6.7 Speaking the Information

As you learned in the previous section, the movement functions built into JAWS only move the cursor, but do not speak any information. You must use another built-in function to actually speak the information found at the active cursor location.

In section 6.1 you used a number of keystrokes to move the JAWS cursor to read the bottom line of the active window. You used INSERT+UP ARROW to read the contents of the bottom line of the window as the last step. If you were to look at the actual code of the SayLine script, you would see the script uses a built-in function, SayLine, to read the current line.

You can use built-in functions to read the current character, word, line, and more. You can also use built-in functions to read information from the cursor location to either the beginning of the line or the end of the line. You can use the functions listed below to read a specific piece of information. For example, the SayCharacter function speaks the current character while the SayWord function speaks the current word. The list of functions follows:

The functions listed below all speak information beginning at the location of the active cursor:

Note: You can find more information for any of the functions listed above by reviewing the documentation file for functions built into JAWS, builtin.jsd. You can view this file in the Script Manager or in any text editor. You can find this file in the JAWS shared settings folder. Navigate to the JAWS program group in the Start menu and choose Explore JAWS > Explore Shared Settings. This opens a Windows Explorer screen where you can find all of the original JAWS script files.