Re: FW: Installing 15

Adrian Spratt

I should have added my system is 64-bit. For that reason, I'd be curious if your system at home has the problem.

-----Original Message-----
From: Jfw [mailto:jfw-bounces@...] On Behalf Of Lisle, Ted (CHFS DMS)
Sent: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 12:00 PM
To: The Jaws for Windows support list.
Subject: RE: FW: Installing 15

Again, it just goes to show how quirky this stuff really is. My punctuation setting doesn't even read periods most of the time, but put it next to a paragraph mark and you get the "dot" notation. I'm running 32-bit here, 64 at home, don't know yet if the problem is the same. I also should note that this doesn't happen with Say All, only when reading a line at a time.

-----Original Message-----
From: Jfw [mailto:jfw-bounces@...] On Behalf Of Adrian Spratt
Sent: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 11:55 AM
To: The Jaws for Windows support list.
Subject: RE: FW: Installing 15

I can report only that I had this problem in 2003 and not in 2010. Win7, JAWS 14.

-----Original Message-----
From: Jfw [mailto:jfw-bounces@...] On Behalf Of Lisle, Ted (CHFS DMS)
Sent: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 10:56 AM
To: The Jaws for Windows support list.
Subject: RE: FW: Installing 15

Wanta bet?; I use 2010.

-----Original Message-----
From: Jfw [mailto:jfw-bounces@...] On Behalf Of Adrian Spratt
Sent: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 10:52 AM
To: The Jaws for Windows support list.
Subject: RE: FW: Installing 15


Again, this problem does not occur in Word 2010. I wouldn't hold out for FS to fix a problem that occurs in a 2003 application.

-----Original Message-----
From: Jfw [mailto:jfw-bounces@...] On Behalf Of Kimber Gardner
Sent: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 7:32 AM
To: The Jaws for Windows support list.
Subject: Re: FW: Installing 15

These "enhancements" really are not especially impressive, especially considering FS can't even get right something as basic as how a punctuation symbol is interpreted in a word document.

The only reason I upgraded is that as a federal employee, the upgrade was purchased for me. Not sure yet if I'll stay with it or go back to
14 or even 13 which seemed to work better than either of the last two versions.

Thanks for posting this, Ted.

On 1/28/14, Lisle, Ted (CHFS DMS) <Ted.Lisle@...> wrote:
Here it is, as requested. I'D seen at least some of this. Maybe I'm
getting harder to impress, but I'm still on the fence.


From: Grant Downey [mailto:Gdowney@...] On Behalf Of
Freedom Scientific Technical Support
Sent: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 2:39 PM
To: Lisle, Ted (CHFS DMS)
Subject: RE: Installing 15

Hello Ted:

Thank you for contacting Freedom Scientific Support.

There are always internal improvements and tweeks with every version
of JAWS. It is a good idea to install JAWS 15 even if you are still
using a Windows 7 machine. For your information, below is the what's
new for JAWS 15.

This is taken from the JAWS 15 help section.

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
Vocalizer Expressive Voices
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:

list of 3 items
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.
list end

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
INSERT+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.
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

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:

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* 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 incomming message.
list end

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

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, several 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 there display from a different
Web site.

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

list of 7 items
* American Printing House for the Blind
* BAUM Retec AG
* Handy Tech
* HumanWare
* Optelec Tieman Group (Only Alva BC-640 at this time)
* Papenmeier
list end

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

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 elliminate 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:

list of 4 items
* 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.
list end

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.

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* 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.
list end

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

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

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
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:

list of 3 items
* 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.
list end

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

list of 10 items
* 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 list end

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 Keyboard

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.

If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.
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From: Lisle, Ted (CHFS DMS) [mailto:Ted.Lisle@...]
Sent: Monday, January 27, 2014 8:48 AM
To: Freedom Scientific Technical Support
Subject: Installing 15

I have 15 ready to go, but have not installed it yet on my new PC.
Frankly, I've been wondering what the advantages are. I chose Windows
7, and have no interest in 8, based upon what I've read and heard, so
what, if anything, do I gain. I'm running 64-bit Win 7, with a
conservative 4GB, with room for more, Blu-ray read-write optical drive, and 1TB hard drive.

Ted (4067)

Ted Lisle, PH.D., Medicaid services Specialist; phone: (502) 564-2574,
X 2054; Fax: (502) 564-2228.

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