moderated Re: new to jaws after 10 years using a mac

David Goldfield <david.goldfield@...>

I'm very interested in hearing your experiences on Windows accessibility from the perspective of a long-time Mac user. This particular list may not be the most appropriate place to have that conversation but if you ever decide to document your experiences, including what you see as pros and cons regarding the accessibility of both operating systems, I hope that you might consider letting us know. I've been using Windows with screen readers since 1992 and I've used a Mac off and on for a period of four years. It's my opinion that using Windows with JAWS, particularly with Office, is the best accessibility experience I have ever had but your viewpoint may be very different considering how well you probably know the Mac. I don't intend to start a Mac vs PC discussion on a list intended to provide JAWS support but, again, please do let us know if you should decide to chronicle your journey, such as on a blog.

David Goldfield,
Blindness Assistive Technology Specialist
JAWS Certified, 2019
On 11/6/2020 4:33 AM, Stephanie wrote:

 I'm studying a music degree, and for that, I need to use software that does not work with a mac [braille music editor] I also feel it more useful down the line when I start working. 


On 6 Nov 2020, at 8:11 pm, renette bloem <renette@...> wrote:

Good Day


Maybe it was mentioned earlier, but why the decision toe switch from Mac back to JAWS?




From: <> On Behalf Of Stephanie
Sent: Friday, 06 November 2020 01:17
Subject: Re: new to jaws after 10 years using a mac


Thank you all for your most helpful advice! 



On 6 Nov 2020, at 10:05 am, David Goldfield <david.goldfield@...> wrote:


Are you familiar with the JAWS help system? It is incredibly comprehensive.

Press insert-J to open the JAWS window.

Press f1 to access the help system.

You will be in a list of what are known as books and topics.

Think of a topic as a chapter within a book.

Pressing enter will toggle a book from being opened or closed. A book must be opened in order to see the list of topics which are contained within that book.

Alternatively, when you are pointing to a book pressing right arrow opens the book and pressing left arrow closes it.

When you choose a topic that you want to open press enter.

Once you press enter your focus will still be in the list of books and topics. Press the F6 key to move to the topic that you opened. Topics will contain headings and, in most cases, links, just as though you were reading a Web page. Standard reading commands can be used to read each topic.


When you want to return to the list of books and topics press the F6 key again.


David Goldfield,
Blindness Assistive Technology Specialist

On 11/5/2020 6:01 AM, Stephanie wrote:

 Hello all,


 I recently purchased my first windows pc for over ten years and have jaws 2020. I also have a Focus braille display. 


 First of all, is there a way of navigating the screen using the focus display? Switching between display and keyboard is quite annoying, or perhaps I just need to get used to it. Also, how do I mute the speech and then unmute it again when necessary. 


Lastly, is there a document, or book [in brf or word] with help on how to use jaws? I don't do well with audio and prefer a written reference if possible. 


Thank you so much for your help.




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