Enhancements in JAWS 2019.1904.60 (April 2019)
The following is a list of improvements made in JAWS 2019
between the March 2019 update and the April 2019 update.
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Improved Heading Navigation When Using the Numbers Row
For years, users have been able to use 1 through 6 on the
numbers row to move to specific heading levels on web pages.
For instance, 1 for level 1 headings,
2 for level 2 headings, 3 for level 3 headings, and so on.
However, this type of navigation only allowed you to move to
headings equal or lower than the
level you were trying to move by. For example, if you
attempted to move to a level 3 heading, but the very next
heading was a level 2, JAWS would announce:
"No more headings at level 3 in this section," and would not
move past the level 2 heading.
Beginning with the April 2019 update, you can now move to
any given heading level on a page and if it is under a
different higher precedence heading, the
immediately higher precedence heading will be read so you know
that the new heading belongs to a different section. For
example, if you attempt to move
to a level 3 heading which causes you to jump past a level 2
heading, JAWS will announce the level 2 heading prior to
announcing the level 3 heading so
you know you have moved into a new section. You can also
choose to have JAWS play a sound to indicate when you move
into a new section or you can switch
back to the prior behavior which restricted heading navigation
to the current section.
To configure how JAWS navigates headings when using the
numbers 1 through 6, open Settings Center (INSERT+6 on the
numbers row), type "heading" into the
Search edit box, select the "Heading Navigation Using 1-6"
option, and then use the SPACEBAR to choose the setting you
want. Alternatively, open Quick
Settings (INSERT+V) from your browser and configure the
"Heading Navigation" setting.
Support for MathType Content When Reading in Office 365
You can now use JAWS or Fusion to read and study math
problems in Word documents created using the MathType software
from Design Science. To use this feature,
you must do the following:
• Make sure you are running the April 2019 release of JAWS
or Fusion along with Microsoft Word from Office 365.
• Install MathType from
and activate the software as a trial or actual license.
• In Settings Center, make sure the "Use Accessibility Driver
for Screen Capture" check box is selected.
When you encounter a math equation or formula in a
document, JAWS reads the problem and then says "Math Content."
You can then press INSERT+SPACEBAR followed
by EQUALS to open the JAWS Math Viewer so you can study the
equation in greater detail.
Once the Math Viewer is opened, you can navigate individual
parts of an equation like variables, terms, coefficients,
exponents, etc. As you navigate to
the various components, pressing DOWN ARROW will let you drill
down into and navigate within that level of the equation using
LEFT and RIGHT ARROW. Pressing
UP ARROW will move you back to the prior level. In addition,
if you have a Braille display and JAWS is set to United States
English or Unified English
Braille Grade 1 or Grade 2, the math equation or formula will
be displayed in Nemeth Braille. Pressing ESC will close the
Math Viewer and return to the
MathType Sample Demonstration document
for examples of how JAWS and Fusion can enable students to
access math content.
website for more details about MathType.
Easy Access to Answer or Disconnect From a Skype Call Using
the Desktop Application Version 8.42 or Higher
In Skype for Desktop 8.42 and later, JAWS or Fusion now
provides keystrokes for answering or disconnecting a call from
any application as well as moving
focus into the Skype main window. Note that these keystrokes
are only available in the Skype for Desktop application. They
will not work in the Skype for
Windows 10 universal app from the Microsoft store or the Skype
for Business app.
To answer an incoming call, press INSERT+SPACEBAR, y
followed by UP ARROW. To disconnect from a call, press
INSERT+SPACEBAR, y followed by DOWN ARROW.
To move focus directly into the Skype window, press
INSERT+SPACEBAR, Y followed by S.