Moderated Re: Sharing temporary dictionary files

Udo Egner-Walter

Hi Mark, 

Dictionary files are stored in your settings folder with the name of the application (and extension .jdf) or in case of all applications with the name "default.jdf". 

If your technical conference is based on an offline application/desktop application you can only overwrite existing application JDF files or since the JDF files are text based writing a script to add the entries at the end of this text file. 

If your technical conference is based on an internet site used in a browser you can use domain-specific files.  If you want to create a dictionary file, let's say for a website called "" you can do this: 

- Open your site in the browser 
- Press JAWS+D to open Dictionary Manager. If there's no dictionary file created for your browser, JAWS will  ask you to make a new one. 
- If the Dictionary Manager app is on the screen go to file menu and open it. 
- There's an entry for making a domain-specific Dictionary Manger file (I don't know the exact name since I'm not using an English version of JAWS)

The entries you make within this file are stored in "". You can copy this file from your Settings Folder and mail it to other persons if you like. Every time they will visit your site ( JAWS will load this file and unload it if you are going to another URL. 

Hope this helps

Am 18.03.2021 um 12:13 schrieb Mark <mweiler@...>:

There was a bit of a discussion about dictionary files earlier and here's another scenario. Imagine you are hosting an event, like a technical conference, and would like to share a JAWS dictionary file that contains entries that are unique to the conference's online experience.  In some cases, there could be a lot of entries, especially if a conference web platform uses lots of specialized terms. Rather than expect guests to manually add those entries, you'd like to share a dictionary file called "my conference.jdf". Guest could load it at the start of the conference, and then when it's done, unload the file.  Anyone have experience in this sort of thing?

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