moderated Re: will jaws18 work with the update of win10 coming out in a week or so from today May 29?

Hank William Merchant

Hello back,

Good morning. Thanks very much for your replys thus far to my email inquiry will jaws18 work with the Win10 update coming out in a week or so from today May 29? Just to clerify, I am still using the older, older version called jaws 18 with my current version of win10, not jaws2018. Much, much thanks again for any more help I can maybe get on this inquiry.

All the best,
Warmest regards,


----Original Message-----
From: Mario
Sent: Saturday, May 30, 2020 10:49 PM
Subject: Re: will jaws18 work with the update of win10 coming out in a week or so from today May 29?

that's what I heard. don't know if it's true or not. I can't imagine
that at least JAWS 2019 or 2018 won't be able to work on the 2004 (20H1)
update to Windows 10.

-------- Original Message --------
From: Hank William Merchant []
To: <>
Date: Friday, May 29, 2020, 1:44 PM
Subject: will jaws18 work with the update of win10 coming out in a week
or so from today May 29?
To all that have responded thus far to my inquiry email on how is jaws
2020 better with google chrome, I really appreciate all your very
helpful responses. Thanks very, very much for all the very helpful
responses thus far on this inquiry.
Ps. So is the latest update of Win10 coming out in a week or 2 going to
not work with Jaws18, but wil yes work really good with Jaws2020? I am
currently using my jaws18 with Win10. Much, much thanks in advance for
any possible help I can get on this new inquiry will jaws18 work with
the update of win10 coming out in a week or so from today May 29?
Warmest regards,
*From:* Sieghard Weitzel
*Sent:* Tuesday, May 26, 2020 12:41 PM
*Subject:* Re: how is jaws2020 better when using google chrome?

True, there are users with machines which belong to their employer who
can’t reinstall Windows easily or as in your case where you may not want
to do so because of your agreement with Del. When I first bought this
Asus Zenbook I actually didn’t reinstall Windows 10 either although I
upgraded it from the Home version it came with to the Pro version I use
at my business, but it ran quite well so I left it alone.

If I reinstall Windows I first delete all partitions, then repartition
the drive, reformat it and then reinstall and while I don’t do this
unless absolutely necessary it is a last resort which often will help.

As for changes in Jaws 2020 and Chrome-based browsers or the internet in
general, they do exist even though you may not notice them or use them.
The internet and the way web designers code web pages changes all the
time and in order to keep up with these changes it is my opinion that
you will get the best experience with the latest version of Jaws and
this of course also applies to applications like the Office programs,
Zoom which many of us use these days and so on. In the case of Zoom the
latest version of Jaws 2020 includes scripts which you wouldn’t have in
Jaws 2019 let alone earlier versions. Below are some examples of changes
with respect to the internet:

Reduced Double Speaking of Form Control Prompts

When navigating and filling out forms on the web, it has become
increasingly common for web page authors to include the prompt inside
the control in addition to assigning an accessible Tag for the control.
While non-screen reader users only see the written prompt, those using a
screen reader are getting both the Prompt and accessible Tag in Speech
as well as Braille if a display is in use. Often times, the web page
author has assigned the same text for each, so it appears the screen
reader is double speaking. In JAWS 2020, we have greatly reduced the
amount of double speaking of form controls as you navigate using speech
and Braille by comparing the prompt and these tags, and only speaking or
brailling them both if they are different.

Virtual Cursor Toggle Now Tab Specific in Google Chrome

Today, there are many web apps where using the Virtual Cursor is not the
best approach. An example of this can be seen if you use Gmail in the
Chrome Browser. In these cases, it makes sense to toggle the Virtual
Cursor off by pressing INSERT+Z and then use this application with the
PC cursor. Many users also regularly open multiple tabs (CTRL+T) so they
can easily access different sites such as GMail plus one or two other
pages by moving between the open tabs using CTRL+TAB. This can become
frustrating as you need to constantly press INSERT+Z to get the right
cursor in use as you switch between tabs.

Beginning with version 2020, we are introducing an option to help JAWS
automatically remember the state of the Virtual Cursor for each tab once
you set it. It will also announce whether the Virtual Cursor is on or
off as you move between various tabs. Once you close the browser, or
restart JAWS, it will default back to its default behavior so you will
need to set this each day as you use it.

General Changes in Response to Customer Requests

By default, JAWS and Fusion now skip over blank lines while navigating
using the Virtual Cursor. This improves reading when navigating web
pages, PDF documents, Help Files, and the JAWS Results Viewer without
announcing all the blank lines. If you want to hear blank lines as you
navigate text, open Settings Center (INSERT+6) and clear the "Skip Blank
Lines While Navigating" check box.

Added a new Quick Settings (INSERT+V) option called "Announce Count of
Links, Headings, etc. when page loads," which is on by default. Turning
this setting off causes JAWS and Fusion not to announce the number of
these elements when a web page loads.

While browsing the internet, JAWS will no longer announce "Clickable" by
default as you move to various content.

You should no longer hear the message "Press JAWS Key+ALT+R to hear
descriptive text" as you navigate form controls and certain other
elements on the web.

Removed extraneous "Insert F1 Help" announcements that were heard when
navigating through various controls on the web.

*From:* <> *On Behalf Of *Patrick
*Sent:* Tuesday, May 26, 2020 8:18 AM
*Subject:* Re: how is jaws2020 better when using google chrome?


Sorry, I meant to say 2018.

With regard to my issues, I mentioned nothing in relation to my recent
problems in my last posting.

I simply pointed out, that in my experience, I found no difference
between jaws 2020 or 2018 when it came to functionality with google chrome.

In my opinion this is not unusual as jaws for the most part, acts the
same way with applications, unless there has been a specific change to
jaws to fix/enhance something which didn’t work in the last version.

As I said there is a difference when it comes to microsoft’s chrome
edge. This is to be expected, as jaws 2020 has addressed the problem
with the “jaws find” function in chrome edge.

I understand your points below, but we all don’t have the ability to
reinstall windows whenever it is needed.

Personally, I have a del laptop under warranty. If I want windows
installed, they are the ones to do it.

This is necessary, in order to keep up my four year service agreement
with them.

As you know, all of these installations come with loads of things that
you don’t want.

By the time you have uninstalled all the “trial” versions of everything,
you have a version of windows that could have been damaged anyway since
its installation.

Having installed windows from scratch yourself, you will be aware, that
uninstalling things can leave a footprint behind. Quite often, there are
empty directories, and entries in the registery which were not deleted.

In my 25 years as a software developer, I have seen this numerous times.

The only way to be absolutely sure that you have a proper version of
windows, is to actually install it yourself without any of the
“optional” features.

Again, in order to be sure, there should be absolutely nothing on the
drive when you start, or you could be installing over files that are
already there. This is something else that Microsoft will do from time
to time, in that if something exists, it will leave it alone and install
around it.

Then, of course, there is the windows home and professional additions,
which in themselves, have different functionality, group security
policies being one of them.


*From:* [] *On Behalf Of
*Sieghard Weitzel
*Sent:* Tuesday 26 May 2020 15:55
*Subject:* Re: how is jaws2020 better when using google chrome?

Patrick, are you using Jaws 18 or Jaws 2018, they are not the same, Jaws
2018 is a year newer than Jaws 18 and as far as I know there are more
and more problematic areas with Jaws 18 and the latest version of
Windows which is about to get rolled out. Also keep in mind that your
issues are not everybody’s issues and probably not even problems a lot
of people experience. I understand how frustrating it is when you run
into problems nobody else or almost nobody else seems to have, but these
situations do exist where a combination of your hardware and how
everything is configured causes strange issues which are hard to fix and
even harder to reproduce. In such a case and when all else fails a clean
reinstallation of Wibndows may be the only way forward although I am not
somebody who suggests this solution lightly. I currently experience
strange slow-downs on my laptop at home, granted it’s over 3 years old,
but it’s also a high-end machine with a six generation I7 processor,
16Gb of RAM and a 512Gb SSD. I find Outlook, Edge and Google Chrome as
well as certain File Explorer tasks to be quite slow especially when
compared to my work PC. I have been using the upcoming Windows 10
version via the Windows Insider program for a few months now because I
am also a Jaws beta tester and feel I should try and use upcoming
Windows versions so I can test new features and provide feedback
accordingly, but as soon as the 2004 version is officially out and I can
get the Media Creation Tool for it, I plan to wipe this laptop clean and
reinstall Windows from scratch, then Jaws 2020, Office and any other
applications I use and I know this will improve things since I have done
it with other PC’s many times.

If somebody is 3 or 4 years behind with Jaws it will always be my
recommendation to upgrade especially since sooner rather than later it
is probably necessary. Yes, I know there are people out there who still
use computers which are 8 or 10 years old with the now unsupported
Windows 7 with Jaws 16 or 17 and programs like Outlook Express which
have also been discontinued and are in my opinion super unsecure to use,
but this is not my philosophy.

Best regards,


*From:* <> *On Behalf Of *Patrick
*Sent:* Tuesday, May 26, 2020 12:11 AM
*Subject:* Re: how is jaws2020 better when using google chrome?

Hi Hank,

I am still using jaws 18 with windows 10 latest release. I did install a
trial version of jaws 2020, but there was no difference.

There was a difference however, between jaws 2018 and 2020 when using
the Microsoft edge version of chrome.

If you like google chrome, and your jaws 2018, try a browser called brave.

It is chrome based, but has a much lighter footprint on your computer
and will work with windows 7 and 10.


*From:* [] *On Behalf Of
*Sieghard Weitzel
*Sent:* Tuesday 26 May 2020 06:38
*Subject:* Re: how is jaws2020 better when using google chrome?

I didn’t see any other replies, but for many of us Jaws 18 was so long
ago, I for one don’t remember how it was different.

I assume you are still on Windows 7? Upgrading to the latest version of
Jaws is also going to be more and more necessary if you want to run the
latest release of Windows 10 which is coming up in the next few weeks.

*From:* <> *On Behalf Of *Hank
William Merchant
*Sent:* Monday, May 25, 2020 12:18 PM
*Subject:* Re: how is jaws2020 better when using google chrome?


I am currently using jaws18, before I go and buy jaws2020, can someone
maybe please give me just a couple of examples of how google Chrome
works alot better with Jaws2020 versus the older version Jaws18?

Any help with this would be greatly appreciated. Much thanks in advance
for any help with this.

Warmest regards,


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