Re: JAWS 14 FSCast

Gerald Levy

Sorry, but I don't thtink FS has any plans to add a captcha-solving feature to JAWS 14. Eric Damery has claimed in the past that there are too many legal and logistical issues involved . So for the foreseeable future, Wevisum with Firefox will remain the only viable captcha-solving option. The impression I got from the FSCast is that whatever feature is being added to JAWS 14 involves enhanced web search capability, not captcha deciphering.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Peter Donahue" <pdonahue2@...>
To: "The Jaws for Windows support list." <jfw@...>
Sent: Friday, September 07, 2012 11:12 AM
Subject: Re: JAWS 14 FSCast

Good morning everyone,

I'll be curious to see what kind of new Internet access tool they're
adding to JFW 14 when the October FS Cast is available. Solving captchas has
been something we've waited for screen reader vendors to address for once
and for all. If FS has finally cracked this for us with this new Internet
access tool they will have done something needed for a long time. Recently I
have encountered captchas that are readable with screen readers. It would be
interesting to know how the creators of such captcha applications are able
to render the image characters so they can be read by screen readers yet be
hidden from spam bots. Check out particularly
their feedback form where you can see an example of this in action. They're
using a service called

If FS has developed an innovated Internet access solution that addresses
this issue and other concerns great. If this thing is nothing more than a look-alike what a waste of time and resources that could have
been used to fix other JFW problems. Guess we'll need to be sure to check
out the October FS Cast when it becomes available.

Peter Donahue

----- Original Messag
From: "Adrian Spratt" <Adrian@...>
To: "'The Jaws for Windows support list.'" <jfw@...>
Sent: Thursday, September 06, 2012 11:06 AM
Subject: JAWS 14 FSCast

Thanks to Dean Martineau's newsletter today, I learn that there is an FSCast
on JAWS 14. I am in the school that wishes FS would fix problems rather than
add new features, but the ones in JAWS 14 look very promising.

FS is making available Vocalizer voices, still being developed by Nuance.
(Neither Eloquence nor RealSpeak has been upgraded in years.) Based on the
FSCast demonstration, they sound more pleasing and appear more responsive to
commands than RealSpeak. There may finally be a viable alternative to
Dectalk Express, which I have clung to through the years.

The demonstration of JAWS 14 and Windows 8 is also encouraging, and FS has
made a change to how JAWS handles Outlook messages that might finally
convince me to upgrade from 2003.

The improvements to Text Analyzer look as though they'll simplify the visual
aspects of editing documents.

Here's the link:
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