Re: what's new in JAWS 18


Mike B. <mb69mach1@...>
 

Hi Ann,
 
Here you go:
 
What's New in JAWS 18 Screen Reading Software
 
This page describes the new features and improvements available in JAWS 18.
 
JAWS 18 Features
Support for Vocalizer Expressive 2.2 Voices
 
JAWS 18 supports version 2.2 of the Vocalizer Expressive Voices from Nuance. Vocalizer Expressive offers very responsive, high quality, human-sounding
speech in a wide variety of languages and dialects. Current voices users are familiar with such as Samantha, Tom, Daniel, and Karen have been updated to
improve responsiveness and clarity. There are also several new voices available such as Susan and Nathan for United States English and Oliver for British
English, just to name a few. For international users, Vocalizer Expressive 2.2 also offers support for a number of new languages including Bengali_India,
Bhojpuri_India, Bulgarian, Croatian, Kannada, Spanish_Chilean, Tamil, Telugu, and Valencian.
 
Just like with the older Vocalizer Expressive Voices, all Vocalizer Expressive 2.2 voices can be downloaded for free from the
Synthesizer Downloads
 web page in two forms, compact or high premium.
 
Compact voices are smaller files and take up much less space on your computer. Many users like them because they offer very good quality at faster speech
rates. These are the same voices that are used on iOS devices from Apple, like the iPhone. Due to their small size, compact voices are available in one
file per language. For instance, if you download the compact voices for English, you will get a single file containing all English speaking voices for
all dialects, which gives you a wide variety of voices to choose from.
 
You can also choose to download individual high-premium voices. These are much larger files, but offer the highest overall sound quality. High-premium
voices can be installed along with the compact voices, so you can switch between the compact or high-premium version of the same voice if needed.
 
The new Vocalizer Expressive 2.2 voices are only available for JAWS 18 and later. If you previously installed Vocalizer Expressive Voices that were used
with JAWS versions prior to JAWS 18, those voices will continue to work with earlier versions but will no longer be seen by JAWS 18 once you have installed
your first Vocalizer Expressive 2.2 voice.
 
Improved Performance when Using JAWS and ZoomText Together
 
JAWS 18 introduces greatly improved interoperability with the soon to be released ZoomText 11. Users of both these industry leading products will experience
more seamless operation when running JAWS 18 and ZoomText 11 together regardless of the order in which they are installed as well as which product is started
first.
 
When JAWS 18 and ZoomText 11 are running together, users should note the following:
 
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• JAWS handles all speech functions except for ZoomText's App Reader feature and speech directly from ZoomText, such as ZoomText scripts.
• All ZoomText magnification features will continue to work as expected. In addition, ZoomText will now visually highlight and track during a JAWS Say
All, or when navigating using the Virtual Cursor.
• If there is a keystroke conflict, the JAWS keystroke is used instead. Otherwise, JAWS and ZoomText keystrokes will continue to work as expected.
• ZoomText handles all touch related functions.
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Since JAWS takes over all speech functions when running with ZoomText, this also includes mouse echo. If you want the mouse to echo as it is moved, you
will need to enable mouse echo in JAWS as it is off by default. The easiest way is to press the layered keystroke, INSERT+SPACEBAR, E, O. However, this
is only temporary and will revert back to off if JAWS is restarted. If you intend on using mouse echo all the time, you can permanently enable it by doing
the following:
 
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1. Press INSERT+F2, and select Settings Center.
2. Press CTRL+SHIFT+D to load the JAWS default settings.
3. From the tree view, expand the Mouse Echo group and press SPACEBAR on Enable Mouse Echo.
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Migrate Settings from Prior Versions of JAWS
 
We have reintroduced the ability for users to merge all user customized settings from the prior version of JAWS into the latest version. This includes
any application and default settings, scripts, dictionary entries, graphics labels, PlaceMarkers, flexible web rules, personalized web settings including
custom labels, speech and sounds schemes, and voice profiles. When JAWS 18 first starts after an install and it detects that there are custom user settings
for JAWS 17 available, you will be asked if you want to migrate these settings to the current version of JAWS. Choose Yes to migrate settings from JAWS
17, or choose No to start with the default settings in JAWS 18 and launch the Startup Wizard.
 
Once the settings have been migrated, a dialog box opens where you can configure the JAWS startup options. This dialog box contains the same options found
in the Start JAWS Options dialog box, which is accessed from the JAWS window by opening the Options menu, Selecting Options, and then choosing the Automatically
Start JAWS button. Once you have confirmed how you want JAWS to start, choose OK to save and close the dialog box.
 
Note: Due to significant changes to the settings file structure prior to JAWS 17, custom user settings cannot be migrated from versions of JAWS older than
version 17.
 
Completely New Import and Export for JAWS Customized User Settings
 
JAWS 18 now enables you to quickly and conveniently export all of your JAWS user settings including application and default settings, custom scripts, dictionary
entries, graphics labels, PlaceMarkers, flexible web rules, personalized web settings including custom labels, speech and sounds schemes, and voice profiles
to a single backup file which can be stored or shared with other JAWS users. The JAWS settings backup files are saved with an SBAK extension. This backup
file can then be easily imported on any computer running JAWS 18 or later and these settings will be used by that copy of JAWS.
 
To export settings to an SBAK file, open the Utilities menu located in the JAWS application window, open the Import/Export menu, and select Export Settings.
The Export Settings wizard opens and guides you through exporting your settings. During this process, you can choose to export all user settings, or select
specific settings to export. By default, the SBAK file is saved to the Desktop using the name JAWS<Version Number>SettingsBackup (where Version Number
is the JAWS version currently running when using the export feature). You can specify a different location and file name if necessary, as well as add optional
comments to provide more information about why you are creating the backup. Once the export is complete, the SBAK file containing your settings can be
shared with other JAWS users through email or a file sharing service such as Dropbox, or stored on a USB flash drive.
 
To import JAWS settings from an SBAK file, open the Utilities menu located in the JAWS application window, open the Import/Export menu, and select Import
Settings. The Import User Settings wizard opens and guides you through importing the settings. By default, the import will merge the settings from the
backup file with existing user settings and if a setting in the user folder conflicts with a setting from the backup file, it will be replaced by the setting
from the backup. However, you can also choose to simply replace all current settings in the user folder with the contents of the backup or, when merging
and there is a settings conflict, you can choose to keep the current setting.
 
During the settings import, the current settings in your user folder are automatically backed up. If you find that the settings that were imported from
the SBAK file are not working as expected, you can restore the previous settings. To restore, open the Utilities menu located in the JAWS application window,
open the Import/Export menu, and select Restore Settings. The Restore Settings dialog box opens where you can select the backup file to restore. Choose
the Restore button to replace the current settings in your JAWS user folder with the settings from the backup.
 
Some instances of when you might use this feature include:
 
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• You want to use the same JAWS settings on multiple computers, such as in a training center or school computer lab.
• You create a lot of customizations and you want to be able to back them up so you can easily import them when you install a new version of JAWS, eliminating
the task of having to manually reconfigure everything.
• A friend would like to use some of your flexible web rules and voice profiles. You could use the Export Settings wizard to only export these particular
settings, send the resulting SBAK file to your friend, and if they are running JAWS 18 or later, they can import the file containing your flexible web
rules and voice profiles into their copy of JAWS.
• A script developer could send you a SBAK file containing custom scripts and settings for an application that is used at your job and the Import Settings
wizard will quickly import all settings and script files to the correct locations in your JAWS user folder.
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Restrict Virtual Cursor in Web-Based dialog boxes
 
If a dialog box appears on a web page as a result of an action such as activating a specific control, which can occur especially on pages that are part
of a web-based application, JAWS now restricts Virtual Cursor navigation to the dialog box. Sometimes, depending on how the web application is implemented,
when focus moves into these dialog boxes, the content of the surrounding page is hidden until focus moves out of the dialog box. However, in many instances,
the dialog content merges with the surrounding page which can be confusing especially when you only want to focus on the content in the web dialog box.
 
JAWS automatically restricts Virtual Cursor navigation to the dialog box when some action occurs that moves the focus into that dialog box. This includes
navigating to an edit field in the dialog box with the ARROW keys and Auto Forms mode is enabled, navigating using the TAB or SHIFT+TAB keys, or activating
a control on the page that automatically sets focus to the dialog box. When the Virtual Cursor is restricted, both speech and braille will only navigate
content in the dialog box until restriction is disabled. The Virtual Cursor will be automatically unrestricted if you use the TAB or SHIFT+TAB keys to
move focus away from the dialog box, or you perform an action in the dialog box that causes focus to be moved to another part of the page, or a completely
new page loads.
 
You can also use the INSERT+R keystroke when focused in a web dialog box to manually toggle the Virtual Cursor between restricted and unrestricted. For
instance, you may wish to unrestrict the Virtual Cursor to review page content outside of the dialog box without moving focus.
 
Note: In some web applications, surrounding page content is hidden when a dialog box is in focus, so unrestricting the Virtual Cursor to view content outside
the dialog box will not always work in these situations.
 
New Speech Option as You Move the Physical Mouse Around the Screen
 
The new mouse echo feature enables JAWS to speak text under the mouse pointer as you move around the screen using a physical mouse or as you move your
finger on a trackpad. If you use a refreshable braille display, text under the mouse is also shown in braille as a flash message.
 
While totally blind users may not benefit very much from this feature, there are some cases where it can be useful. For example, there may be times where
someone is trying to understand the positioning of text or the layout of controls on the screen, and this could be helpful. You also may encounter applications
that have controls that cannot be accessed with any of the JAWS cursors and you must use the physical mouse to locate and activate them.
 
For users that have some vision, the ability to also receive speech feedback as they move the physical mouse is very useful. There are also more improvements
coming for those who use both MAGic and JAWS together.
 
If you find that you struggle to keep the mouse in a straight line when moving vertically or horizontally, press and hold the INSERT key (or CAPSLOCK key
in Laptop layout) as you move the mouse in a specific direction to lock the mouse pointer to that position. For example, if you locate a menu bar or group
of buttons you would like to explore, you could press and hold INSERT as you move the mouse to the right. If you accidentally move slightly up or down,
the mouse pointer remains locked to the current position.
 
Mouse echo is off by default. To turn it on, open Settings Center, press CTRL+SHIFT+D to load the default settings file, expand the mouse echo group, and
then press the SPACEBAR on Enable Mouse Echo. You can also configure the following:
 
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• Choose whether or not JAWS interrupts speech as you move the mouse pointer over text. By default, JAWS speaks the new text moved to with the mouse regardless
of what is currently being spoken.
• Specify the length of time JAWS waits before speaking the text at the location of the mouse pointer. If you move the mouse pointer away before the delay
has elapsed, JAWS does not read the text. By default there is no delay which means text is read while the mouse is in motion so you do not have to pause
to hear the text under the mouse.
• Select the unit of text (character, word, line, or paragraph) you want to hear when the mouse pointer pauses over text in a control. By default, JAWS
reads the current line of text under the mouse. This means that if you move the mouse pointer into the document area of an application such as Microsoft
Word, JAWS will read the line of text under the mouse. As you continue moving the mouse around the edit control, JAWS will read other lines from the document.
If the control cannot provide the requested unit of text, then JAWS will read all of the text provided by the control. For example, if you move the mouse
into the edit control of the Windows 10 Sticky Notes app, JAWS will read the entire contents of the edit field instead of the specified unit of text.
• Choose whether or not JAWS speaks descriptive information provided by the control that contains the text at the mouse pointer. This information will
be spoken after the text at the mouse pointer is spoken. Note that descriptive text is not always available. The default is to not speak this information.
• Choose whether or not JAWS speaks the control type and state of the control containing the text at the mouse pointer. This information will be spoken
after the text at the mouse pointer is spoken. The default is to speak control information.
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Alternatively, the following layered keystrokes are available to control mouse echo:
 
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• INSERT+SPACEBAR, E, O. Toggles mouse echo on or off.
• INSERT+SPACEBAR, E, C. Sets mouse echo to speak the character under the mouse pointer in controls that support navigating by units of text.
• INSERT+SPACEBAR, E, W. Sets mouse echo to speak the word under the mouse pointer in controls that support navigating by units of text.
• INSERT+SPACEBAR, E, L. Sets mouse echo to speak the line under the mouse pointer in controls that support navigating by units of text.
• INSERT+SPACEBAR, E, P. Sets mouse echo to speak the paragraph under the mouse pointer in controls that support navigating by units of text.
• INSERT+SPACEBAR, E, QUESTION MARK. Speaks a brief help message describing the commands in the mouse echo layer.
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Note: When JAWS 18 and MAGic 13.1 are run together, the current mouse echo settings for MAGic will be ignored in favor of JAWS Mouse Echo speech settings.
When exiting JAWS so only MAGic is running, the original mouse echo settings configured in MAGic will be used. In addition, if MAGic's Mouse Line Lock
feature is enabled, the mouse line lock functionality in JAWS is disabled.
 
Lower the Audio from Other Programs While JAWS is Speaking
 
In Windows 8 and later, you can now specify that the volume of audio from other programs be lowered while JAWS is speaking. This is commonly known as audio
ducking. For example, if you are listening to music or playing a video and JAWS begins talking, the volume of the music or video will be slightly lowered
so you can comfortably hear JAWS and then raised back to its current level when JAWS stops talking.
 
For JAWS users with a braille display, you can also choose to mute JAWS speech (INSERT+SPACEBAR, S) while listening to audio from other programs and still
use JAWS with braille output only, without the audio from the other programs being reduced.
 
By default, audio remains at the same volume as JAWS speech. To change this, there are two ways. The easiest way is to open the Startup Wizard from the
JAWS Help menu and select the Lower the volume of other programs while JAWS is speaking checkbox located on the Speech Settings page.
 
Alternatively, you can change this option through Settings Center by doing the following:
 
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1. Press INSERT+F2, and select Settings Center.
2. Press CTRL+SHIFT+D to load the JAWS default settings.
3. In the Search edit box, type "volume" without the quotes.
4. Press DOWN ARROW to move to "Lower the volume of other programs while JAWS is speaking" in the filtered search results in the tree view.
5. Press SPACEBAR to toggle this option.
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Finally, you can also press INSERT+SPACEBAR, followed by D to quickly toggle this feature. If audio ducking is off by default, it will turn it on, and
if it is on by default, it will turn it off. The current setting will remain in effect until you press the layered keystroke again, or JAWS is restarted.
The audio ducking toggle can also be located using the Command Search feature (INSERT+SPACEBAR, J).
 
Note: Turning on JAWS audio ducking is most useful if both JAWS speech and other program audio are coming through the same sound device. If you use multiple
sound devices, such as a USB headset and external speakers connected to your computer's sound card, you can configure JAWS speech to use the headset while
other audio comes through the external speakers which you can then control using the physical volume control. To configure the sound card JAWS uses, from
the JAWS application window, open the Utilities menu, open the Sound Cards submenu, and then choose the sound device you want to use for JAWS speech.
 
Improvements with JAWS Touch Support
 
JAWS 18 offers improved performance when using a touch screen device, such as the Surface Pro tablet from Microsoft, as well as tablets with smaller screens.
You will experience greater accuracy and responsiveness as you perform various touch gestures including continuously moving a finger around the screen
to explore. You can also now perform Windows gestures without the need to first exit JAWS. The new four-finger rotate gesture causes the next gesture to
be passed directly to Windows; similar to the Pass Key Through command (INSERT+3). Performing a five-finger rotate gesture will now disable all JAWS gestures,
except the four and five-finger rotate gestures, so you can use Windows gestures until you perform another five-finger rotate to re-enable the JAWS gestures.
 
Other improvements to JAWS touch support include:
 
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• JAWS touch gestures are now included in the Command Search feature (INSERT+SPACEBAR, J). If you search for a command that can be performed using a keystroke
or a gesture, both the keystroke and gesture are displayed in the search results. You can also search for gesture-specific commands, such as toggling the
Touch Keyboard, or cycling through Touch Navigation, Text Reading, or Speech Settings gesture modes. The JAWS Command Search only includes gestures if
JAWS detects that it is running on a touch screen enabled device.
• It is now much easier to use gestures to switch between applications in the task switching window that displays when you swipe from the left edge of
the screen. When the task switcher opens, flick left or right through the list of running applications and when you locate the one you want, double tap
it to move focus in to that app.
• Improved the experience when using touch gestures to log into Windows. If the Login screen is active and focus is on the Password edit field, performing
a double tap will immediately open the touch keyboard allowing you to enter your password. Otherwise, flick right or explore until you locate the Password
edit field and then double tap to set focus and open the touch keyboard.
• In response to user feedback, the default typing mode for the touch keyboard is now Touch Typing, which means a key is typed as soon as the finger is
lifted from the keyboard button, or you perform a split tap.
• If the gesture mode is set to Text Reading, you can now perform a four-finger swipe down to begin a Say All in the currently open document, similar to
pressing INSERT+DOWN ARROW on the keyboard. To stop reading, tap anywhere on the screen.
• In response to customer requests, added a new option to the Touch Cursor group in Quick Settings that allows you to choose the element type that is navigated
to when using the flick up and flick down gestures. The available choices are Regions (selected by default), Headings, List Items, Buttons, Links, Groups,
and Form Controls. Note that not all apps support these navigation types; they are typically available in modern apps and web applications.
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Refer to the
Overview of JAWS Touch Support
 document for more information and to review all the available JAWS gestures.
 
Launch JAWS on Tablets Using Hardware Buttons
 
You can configure the Windows and Volume Up buttons on a tablet to start JAWS instead of Narrator when these buttons are pressed simultaneously. This is
done through the Ease of Access Center in Windows by doing the following:
 
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1. Open the Start menu, type "ease of access", and then press ENTER to open the Ease of Access Center.
2. Navigate to the "Make Touch and Tablets Easier to Use" link and press ENTER.
3. In the Accessibility Tools combo box, select JAWS 18.
4. Choose OK, and then close the Ease of Access Center.
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The next time you are in a situation where JAWS is not running, you can press the Windows and Volume Up buttons together to quickly launch it from anywhere
in Windows. If you are on the Secure Desktop or Windows Login screen, these hardware buttons will always launch Narrator. However, once you are logged
in, these buttons will now start JAWS 18.
 
Improved Google Docs Support
 
JAWS 18 offers significant improvements when working in Google Docs. While users will experience better performance overall, a few key enhancements include:
 
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• You can now type text into a document using Contracted Braille.
• Added speech and braille support for navigating tables inserted into documents.
• Resolved several issues with JAWS not detecting live region updates.
• Addressed issues where JAWS was announcing extraneous information when opening menus.
• Resolved several issues with menus and focus.
• Resolved multiple issues where focus would unexpectedly jump to other places while editing a document.
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More Dynamic Braille Auto Advance Mode
 
Auto Advance Mode is equivalent to the Say All command for braille readers and has been available in JAWS for many years. After performing the appropriate
command on your braille display (left and right selector buttons on the Focus series displays), the braille display is automatically panned at a specific
speed through an entire document, automatically skipping over blank segments and blank lines. In prior versions, users could configure how long JAWS paused
before automatically panning the display. Once configured, the display would pan at the same speed regardless of how much information was on the display,
so most users would set the timer for optimal reading when the display was full. However, if the display panned to a short line containing only a few words
with the remaining cells being empty, which could occur more frequently with larger displays such as those with 40 or 80 cells, this could be inconvenient
as the user would have to wait for the display to advance which could cause an interruption with reading.
 
To improve the reading experience when using Auto Advance Mode, JAWS now pans faster or slower depending on the length of the current braille line. The
display will pan faster for short lines so you can instantly move to the next segment without having to wait once you have finished reading, but will pan
slower for longer lines up to a maximum length of time which is used when the display is full. This maximum value can be configured through Settings Center
using the new Auto Advance Maximum Interval option. By default, it is set to 5000 milliseconds, or five seconds.
 
For example, if you have an 80 cell display and the current braille line takes up the majority of the display, JAWS will pan the display after five seconds.
If the display pans to a short line containing only a few words and the remaining cells are blank, JAWS will pan the display within a couple seconds.
 
Updated Handy Tech Braille Display Drivers
 
JAWS 18 includes updated braille display drivers from Handy Tech. These new drivers fix issues with braille input and language detection for messages and
introduces support for their latest displays.
 
ARIA Improvements
 
JAWS 18 ads support for several ARIA 1.1 features that are being used on certain web pages. These include the aria-modal, aria-current, and aria-placeholder
attributes, as well as support for partially visible tables.
 
Changes to Sentence Navigation Keystrokes in the Desktop Keyboard Layout
 
In the JAWS Desktop Keyboard Layout, pressing ALT+DOWN ARROW or ALT+UP ARROW moves to the next or prior sentence, or opens and closes combo boxes. In addition,
some applications also use these keystrokes to perform their own specific functions which means JAWS users need to first press INSERT+3 to pass these keystrokes
through to the application so they work correctly. For instance, ALT+DOWN ARROW and ALT+UP ARROW are used in the attachments area in Microsoft Outlook
2016 to open and close the list of actions you can perform with the selected attachment.
 
To avoid potential conflicts, ALT+DOWN ARROW and ALT+UP ARROW in the desktop keyboard layout will now only move by sentence in Microsoft Word, WordPerfect,
the message area in Microsoft Outlook, and when using the Virtual Cursor unless focused on a combo box. If you want sentence navigation to work in other
applications, you can use the Keyboard Manager to reassign the Say Next Sentence and Say Prior Sentence commands, or switch to the laptop keyboard layout
and use CAPS LOCK+N and CAPS LOCK+Y to move by sentence.
 
To assign new keystrokes for sentence navigation, do the following:
 
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1. Press INSERT+F2 and select Keyboard Manager.
2. Press CTRL+SHIFT+D to load the default key map file.
3. Press TAB to move to the list view and locate the "SayNextSentence" script.
4. Press CTRL+A to open the Add Keystroke dialog box, press the key combination you want to use, and press ENTER. Press ENTER once more to confirm the
change and return to the list view.
5. Locate the "SayPriorSentence" script.
6. Press CTRL+A to open the Add Keystroke dialog box, press the key combination you want to use, and press ENTER. Press ENTER once more to confirm the
change and return to the list view, and then press ALT+F4 to close the Keyboard Manager.
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Enhancements in JAWS 18.0.2118 (December 2016)
 
The following is a list of improvements made between the initial JAWS 18 release and the December 2016 update.
 
To download the latest release, visit the
Downloads web page.
 
JAWS
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• The keystroke to announce the comment at the cursor location in a Word document as well as all of the JAWS Tandem keystrokes can now be found using the
JAWS Commands Search feature (INSERT+SPACEBAR, J).
• You can now press a braille display cursor router button on a file in Windows Explorer to rename the file.
• Addressed an issue with JAWS not reading as expected after using the mouse to minimize or close the Virtual Viewer.
• Resolved an issue where some controls in the Windows Update dialog box were not being correctly identified as links when using Touch or Mouse Echo.
• When changing the setting for the User Pan Mode option in Settings Center, resolved a reported issue where the corresponding option in Quick Settings
was not getting changed.
• Addressed a customer reported issue with braille flash messages using the "err" type not working when the flash message verbosity was set to Advanced.
• Resolved a reported issue where JAWS was unexpectedly restarting under some circumstances when using the Auto Graphics Labeler.
• Addressed reported issues with some Research It lookup sources not working as expected in both the Spanish and German versions of JAWS.
• A customer using the Spanish version of JAWS reported several English messages and keystroke conflicts. These have been resolved.
• In response to customer feedback, if a French keyboard has been added in Windows Regional Settings and LEFT ALT+LEFT SHIFT is pressed to switch the keyboard
language, JAWS now announces when the keyboard language changes to French.
• This update includes the latest braille display drivers from Humanware for the Brailliant BI and BrailleNote Touch.
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JAWS Touch Support
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• The three-finger flick down and three-finger flick up gestures now cycle between the panes in various applications including the Windows Mail app, Microsoft
Word, and JAWS Settings Center. This is similar to pressing F6 or SHIFT+F6 on the keyboard.
• When you move to a slider control using touch, you can now flick up or down with one finger to adjust the value of the slider.
• You can now review the contents of a command prompt window using touch gestures.
• As you explore the screen with the touch keyboard active, JAWS now plays a sound to indicate when you are on a keyboard button.
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Vocalizer Expressive 2.2
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• Resolved an issue where the Set Language as Primary button was not available as expected in the Voice Adjustment dialog box when configuring voice profiles
for certain languages.
• When creating a new voice profile, addressed an issue with certain languages where no voices were being listed in the Person combo box.
• Resolved issues with the Speak Sample button not working as expected when creating a new voice profile.
• Resolved a reported issue where there were no pauses in speech when the punctuation level was set to none.
• Addressed an issue where it was not possible to switch to the English South Africa voice using the Select a Language dialog box (WINDOWS Key+CTRL+L).
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Adobe Acrobat
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• While navigating in PDF documents, resolved an issue where focus was unexpectedly moving to a different location in the document.
• Resolved a reported issue where JAWS was not reading graphics correctly in Acrobat Reader DC.
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Microsoft Excel
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• In the Excel 2016 spell checker, addressed a reported issue where JAWS was saying "no selected item" while navigating the list of suggestions.
• Updated the documentation for the Move to Worksheet keystroke (CTRL+SHIFT+S) to make it easier to locate using the JAWS Commands Search.
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Microsoft Outlook
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• Resolved a customer reported issue where messages were automatically being read even when the Messages Automatically Read option in Quick Settings was
turned off.
• Resolved an issue with JAWS not correctly speaking the state of check boxes when creating custom search folders.
• Improved JAWS performance when using the Outlook 2016 search (CTRL+E).
• When using the CTRL+ALT+1 through 4 keystrokes to change the Calendar view in Outlook 2016, addressed an issue where JAWS was sometimes not indicating
the view gaining focus.
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Microsoft Word
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• Added a new Quick Settings option, Include Blank Paragraphs For Paragraph Navigation, to specify whether or not blank paragraphs are included when using
CTRL+UP ARROW and CTRL+DOWN ARROW. When enabled, navigation in the Word document with CTRL+UP ARROW and CTRL+DOWN ARROW will include blank lines as well
as paragraphs with text. This setting is off by default which means that blank lines are skipped.
• Resolved a customer reported issue with Spanish JAWS where pressing CTRL+SHIFT+COMMA or CTRL+SHIFT+PERIOD in a Spanish version of Office to decrease
or increase the font point size was not working as expected.
• JAWS now provides better access to form fields in unprotected documents in Word 2016.
• JAWS now indicates when split buttons in Office ribbons are unavailable.
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Skype
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• JAWS now announces Sign in and Sign out notifications as well as other miscellaneous alerts that were not previously being announced reliably.
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Web Browsers
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• JAWS now includes the contents of ARIA live regions in Braille Structured Mode. A good example to see this is Google Sheets, Google's web-based spreadsheet
program. Before this change, JAWS could speak cell coordinates or contents, but this information was not displayed in braille. Now, JAWS shows in braille
not only cell coordinates such as a1, a2 etc., but can also display the entire cell contents, or what is currently being typed into a cell.
• Added support for the ARIA 1.1 features aria-posinset and aria-setsize on menu items in Firefox and on tab controls in Internet Explorer.
• In Firefox, added support for the aria-errormessage, aria-rowindex, and aria-colindex ARIA 1.1 properties, as well as role="none" and the new "figure"
role.
• Added JAWS support for the ARIA 1.1 error message relation in Internet Explorer.
• Addressed a reported issue with navigating to and activating tab controls on web pages in Firefox.
• Resolved a customer reported issue where lists inside of a Navigation region on certain web pages were not being displayed correctly in Firefox.
• Addressed an issue with the "new tab page" message being announced at inappropriate times. This message should now only be heard when a browser tab opens
or closes.
• In Internet Explorer, addressed an issue where JAWS was not reading labels for clickable elements.
• Resolved reported issues encountered by some users when completing the JAWS Certification Exam.
• Resolved issues with JAWS reporting the incorrect state of check boxes when the Display Settings (DPI) was set higher than 100 percent which is often
the case on touch screen laptops and tablets.
• When selecting text in a multiline edit field in Google Chrome, resolved an issue where the selected text was not being indicated in braille.
• Addressed issues with form fields that use the aria-labelledby attribute not being seen by JAWS in Internet Explorer the same as they are in Firefox.
• Resolved an issue where JAWS was not correctly announcing links that contain the aria-describedby attribute in Internet Explorer.
• In Internet Explorer, resolved reported issues where check boxes and links were not working as expected inside of a div element using an ARIA role of
"grid". In addition, pressing INSERT+CTRL+B for a list of buttons on the page now works as expected inside an ARIA grid.
list end
Take care.  Mike.  Sent from my iBarstool.
Arguing with a woman is like reading a software license agreement.  In the end you have to ignore everything, & click I agree.

----- Original Message -----
From: Ann Byrne
Sent: Sunday, February 18, 2018 6:14 PM
Subject: what's new in JAWS 18

Can someone point me to a document with what's new in JAWS 18?  I opened the training materials for JAWS 18, but the "What's New" gave me info for JAWS 2018, which isn't what I need.
 
Thanks.
 
 

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