moderated Re: Possible Warning About JAWS 2021 and Speech

Tom Lange

I took a look at the file that I got from sourceforge and it contains some sort of Italian avatar. OOPS! Sorry about that. Disregard my previous message. Chris, if you can post a link to the Silenzio program that would be appreciated.

On Nov 13, 2020, at 8:48 AM, Tom Lange via <lange85@...> wrote:

I found it at Sourceforge. It’s a relatively small zip file at 7.5 megs. You can get it at:


On Nov 13, 2020, at 8:36 AM, Don Mauck <don.mauck@...> wrote:

I have it, however, every time I try to run it, my Virus program removes it and states it is a trojan.


Don Mauck | Senior Accessibility Evangelist | Accessibility Program Office | (APO)


-----Original Message-----
From: Jessica D <jldail13@...>
Sent: Friday, November 13, 2020 9:28 AM
Subject: Re: Possible Warning About JAWS 2021 and Speech

I’ll try it too.
Can you please send me the link as well?
On Nov 13, 2020, at 11:17 AM, Tom Lange <lange85@...> wrote:
Hi Chris,
I looked for Silenzio yesterday and couldn’t find it. Do have a link to it, or is it small enough to send it to me?

On Nov 13, 2020, at 4:56 AM, Chris Hill <hillco@...> wrote:
Better yet, install silenzio, then you can still use audio ducking.

On 11/12/2020 18:58, Tom Lange wrote:
Hi all,

Immediately after installing JAWS 2021 this morning, I noticed that
speech at the beginning of words was being cut off when moving
around in dialog boxes, list views, et cetera. As you can well
imagine, the situation was intolerable and crazy-making . If this
happens to you after installing Fusion or JAWS 2021, you need to do
the following to solve the problem.

Step 1, press Insert+6 on the number row to get into Settings Center.
Step 2, press ctrl+shift+D to switch to the default settings.
Step 3, in the search box, type the word cut. Wait a few seconds
for the search results list to populate. You should see only one result.
It’s an unchecked checkbox with a label that reads as follows.

Avoid speech cutoff when using Bluetooth headphones or some sound cards.

If you tab away from that checkbox to read the explanatory text, you
should see some text that says

“Many modern Bluetooth headphones and speakers shut down after a
while of not receiving sound to conserve battery. If this check box
is selected, JAWS will keep them awake by constantly playing
silence. You will not hear anything, but your device will remain
active, resulting in more consistent speech.
Note that the battery of your headphones/speakers could drain faster
if you turn this on.
This check box is cleared by default.”

End of explanatory text.

Checking that checkbox will eliminate the speech cutoff. However,
the side effect is that some events will trigger a reduction in
speech volume, which can be troublesome if you’re only using a
laptop’s speakers. I compensated for this dip in volume by using
powered, wired external speakers.

Step 4, tab to the Apply button and press Enter or the space bar.
Step 5, tab to OK and press Enter to close Settings Center.

Note: The checkbox referenced in step 3 above is unchecked by
default in JAWS 2020 and Fusion 2020, and there is no speech cutoff.
So this is a bug which was apparently introduced in 2021 which needs
to be reported to Freedom Scientific.

I hope this helps you. Let me know if you have any questions.


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