom configuration files, dictionary files, scripts, graphics files, schemes, voice settings, and other settings. This allows different users on the same system to set up and run JAWS in completely different ways.

In addition to these user specific profiles, JAWS also sets up a shared profile. JAWS uses the settings in this shared profile whenever the user has not specifically defined their own custom settings. The shared profile allows a network administrator to set up a baseline configuration for JAWS according to the needs of that network's users.

User and shared profiles allow JAWS to work better with Citrix MetaFrames and Terminal Servers. Each user that connects remotely to the server uses his or her own user specific settings, without overriding the shared settings or the settings of other users. These user specific settings are the same as those that he or she uses when working with JAWS on the local system. This means that a user does not need to reconfigure JAWS when working in a terminal session.

JAWS creates each user specific profile in Documents and Settings\[User Name]\Application Data\Freedom Scientific\JAWS\6.0\Settings\Enu. The shared profile is located in Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Freedom Scientific\JAWS\6.0\Settings\Enu. There are no settings files present in the user specific folder until the user creates and saves a custom configuration. This user specific setting overrides any identical setting specified in the shared profile.

New Video Support

This version of JAWS includes Microsoft DCM (Display Chaining Manager) support for video adapters with multiple monitors. JAWS is now more stable when used on computers with multiple monitors. If you have other software which includes Microsoft DCM, then you should consult those manufacturers concerning compatibility of their software with these newer components.

New Default Installation Folder

By default, Setup installs JAWS 6.0 in C:\Program Files\Freedom Scientific\JAWS\6.0. The JAWS user specific settings files are stored in a different location than the program files and shared settings (see User Specific and Shared Profiles). Authorization files are stored in C:\Program Files\Freedom Scientific\Activator and C:\Program Files\Freedom Scientific\Authorization. PAC Mate and Focus braille display driver files are stored in C:\Program Files\Freedom Scientific\Shared\Braille.

Braille

Improved Braille Support

JAWS 6.0 features enhanced support for Braille. Included are new Braille features like Auto Advance and Braille Flash Messages. In addition, more options for Braille are available, such as the ability to suppress capital signs and choose from a wider variety of improved user and automatic panning modes. You'll find that Braille is now more accurate, reliable, and informative than ever before, allowing you the possibility of using JAWS entirely without speech.

Auto Advance Mode

Auto Advance Mode is a new reading mode in JAWS 6.0 equivalent to Say All for the Braille reader. The Braille display is automatically panned at a user-specified speed through an entire document, automatically skipping over blank segments and blank lines. You can increase or decrease the speed of the panning on the fly, skip backward or forward (using panning keys on the display), or stop the mode by pressing a routing key (or changing the application focus). Panning speed is adjustable from 500 milliseconds up to 20,000 milliseconds (1000 milliseconds = 1 second). By default, the speed is set to pan every 5000 milliseconds.

You can select the length of time (in milliseconds) that you want JAWS to wait before panning your Braille display while you are reading in Auto Advance mode. You can choose any value between 500 and 20,000 milliseconds.

JAWS 6.0 assigns commands for Auto Advance mode to all Freedom Scientific Braille displays and notetakers. For information on starting Auto Advance mode, refer to the Help topic for your specific model of Freedom Scientific Braille display or notetaker.

Braille Flash Messages

Braille Flash Messages are short announcements that appear on your Braille display for only a few seconds. These messages can announce application start messages, error messages, help balloons, JAWS messages, smart help messages, status information, and user requested information.

Braille Flash Messages disappear automatically after a short time, but you can dismiss one at any time by pressing a cursor routing button. If you need more time to finish reading a message, press one of your Braille display's panning buttons to keep the message on the display longer.

Automatically Switch between Structured and Line Mode

If you are using Structured Mode and Active Follows Braille is disabled, JAWS switches to Line Mode when the Braille cursor moves away from the control that is in focus. This gives you an exact representation of the information on the screen. When the Braille cursor moves back to the control in focus, JAWS switches to Structured Mode.

Suppress Capital Signs

In grade 2 (contracted) Braille, JAWS indicates capital letters by preceding them with the DOT 6 character. If you enable this feature, JAWS does not use capital indication in order to preserve space on your Braille display.

Speech History Mode

Speech Box mode is now referred to as Speech History mode.

New Information Displayed in Status Cells

The type of information JAWS displays in status cells has been changed. If your Braille display has five status cells, the first through third cells show your horizontal (x-axis) pixel location (if you are using an on-screen cursor), line number (if you are using the Virtual Cursor), and/or Speech History index number (if you are using Speech History mode). The fourth cell indicates the active cursor: PC Cursor (p), Virtual Cursor (v), JAWS Cursor (j), Invisible Cursor (i), or Braille Cursor (b). The fifth cell indicates the active Braille mode: Line (l), Structured (s), Speech History (x), or Attribute (i).

If your Braille display has four status cells, JAWS displays the same information, but does not show the active Braille mode. If your Braille display has two or three status cells, JAWS displays only the active cursor and active Braille mode in the status cells.

Additional User Panning Options

There are now more user panning options for Braille displays. Select "Best Fit" to ensure that words are not cut off when panning. "Fixed Increment" ensures your Braille display always pans the exact number of cells specified in the Fixed Panning Increment edit box. "Maximize Text" shows the maximum amount of text that can fit on your Braille display. "Automatic" allows JAWS to choose the best method for showing text on your Braille display.

Additional Automatic Panning Options

There are now more automatic panning (previously referred to as "positioning") options. Select "Off" to turn off automatic panning. If you select "Minimal," JAWS pans the Braille display just enough to show the next word at the location of the active cursor. When you select "Match User Panning," JAWS pans the Braille display using the same method specified in the User Pan list. Choose "To Middle" to keep the word at the location of the active cursor in the center of the Braille display. If you select "Maximize Text after Cursor," JAWS pans the display so that text that appears after the location of the active cursor is shown on the Braille display. Similarly, if you select "Maximize Text before Cursor," JAWS pans the display so that text that appears before the location of the active cursor is shown on the Braille display. Select "Automatic" to allow JAWS to choose the best method for showing text on your Braille display.

Active Follows Braille

The Tether to Braille option has been renamed to Active Follows Braille and features enhanced functionality. If you select this check box in the Braille Options dialog, the active cursor is moved along with the Braille cursor when you pan the Braille display. Since the Braille cursor is moving the Active cursor, it can only go to areas of the screen that the active cursor can go to.

Speech and Braille Synchronization

JAWS now properly synchronizes braille with speech on Web pages.

Support for Focus 40 and 80

JAWS 6.0 provides complete support for the next generation of Focus refreshable Braille displays - the Focus 40 and 80.

New Alva Braille Display Driver

Alva has released a new braille driver (version 3.1.0.0) which resolves a number of issues in Windows XP and JAWS. The driver includes MPO braille terminal support, allowing you to switch between an Alva braille display and your MPO without installing new drivers. While this driver is provided in JAWS 6.0, version 3.1.0.0 of the driver is fully released and can be distributed freely or downloaded from www.alva-bv.nl.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

New Navigation Quick Keys

You can now use the following additional Navigation Quick Keys when reading in Internet Explorer:

Tip: If you hold down SHIFT while pressing these keys, JAWS moves you to the previous element. In addition, if you hold down CTRL+INSERT while pressing one of these keys, you can display a list of all those elements on the page.

Description

Quick Key

Next Anchor

A

Next Combo Box

C

Next Edit Box

E

Next Item within a List

I

Next Radio Button

R

Next Check Box

X

Next Division

Z

Next Element

SHIFT+PERIOD

Previous Element

SHIFT+COMMA

Note: The keystroke to move to the next and previous element has been changed from E and SHIFT+E to SHIFT+PERIOD and SHIFT+COMMA. The keystroke E now moves to the next edit box.

Lists of Elements

if you hold down CTRL+INSERT and press one of several Navigation Quick Keys, JAWS now displays a list of those elements on the current page. You can then select an item using the arrow keys and press ENTER to move to it. You can now display lists for the following elements:

Element

Keystroke

Buttons

CTRL+INSERT+B

Combo boxes

CTRL+INSERT+C

Edit boxes

CTRL+INSERT+E

Lists

CTRL+INSERT+L

Graphics

CTRL+INSERT+G

Paragraphs

CTRL+INSERT+P

Block quotes

CTRL+INSERT+Q

Radio buttons

CTRL+INSERT+R

Tables

CTRL+INSERT+T

Check boxes

CTRL+INSERT+X

Divisions

CTRL+INSERT+Z

Additional Options for Virtual HTML Features

When you press INSERT+F3, you can now choose from a variety of lists containing information about different types of elements on the current page. These are the same types of lists available when you press CTRL+INSERT and a Navigation Quick Key and when you press INSERT+F5, F6, F7, or F9.

Row and Column Reading

While in a table, you can press WINDOWS Key+COMMA to read the contents of the current row. Press WINDOWS Key+PERIOD to read the contents of the current column.

Support for the Scope Attribute

JAWS now supports the method of linking data cells to headers using the SCOPE attribute. If headers and data cells are linked by the scope attribute using SCOPE="col", SCOPE="row", SCOPE="colgroup", or SCOPE="rowgroup", JAWS can correctly identify the headers.

Automatically Hear Table Information

When you use the TAB key to move into a table with a tab stop, regardless of the reason for the tab stop in the table, JAWS reads the table's caption, the contents of the first cell, and its coordinates.

Wrapping for JAWS Find

When using the JAWS Find command to find the next or previous instance of a word (F3), JAWS now moves back to the top of the page if you move past the last element of that type. If you are using SHIFT to search backwards through the page, JAWS wraps to the bottom of the page instead.

Improved Handling of Web Site Graphics

JAWS performance has been significantly improved on Web sites that have animated graphics. In previous versions, certain sites would impact the performance of JAWS. JAWS now works well even with Web sites that feature lots of graphics.

Microsoft Outlook

Improved Calendar Functionality in Outlook 2003

In Outlook 2003, JAWS now uses MSAA (Microsoft Active Accessibility) information when reading time slots, appointments, and days in the calendar. This change, in addition to several other useful new features, will help you read and manage your Outlook 2003 calendar better than ever before. You'll easily be able to view appointments and times on your calendar and read additional appointment information such as meeting locations and notes.

When using TAB and SHIFT+TAB to cycle through appointments, JAWS now announces the current view, date, and time slot. JAWS reads the entire appointment name, even if it does not all appear on the screen. JAWS also announces the start time for the appointment and the end time if the appointment occupies more than one 30-minute time slot. In addition, if you select an appointment and press ENTER to open it, JAWS moves you to the edit box that contains notes associated with the appointment so you can read them quickly. When you move out of the appointment field, JAWS announces the current view, date, and time.

Outlook 2003 Speech Improvements

When using Outlook 2003's Week or Month views, navigating through the calendar gives the range of that view, removing unnecessary and redundant time slots. For example, JAWS reads "Fri, Dec 10, 12:00 AM to Sat, Dec 11, 12:00 AM" as "Friday, December 10 to Saturday, December 11." In all Outlook 2003 views, weekday and month abbreviations are now translated into their full names. Also, JAWS can now correctly read calendar data for certain European regional layouts that do not include the weekday as part of the date format.

All Day Event Notification

JAWS automatically reads any all day events scheduled for a day that you move to in the calendar. If you have two or more all day events scheduled for the current day, JAWS precedes each event with a number to indicate the order the events appear in and distinguish each event from the others. In Outlook 2003, JAWS notifies you when the currently selected appointment is an all day event.

Hot Key Help

New Hot Key help has been added for the Outlook calendar, while some existing help has been revised. Context sensitive help and Hot Key help now give the appropriate keystroke assignments for the user's current keyboard layout.

JAWS and Calendar Messages

Output types were changed so that relevant JAWS and calendar messages are spoken regardless of your verbosity level settings.

Toggle Outlook Reminder

When you hear the tone that indicates a reminder has just appeared, you can now press INSERT+WINDOWS Key+R to move to the reminder dialog box. After you have finished reading the reminder, you can press INSERT+WINDOWS Key+R to return to your previous location.

Microsoft Word

Create Custom Labels for Form Fields

JAWS now allows you to create custom labels for form fields in Word documents. JAWS announces this label when you move to or read the form field. The custom label replaces the label assigned to the form field by the author (if any). To assign a custom label to a field, move to the field and do one of the following:

  • Press CTRL+INSERT+TAB.
  • Press INSERT+F2, select "Custom Label," and press ENTER.

You can then type a custom label for the item and press ENTER to save it. The custom label remains in place even if you close the document and re-open it at a later time. Use the "Custom Label Delete" and "Custom Label Delete All" options in the Run JAWS Manager (INSERT+F2) dialog box to remove your custom labels.

Tip: You can also create custom labels for PDF forms in Adobe Acrobat/Reader.

Create Accessible Tables

Document authors can now create accessible tables for JAWS in Microsoft Word just by using bookmarks. The author does not need to use JAWS at all during this process, as all the required functionality is provided by Word. This unique JAWS feature is a first for screen reader technology. It allows the authors of Word documents to communicate the layout and organization of tables directly to screen reader software, all without making any changes to users' JAWS configurations. When authors employ this technique, JAWS users can easily read Word tables without first working to determine how the table is structured or arranged.

To make a table accessible for users of JAWS 6.0 or later, start Microsoft Word and open the document containing your table(s). If the table has both row and column headings, place the insertion point in a cell where the row and column containing the headings meet. Then, open the Insert menu and choose Bookmark. Type "Title" and press ENTER.

If the table has only row headings, place the insertion point in any cell within the column containing the headings. Then, open the Insert menu and choose Bookmark. Type "RowTitle" and press ENTER.

If the table has only column headings, place the insertion point in any cell within the row containing the headings. Then, open the Insert menu and choose Bookmark. Type "ColumnTitle" and press ENTER.

Automatically Hear Font Size

When you select some text and change the font size using CTRL+LEFT or RIGHT BRACKET or CTRL+SHIFT+PERIOD or COMMA, JAWS now announces the new font size automatically.

Support for the Word 2003 Formatting Toolbar

JAWS now contains enhancements for better reading of edit combo boxes on the Word 2003 Formatting toolbar. The type of control and state should be clearer for the Style, Font, and Point Size combo boxes.

Document Specific Schemes

In the Word Verbosity options, you can now allow schemes to be the same for all documents or specific to individual documents. If you allow schemes to be document-specific, you can select a different scheme for each document. JAWS continues to apply the selected scheme to the document, even if you close the document or quit Word. You can select a scheme by pressing ALT+INSERT+S.

Help Indication for Form Fields

When you move to a form field, JAWS reads any status bar help text (if available) and alerts you when additional F1 help is available. To read this help, press F1. To turn off this feature, press INSERT+V, select "Formfield Help," and press the SPACEBAR to choose "Off."

Automatically Detect Fields in Protected Documents

If you have disabled the detection of form fields in the Word verbosity options, JAWS re-enables the Fields option when you open a protected document that contains form fields.

Microsoft Excel

Hear Titles when Reading Monitor Cells

When you use ALT+SHIFT+1 through 0 to read monitor cells, JAWS now announces any row or column title associated with the cell if you have selected the corresponding Title Reading option in the Excel verbosity options.

More Help for the Chart Wizard

To start the Chart Wizard in Excel, open the Insert menu and choose Chart. During the first step, you can now hear helpful information while in the Chart Type list box of the Standard Types or Custom Types tabs. Select a chart type in the list and then press INSERT+TAB to hear a detailed description of the selected chart. JAWS also reads some helpful static text in the Chart Wizard.

Automatically Hear Text Attributes

When you you apply bold, italics, or underline to text in the Formula bar, JAWS now announces the new attribute. For this feature to work correctly, you must use the Auto Graphics Labeler (CTRL+INSERT+G) to label Excel's graphics.

Additional Details for Clearing User Defined Settings

When you press INSERT+V in Excel and select "Clear Monitor Cells," JAWS announces how many monitor cells are present in the spreadsheet. In addition, when you clear monitor cells or title and total definitions, JAWS provides you with a confirmation message.

Other Microsoft Office Products

Microsoft Access Keystroke Changes

The commands for moving up and down by cells which JAWS previously used conflict with keystrokes for Microsoft Access. When in a table or datasheet view in Access, ALT+CTRL+UP ARROW moves to the first cell in the current column. ALT+CTRL+DOWN ARROW moves to the last cell in the current column. JAWS now correctly moves to and speaks the content and coordinates for these keystrokes. Keyboard Help also reflects the correct behavior of these keystrokes.

Additional Object Dimension Information in PowerPoint

When you press CTRL+SHIFT+D while the cursor is on an object, JAWS now announces the size of the object in points and inches.

Scripting

New Parameter for SCompile

The command-line script compiler, SCompile, has been updated to accommodate script compilation in a working directory other than the JAWS settings directories.

In addition, there is a new command line argument. Type "/d" followed by an optional path and then the file name. JAWS searches the specified directory or the current working directory for any necessary files. The resulting .jsb file is placed in the search directory. If the argument is not used, SCompile works like the Script Manager. That is, it searches under the user and shared settings folders for files and places the .jsb file in the user settings folder.

New Functions

A number of new functions have been added to the scripting language in JAWS 6.0. For information on these functions, refer to the FSDN Function Reference Manual. Download the FSDN now.

Other Features

Support for Corel WordPerfect 12

JAWS 6.0 now includes support for WordPerfect version 12.

Support for Formatta Filler

Formatta has provided scripts for Filler 6.0 or later. These scripts are installed automatically when you install JAWS.

Renamed Scripts for TaxACT

The scripts for TaxACT 2003 have been renamed so that JAWS will also load them when you start TaxACT 2004.

Download JAWS 6.0

List of Authorized Serial Numbers

Choose the following link only if you purchased the Internet License Manager (ILM) version of JAWS 5.10 or if you are currently using the U.S. dongle required version of JAWS:

Download JAWS 6.0 ILM Version