Enhancements and Improvements in JAWS 15

This page describes the new features and improvements available in JAWS 15. Go to Enhancements in JAWS for a list of all improvements made in JAWS 15 releases. For more information and complete demonstrations, listen to the August 2013 FSCast. To download JAWS 15, go to the Previous JAWS Downloads page.

JAWS 15 Features

Object Navigation Using the Touch Cursor

Certain applications, especially many of the modern-style apps found in Windows 8, do not always work as expected with JAWS when navigating with the standard cursors such as the PC and Virtual PC cursors. Activating the new Touch Cursor enables you to use the ARROW keys on your computer's keyboard, or the controls on your braille display, to navigate through the actual objects in an application similar to using gestures on the touch screen of a tablet. Application objects include everything from menu bars, toolbars, and progress bars, to form controls, regions, links, etc. Press SHIFT+NUM PAD PLUS, or SHIFT+CAPS LOCK+SEMICOLON if using the laptop keyboard layout, to activate the Touch Cursor. To turn it off, activate one of the other cursors, like the JAWS or PC Cursor. Pressing the PC Cursor command (NUM PAD PLUS) will cause JAWS to say "Touch Cursor" and the Touch Cursor will remain active. If Tutor Messages are enabled, JAWS will also speak the message "Double tap to activate PC cursor". Press the PC Cursor command twice quickly to turn off the Touch Cursor and activate the PC Cursor.

The Touch Cursor is enabled by default in certain Windows 8 applications to improve navigation. These apps include News, Weather, and Store. Whenever you move focus to one of these apps, the Touch Cursor is automatically activated. To automatically enable the Touch Cursor in another application, press INSERT+V to open Quick Settings while focused in the application where you want to use the Touch Cursor, expand the Touch Cursor Options group, and then select Automatic Activation. You must do this for every application where you want to have JAWS automatically turn on the Touch Cursor.

Once the Touch Cursor is active, pressing RIGHT or LEFT ARROW will move to the next or previous object on the screen. This is the same as doing a left or right flick on a touch screen. Pressing UP or DOWN ARROW will move to the previous or next object by type. By default, these commands will move by region, or group if you are on the Windows 8 Start screen. This is the same as doing an up or down flick on a touch screen. To change what object type these commands move by, press PAGE UP or PAGE DOWN to cycle through the available types. For example, if you want the UP or DOWN ARROW keys to move by headings, press PAGE UP or PAGE DOWN until you hear "headings". Now, pressing UP or DOWN ARROW will move to the next or previous heading.

Press CTRL+HOME to move to the first object and press CTRL+END to move to the last object. To announce the current object, press INSERT+UP ARROW. To perform a Say All, which will cause the Touch Cursor to move through the application and speak each object, press INSERT+DOWN ARROW.

As you navigate using the ARROW keys, the system focus does not follow the Touch Cursor. This allows you to freely navigate objects without changing the position of the PC Cursor or mouse pointer. Pressing SPACEBAR or ENTER on the current element will move focus to that element and perform the appropriate action similar to double tapping on a touch screen. For instance, opening a menu, selecting a check box, or activating a button or link. In addition, a rectangle will be displayed around the currently selected object to visually indicate the location of the Touch cursor for sighted users.

If the Touch Cursor is on an object containing text, such as the body of a news article, you can press INSERT+ENTER or NUM PAD SLASH to enable Text Review. In this mode, you can use the ARROW keys as well as all other standard reading commands to read the text as if you were reading a regular document. Pressing the ESC key will exit Text Review and return to Touch Cursor navigation.

A good example of using the Touch Cursor is in the News app, where it is enabled by default. Once the app launches, you could press DOWN ARROW to move to the /Top Stories region and then press RIGHT ARROW to move to a particular story. When you find the article you want to read, you can press INSERT+ENTER or NUM PAD SLASH to switch to Text Review so you can use the ARROW keys or the braille display to read the article. Once you are finished, press ESC to close Text Review and then use RIGHT or LEFT ARROW to select another article from the current region, or UP or DOWN ARROW to move to a different region.

Touch Cursor Navigation Quick Keys

While the Touch Cursor is active, you can use Navigation Quick Keys to quickly jump to various types of objects, such as regions, headings, links, form controls, and so on. These commands are similar to the Navigation Quick Keys that are used when navigating HTML and PDF documents with the Virtual PC Cursor.

By default, Touch Navigation Quick Keys are not enabled when the Touch Cursor is activated. This allows you to fully use applications that support typing in the main window. For example, the News app lets you type so you can quickly locate specific stories.

If you would like Touch Navigation Quick keys to be enabled automatically when the Touch Cursor is activated in a specific application, press INSERT+V to open Quick Settings while focused in the application, navigate to the Touch Cursor Options group, and select Touch Quick Keys. You can also press INSERT+Z while the Touch Cursor is active to temporarily toggle Touch Navigation Quick Keys on or off.

Advanced Object Navigation

For advanced users, specifically those who may be involved with developing applications, Advanced Navigation provides more detail about all objects in the UIA (User Interface Automation) structure.

With the standard Touch Cursor, you can only navigate objects that are visible on the screen in the current application. In Advanced Navigation, the Touch Cursor traverses all UIA objects in a hierarchical manner. All Objects, whether visible or not, can be traversed in Advanced Navigation.

To enable Advanced Navigation, press NUM PAD STAR, or CAPS LOCK+A if using the laptop keyboard layout, while the Touch Cursor is active. Once active, use the LEFT and RIGHT ARROW keys to move to the previous or next sibling object and the UP and DOWN ARROW keys to move to the parent object or the first child object. To view more Advanced Navigation commands, press INSERT+H while this mode is active. Press NUM PAD STAR once more to turn off Advanced Navigation and return to the standard Touch Cursor.

Improved Windows 8 Start Screen Navigation Using the Touch Cursor

Previously, navigating Tiles on the new Windows 8 Start Screen was difficult to understand. Like a traditional desktop, the columns did not wrap, and because tiles can be different sizes, it was very difficult to orient yourself when moving with the PC focus. We now suggest you consider using the Touch Cursor mode to offer a more seamless and predictable way of learning the tiles and where they are located.

To begin, move focus to the Windows 8 Start Screen by pressing the WINDOWS key until you hear "Start Screen." Now you can activate the Touch Cursor by pressing SHIFT+NUM PAD PLUS on a Desktop keyboard or SHIFT+CAPS LOCK+SEMICOLON on a Laptop keyboard. With the Touch Cursor on, you can use the single-finger flick up and down gestures to move between the groups, or use UP and DOWN ARROWS to simulate the gestures, even if you do not have a touch screen. Note that groups are generally not named by default, so JAWS will refer to the Group name based on whatever the first tile is in the group that gains focus. At any point, you can use either a single-finger flick right or left on a Touch Screen or use the RIGHT and LEFT ARROWS to explore all tiles from your current location. If you locate a Tile for an application you wish to launch, simply double tap the touch screen with a single finger, or just press ENTER to launch the tile you are on.

Windows 8 Touch Screen Support

JAWS 15 now enables you to use the touch screen on many of today's popular Windows 8 tablets, such as the Surface™ Pro from Microsoft, to navigate and access information. To use a touch screen, you will use one or more fingers to perform various gestures right on the surface of the device's screen to control JAWS and the tablet. To take full advantage of this feature, you need a touch screen that offers five or more touch points.

The following types of gestures are recognized by JAWS:

  • Taps: Tap the screen quickly with one or more fingers. You can also tap more than once, for example, a two-finger double tap.
  • Flicks and swipes: Flicking and swiping are the primary navigation gestures and are used constantly. To flick, move one or more fingers very quickly across the screen in the direction of the flick. For example, flick up. To swipe, move two or more fingers in a slower motion across the screen in a particular direction. For example, three-finger swipe up. You can also swipe in one direction and then quickly swipe in the opposite direction. For instance, two-finger swipe up-down.
  • Rotate: Place two fingers on the screen and then turn them in a circular motion either clockwise or counterclockwise as if you were turning a dial.
  • Pinch: To pinch in, place your thumb and index finger on the screen and pinch them together. To pinch out, place your thumb and index finger together on the screen and then spread them apart.

JAWS Specific Touch Screen Gestures

When you place a finger on the screen, JAWS will announce the object under your finger. You can then move your finger around the screen and JAWS will announce each object you encounter. This is a good way to explore and find out what items are available and where they are located. When you lift your finger and then tap the screen once, the current object at that point is spoken and selected. If you perform a double tap at that current point, the current object is activated. Once you become familiar with the location of objects, you can tap the part of the screen containing the object instead of having to explore to locate it. For example, in the Windows 8 Mail app, the Preview pane where the message body is displayed for the user, is positioned on the right side of the screen. So if you have moved through the inbox, and then want to move your focus to the message you are on, tapping on the right side of the screen will quickly get you to the message.

The rotate gesture allows you to cycle between three gesture modes; Touch Navigation, Text Reading, and Speech Settings. Certain touch gestures will work differently depending on which mode is active.

In Touch Navigation, which is always the default mode, gestures move you to various objects on the screen. Text Reading allows you to use gestures to navigate by character, word, line, and paragraph. You could activate this mode if you were on an object containing text, such as the body of a news article. Text Reading will also activate automatically if a text window opens, for instance, the Results Viewer. Speech Settings gives you a quick way to change commonly used settings that might normally require several steps to access.

The following is a list of JAWS-specific touch gestures:

  • Flick Right or Left: Move to the next or prior object (Touch Navigation), move to the next or prior character (Text Reading), or increase or decrease the speech rate (Speech Settings).
  • Two-Finger Flick Right or Left: Cycle forward or backward through object navigation types such as regions, headings, list items, and so on (Touch Navigation) or move to the next or prior word (Text Reading).
  • Flick Down or Up: Move to the next or prior object by type as specified using the two-Finger Flick Left or Right gesture (Touch Navigation), move to the next or prior line (Text Reading), or decrease or increase the main volume (Speech Settings).
  • Two-Finger Flick Up: Say the current object (Touch Navigation) or move to the prior paragraph (Text Reading).
  • Two-Finger Flick Down: Begin a Say All (Touch Navigation) or move to the next paragraph (Text Reading).
  • Three-Finger Flick Left or Right: Move to the beginning or end of the current line in Text Reading.
  • Three-Finger Flick Up or Down: Move to the first or last object (Touch Navigation) or move to the beginning or end of the text area (Text Reading).
  • Two-Finger Swipe Right-Left: Same as pressing the ESC key on the keyboard.
  • Two-Finger Swipe Up-Down: Close the current application.
  • Three-Finger Swipe Down: Scroll up.
  • Three-Finger Swipe Up: Scroll down.
  • Three-Finger Swipe Left: Scroll right.
  • Three-Finger Swipe Right: Scroll left.
  • Two-Finger Pinch In or Out: Enable or disable the Windows 8 Semantic Zoom feature.
  • Two-Finger Tap: Silence speech.
  • Double Tap: Activate the currently selected object. For example, it will expand or collapse a tree view, select or clear a check box, increase the value in a slider control, or activate a button or link.
  • Two-Finger Double Tap: Same as pressing the APPLICATIONS key on the keyboard to open a context menu.
  • Triple Tap: Select or clear an item in a list or decrease the value in a slider control.
  • Three-Finger Double Tap: Toggle speech on or off.
  • Four-Finger Tap: Display gesture context help.
  • Four-Finger Double Tap: Display a list of all available JAWS gestures.
  • Four-Finger Triple Tap: Enter a gesture practice mode where you can perform gestures and receive a brief overview of each gesture. This is similar to Keyboard Help.
  • Five-Finger Tap: Open the Run JAWS Manager dialog box.
  • Five-Finger Double Tap: Open the JAWS main window.

Additionally, new options have been added to the Action menu in the Keyboard manager so you can modify existing gestures as well as add new gestures to scripts, remove gestures, or search for gestures.

Vocalizer Expressive Synthesizer

JAWS 15 supports Vocalizer Expressive voices from Nuance Communications. These new voices work exclusively with JAWS. Vocalizer Expressive offers many benefits including pitch control, so you can more easily identify upper case characters, improved performance, especially in the areas of latency and speech quality, as well as support for a wide variety of languages.

To download these voices, go to the Synthesizers 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 Expressive profile will be added to the list of JAWS voice profiles.

New FSReader 3 with HTML Support

A new version of FSReader, Freedom Scientific's software DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System) book reader, is included with JAWS 15. In FSReader 3, the text area of the book is now in HTML format, which means you can navigate using the same techniques that you use on the Web. You can use navigation quick keys such as H to move by heading or P to move by paragraph. You can also use the JAWS list of links, list of headings, and more.

To learn more about using FSReader 3 to access DAISY content, refer to the FSReader Getting Started book which can be accessed by pressing F1 while in FSReader.

Download Freedom Scientific Training Materials Using FSReader

You will now download and install Freedom Scientific training DAISY books directly through FSReader 3. Training materials will no longer be listed in the JAWS Check for Updates dialog box.

To access Freedom Scientific training DAISY books, do the following:

  1. Start FSReader 3.
  2. Press ALT+F to open the File menu and choose Open JAWS Training Table of Contents to open the table of contents book.
  3. Each available DAISY book is identified as a link. Navigate to the book you want to open and press ENTER. If the selected book has not yet been installed on your computer, FSReader will automatically download and install the book and then open it. Otherwise, the selected book is opened.

New Speech History for Speech-only Users

For years, braille users have had a mode where the braille display would show the exact information spoken by the speech synthesizer. You can also pan the braille display back to review the last 50 spoken items. The New Speech History feature in JAWS 15 extends this functionality to users who rely on speech more than braille.

If you miss one or more messages spoken by JAWS, you can press INSERT+SPACEBAR, followed by H to open a Results Viewer window containing up to the last 50 announcements spoken by the synthesizer. When the Speech History window opens, you are placed on the line containing the most recent announcement. To clear the history, press INSERT+SPACEBAR, followed by SHIFT+H. The history is also cleared when you lock the computer or completely log off. If you do not want JAWS to maintain a speech history, clear the Enable Speech History check box in Settings Center.

The braille mode, previously called Speech History, has been renamed to Speech Output in order to avoid confusion.

Updated Skype Support

JAWS 15 now offers support for the latest version of Skype. Using Skype, you can make free voice and video calls as well as send and receive instant messages with other users across the Internet. If you are running a version of Skype earlier than 6.3, you should update to the most recent version to take full advantage of JAWS support for Skype.

For best results using Skype with JAWS, it is recommended that you switch to Compact View, which displays your Contact list in the main window, while conversations are displayed in their own separate windows. You can then use ALT+TAB or the Window List dialog box (INSERT+F10) to move between conversation windows and the Skype main window. To switch to Compact View, press ALT+V to open the View menu, press UP ARROW to Compact view, and press ENTER.

Some other key enhancements include:

  • When Skype alerts you to an incoming call, JAWS automatically speaks the text of the notification regardless of what application you are currently using. The notification is also shown on the braille display as a flash message.
  • If you are in a chat window typing messages back and forth with another Skype user, JAWS automatically announces incoming messages as they are received. Incoming messages are also shown on the braille display as a flash message. If you are involved in multiple conversations and you are using the Compact View, which opens each conversation in a separate window, JAWS will also read incoming messages from other conversations in the background.
  • Pressing CTRL in conjunction with number 1 through 0 on the number row will read the last 10 items in the history list with CTRL+1 being the most recent. Pressing these keystrokes twice quickly will display the corresponding message in the Virtual Viewer.
  • Pressing CTRL+SHIFT+E will move focus to the chat entry field if the currently open Skype window contains one.
  • Pressing CTRL+WINDOWS Key in conjunction with number 1 through 5 on the number row will let you specify up to 5 conversation windows you can quickly switch to by pressing INSERT+SPACEBAR followed by number 1 through 5.
  • Pressing INSERT+SPACEBAR followed by SHIFT+R will repeat the current background notification, such as who is calling or an incoming message.

For more information on using JAWS with Skype, refer to the Skype help topic.

Third-party Braille Display Drivers now Included in JAWS Installation

For the past several years, Freedom Scientific has worked closely with braille display manufacturers to help them create drivers that enable their displays to take advantage of all of the latest braille support offered by JAWS. This includes BrailleIn and the ability to enter text into applications directly from the braille display's Perkins-style keyboard. Once Freedom Scientific had verified and digitally signed a driver, users of third-party braille displays would need to download the JAWS driver from the manufacturer's Web site in order to use it.

Beginning with JAWS 15, most third-party braille display drivers will now be automatically installed with JAWS and will be available for adding through the Synthesizer and Braille Manager as soon as the JAWS installation is complete. Users will no longer have to download and install a separate JAWS driver for their display from a different Web site.

The latest braille display drivers from the following manufacturers are now included with JAWS:

  • American Printing House for the Blind
  • BAUM Retec AG
  • Handy Tech
  • HIMS
  • HumanWare
  • Optelec Tieman Group (Only Alva BC-640 at this time)
  • Papenmeier

Note: Certain braille displays may require you to download a separate Windows driver from the Manufacturer's Web site before they can be used.

Auto Detection of Braille Displays

If you establish a USB or Bluetooth connection with your braille display, JAWS now immediately detects and begins using the display without the need to first close and restart JAWS. This is especially useful if you use JAWS in a school or training environment where multiple braille displays may be used with the same computer. For instance, if you are using a Focus 40 Blue over a Bluetooth connection and you establish a USB connection with another display, JAWS will begin using the braille display that is connected over USB. If you then disconnect the USB display and power on the Focus 40 Blue, JAWS will switch back to the Bluetooth connection with the Focus Blue.

More Braille Options Added to Startup Wizard

The JAWS Startup Wizard consists of a series of pages that let you quickly configure some of the more commonly used JAWS settings without the need to go through several menus and managers to locate them. In JAWS 15, the Braille page of the Startup Wizard has been expanded to include more common braille settings that users tend to configure the most when they first install JAWS. In addition to contracted braille options and flash messages, you can now also set the braille mode (Structured, Line, or Speech Output), enable or disable word wrap, reverse the panning buttons on your display, select the placement of your display's status cells, or set the firmness of the braille dots on your Focus or PAC Mate Portable Braille Display. In addition, if you read braille in more than one language, you can specify the primary language table.

Instant Switching Between Braille Tables

If you regularly access information in other languages using your braille display, JAWS now allows you to configure preferred braille tables that you can switch between on-the-fly using Quick Settings or a convenient keystroke.

To set preferred tables, open the Settings Center, expand the Braille group, expand the Advanced group, and then choose Braille Tables. A dialog box opens listing all of the braille tables included with JAWS. You can choose the tables you want to set as preferred tables as well as set one of your preferred tables as the primary table. For instance, you may want to switch between English, Spanish, and French, but have English as your primary table.

Once you have set your preferred braille tables, you can open Quick Settings from any application and use the new Preferred Translation Table option, located under the Braille Options group, to cycle between your preferred tables. You can also press DOTS 2-3-4-5-7 CHORD from the Perkins-style keyboard on your Freedom Scientific Focus series braille display to quickly switch between preferred braille tables.

Braille Structured Mode Improvements

When using JAWS with a refreshable braille display, Structured Mode gives you descriptive information about the current dialog box and the current selected control. Previously, the only way to change how Structured Mode presented information was to select Define Structured Mode in Settings Center to open a dialog box where you could individually configure each control type, for instance, check boxes and buttons.

JAWS 15 makes the process of configuring Structured Mode much easier by adding a new Structured Mode group under the Braille group in Settings Center that contains options for configuring how the structured line is displayed so you do not have to modify each individual control. In addition, when displaying a structured line, JAWS will align the braille display to show the most relevant information, such as a prompt, to eliminate the need to pan the display in order to locate this information.

To access the new Structured Mode settings, Open Settings Center (INSERT+F2), expand the Braille group, and then select the Structured Mode group. The following options are now available:

  • Open the Include Optional Components group to configure what control info is shown on the braille display. This includes, the control type and whether it will be displayed in the status cells or not, level and position, hotkeys, hints, dialog box title information, dialog box descriptive text, and control group info.
  • Select or clear the Align to Structured Segment option to determine if JAWS will align the display to the most appropriate Structured Mode segment when a control gains focus.
  • Select or clear the Reverse Order of Structured Data to change how the structured line is shown on the braille display. When selected, the control info is shown first, followed by the group, and then the dialog box information.
  • Select Advanced to open the Control Type Options dialog box where you can modify symbols used to represent controls on your braille display as well as the symbols used to represent the states a control can be in - such as selected or cleared for a check box.

By default, the control type, such as chk for check box and btn for button, is shown in the status cells of the braille display. If you encounter multiple types that need to be shown in the status cells, the symbols for each individual type will be combined into a single symbol that will fit in the status area of the display. For example, if you encounter a graphic within a link, you would see ilnk. If the graphic was part of a level 1 heading, you would see ih1. If a graphical link was part of a level 2 heading, you would see ilh2, if the display has four status cells, or just ilh if the display has three status cells.

For more information, see the Braille Display Modes help topic.

Changed Braille Symbols for Structured Mode

The following braille symbols used to represent various control states in Structured Mode have been changed.

  • A - is now used to indicate opened or expanded.
  • A + is now used to indicate closed or collapsed.
  • Disabled and Grayed are now represented by xx.
  • Required is now represented by rq.
  • Pressed is now represented by the = symbol.
  • Graphics are now indicated by img.

Enhanced Table Reading in Braille

JAWS allows you to determine how much information is shown on your refreshable braille display for tables in Word documents as well as virtualized documents such as Web pages and e-mail messages. Using the settings in the Table Options group, located under the Braille Options group in Quick Settings, you can choose to display the current cell, current row, or current column. In JAWS 15, enhancements to these options have been made to make it even easier to access the contents of tables using braille.

If JAWS is configured to display either the current row or current column, JAWS now displays the vertical bar symbol (dots 1-2-5-6) between cells to help indicate where one cell ends and the next begins.

If the current row is being displayed, JAWS will now display the current column number before the cell where the cursor is located. In addition, if JAWS is configured to speak column headers, the header for the current column will also be shown in braille following the column number and prior to the cell containing the cursor.

Similarly, if the current column is being displayed, JAWS will now display the current row number before the cell where the cursor is located. In addition, if JAWS is configured to speak row headers, the header for the current row will also be shown in braille following the row number and prior to the cell containing the cursor.

Error Reporting

In order to more promptly respond to customer issues, the new JAWS error reporting feature will allow you to send information about any JAWS errors to Freedom Scientific over the Internet. If JAWS unexpectedly closes, a memory dump file, containing diagnostic information, is created in the JAWS user settings folder. If you also experience any issues where JAWS appears to still be running, but you have lost speech or braille, you can press INSERT+WINDOWS Key+F4 to manually close JAWS, terminate all related processes, and create the memory dump file.

After the memory dump file has been created, JAWS will automatically restart and display a dialog box indicating that an error was detected and will ask if you want to send this information to Freedom Scientific. Choose the Send button to transmit the error report directly to Freedom Scientific. JAWS will display a message to indicate that the report was sent successfully. If there was a problem sending the report, for instance, you do not have an active Internet connection, you are asked if you want to try sending it again. Choose Yes or No. Choose Don't Send if you do not wish to send the error report to Freedom Scientific. Choosing to send any error reports helps Freedom Scientific to continue to improve JAWS.

The information transmitted to Freedom Scientific is limited to the memory dump file as well as generic information allowing Freedom Scientific to investigate the source of the issue, such as your product version number, the date and time the error occurred, number of times your system has experienced an error, and the error code related to the problem that occurred. The only information related to your specific environment that is transmitted is your computer's MAC address to find trends on a particular system. However, there is no way for us to map MAC addresses to any particular individual, and no personal identification information is transmitted.

In addition, you can choose from one of the following radio buttons:

  • Ask me if I want to send error reports to Freedom Scientific each time: Choosing this option will cause this dialog box to be displayed each time an error is detected. This is the default setting.
  • Send all error reports to Freedom Scientific without asking: If you choose this option, future error reports are automatically sent to Freedom Scientific without displaying a dialog box.
  • Never send error reports to Freedom Scientific: If you choose this option, any future error reports will not be sent to Freedom Scientific and you will not be prompted to send an error report.

You can also configure this setting using the new Error Reporting combo box, located on the Miscellaneous page in Settings Center.

Navigation Quick Key Changes

The following Navigation Quick Key assignments have been changed to be more consistent with the Navigation Quick Keys available when using the Touch Cursor:

  • Next Radio Button: A
  • Previous Radio Button: SHIFT+A
  • List Radio Buttons: CTRL+INSERT+A
  • Next Region: R
  • Previous Region: SHIFT+R
  • List Regions: CTRL+INSERT+R
  • Move to the main region of a page: Q
  • Next OnMouseOver: SEMICOLON
  • Previous OnMouseOver: SHIFT+SEMICOLON
  • List OnmouseOvers: CTRL+INSERT+SEMICOLON

The scripts for moving to the next or previous anchor and the next or previous block quote as well as listing anchors are still available, but are no longer assigned to keystrokes. If you still wish to use this functionality, you can assign new keystrokes through the Navigation Quick Key Manager.

New Setting for Controlling How Web Page Links are Activated

On certain Web pages, pressing ENTER on some elements such as links does not always activate the element as expected. The new Link Activation option affects how links are activated when you press the ENTER key in a virtual document. It is located under the Virtual Cursor Options and Personalized Web Settings groups in Quick Settings, as well as under the Miscellaneous group of the Web/HTML/PDF group in Settings Center.

When this option is set to "Enter simulates mouse click," pressing the ENTER key on a link actually simulates a left mouse click on the link. This is how JAWS behaved prior to version 15, and it is still the default behavior.

When this option is set to "Enter sends Enter key," pressing the ENTER key on a link instead causes the ENTER key to be passed on to the system. You may want to choose this setting if pressing ENTER does not activate a Web element unless you first press INSERT+3 to enable the Pass Key Through feature.

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Enhancements in JAWS 15.0.12085 (November 2014)

The following is a list of improvements made between this release and the JAWS 15.0.11024 posting.

  • If you press WINDOWS Key+M to go to the Desktop in Windows 8.1, the CTRL+C and CTRL+X commands now work as expected to copy and cut selected items.
  • Addressed an issue that was encountered when performing a left mouse click on the Account tab in the Dropbox Preferences in Windows 8.1.
  • Addressed multiple issues encountered when running JAWS 15 and MAGic 13 together.

Enhancements in JAWS 15.0.11024 (August 2014)

This new update addresses the following two issues reported by multiple customers shortly after JAWS 15.0.11022 was posted.

  • Resolved issues with Internet Explorer 8 and Outlook Express not working under Windows XP.
  • Resolved reported issues where the updated Accessibility Driver would not install in Windows 8. It was working as expected in Windows 8.1.

Enhancements in JAWS 15.0.11022 (August 2014)

The following is a list of improvements made between this release and the JAWS 15.0.10026 posting.

  • Resolved a reported issue using JAWS with the AWARE database management software.
  • Resolved an issue where the first character typed into the Search box of the Windows 8.1 Start screen was being ignored when entered from a braille display.
  • Addressed a reported issue with the Copy and Paste commands not working in the Windows Explorer tree view unless the Pass Key Through command (INSERT+3) was pressed first.
  • JAWS no longer stops speaking when encountering certain words using the Eloquence synthesizer.
  • Addressed issues with punctuation not being spoken correctly when using a Spanish Vocalizer Expressive voice.
  • When navigating edit combo boxes in Office 2013 ribbons, resolved an issue where JAWS was not speaking the selected item.
  • Resolved an issue where Outlook 2010 and 2013 would stop responding when pressing TAB in the First Time Setup dialog box accessed through the Quick Steps ribbon item.
  • The Check for Updates feature is now available in the French Canadian version of JAWS. Once the full version of the current French Canadian release is installed, you will be able to check for updates from the Help menu, or be automatically notified at JAWS startup when a future update is available.

Enhancements in JAWS 15.0.10026 (June 2014)

The following is a list of improvements made between this release and the JAWS 15.0.9023 posting.

JAWS

  • Resolved a reported issue on Windows 8 where the Bluetooth Settings on/off toggle was not accessible using the touch screen gesture, double tap. This is now working as expected.
  • The Freedom Scientific Developer Network (FSDN) has been updated. The FSDN provides a general reference for scripts, user-defined functions, and built-in functions found in the current versions of JAWS and MAGic. Go to the Freedom Scientific Developer Network Web page to download the latest FSDN reference guide.
  • Addressed a reported issue with the Say Next and Say Previous Sentence commands, ALT+DOWN ARROW and ALT+UP ARROW, not working in Corel WordPerfect X7.
  • If Citrix is configured to use the Desktop Viewer, resolved an issue where there was no braille output during a JAWS Remote connection.
  • Addressed an issue where TAB and SHIFT+TAB would not move between the All Programs list and Search edit box on the Windows 8.1 Start Screen.
  • Updated the Vocalizer Expressive driver in order to support new voices scheduled to be available later this year.
  • Addressed issues with JAWS not always restarting automatically after using the INSERT+WINDOWS Key+F4 keystroke. If you encounter a situation where JAWS appears to still be running, but you have lost speech or braille, this command manually closes JAWS and creates a memory dump file that can be sent to Freedom Scientific using the Error Reporting feature.
  • Addressed an issue with the Technology News Research It lookup source not always displaying the most recent stories.
  • Resolved an issue with the Spanish version of JAWS where speech was lost when suspending or closing a JAWS Tandem connection.

Java

  • JAWS is now more reliable when reading the contents of dialog boxes in Java applications. Users should update their Java installation to the latest version to take full advantage of this enhancement.

Microsoft Outlook

  • When performing an advanced search in Outlook 2013, resolved an issue where items in the Search Results list were not being shown in braille.
  • When navigating the Categories list of the Outlook 2010 Options dialog box, resolved an issue where the selected item was not being shown in braille.
  • The braille display now shows the same information that is spoken as you navigate in the Outlook 2013 calendar.
  • If the regional language is set to Canada English, JAWS now speaks the selected date as you navigate with the LEFT and RIGHT ARROW keys in the Outlook Calendar.

Microsoft PowerPoint

  • Resolved issues with using JAWS in the PowerPoint 2013 Proofing pane. When you press F7 to begin the spell check, you will then need to press TAB to move into the Proofing Pane and then press INSERT+F7 to read the misspelled word and suggestion. You can then use TAB and SHIFT+TAB to move between the buttons for the available actions and press the SPACEBAR to select one. Note that once you have selected a button, you will need to press TAB again to move back to the Proofing pane and press INSERT+F7 to read the next misspelling. When the spell check is complete, press ESC to switch from Edit mode back to Object mode for the slide.

Microsoft Word

  • Resolved an issue in Word 2010 and Word 2013 where pressing a braille display cursor routing button in a table cell that contains multiple lines of text would cause the text on the braille display to move unexpectedly and lose the position of the cursor.
  • Resolved an issue with "mled" being displayed in the status cells of the braille display along with extraneous text on blank lines and inside nested lists in Word 2013. When on a blank line, the status cells should include the line number.
  • Resolved an issue with the Spanish version of JAWS where the INSERT+ALT+SHIFT+F keystroke to read the row title in a table was not working.

Mozilla Firefox

  • Addressed an issue where pressing INSERT+CTRL+R to display a list of regions on the current Web page was not working as expected on certain pages.
  • When pressing the UP and DOWN ARROW keys in an edit combo box on a Web page, resolved an issue where the cursor was moving by two lines instead of one.
  • JAWS no longer double speaks items in lists that are inside ARIA alerts.
  • Addressed an issue where JAWS was not reading as expected when navigating by character in table cells contained inside edit fields, such as in the CKEditor Web-based application.

Enhancements in JAWS 15.0.9023 (April 2014)

The following is a list of improvements made between this release and the JAWS 15.0.8021 posting.

JAWS

  • Resolved issues with using Say All (INSERT+DOWN ARROW) in Notepad.
  • Resolved a reported issue with Google Docs where live region updates were not being announced in both Internet Explorer and Firefox.
  • Addressed a customer reported issue where JAWS was not automatically switching to the Chinese Vocalizer Expressive voice on a Web page even when the correct language tags were being used on the page.
  • Resolved an issue where the INSERT+F4 command to quit JAWS would not work when focus was in a Skype window.
  • Resolved issues using JAWS Tandem with the 64- bit version of Windows 8.1.
  • Resolved a reported issue with Open Office 4.1.

Microsoft Excel

  • When selecting a range of cells, resolved an issue where the selection was not being shown on the braille display as expected in Windows 8.1.
  • If braille was configured to display the current row or current column, resolved an issue where the content of the currently selected cell was displayed twice if the active cell was column B or higher, or row two or higher.
  • When deleting the contents of a cell in Excel 2013, resolved an issue where the deleted content was still shown on the braille display until you moved away from the cell and back, or INSERT+ESC was pressed to refresh the screen.
  • When changing various title reading options using Quick Settings, resolved an issue where a script name was being announced multiple times.

Microsoft Outlook

  • Addressed a reported issue where JAWS was saying "0 items" when SHIFT+DELETE was used to delete a message.

Microsoft Word

  • Resolved a customer reported issue where pressing ALT+SHIFT+L to list misspelled words was not working in Word 2013 unless you started JAWS after starting Word. This command now also lists misspelled words as expected in very large documents.
  • Resolved an issue with the Spanish version of JAWS where deleted revisions were being indicated using the English word "deleted" instead of the Spanish equivalent.

Mozilla Firefox

  • Addressed issues with Firefox becoming unresponsive or an empty virtual buffer being displayed when attempting to sign in to a Skype account through the Skype Web site.
  • Resolved an issue with JAWS not speaking prompts in certain Java applets.
  • Addressed instances where "open" and "closed" was being indicated for the expanded and collapsed state of tree views instead of "-" and "+" when the PC Cursor was active.
  • Addressed an issue with the virtual buffer sometimes being empty the first time you open a Web page containing a Java applet.
  • If the "required" state is used on a multi-line edit field, JAWS now announces this state even if the field contains text.

Mozilla Thunderbird

  • Addressed issues with items in the Search dialog box not being shown in braille.

Visual Studio

  • When navigating in the Add References dialog box, addressed a customer reported issue where any assembly names that start with "system" were not spoken.

Enhancements in JAWS 15.0.8021 (March 2014)

The following is a list of improvements made between this release and the JAWS 15.0.7023 posting.

JAWS

  • Addressed a reported issue with JAWS not working as expected when launching programs created with the Ruby programming language.
  • Updated the information in the JAWS Help topics for Microsoft Word and Excel to more accurately reflect the available options in the Word Settings and Excel Settings groups in Quick Settings.
  • Updated the help topic for the Startup Wizard to include all of the available options on the Braille page.

Microsoft Excel

  • In Excel 2010, addressed an issue where attempting to change values in the Scale edit spin box, located in the Scale to Fit submenu of the Page Layout tab, was not working as expected with the Virtual Ribbon enabled.
  • If an Excel workbook is attached to an E-mail message and you open the file from within the message, JAWS will now announce that the workbook is in Protected View.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

  • Addressed issues with navigating ARIA menus on certain Web pages using Internet Explorer 11.

Microsoft Outlook

  • Resolved a customer reported issue with JAWS incorrectly saying "0 items" when deleting a message in the message list.

Microsoft Word

  • Resolved a customer reported issue where JAWS was not reading as expected in the Font list in Word 2010 and 2013.

Mozilla Firefox

  • Addressed an issue with using JAWS with button menus contained inside an ARIA dialog box opened from a Web page.

Mozilla Thunderbird

  • When creating a message filter, addressed a reported issue where you could not select the folder where you wanted to copy the filtered message.

Enhancements in JAWS 15.0.7023 (February 2014)

The following is a list of improvements made between this release and the JAWS 15.0.6025 posting.

JAWS

  • If you toggle the NUM LOCK key on in an edit field in order to use the numeric keypad to enter numbers, JAWS will now remember the current state of NUM LOCK as you move in and out of the Virtual Cursor. Note that you can also configure whether NUM LOCK is on or off when JAWS starts by using the "Initial State of Num Lock Key" option in Settings Center or the Startup Wizard.
  • Addressed a reported issue with JAWS remote access not working as expected when establishing a Remote Desktop connection between two Windows 8.1 systems.
  • When entering characters directly from the keyboard on a braille display in a Remote Desktop connection in Windows 8.1, resolved an issue where each character typed on the braille display was being entered multiple times. This did not occur when using a regular keyboard.
  • When copying and appending multiple blocks of text to the Clipboard using the JAWS append to Clipboard feature (INSERT+WINDOWS Key+C), resolved an issue where a blank line was not being inserted between each block of text when displayed in the Clipboard Viewer (INSERT+SPACEBAR, C). This caused text to be run together and made it difficult to navigate and select as needed.
  • JAWS now always loads the latest version of a braille driver if there is more than one version of the driver available on the computer.
  • All modifier keys now work as expected regardless of whether the "Differentiate Between Numpad Keys and Extended Keys" option in Settings Center is on or off.
  • Resolved an issue with Contracted English Braille translation where the "ever" contraction was being used incorrectly in certain words.
  • Resolved an issue with the Time Search Research It lookup source not returning the time for the specified city. The time for a specified city is also now displayed correctly if the city name contains more than one word.
  • This update includes the most recent braille display drivers from HandyTech.

Java

  • Improved how JAWS announces access keys for menu items in Java applications.

Microsoft Excel

  • When starting Excel 2013, resolved an issue where the coordinates and content of the current cell were not being shown on the braille display until you performed a screen refresh (INSERT+ESC) or moved to a different cell.
  • When editing the contents of a cell in Excel 2013 and you press a cursor router button on your braille display to move the cursor to a specific character, resolved an issue where the cursor was not being positioned on the correct character as expected if the cell content contained more than one word.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

  • Resolved issues with erroneous text being spoken by JAWS when navigating to links on certain Web pages.
  • Resolved an issue where changing the "Untagged Graphical Links Show" option in Quick Settings was not taking effect until you moved focus away from Internet Explorer then back.

Microsoft Outlook

  • Resolved a reported issue with JAWS not reading the e-mail address list that is displayed when you begin typing an e-mail address into any of the address fields in a new Outlook 2013 message.
  • Addressed a reported issue encountered on certain systems where Outlook 2013 would unexpectedly close when performing a search with JAWS running.
  • Addressed issues using Microsoft Outlook 2013 Help with JAWS.

Microsoft Word

  • Resolved a customer reported issue where Word 2013 would sometimes appear to stop working when opening the Save As dialog box with JAWS running.
  • When you activate the Multilevel list button from the Word 2007 and 2010 ribbon, resolved an issue where JAWS was not properly announcing the different list types.

Mozilla Firefox

  • Addressed an issue where the state of check boxes was not always being indicated correctly in braille.
  • Addressed a customer reported issue with JAWS not reading the selected question on Blackboard.com.
  • Resolved an issue with JAWS not indicating graphics on Web pages that contain ARIA labels.
  • Pressing the ESC key while in a list of items in an edit combo box now causes JAWS to remain in Forms Mode and focus returns to the edit combo.

Skype

  • Updated the Skype topic in the JAWS help with instructions on enabling Accessible Mode in the Skype Options dialog box. This setting is available in Skype version 6.9 and later.

Enhancements in JAWS 15.0.6025 (January 2014)

The following is a list of improvements made between this release and the JAWS 15.0.5056 posting.

JAWS

  • Resolved several issues related to JAWS and UI Automation.
  • When performing a search from the Windows 8.1 Start Screen, addressed issues where the search term you entered as well as search results were not being displayed in braille.
  • When you press INSERT+UP ARROW from the Search pane of the Windows 8.1 Start Screen, braille now shows the same information that is spoken.
  • If you open the Windows 8.1 Start Screen and begin typing a search term using the keyboard on a braille display, resolved an issue where the first character typed was ignored or changed.
  • Resolved an issue with an empty virtual buffer being displayed when attempting to use the Virtual Ribbon in Windows Explorer.
  • When activating the Restore Default Settings button in the Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Preferences dialog boxes, addressed an issue with certain items not being reset to factory settings as expected.
  • Many of the Surf's up training Web pages have been updated to provide the latest information on navigating the Web using JAWS.
  • Addressed a reported issue where JAWS would not play a sound as expected at the top or bottom of a document in Notepad even when the Top and Bottom Edge was set to Alert With Sound in Quick Settings.
  • Improved how JAWS reads in the Windows 7 Customize Notification Area dialog box.
  • Resolved an issue in the JAWS Keyboard Manager where JAWS would say "list view" after every item while navigating the list of applications.
  • Updated INSERT+F1 help messages for various controls in the PlaceMarkers dialog box (CTRL+SHIFT+K).
  • Updated the INSERT+F1 help message for the Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Start Screen to provide information on navigating using the Touch Cursor.
  • If you lock your workstation during a Remote Desktop session and a braille display is connected, addressed a reported issue where dots on the braille display would continuously move up and down.
  • Resolved an issue where changes to the dot firmness, position of status cells, and word wrap settings were not being saved when configured through the Braille page of the Startup Wizard.
  • JAWS now automatically reads the Force Windows Shutdown dialog box that is displayed when you attempt to shut down or restart Windows 8 while multiple applications are still running.
  • In the Table Layer for the laptop keyboard layout (CAPS LOCK+SPACEBAR, T), you can now use CAPS LOCK+COMMA to read the current cell and ALT+SHIFT+PERIOD to move to the previous cell.

Java

  • Updated the tutor message for tab controls to instruct users to use the ARROW keys instead of CONTROL+TAB to move between pages.

Microsoft Excel

  • Resolved a reported issue with JAWS not reporting the correct colors in a cell using the INSERT+NUMBER ROW 5 keystroke.
  • Resolved an issue with using Quick Settings to configure braille to show the entire row or column not working correctly.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

  • Addressed a customer reported issue with Skim Reading rules using colors and attributes not working as expected.
  • If an item in the Document Regions dialog box (CTRL+SHIFT+R) does not contain any items underneath it, it will no longer be shown as open in the Regions tree view.
  • Addressed issues with the Headings Announce option in Quick Settings not working as expected.
  • Resolved an issue in both Internet Explorer and Firefox where lines containing check boxes or radio buttons were showing as blank on a braille display using Line Mode.
  • When using SHIFT+DOWN ARROW to select multiple lines of text, resolved an issue where pressing SHIFT+UP ARROW once was not unselecting the last line as expected.

Microsoft Office

  • When navigating to the Language list box in the Options dialog box in a Microsoft Office 2013 application, resolved an issue where JAWS was not announcing this control or displaying it in braille.
  • Resolved an issue with braille not displaying the "LRBN" abbreviation as expected to indicate in braille that you are on the lower ribbon.
  • Addressed a reported issue where it was not possible to navigate through the entire File menu in Office 2007 with Virtual Ribbons enabled.
  • Resolved an issue where edit combo controls on the lower ribbon were not displaying their control types in braille.

Microsoft Outlook

  • When navigating through appointments in the Outlook 2013 calendar using the TAB key, resolved an issue where JAWS was not reading the selected appointment.
  • JAWS no longer speaks extraneous information while moving between ribbons while in an open message.
  • Improved table navigation in virtualized messages that contain non-uniform tables.
  • The Language Detect Change option in Quick Settings is now enabled by default. This means that if you receive a message that was composed in another language, such as Spanish, and your synthesizer includes a Spanish voice, it will automatically switch to that voice to read the message.
  • Resolved an issue with the Spanish version of JAWS where the braille abbreviation for a meeting cancelation was not being displayed.
  • When creating a new contact or viewing an existing one, JAWS now reads the content in the File As edit combo field.
  • While navigating in the dialog box for a new or existing contact in Outlook 2013, JAWS no longer repeats the window title when you navigate to a control that includes a "..." in the control name.
  • JAWS now correctly indicates a task request in Outlook 2010 and 2013.
  • Resolved an issue in Outlook 2013 where pressing SHIFT+TAB to move from the Preview Pane to the message list was causing JAWS to also read the window title.
  • Addressed issues with selected text not being copied to the clipboard as expected in certain types of e-mail messages.
  • If you are reading a virtualized message in the Preview Pane and you press CTRL+D to delete it, resolved an issue where the virtual buffer was not automatically refreshing to display the next message.
  • Resolved issues navigating the File menu in Outlook 2010 when Virtual Ribbons are enabled.
  • Addressed a customer reported issue with not being able to access submenus in situations when the lower ribbon automatically gains focus when the ribbon is first opened and Virtual Ribbons are enabled. For instance, when you open the ribbon from the Outlook Search Pane, the lower ribbon automatically gains focus instead of the upper ribbon.
  • Updated the keyboard help messages in Outlook for the ALT+UP ARROW and ALT+DOWN ARROW keystrokes to state that they move to the previous or next week in the calendar.
  • If you have inserted a link into an editable message, JAWS now indicates when you enter or exit the link field as you navigate by character or word.

Microsoft Word

  • You can now use the cursor routing buttons on your braille display to select or clear check boxes in Word forms.
  • When focus is on a comment in a document and you press ALT+SHIFT+APOSTROPHE twice quickly to display the text of the comment in the Virtual Viewer, the text in the document that the comment applies to will now also be included. This allows you to view both the comment and its associated text without having to navigate away from the comment.
  • If you press WINDOWS Key+SEMICOLON to open a Virtual Viewer window displaying all comments, footnotes, endnotes, or revisions in a document as links, pressing INSERT+F7 will now open the Links List dialog box as expected.
  • If the last cell in a table only contains one line, resolved an issue where JAWS would not read the first line below the table unless you performed a Say Line command (INSERT+UP ARROW).
  • A flash message is no longer displayed while navigating by words and a bookmark is encountered.
  • JAWS no longer announces access keys as you navigate through controls in the Word 2013 Proofing pane, or when you press SHIFT+NUM PAD 5 to speak the access key for the current item. Access keys are not available in this pane.
  • When you navigate to the Language combo box in the Word 2013 Proofing pane, removed some extra speech that was not needed.
  • When you activate a button in the Word 2013 Proofing pane, such as Change or Ignore, resolved an issue where JAWS was not announcing the button with focus after the next error was found.
  • Pressing a braille display cursor router button while positioned on a hyperlink in a document in Word 2013 will now activate the link as expected.
  • When indenting or outdenting list levels in a bulleted or numbered list, resolved an issue with the measurements not being displayed as expected in braille.
  • Resolved issues with column and row titles not being read as expected after turning on the Define Bookmark Table Column and Row Titles Override option in Quick Settings and then specifying different column and row titles to announce.
  • Addressed a reported issue where JAWS was not announcing the description text in the Export tab control in Word 2013.

Mozilla Firefox

  • Resolved an issue where check boxes were being indicated twice in braille.
  • JAWS now supports the aria-owns attribute. This attribute allows a Web page author to specify the logical structure of the page that will be presented by assistive technology regardless of the HTML structure of the page.
  • Addressed issues with JAWS double speaking various controls on Web pages under certain circumstances.
  • When pressing ALT+LEFT ARROW to go back a page, resolved an issue where the PC Cursor would be active instead of the Virtual PC Cursor until you pressed the TAB key. This only occurred on certain Web pages.
  • If a tree view item contains a language attribute, resolved an issue where JAWS was not automatically switching to the specified language.
  • To help improve navigation on Web pages, JAWS no longer announces the beginning or end of empty regions. In addition, empty regions are no longer included in the Document Regions dialog box (CTRL+INSERT+R) and can no longer be moved to using Navigation Quick Key R. This has also been addressed for Internet Explorer.

Visual Studio

  • Addressed a reported issue with JAWS not reading the contents of various text boxes in Visual Studio 2013.
  • Addressed a customer reported issue with braille not working as expected while selecting text.
  • Addressed a customer reported issue where pressing cursor routing buttons on the braille display were not working as expected to move to a location on the screen in Visual Studio 2012.

Windows Live Mail

  • Resolved an issue with JAWS not indicating when an e-mail contains an attachment.

Enhancements in JAWS 15.0.5056 (December 2013)

The following is a list of improvements made between this release and the JAWS 15.0.4203 posting.

JAWS

  • Bluetooth Auto Detection of Braille is now off by default. We have added a check box in Settings Center located in the Braille group under General called "Auto Detect Braille Display using Bluetooth" which is unchecked by default. If you would like to have JAWS monitor for Bluetooth Braille connections, you will need to change this setting.
  • Addressed a customer reported issue where FSReader 3 would not play the audio from Bookshare DAISY audio books.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS would appear to hang when using Outlook 2013 and accessing the Start Menu. This issue was related to JAWS and UI Automation and resolved thanks to the new Error Reporting Tool in JAWS 15 and assistance from our customers.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS would unexpectedly close after entering a large number of values into the Windows Calculator.
  • In a JAWS Tandem session, you can now toggle the NUM LOCK key on or off from the controlling computer.
  • If you copy text from a Web page in Internet Explorer 9 containing quotes, and then display it in the Clipboard Viewer (INSERT+SPACEBAR, C), an issue was resolved where the HTML code for quotes was being displayed instead of the actual quotation marks.
  • Pressing the increase and decrease voice rate keys on the MAGic Keyboard during a Say All now changes the rate without stopping the Say All.
  • The INSERT+F1 help message for tables has been updated to include the latest keystrokes for reading the current row (ALT+WINDOWS Key+COMMA) and current column (ALT+WINDOWS Key+PERIOD). In addition, the help message now correctly lists the jump to table cell as CTRL+WINDOWS Key+J.
  • Addressed a customer reported issue with using Settings Center to delete a custom highlight assignment.
  • If the controller in a JAWS Tandem session changes the setting of the Braille Dot Firmness on the target system, for instance, 100 to 0, resolved an issue where JAWS on the controller system would keep the new setting even after ending the connection.
  • If you have configured Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 for multiple languages, JAWS will now automatically announce the language being activated when you press WINDOWS Key+SPACEBAR to toggle the language.
  • When running JAWS and MAGic together and you increase or decrease the magnification level, resolved an issue where JAWS would speak the new magnification level twice.
  • When you press INSERT+CTRL+R to open the Document Regions dialog box, the tree view is now expanded by default to improve navigation of this list.
  • Resolved an issue where empty flash messages were being shown on the braille display under certain circumstances. When this occurred, only the message prefix, such as ttr for tutor message, would be shown.
  • Resolved multiple issues with the Wikipedia Research It lookup source not finding certain results that could be found using the actual Web site.
  • Addressed an issue with JAWS not correctly reading the slider under the Views button in the Command Module tool bar in Windows Explorer.
  • JAWS now provides feedback when using the ALT+SHIFT+ARROW keys to rearrange tiles or groups on the Windows 8 Start screen. Note that you can only move a tile or group if the PC Cursor is active.
  • Added Keyboard Help messages for Navigation Quick Key Q which moves to the main region of a Web page.
  • Removed extra pauses that were heard while reading search results on the Windows 8.1 Start screen.
  • Addressed issues using a braille display in Line mode with WPF applications.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was not always reliably speaking the prompt and current selection in the Search pane of the Windows 8.1 Start screen.
  • JAWS now contains a UIA Script API which gives scripters direct access to Microsoft's UIA (User Interface Automation) infrastructure through the JAWS Script language. For more information, refer to the JAWS UIA Script API Documentation page.
  • Addressed a customer reported issue where Navigation Quick Keys would not work in the JAWS Help system if the help was opened from the Run JAWS Manager dialog box.
  • The JAWS application window now visually resizes correctly if the Windows display zoom is set higher than 100 percent.
  • Addressed a reported issue using the Profivox Hungarian synthesizer with JAWS in a JAWS Tandem session.
  • Resolved an issue with the German version of JAWS not displaying context help messages for various controls in Settings Center.
  • Resolved an issue with the German version of JAWS where Contracted Braille mode changes were not being saved in Quick Settings.
  • Resolved an issue with the access key to launch the Script Manager from the Utilities menu not working in the German version of JAWS.
  • Addressed an issue when navigating by word using the Japanese version of JAWS.

Adobe Acrobat Reader

  • When selecting text in Adobe Reader 11 with JAWS running, resolved an issue where Adobe Reader would unexpectedly close. This was reported by a customer using Adobe Reader 11 with Windows 8.1.

Microsoft Excel

  • Addressed an issue where the contents of cells were not being shown on the braille display in the 64-bit version of Excel after installing a recent update for Microsoft Office on Windows 8 and 8.1 systems.
  • When editing a cell in Excel 2013, resolved an issue where the braille cursor was remaining on the first character as you navigated the data, which made it difficult to edit using braille.
  • Addressed a customer reported issue where pressing INSERT+SHIFT+S to open the Manage Worksheets context menu was not working in Excel 2010 in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

  • Resolved an issue where the virtual buffer would not update as expected when navigating to a new page unless INSERT+ESC was pressed first to refresh the screen. This was encountered in Internet Explorer 10 and 11 on Windows 8 and 8.1.
  • Resolved an issue where Flexible Web rules were not being applied to Web pages in Internet Explorer 11 under Windows 8.1.
  • Addressed customer reported issues using JAWS with the Intelliconnect Web application.
  • Addressed an issue with creating a custom label in Internet Explorer 11 in Windows 8.1.
  • The commands that open a dialog box listing specific elements on a Web page, such as INSERT+CTRL+B to display a list of buttons on a page, can now be performed while Forms Mode is active.
  • When using the ARROW keys to navigate the Download dialog box, resolved an issue where JAWS was speaking the name of the current file before announcing the current button.
  • When navigating to an element containing aria-describedby text, or when pressing INSERT+TAB to speak the current control information, addressed an issue where the aria-describedby text was announced twice.
  • When performing a JAWS Find in Internet Explorer or Firefox, resolved an intermittent issue where focus would simply return to the Web page without positioning you on the found text, or displaying a message if the search string was not found.
  • Intermittent issues with Internet Explorer closing unexpectedly while JAWS is running have been resolved.

Microsoft Office

  • JAWS now announces ribbon items as submenus instead of dropdown grids. In addition, JAWS no longer speaks extraneous text while navigating the lower ribbon or when moving to the document area from the ribbons.
  • When navigating various Office 2013 dialog boxes, resolved an issue where JAWS was only announcing the access keys for check boxes instead of their label and state.
  • When navigating to split button controls on the ribbon, addressed an issue where JAWS would announce the control as a split button and then once more as a button, which could be confusing.
  • Pressing INSERT+PAGE DOWN now reads the status line as expected in all Microsoft Office applications in Windows 8.
  • JAWS now correctly distinguishes spin boxes from edit fields in Virtual Ribbons.
  • Resolved an issue with the Spanish version of JAWS where split buttons were being identified as regular buttons in braille.

Microsoft Outlook

  • JAWS now automatically announces autocompleted names from your address book when typing in the message header fields in Outlook 2013 such as the To or CC fields.
  • Due to issues with Microsoft Accessibility in Outlook 2010 and 2013 message lists, such as the Inbox, JAWS will no longer speak when using the keyboard to select noncontiguous items. For more information on this issue, please refer to this JAWS FAQ Bulletin.
  • If you are navigating a table in an e-mail message, resolved an issue where every cell was being reported as a title cell when ALT+CTRL+NUM PAD 5 was used to read the current cell.
  • Resolved an intermittent issue where an extraneous message was spoken when replying to a message in Outlook 2013.
  • Addressed a customer reported issue where opening a certain type of message would cause JAWS to no longer be able to read the current message or any subsequent messages until you closed and reopened Outlook.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS would speak some random text when a message was opened a second time.
  • Addressed an issue where Outlook would sometimes close unexpectedly when you closed JAWS. This also would sometimes occur with Internet Explorer.
  • Resolved an issue in Outlook 2013 where the Say Line command (INSERT+UP ARROW) would not read the current message in the list after deleting a message.
  • After deleting a contact, resolved an issue where the information from the deleted contact was still being shown on the braille display instead of the contact which just gained focus.
  • An issue was addressed where JAWS was announcing multiple controls when various ribbons gained focus in Outlook 2010.
  • When navigating the list of files in the Save Attachments dialog box in Outlook 2013 on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, each file name is now spoken and displayed in braille as expected.
  • When attempting to choose a bullet type for inserting into a message, JAWS now reads the various bullet types similar to Word. For instance, you will now hear "filled round bullet" instead of a numeric symbol.
  • Addressed a customer reported issue encountered when attaching a file where the selected item was not being announced by JAWS when selecting a file using the autocomplete feature.
  • Resolved a customer reported issue where e-mail headers in read-only messages were not always being read automatically in Outlook 2013.
  • If you press CTRL+A to select the entire contents of a virtualized message that contains mor than 1000 characters, resolved an issue where JAWS was not announcing the number of characters selected as it does in other applications.
  • JAWS now announces the calendar view change in Outlook 2013 when you press ALT+CTRL+1 through ALT+CTRL+4.
  • In the Go to Folder dialog box, the number of unread messages in the selected folder is now shown on the braille display. This number is shown in parentheses following the folder name, for instance, "inbox (2)".
  • Addressed an issue encountered in Outlook 2010 where JAWS was not always speaking the contents of certain edit fields in the Options dialog box.
  • JAWS now speaks text in the Out of Office edit fields in Outlook 2013.
  • Addressed issues with braille panning in Outlook messages not working as expected in the Japanese version of JAWS.
  • Resolved an issue with the German version of JAWS where the Subject field label was not being shown in braille using a German version of Windows and Outlook 2013.

Microsoft Word

  • When focused on, or one cell prior, to a column or row title in a table, improved the messages that are announced when you perform a Say Current Cell (ALT+CTRL+NUM PAD 5) to provide more accurate information.
  • Resolved an issue where turning off the Language Detect Change option in Quick Settings was not working as expected.
  • If you use the TAB key to move through a table and then use SHIFT+ARROW keys to select cells, addressed a customer reported issue where JAWS was not announcing selected text.
  • If you use the bookmark feature in Word to automatically set titles for cells in a table, resolved an issue where titles were not read when using CTRL+ALT+NUM PAD 5 to read the current cell.
  • When performing a search, issues were resolved with the word in context not being flashed in braille when selecting the Next Search Result button or when using the INSERT+C command.
  • Resolved an issue with JAWS not announcing labels in forms as expected while navigating the form.

Mozilla Firefox

  • Improved navigation of edit spin boxes in the Print dialog box. JAWS now announces the correct values as they are changed.
  • Addressed issues where JAWS was not removing iframes with role = "presentation" from the virtual buffer as expected.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was not reading as expected when encountering form fields that include the aria-describedby attribute.
  • Addressed issues with JAWS not entering or exiting Application Mode as expected as you navigate certain Web pages.
  • JAWS now works correctly with HTML 5 tables that use aria-describedby in place of the summary and aria-labelledby in place of the caption.
  • Resolved issues with JAWS not properly detecting changes in focus when pressing ENTER on ARIA toggle controls on certain Web pages with Auto Forms Mode enabled.
  • When navigating through a Web page using TAB or SHIFT+TAB, addressed an issue where JAWS would sometimes read the label for the previous element a second time instead of the current item.
  • Improved navigation of ARIA menus using JAWS.
  • Resolved an issue with certain types of buttons that are identified correctly by JAWS in Internet Explorer not being announced in Firefox.
  • Resolved an issue where the word "frame" was sometimes unexpectedly heard while navigating through various controls with ARIA descriptions even when there were no frames on the Web page.

Mozilla Thunderbird

  • Resolved a reported issue where the keystrokes to read message headers were not working in Thunderbird 24.

Skype

  • When using CTRL+1 through CTRL+0 to review the last 10 items in the chat history, addressed an issue where pressing the keystroke to read one item followed immediately by the keystroke to read a different item was opening the Virtual Viewer instead of reading the next item. For example, pressing CTRL+1 followed immediately by CTRL+2 should read the next most recent item. The Virtual Viewer should only be opened if CTRL+1 is pressed twice quickly.
  • When navigating through the conversation history list, addressed an issue where the sender's information was spoken twice.

Visual Studio

  • Resolved an issue where Visual Studio 2010 or later would sometimes unexpectedly close during startup with JAWS running. This was primarily observed in Windows 8.

Enhancements in JAWS 15.0.4203 (October 2013)

The following is a list of improvements available in this initial JAWS 15 release. Note that while many customer reported enhancements are included in this release, the following is a list of more notable changes.

JAWS

  • Freedom Scientific worked with ONCE to help them update their Eco-Braille driver so these displays, used by many customers in Spain, would work better with JAWS.
  • The JAWS Merge Utility will now merge user-created Flexible Web rules from prior versions. For example, if you have Flexible Web rules you created in JAWS 14, you can run the Merge Utility to copy them into JAWS 15 instead of having to re-create them again.
  • When navigating the JAWS Virtual Ribbon in various applications in Windows 8, the visual highlight no longer appears corrupted.

Microsoft Office

  • Resolved an issue where items on the lower ribbon were being displayed twice in braille.
  • Addressed issues with JAWS not reading as expected when navigating ribbons using international versions of JAWS such as Spanish and German.
  • Resolved an issue where split buttons were being incorrectly announced and displayed in braille as regular buttons.
  • Resolved an issue where hot key info for various ribbon controls was not being displayed in braille using the Spanish version of JAWS.

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