moderated Re: Resource for Jaws Accessible Programs

David Griffith

I do think we should start simple rather than get bogged down. But I also think that over time we could develop something more useful.
For example I don't agree that the list should or must get too long provided we develop the right presentation.
In this case it should be very easy right from the start to devise categories of app with simple headings.
For example
Office Productivity
Email and Messaging.
Audio and Video Tools
File Management and Compression
Media Players
Microsoft Store Apps
Inbuilt Windows apps
and so on an so on.
We could hopefully agree as a group on this list what the most logical categories are.
There would then be relatively few programs and apps in each category and people could jump to the category they are most interested in by a press of the H key.

Eventually a short description and information on how to obtain the app would in my view also be good including a download link if possible.

In terms of reliability/authenticity / validity of app suggestions I would not take too heavy a hand. Perhaps this could be best managed in the future by an option to post comments which could query the suitability of an app posting and any possible problems with using it.

For the present, before we find out how to develop a formal web page comment facility , we could immediately instead simply use our existing email list here to discuss whether an app is really suitable for the accessible program resource list.

People who disagree that an app is accessible could express their concerns here and other defend / explain how they manage to use the app. Hopefully a consensus could then be reached with possibly some clarifying access strategies included in the app/program description.
In the unlikely event such an initiative is abused I guess we need to agree someone to have responsibility for removing app suggestions to the program list. but I would anticipate that this would be rarely if ever needed and instead a light touch rather than a heavy handed approach would hopefully suffice. We are hopefully all grown up.
This is all down the line though and I hope negative worries do not bog us down. We need just a simple platform to host a list in the first place I think, and work from there.
I am sure many would find it immediately useful even in this stripped down initial presentation of a categorised list.
I am happy to help with some legwork but I think it should be a group initiative really plus my web page skills are presently restricted to just running a Word Press blog.
David Griffith

they -----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Mario
Sent: 18 November 2019 21:57
Subject: Re: Resource for Jaws Accessible Programs

if this list is going to continue, at some point, the list is going to get too long.

I thought a wiki is a webpage where members can contribute to a project of some sort. the concern is that someone can unintentionally add something that is inaccurate, not up to date, or misleading. so, that creates the question, is someone going to be in charge of maintaining the wiki to make sure the information is correct?

-------- Original Message --------
From: JM Casey []
To: <>
Date: Monday, November 18, 2019, 3:32 PM
Subject: Resource for Jaws Accessible Programs Well, the idea is interesting and, in response to Randy or someone else who posted on this topic, I started writing a list of the stuff I have on here.
But if not a wiki, or something along a similar concept, what do you suggest?
I mean, the whole point would be that users could contribute, no?
otherwise, the project wouldn't really get off the ground -- it would just be one or two guys' opinions on what programmes work well on their homepage, and, as you say, "who wants that?" :P

-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Mario
Sent: November 18, 2019 2:53 PM
Subject: Re: Resource for Jaws Accessible Programs

I agree there should be a central repository (website) where members or non members who are blind or visually impaired could read about a program and save it to their computer if they want to use a copy, but I disagree it should be connected to a wiki page. I was participating in a group discussion (a few years ago) and we decided to create a wiki page with alot of information about our discussions but hardly anyone wanted to spend the time to contribute to the wiki. plus, using a wiki where members can post inaccurate information about a program or procedure, and who wants that.

-------- Original Message --------
From: David Griffith []
To: <>
Date: Monday, November 18, 2019, 10:18 AM
Subject: Resource for Jaws Accessible Programs Many thanks

I have saved your additions and will create a master list.

I agree that a short description would be helpful.

Also eventually a download link or advice on how to get the application would also be helpful I think,.

Someone suggested that a Wiki page may be available to this list which may host this information.

I don’t know if anybody knows if this is true and whether or how we could use it for such a purpose.

Thanks again

David Griffith

*From:* <> *On Behalf Of *ARORA Meesha
*Sent:* 18 November 2019 08:31
*Subject:* Re: Resource for Jaws Accessible Programs

Thanks David, it’s a good start. It will also give us idea about using various JAWS compatible programs which may be useful to us other than we are currently using. Perhaps a small description can be added to those which are not obvious in their use.I have added two extra –Cisco Jabber & Oracle applications



*From:* <> < <>> *On Behalf Of *David Griffith
*Sent:* Friday, November 15, 2019 3:37 PM
*To:* <>
*Subject:* Re: Resource for Jaws Accessible Programs

I followed my own advice and reproduce the list of programs on my system that I have used at least once or twice with Jaws can think is accessible. Some programs I have used more than others. I have used MP3Direct cut hundreds of times but Audacity less so if people want any clarification of the programs I use then the amount of feedback I will be able to give will vary.

By the way in creating the application folder tip I gave earlier I forgot to remember that you get more joy arrowing rightwards rather than with the down arrow in reading what all your installed apps are.

Anyway here we go as a start list.

N.B rather than reproduce all these People could perhaps add programs that they are using to this list and I can try and consolidate it all into a master list.

Programs I am personally using with Jaws.


ABBYY FineReader 12


Audible Manager and downloader

Balabolka (eBook TTS Reader)

BBC iPlayer TV (Webbie)

BBC iPlayer Radio (Webbie)

Belarc Advisor (Diagnostics)

Brave Browser

Bookworm (eBook reader – only just installed)

Bulk Rename Utility

CDex 1.71 (CD Ripper)

CD Burner XP (CD Burner – have only used to limited extent)

CloseAll (Closes all windows and applications running)

Clock2 (Webbie Accessibility Suite)

Copy file Names

Copy Path

Codex eBook Converter.

Cisco Jabber softphone accessible with JAWS scripts available on Cisco website

Daisy Book Generator

DirZip (for creating separate zips of several folders in a directory.


DVD Audio Extractor



Explorer ++

Firefox Portable

Format Factory (File Conversion)

FreeM4B to Mp3 converter

FSReader 3


Google Chrome

Humanware Companion (For Victor reader Devices)

Internet Explorer

Inaudible Audible book Converter

iCloud (for transfer to iPone and iPad)


IrfanView (image viewer- now only use to Jaws OCR on)

Jarte +(Wordpad Replacement with spellchecker and other features)

Jaws 2019

JAWS 2020

Kindle Accessible Version

Kurzweil 1000 v. 14



Master Seeker (Fast file finder)

Microsoft Edge

Mp3Directcut (easy editing of mp3 files)

MP3Gain(increase volume of mp3 files)

MP3Tag (edit and quickly create mp3 ags)






Outlook Address Book View. (allows more reliable and easier viewing and saving of contacts)

Open Book

Oracle Enterprise suite (can confirm the accessibility on Finance module which works after installing Java –both 32 bit & 64 bit)

QCast (Podcast downloader)

QRead (eBook Reader)

OverDrive for Windows


Ponte's Media Downloader (Youtube downloader)

Podcast downloader (Webbie Accessibility Suite)

Plextext transfer (For use with Pllextalk Daisy Readers)

RSS Reader (Webbie Accessibility Suite)

Sendspace Wizard

Sharp Keys (For remapping keyboard)

Speak On Media Suite (For accessing RNIB Newspapers etc)


SyncBack Free (Back up utility)

Switch (Media Converter)

Task Manager

Tapin Radio

TextAloud 3 (Creates TTS Audio Books)

Team Viewer (Remote Screen sharing)

TWBlue (Twitter Client)

Unchecki (Stops Adware and Malware by unchecking boxes in installs)

VLC media player

Windows Media Player

Waterfox Portable



Virtual Recorder (Records output from sound car)

Hope we can start something here.


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*From: *David Griffith via Groups.Io
*Sent: *15 November 2019 14:12
*To: * <>
*Subject: *Resource for Jaws Accessible Programs

I changed the subject line to reflect the new discussion.

As a starting point on this list it would be useful if people could list the programs they know work well on their system with Jaws.

I can offer one tip to make it easier to establish which app people have on their system. Someone might have a better idea.

If you type or copy and paste the following command into the windows R run dialogue,

shell:AppsFolder command

and press enter

This will open a list view with all the apps you have on your system.

You can simply arrow down to review then all.

Here you can press enter to run the app or perhaps more usefully use the context key to create a shortcut .

For our purposes here you simply have to cursor down the list of aps, after about 10 apps open the Jaws speech history with insert space , then H and you should see the list of apps you have arrowed down in a form that you can copy and paste into a notepad file by pressing control a and then control c.

Alt tab back to your apps folder and continue cursoring down for about
10 app, open speech history history again and copy the resulting apps into your notepad file.

Continue until you have a file list of all the apps on your system.

As I say someone else might have a more elegant solution.

In any case edit the Notepad file to delete all the apps you know don’t work with Jaws.

Also you should probably delete any app that you don’t know if they work with Jaws or if you don’t want anybody else to know you have this app on your system.

I’ll try and do this as a starter list and others can then add or criticise the resulting list I have.

David Griffith

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*From: *ARORA Meesha <>
*Sent: *15 November 2019 13:24
*To: * <>
*Subject: *Re: How to navigate between two clocks with JAWS

Yes David, even I was delighted to find that JAWS works on this as it didn’t work on other apps I tried.

As for having a resource which could provide us with the list of JAWS accessible program, I think it will be immensely useful. Perhaps we can put the programs/Apps names in an excel and share it. May be we can give it versions so if any one wishes to add any list of programs or apps names, they can add these to the existing list and save it to the next version and share it in this group.

Perhaps it would work at least for the interim untill such a resource is available through Vispero.



*From:* <> < <>> *On Behalf Of *David Griffith
*Sent:* Friday, November 15, 2019 12:33 PM
*To:* <>
*Subject:* Re: How to navigate between two clocks with JAWS

Very glad it worked– I did see this option on the Microsoft Store but I was not sure you would be able to use it. I am especially pleased it is accessible with Jaws. Not all apps are though I think the situation is improving.

We need an Apple Vis type website with category lists of programs and Microsoft Store Apps Which are confirmed to work with Jaws.

There is something called NVDA Road tested Programs on Accessibility Net which is pretty much guaranteed to provide options for Jaws as well but somethings are accessible with Jaws and not NVDA and vice versa.

There used to be a Programs page on the old Jaws User Mailing list website but this seems defunct now and will not load here. Tom Lorimore’s White Stick website will not be update given his recent sad death. I don’t know if anybody else knows of a similar resource?

VFO Should really host this for the community I guess but if anybody has a web page that could be used I would be happy to provide some program suggestions and comments.

David Griffith

*From:* <> < <>> *On Behalf Of *ARORA Meesha
*Sent:* 15 November 2019 08:26
*To:* <>
*Subject:* Re: How to navigate between two clocks with JAWS

Good Idea David, I tried a world clock app on the Microsoft store and it is accessible with JAWS and it groups different time zones although I have to navigate few times to reach it. Good part is that I can add more
than five, not that I need that manyJ

Thanks for the suggestion.


*From:* <> < <>> *On Behalf Of *David Griffith
*Sent:* Thursday, November 14, 2019 1:22 PM
*To:* <>
*Subject:* Re: How to navigate between two clocks with JAWS

As a workaround have you tried separate World Clock applications or Website?

For example

Once you have set a website like this up to your desired time zone you can set it up as a shortcut on your desktop or even, with a bit of further fiddling and editing of the shortcut, put it on the windows 10 Taskbar. Let me know if you want instructions on this.

In terms of apps rather than websites I think you will need to search for World Clock apps rather than clock apps as normal clock applications will just provide the standard feedback from the system time.

David Griffith

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*From: *ARORA Meesha <>
*Sent: *14 November 2019 07:35
*To: * <>
*Subject: *Re: How to navigate between two clocks with JAWS

Yes I did try to go to the clock after pressing Windows B and then navigating to the system clock however it only provides feedback for one clock and not the other one.



*From:* <> < <>> *On Behalf Of *Van Lant, Robin via Groups.Io
*Sent:* Tuesday, November 12, 2019 4:06 PM
*To:* <>
*Subject:* Re: How to navigate between two clocks with JAWS

You probably cannot do it with the JAWS F12 keystroke to check time, but if both clocks appear on your System tray in the bottom right of your screen, then you can try using Windows key B to get to the system tray, then arrowing left or right to hear the clocks. I usually find focus is at the far left of the icons in the system tray, so it is fastest to arrow left and focus will quickly circle around to the far right of the icons where the standard system clock is.

*From:* <> < <>> *On Behalf Of *ARORA Meesha
*Sent:* Tuesday, November 12, 2019 6:01 AM
*To:* <>
*Subject:* How to navigate between two clocks with JAWS

Hi members,

Can I check time for two time zones simultaneously using JAWS?

I have added two clocks however JAWS just provides feedback for one of it so not sure how to access time for the other one.



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