Sent: Sunday, November
10, 2019 11:03 AM
Subject: Spell Checking and
I think many
people forget that for over a decade now there has been a basic word
processor provided with Jaws called HJ Pad.
On my system
it is located in
potentially a very useful utility. However it is unfortunately showing its
age and takes a few seconds to load on my machine, normally after windows
reporting a not responding message which then
badly needs updating in other areas also but remains useful.
this is by no means a fully fledge Word Processor in the style of Word many
Word shortcuts work here. For example control H will bring up the replace
dialogue with options for replace all etc. It also provide basic formatting
with, if you need it bold, underline italics etc . You will need
however to use Jaws key plus F to confirm format information
think the most valuable aspect to this little word processing utility lays
not in format control but it extremely easy and accessible Spell checking
spellchecking in Word office subscription version increasingly un-intuitive.
I can sort of use it but sometimes it appears to inexplicably miss obvious
spelling errors. This is probably my user error but I never had problems
with spell checking in earlier versions of Word and I do get a little lost
amongst the mass of Grammar options Word now provides.
As result I
am a little untrusting of Word, , especially for blog
and dirty checking of Blog posts HJPad is an option. The Spell Checker is
not modern, a little limited in vocabulary and any attempt to add a
word to a User Dictionary results in an error message.
the Spell Checker is like stepping back in time to the easy early Word
Spell Checking dialogues and for quick blog checking is I think, still a
useful free tool for Jaws
wish FS would devote just a little effort to update this utility as I am
sure others would find it really useful with a little tweaking. With a
slightly improved dictionary, and the repair of the broken ability to add
words to a User dictionary it would really come in
Also a basic
script so that Jaws announces bold on and off as control b and other
formatting changes are made would also update this utility
If FS really
cannot devote any time to updating this utility then perhaps they
could make it open source and freeware so that the VIP programming
community could take this little product forward and develop it to the
benefit of screen reading users everywhere. It could then rise from
obscurity to have a new life to assist many of us.