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Re: Question on activation count

Tom Behler
 

Thanks, Steve.

I appreciate the clarification.

Tom in Michigan

----- Original Message -----
From: "Steve" <k8sp@...>
To: "The Jaws for Windows support list." <jfw@...>
Sent: Thursday, August 18, 2011 7:36 PM
Subject: Re: Question on activation count


Nope, you don't get any more activations. The only time the older versions might make a difference is if you run out of upgrades, then you could use a newer version as a demo and use the older version permanently.

You are given a certain number of keys. You can use those across any number of computers, provided you only use one at a time.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Tom Behler" <tombehler@...>
To: "Jaws users e-mail list" <jfw@...>
Sent: Thursday, August 18, 2011 4:29 PM
Subject: Question on activation count


Hi, all.

I'm between computers here, and have a question about Jaws activation counts.

I know I could call FS about this, but figured I might get a quicker answer from the list.

Regarding activations, does a single-license Jaws user like myself have a given number of activations for each separate version of Jaws, or is the allotted number of 3 activations constant across all versions of Jaws collectively?

I am getting a couple of new computers set up for both office and home, and am trying to figure out how best to proceed, while still keeping an older Windows XP machine around as a back-up in case that is needed as well.

I have Jaws 12, but a few earlier versions of Jaws that I could probably use if neded, if that would give me more activations to work with.

Thanks!

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Re: Question on activation count

Tom Behler
 

That's what I thought, so my next question is "How liberal is FS when it comes to getting your activation count re-set if needed?

Tom in Michigan

----- Original Message -----
From: "David" <davidwhitehead1957@...>
To: "'The Jaws for Windows support list.'" <jfw@...>
Sent: Thursday, August 18, 2011 4:41 PM
Subject: RE: Question on activation count


Hello there;

No, you will only receive 3
Regardless of which version you use,


-----Original Message-----
From: jfw-bounces@... [mailto:jfw-bounces@...]
On Behalf Of Tom Behler
Sent: Thursday, August 18, 2011 4:29 PM
To: Jaws users e-mail list
Subject: Question on activation count

Hi, all.

I'm between computers here, and have a question about Jaws activation
counts.

I know I could call FS about this, but figured I might get a quicker answer
from the list.

Regarding activations, does a single-license Jaws user like myself have a
given number of activations for each separate version of Jaws, or is the
allotted number of 3 activations constant across all versions of Jaws
collectively?

I am getting a couple of new computers set up for both office and home, and

am trying to figure out how best to proceed, while still keeping an older
Windows XP machine around as a back-up in case that is needed as well.

I have Jaws 12, but a few earlier versions of Jaws that I could probably
use if neded, if that would give me more activations to work with.

Thanks!

Tom from Michigan



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Re: let us discuss jaws13 features

Charles Coe
 

Hi,

Freedom Scientific has already scheduled webinars to begin in November
2011for JAWS version 13.

charles

-----Original Message-----
From: jfw-bounces@... [mailto:jfw-bounces@...]
On Behalf Of Alex Stone
Sent: Thursday, August 18, 2011 4:53 PM
To: 'The Jaws for Windows support list.'
Subject: RE: let us discuss jaws13 features

Bhavesh, we can discuss jaws 13 features all we like, but the public beta
will be coming out in the next month or so. Therefore this conversation is
redundant, as fs have already decided what new features in jaws 13 will be.
Cheers
Alex

-----Original Message-----
From: jfw-bounces@... [mailto:jfw-bounces@...]
On Behalf Of BHAVESH
Sent: 15 August 2011 17:36
To: The Jaws for Windows support mailing list
Subject: let us discuss jaws13 features

in this issue, i think even though it is late, we can discuss jaws13
features, which FS should add.
according to me, one feature that jaws13 should have is that it should allow
us to select the list of textual errors in a list view, and then select
which one to edit. this becomes easier to edit our preffered text.

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Re: [Bulk] ITunes again

Loreal Lavigna <Llavigna2@...>
 

Delete the iTunes library.itl file. This will force iTunes to recreate your
library. Let me know if you have trouble and I'll help you as best I can.

-----Original Message-----
From: jfw-bounces@... [mailto:jfw-bounces@...]
On Behalf Of kimsan
Sent: Thursday, August 18, 2011 7:47 PM
To: 'The Jaws for Windows support list.'
Subject: RE: [Bulk] ITunes again

David:
So which do I delete. In my music folder under the Itunes folder, I have the
following:
Previous iTunes Libraries, iTunes Library Extras.itdb, iTunes Library
Genius.itdb, iTunes Music Library.xml and iTunes Library.itl?



kimsansong@...

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From: jfw-bounces@... [mailto:jfw-bounces@...]
On Behalf Of Farfar on Laptop
Sent: 18 August, 2011 8:13 AM
To: The Jaws for Windows support list.
Subject: Re: [Bulk] ITunes again

Kimsan,

Stick with 10.3 and just delete the library file from your My Documents
folder. Mine was in the "My Music" subfolder.

ITunes will just create a new library file when you next launch it.

Loreal and Nickus are successful in using 10.4 on their systems with or
without the scripts, but most of the beta testers have had serious problems
with 10.4 and the latest scripts on Windows 7 in particular. That's why I'm
steering you away from that for now. Like me, you want to use ITunes, and
not test new script code.

Dave Carlson
From my Dell Latitude 630, currently not nearly close enough for my comfort
to my Audio Recording and Mixing Studios, San Francisco Bay Area. But I'll
try to remedy that situation.

----- Original Message -----
From: "kimsan" <kimsansong@...>
To: "'The Jaws for Windows support list.'" <jfw@...>
Sent: Wednesday, August 17, 2011 23:57
Subject: [Bulk] ITunes again


Hi,

I uninstalled 10.4 and installed 10.3 along with the scrips that was sent to
me. Here's the message I get.

iTunes

The file "iTunes Library.itl" cannot be read because it was created by

a newer version of iTunes.

OK

What does that mean and what should I do?

Thanks.





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Re: let us discuss jaws13 features

Alex Stone <alex.stone@...>
 

Bhavesh, we can discuss jaws 13 features all we like, but the public beta
will be coming out in the next month or so. Therefore this conversation is
redundant, as fs have already decided what new features in jaws 13 will be.
Cheers
Alex

-----Original Message-----
From: jfw-bounces@... [mailto:jfw-bounces@...]
On Behalf Of BHAVESH
Sent: 15 August 2011 17:36
To: The Jaws for Windows support mailing list
Subject: let us discuss jaws13 features

in this issue, i think even though it is late, we can discuss jaws13
features, which FS should add.
according to me, one feature that jaws13 should have is that it should
allow us to select the list of textual errors in a list view, and then
select which one to edit. this becomes easier to edit our preffered
text.

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Re: [Bulk] ITunes again

kimsan <kimsansong@...>
 

David:
So which do I delete. In my music folder under the Itunes folder, I have the
following:
Previous iTunes Libraries, iTunes Library Extras.itdb, iTunes Library
Genius.itdb, iTunes Music Library.xml and iTunes Library.itl?



kimsansong@...

-----Original Message-----
From: jfw-bounces@... [mailto:jfw-bounces@...]
On Behalf Of Farfar on Laptop
Sent: 18 August, 2011 8:13 AM
To: The Jaws for Windows support list.
Subject: Re: [Bulk] ITunes again

Kimsan,

Stick with 10.3 and just delete the library file from your My Documents
folder. Mine was in the "My Music" subfolder.

ITunes will just create a new library file when you next launch it.

Loreal and Nickus are successful in using 10.4 on their systems with or
without the scripts, but most of the beta testers have had serious problems
with 10.4 and the latest scripts on Windows 7 in particular. That's why I'm
steering you away from that for now. Like me, you want to use ITunes, and
not test new script code.

Dave Carlson
From my Dell Latitude 630, currently not nearly close enough for my comfort
to my Audio Recording and Mixing Studios, San Francisco Bay Area. But I'll
try to remedy that situation.

----- Original Message -----
From: "kimsan" <kimsansong@...>
To: "'The Jaws for Windows support list.'" <jfw@...>
Sent: Wednesday, August 17, 2011 23:57
Subject: [Bulk] ITunes again


Hi,

I uninstalled 10.4 and installed 10.3 along with the scrips that was sent to
me. Here's the message I get.

iTunes

The file "iTunes Library.itl" cannot be read because it was created by

a newer version of iTunes.

OK

What does that mean and what should I do?

Thanks.





kimsansong@...



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Re: JAWS and Negativity

Steve <k8sp@...>
 

Those navigation features are common for screen readers, including Window-Eyes and System Access. I do like the virtual ribbon workaround in Jaws, and I like the research-it feature, but unfortunately, it seems harder to maintain than it is probably worth. Some of the features like the word analyzer I don't find much use for, but maybe I would in certain academic pursuits.

About the only thing Jaws has going for it right now is the marginal cost to me of learning a new program. I hope they gdet time at F.S. to rework the system into some smaller modules that aren't so klugey and bug-prone.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Spencer McLean" <smclean@...>
To: <jfw@...>
Sent: Thursday, August 18, 2011 4:38 PM
Subject: JAWS and Negativity


Hi Everyone:

Since joining this list about a week ago, I've noticed a great deal
of negativity about JAWS. I don't want to downplay its problems
-- it has a few. And it seems like many on this list have encountered more
difficulties than I have which, naturally, puts one in a gloomier frame of
mind, not only with regard to the application itself but also to its future. Yes, JAWS's pricetag is waaay too high, its scripts are meager, its
glitchiness is frustrating, its documentation is lackluster, its tendency
not to do what you set it to do is legendary... But... It has some pretty
awesome features as well.

- navigating via SelectAGraphic/Paragraph/Heading features have
- revolutionized the way I read webpages. Experience with these can get me
- to the content faster than sighted people, provided that I'm at least
- passingly familiar with the website in question. SelectAParagraph is
- probably my favorite feature in JAWS. Go to any News site, click on an
- article and tell me that SelectAParagraph doesn't rock. You avoid all the
- mess and get right to the targeted content. For me, it's almost replaced
- placemarkers which were never reliable anyway given the rate at which
- webpages are redesigned.

- Personalized settings for webpage? Fantastic! I hate inline frames. If
- there are any Slate Magazine fans on this list, having to bump over that
- stupid Facebook inline frame to read articles drove me bunkers until I
- found out how to turn that off in CTRL+JAWSKey+V. And Slate. Com isn't the
- only site that puts that Facebook inline in inconvenient places. And for
- those like me who've been all-but-driven to madness by SayAll's obsessive
- need to vocalize Same-Page links on Wikipedia pages, you can turn that
- off under the Links branch in personalized settings. And the best part is
- that you can customize these settings for individual websites.

- Finally, some of the navigation keys are pretty sweet. Visited links is
- the most useful, for me. Going right to that spot you typically visit and
- hitting enter, so click. Going right to placemarkers on webpages that
- don't update a lot? Nice. Jumping to lines on a page? Paging through
- paragraphs? I use them all to get through the mess.

My intention is not to chastise. Like I mentioned above, JAWS has
its problems and its important to point them; I recognize that. So for all
of you who've held Freedom Scientific to account over JAWS's issues, I raise
my glass to you. But it has some pretty amazing navigational features as
well and I don't want that to be forgotten in the din.

Cheers,
Spence

PS: Does anyone know if the JAWS developers have any intentions of
implementing that Voiceover-in-Safari feature for the Mac which keeps all
webpage menus closed until you click on them to open them? If that wouldn't
clean up web browsing for Jaws in IE or Firefox...


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a random jaws issue to do with MS Word

Kirsten Edmondson <kirsten.edmondson@...>
 

Hi,
I have noticed in the last few days that I have a random issue with Jaws
when I use the copy/paste/cut commands (control keys plus v c or x) within
MSWord 2007. I select my item, I press one of the above key strokes and then
I if I use the arrow keys or the home/end to get to a place to write again
my jaws won't talk, it takes a couple of seconds to re-establish itself. I
can't say it's linked to the recent J12 update (12.0.1170) which I did
earlier in the week though as I've only noticed it I guess it could be.
Sometimes it happens when I insert something too. Has anyone else noticed
this too? It doesn't seem to happen anywhere else, such as in my email
program, so I think it's just with word. It's getting irritating because I
have to wait for it before I can carry on typing, or risk mucking up my
document. I intend to report this to FS, so please let me know (even off
list, Kirsten.edmondson@...) if you have noticed similar so I can
say that when I report it.
Thanks.
Kirsten.

Re: Question on activation count

Steve <k8sp@...>
 

Nope, you don't get any more activations. The only time the older versions might make a difference is if you run out of upgrades, then you could use a newer version as a demo and use the older version permanently.

You are given a certain number of keys. You can use those across any number of computers, provided you only use one at a time.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Tom Behler" <tombehler@...>
To: "Jaws users e-mail list" <jfw@...>
Sent: Thursday, August 18, 2011 4:29 PM
Subject: Question on activation count


Hi, all.

I'm between computers here, and have a question about Jaws activation counts.

I know I could call FS about this, but figured I might get a quicker answer from the list.

Regarding activations, does a single-license Jaws user like myself have a given number of activations for each separate version of Jaws, or is the allotted number of 3 activations constant across all versions of Jaws collectively?

I am getting a couple of new computers set up for both office and home, and am trying to figure out how best to proceed, while still keeping an older Windows XP machine around as a back-up in case that is needed as well.

I have Jaws 12, but a few earlier versions of Jaws that I could probably use if neded, if that would give me more activations to work with.

Thanks!

Tom from Michigan



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Re: new jfw

Chris Smart <csmart8@...>
 

Alex, what on earth would we do if you wern't counting for us and posting?

At 07:33 PM 8/18/2011, you wrote:
And four!

Re: new jfw

Alex Stone <alex.stone@...>
 

And four!
Alex

-----Original Message-----
From: jfw-bounces@... [mailto:jfw-bounces@...]
On Behalf Of Holger Fiallo
Sent: 15 August 2011 16:17
To: The Jaws for Windows support mailing list
Subject: new jfw

Here is what they fix.
The following is a list of items addressed or added between the final JAWS
12.0.1169 and the JAWS 12.0.1170 posting.

a.. Resolved an issue using JAWS in the iTunes Store after allowing the
automatic update of QuickTime Player to version 7.7.
b.. Resolved an issue in Lotus Notes where JAWS was not identifying links
in messages when navigating with the ARROW keys.
c.. Addressed a reported issue not reading check boxes contained in tables
on certain Web pages.
d.. Resolved an issue encountered on some systems where JAWS would not
start correctly.
Holger Fiallo
Kind Regard
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Re: new jaws

Alex Stone <alex.stone@...>
 

How many copies of this do we need? I've had at least three so far.
Alex

-----Original Message-----
From: jfw-bounces@... [mailto:jfw-bounces@...]
On Behalf Of Jacob
Sent: 15 August 2011 16:16
To: The Jaws for Windows support list.
Subject: Re: new jaws

Enhancements in JAWS 12.0.1170 (August 2011) The following is a list of
items addressed or added between the final JAWS 12.0.1169 and the JAWS
12.0.1170 posting.

a.. Resolved an issue using JAWS in the iTunes Store after allowing the
automatic update of QuickTime Player to version 7.7.
b.. Resolved an issue in Lotus Notes where JAWS was not identifying links
in messages when navigating with the ARROW keys.
c.. Addressed a reported issue not reading check boxes contained in tables
on certain Web pages.
d.. Resolved an issue encountered on some systems where JAWS would not
start correctly.

OZ0TE Jacob
Skype-ID: Jacob-DK
From: Chris Smart
Sent: Monday, August 15, 2011 5:03 PM
To: The Jaws for Windows support list.
Subject: Re: new jaws


Uh oh. *grin*
Any list of changes/fixes?
When I go to the FS site, I seem to only find the list of what's
new in Jaws 12, not the latest patch.

Chris

At 10:53 AM 8/15/2011, you wrote:
FYI. FS just release jaws 12.0.1170.

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Re: Research It settings question

Chris Smart <csmart8@...>
 

Actually you can define your own rule sets for ResearchIt, at least according to the document I found on the FS site. See my other reply for the link.

At 07:28 PM 8/18/2011, you wrote:
Hello there;

No, I don't think you can change anything with the research it feature, it
is what it is.

Re: [Bulk] new jaws

Alex Stone <alex.stone@...>
 

Chris, thanks for wasting 8kb of my bandwith on such a wise and erudite
comment!
Alex

-----Original Message-----
From: jfw-bounces@... [mailto:jfw-bounces@...]
On Behalf Of Chris Smart
Sent: 15 August 2011 16:04
To: The Jaws for Windows support list.
Subject: Re: [Bulk] new jaws

Dave, they've added a new feature called hand-holder with sound
effects. Just kidding!

At 10:58 AM 8/15/2011, you wrote:
Oh, boy! Wonder what they have added to Research It this time?

Oh, do I sound cynical? Well, let's see the "What's New" file and
I'll get
back to you.

Dave Carlson
From my Dell Latitude 630, currently not nearly close enough for
my comfort
to my Audio Recording and Mixing Studios, San Francisco Bay Area.
But I'll
try to remedy that situation.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Holger Fiallo" <holgerfiallo@...>
To: "The Jaws for Windows support mailing list"
<jfw@...>
Sent: Monday, August 15, 2011 7:53
Subject: [Bulk] new jaws


FYI. FS just release jaws 12.0.1170.
Holger Fiallo
Kind Regard
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Re: Research It settings question

David <davidwhitehead1957@...>
 

Hello there;

No, I don't think you can change anything with the research it feature, it
is what it is.

Sometimes yes? Most of the time no.

-----Original Message-----
From: jfw-bounces@... [mailto:jfw-bounces@...]
On Behalf Of Kirsten Edmondson
Sent: Thursday, August 18, 2011 6:56 PM
To: 'The Jaws for Windows support list.'
Subject: Research It settings question

Hi,
Is there a way of changing research it settings for UK users? When we click
on area codes nothing comes up; when we click on amazon product search it
brings up amazon.com and it would be better if it could be amazon.co.uk.
If anyone has any ideas or where I will be able to find out please let me
know.
I'm sorry if this is an old question.
Kirsten.





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Re: Research It settings question

Chris Smart <csmart8@...>
 

Kirsten, unfortunately, ResearchIt is US-centric, extremely so.
However, I believe you can adapt it for other services and Websites.
Look for the document
* <http://www.freedomscientific.com/documentation/../../PDF/visionloss/manuals/DevDoc/Research-It-Creating-Rule-Sets-for-JAWS.doc>Research It: Creating Rule Sets for JAWS (Word file)
at this link
http://www.freedomscientific.com/documentation/screen-readers.asp

Chris

Re: translation program

inthane <inthaneelf@...>
 

thank Octavian Rasnita on the BW list, he made the thing, grin.

I'm just doing what I usually do, find it, store it, and pass it around, smile.

deelf
. Moderator, Blind Access Help.
. Owner: Alacorn Computer Enterprises
"own the might and majesty of an alacorn"
www.alacorncomputer.com
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for blind computer users and Programmers!
http://grabbag.alacorncomputer.com

----- Original Message -----
From: "kimsan" <kimsansong@...>
To: "'The Jaws for Windows support list.'" <jfw@...>
Sent: Wednesday, August 17, 2011 12:46 PM
Subject: RE: translation program


Thanks for this Elf!
You're awesome!


kimsansong@...

-----Original Message-----
From: jfw-bounces@... [mailto:jfw-bounces@...]
On Behalf Of inthane
Sent: 17 August, 2011 1:32 AM
To: The Jaws for Windows support list.
Subject: Re: translation program

yes its made by a fellow on another list I am on, let me find the link...

ok here is the announcement Email with a live and working (I tested it just
before I sent this) link


Hi,

I have made a few updates to MaestroTranslate, that tools that can be used
for translating text with Google.

1. The program is now multi-threaded, so the interface can be used while the

program is translating a long document. It doesn't freeze anymore.

2. The program displays a progress bar that shows the percentage of the
translated text, which is helpful when translating long documents.

3. The translated text is displayed in the destination text field
continuously, and it can be read while the program translates the rest of
the document.

4. The program has a "Stop" button that can be used for stopping the
translation of the current text, which might be utile sometimes for long
documents.

5. Zlatko Sobocan created improved JAWS scripts for MaestroTranslate, and
now the installation and configuration of these scripts can be done much
easier.

At the installation time (or later), the program ask you to choose the
hotkey you want to use for translation and the hotkey for configuration.
The hotkey for translation is the one you can use to translate the word at
the cursor or the selected text, and the hotkey for configuration is the one

you could use to choose the source and destination languages and other
options (and it will appear a wizard that will let you make the choice).

These scripts are installed automatically when you install MaestroTranslate,

and you can uninstall them without uninstalling the program. They are
uninstalled when you will uninstall the program.

The interface of these scripts is also localized. You can change its locale
by changing the current language of the MaestroTranslate's interface (and
then press Control+JawsKey+Escape to re-initialize the scripts).
The localization may change the language of the spoken messages, the names
of the languages and possibly their order (in the lists displayed in that
configuration wizard).

6. I have solved a few bugs that were making the translation of long
documents very hard. I have also solved a bug that prevented the translation

using the JAWS scripts on the first or even second trial right after the
computer has been restarted.
I have also solved a bug that prevented translating the current word pointed

with the JAWS cursor.

I have added a few details for installation in the readme file and much more

things in the help files of the program.

You can download it from:

http://www.tranzactiibursiere.ro/maestro/translate/

Octavian

so there you go its a desktop application that uses google translation and I

have found it to work well so far,
elf
. Moderator, Blind Access Help.
. Owner: Alacorn Computer Enterprises
"own the might and majesty of an alacorn"
www.alacorncomputer.com
. proprietor: Inthane's Grab Bag
for blind computer users and Programmers!
http://grabbag.alacorncomputer.com
----- Original Message -----
From: "Holger Fiallo" <holgerfiallo@...>
To: "The Jaws for Windows support mailing list" <jfw@...>
Sent: Monday, August 15, 2011 6:03 PM
Subject: translation program


Hi, Does anyone knows of a program or web that translate Spanish into
English that works well with JAWS? I want to translate a lyric song from
Spanish into English.
Holger Fiallo
Kind Regard
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Re: IE 9

Kerri <shalom75@...>
 

Yes and it happens fairly often, not to mentio how often the thing crashes.

Sent: Thursday, August 18, 2011 1:10 PM
To: 'The Jaws for Windows support list.'
Subject: RE: IE 9

Hi,
Yes, I doo as well.

Adi.

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On Behalf Of Holger Fiallo
Sent: Thursday, August 18, 2011 11:07 PM
To: The Jaws for Windows support mailing list
Subject: IE 9

Hi, all
Does anyone have problem closing IE 9 with alt f4? I have to do it twice
sometimes to close it.
Holger Fiallo
Kind Regard
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Research It settings question

Kirsten Edmondson <kirsten.edmondson@...>
 

Hi,
Is there a way of changing research it settings for UK users? When we click
on area codes nothing comes up; when we click on amazon product search it
brings up amazon.com and it would be better if it could be amazon.co.uk.
If anyone has any ideas or where I will be able to find out please let me
know.
I'm sorry if this is an old question.
Kirsten.

Re: [Bulk] JAWS and Negativity

Luis Difut
 

I agree!

-----Original Message-----
From: jfw-bounces@... [mailto:jfw-bounces@...]
On Behalf Of Farfar on Laptop
Sent: Thursday, August 18, 2011 5:09 PM
To: The Jaws for Windows support list.
Subject: Re: [Bulk] Re: JAWS and Negativity

Spence,

You're absolutely right. However many of these aspects that you cite have
been part of JAWS a few major revisions back.

However the more irritating point is that in subsequent major and minor
revisions, that functions and applications that used to work stop working.

Follow that with the focus tends to be adding new whiz-bang features instead

of fixing what they broke.

Well you have to understand that I get a little testy about that.

No doubt JAWS is very helpful and very necessary -- but also very critical
to our lives and jobs and it cannot be compromised with sloppy software
quality control.

Dave Carlson
From my Dell Latitude 630, currently not nearly close enough for my comfort
to my Audio Recording and Mixing Studios, San Francisco Bay Area. But I'll
try to remedy that situation.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Spencer McLean" <smclean@...>
To: <jfw@...>
Sent: Thursday, August 18, 2011 13:42
Subject: [Bulk] Re: JAWS and Negativity


Wooops. I meant Shift+JAWSKey+V. CTRL+JAWSKey+V is actually nto very
helpful at all. *Snicker*


On Thu, 18 Aug 2011, Spencer McLean wrote:

Hi Everyone:

Since joining this list about a week ago, I've noticed a great deal
of negativity about JAWS. I don't want to downplay its problems
-- it has a few. And it seems like many on this list have encountered more
difficulties than I have which, naturally, puts one in a gloomier frame of
mind, not only with regard to the application itself but also to its
future.
Yes, JAWS's pricetag is waaay too high, its scripts are meager, its
glitchiness is frustrating, its documentation is lackluster, its tendency
not to do what you set it to do is legendary... But... It has some pretty
awesome features as well.

- navigating via SelectAGraphic/Paragraph/Heading features have
- revolutionized the way I read webpages. Experience with these can get me
- to the content faster than sighted people, provided that I'm at least
- passingly familiar with the website in question. SelectAParagraph is
- probably my favorite feature in JAWS. Go to any News site, click on an
- article and tell me that SelectAParagraph doesn't rock. You avoid all
the
- mess and get right to the targeted content. For me, it's almost replaced
- placemarkers which were never reliable anyway given the rate at which
- webpages are redesigned.

- Personalized settings for webpage? Fantastic! I hate inline frames. If
- there are any Slate Magazine fans on this list, having to bump over that
- stupid Facebook inline frame to read articles drove me bunkers until I
- found out how to turn that off in CTRL+JAWSKey+V. And Slate. Com isn't
the
- only site that puts that Facebook inline in inconvenient places. And for
- those like me who've been all-but-driven to madness by SayAll's
obsessive
- need to vocalize Same-Page links on Wikipedia pages, you can turn that
- off under the Links branch in personalized settings. And the best part
is
- that you can customize these settings for individual websites.

- Finally, some of the navigation keys are pretty sweet. Visited links is
- the most useful, for me. Going right to that spot you typically visit
and
- hitting enter, so click. Going right to placemarkers on webpages that
- don't update a lot? Nice. Jumping to lines on a page? Paging through
- paragraphs? I use them all to get through the mess.

My intention is not to chastise. Like I mentioned above, JAWS has
its problems and its important to point them; I recognize that. So for all
of you who've held Freedom Scientific to account over JAWS's issues, I
raise
my glass to you. But it has some pretty amazing navigational features as
well and I don't want that to be forgotten in the din.

Cheers,
Spence

PS: Does anyone know if the JAWS developers have any intentions of
implementing that Voiceover-in-Safari feature for the Mac which keeps all
webpage menus closed until you click on them to open them? If that
wouldn't
clean up web browsing for Jaws in IE or Firefox...

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