moderated Re: How should Custom Highlights work?
Bill White <billwhite92701@...>
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Hello, Jonathan. Here is the documentation for Custom Highlight Assign from JAWS Help
Custom Highlight Assign
Use Custom Highlight Assign to specify colors that are then recognized by JAWS as highlighted. This is very useful in applications that do not use Windows colors, or do not allow you to modify preset color settings. For more information, please refer to Custom Highlight Colors.
Custom Highlight Colors
Windows uses highlights to set apart icons and menu items that have the system focus. Text that is selected is also highlighted. The colors used for these
highlights are set in Control Panel, Display, Appearance. These colors are also specified in some applications. JAWS reads the text of highlighted items,
an JAWS echoes changes to what is highlighted. So when you move through a menu, JAWS reads each menu item to which the highlight (or selection) is moved.
In JAWS, you can now specify which colors are recognized as custom highlights for your applications. Specify custom highlights based on:
list of 3 items
• Foreground Color (text color)
• Background Color
• Both Foreground and Background Colors
Once assigned, text matching the color(s) you have specified is treated as highlighted by JAWS. For example, SaySelectedText (INSERT+SHIFT+DOWN ARROW)
reads Custom Highlights you have assigned.
Assigning Custom Highlight Colors
Custom Highlight Options Dialog
Custom Highlight Options
Use the Custom Highlight Options dialog box to modify how JAWS reacts to Custom Highlights you have assigned for an application. Change how JAWS treats Windows Highlights and Custom Highlights or delete assigned Custom Highlights. However, you cannot assign Custom Highlights from this dialog. See Assigning Custom Highlight Colors.
To open the dialog box, do the following:
Open Settings Center, and type "Custom Highlight" without the quotes in the Search edit box.
Press DOWN ARROW to move to the filtered results, and select Configure Highlight Colors.
Press SPACEBAR to open the Custom Highlight Options dialog box.
The dialog box contains the following items:
Highlights List View
This list contains all of the defined color highlights. To remove an item in this list, select the Delete button or press DELETE on the keyboard.
Color Highlight Group
Use this series of radio buttons to specify which highlights are spoken. Regardless of this radio button selection, all of the custom highlights are displayed in the Highlights list view. The following options are available:
Windows Only: When this is checked, only the Windows Standard Highlights are treated as highlights. All custom colors defined for the application are ignored.
Custom Only: When this is checked, only the custom highlight colors are treated as highlights. Windows Standard Highlights are ignored.
Windows and Custom: Both Windows Standard Highlights and Custom Highlights defined in this application are processed as highlights.
Custom Highlight Colors
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Cohn, Jonathan via groups.io
Sent: Monday, December 21, 2020 1:56 PM
Subject: Re: How should Custom Highlights work?
I was not able to find help documentation for Custom Highlight in JAWS 2021. But the short description in settings center goes along with my understanding.
Where did you find documentation?
On Dec 19, 2020, at 9:06 AM, James Benstead <james.benstead@...> wrote:
Thanks, that's really interesting. It sounds like Custom Highlights works in a different way to what is described in the help file, is that right? Are you able to provide any examples of how you use Custom Highlights that I could replicate on my own JAWS installation? I'm keen to know what the feature does and how it works but I'm struggling to do that.