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moderated Finding Alternates to MS Word

JM Casey
 

Hm, interesting. I wonder if that is a JFW improvement or some weird quirk of my setup causing this, then.

Could well be the former of course; I know I’m by now quite behind with upgrades…

 

 

 

From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of Glenn / Lenny
Sent: March 19, 2020 10:01 PM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: Finding Alternates to MS Word

 

I had no problems with Libra and Jaws 2019.

Glenn

 

From: JM Casey

Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2020 7:15 PM

Subject: Re: Finding Alternates to MS Word

 

The last time I took a stab, I was kind of frustrated that the menus do not automatically read with my JFW version at least (2018) and you have to use the JAWS cursor if you want to go through choices. If you know how many times to arrow or if you know the keyboard shortcuts, that’s no problem really, but I was new to the programme and didn’t know any of that. The menus did read automatically in NVDA as I remember. And maybe newer JAWS VERSIONS WORK MORE RESPONSIVELY WITH Libre.

 

If not…

You can use Openoffice. It is not updated with the frequency that Libre is, but it is very similar, and as far as I know is not actually *dead*. The Writer appears to work quite well with JAWS.

 

 

 

From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of David Griffith
Sent: March 19, 2020 7:49 PM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: Finding Alternates to MS Word

 

There are a whole set of tutorials on using Libre Office Writer on the following link.

They assume using NVDA but I  imagine most if not all of it will be transferable to Jaws also.

http://www.talking-computers.org.uk/jimonlibreoffice.html

 

 

From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of David Moore
Sent: 19 March 2020 22:37
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: Finding Alternates to MS Word

 

Yes, Jaws works very well with jart and liberal office as well. I like using jart a lot, have a great day.

 

On Thu, Mar 19, 2020, 6:21 PM ann <tate886@...> wrote:

Hi,


Does anyone know if Jaws 2020 works with alternate word processors like
Jarte or OpenOffice or Libre Office? I'm looking for alternate to MS Word.


Thanks,

~Ann


Glenn / Lenny
 

I had no problems with Libra and Jaws 2019.
Glenn

From: JM Casey
Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2020 7:15 PM
Subject: Re: Finding Alternates to MS Word

The last time I took a stab, I was kind of frustrated that the menus do not automatically read with my JFW version at least (2018) and you have to use the JAWS cursor if you want to go through choices. If you know how many times to arrow or if you know the keyboard shortcuts, that’s no problem really, but I was new to the programme and didn’t know any of that. The menus did read automatically in NVDA as I remember. And maybe newer JAWS VERSIONS WORK MORE RESPONSIVELY WITH Libre.

 

If not…

You can use Openoffice. It is not updated with the frequency that Libre is, but it is very similar, and as far as I know is not actually *dead*. The Writer appears to work quite well with JAWS.

 

 

 

From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of David Griffith
Sent: March 19, 2020 7:49 PM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: Finding Alternates to MS Word

 

There are a whole set of tutorials on using Libre Office Writer on the following link.

They assume using NVDA but I  imagine most if not all of it will be transferable to Jaws also.

http://www.talking-computers.org.uk/jimonlibreoffice.html

 

 

From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of David Moore
Sent: 19 March 2020 22:37
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: Finding Alternates to MS Word

 

Yes, Jaws works very well with jart and liberal office as well. I like using jart a lot, have a great day.

 

On Thu, Mar 19, 2020, 6:21 PM ann <tate886@...> wrote:

Hi,


Does anyone know if Jaws 2020 works with alternate word processors like
Jarte or OpenOffice or Libre Office? I'm looking for alternate to MS Word.


Thanks,

~Ann



Pramit
 

Hi Ann,

All the alternate MS Word processors that you have mentioned works with JAWS.
Know several JAWS user using these. So any one of these will work for you.

Pramit 
 

On Fri, Mar 20, 2020 at 3:51 AM ann <tate886@...> wrote:
Hi,


Does anyone know if Jaws 2020 works with alternate word processors like
Jarte or OpenOffice or Libre Office? I'm looking for alternate to MS Word.


Thanks,

~Ann




JM Casey
 

The last time I took a stab, I was kind of frustrated that the menus do not automatically read with my JFW version at least (2018) and you have to use the JAWS cursor if you want to go through choices. If you know how many times to arrow or if you know the keyboard shortcuts, that’s no problem really, but I was new to the programme and didn’t know any of that. The menus did read automatically in NVDA as I remember. And maybe newer JAWS VERSIONS WORK MORE RESPONSIVELY WITH Libre.

 

If not…

You can use Openoffice. It is not updated with the frequency that Libre is, but it is very similar, and as far as I know is not actually *dead*. The Writer appears to work quite well with JAWS.

 

 

 

From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of David Griffith
Sent: March 19, 2020 7:49 PM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: Finding Alternates to MS Word

 

There are a whole set of tutorials on using Libre Office Writer on the following link.

They assume using NVDA but I  imagine most if not all of it will be transferable to Jaws also.

http://www.talking-computers.org.uk/jimonlibreoffice.html

 

 

From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of David Moore
Sent: 19 March 2020 22:37
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: Finding Alternates to MS Word

 

Yes, Jaws works very well with jart and liberal office as well. I like using jart a lot, have a great day.

 

On Thu, Mar 19, 2020, 6:21 PM ann <tate886@...> wrote:

Hi,


Does anyone know if Jaws 2020 works with alternate word processors like
Jarte or OpenOffice or Libre Office? I'm looking for alternate to MS Word.


Thanks,

~Ann



David Griffith
 

There are a whole set of tutorials on using Libre Office Writer on the following link.

They assume using NVDA but I  imagine most if not all of it will be transferable to Jaws also.

http://www.talking-computers.org.uk/jimonlibreoffice.html

 

 

From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of David Moore
Sent: 19 March 2020 22:37
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: Finding Alternates to MS Word

 

Yes, Jaws works very well with jart and liberal office as well. I like using jart a lot, have a great day.

 

On Thu, Mar 19, 2020, 6:21 PM ann <tate886@...> wrote:

Hi,


Does anyone know if Jaws 2020 works with alternate word processors like
Jarte or OpenOffice or Libre Office? I'm looking for alternate to MS Word.


Thanks,

~Ann



David Moore
 

Yes, Jaws works very well with jart and liberal office as well. I like using jart a lot, have a great day.


On Thu, Mar 19, 2020, 6:21 PM ann <tate886@...> wrote:
Hi,


Does anyone know if Jaws 2020 works with alternate word processors like
Jarte or OpenOffice or Libre Office? I'm looking for alternate to MS Word.


Thanks,

~Ann




 

I can't speak to accessibility, but if you want something to play with to determine if it's accessible, definitely take a look at SoftMaker FreeOffice.

It exists in versions for Windows, Mac, and Linux.  It also has a look and feel that's as close to MS-Office as I've ever seen.  I have not, as yet, used it with any of my blind or visually-impaired clients.  If you do experiment with it please do report back with regard to accessibility or the lack thereof.

--

Brian - Windows 10 Pro, 64-Bit, Version 1909, Build 18363  

Tolerance is the positive and cordial effort to understand another's beliefs, practices, and habits without necessarily sharing or accepting them.

        ~ Joshua Liebman

 

My understanding is it will work with all three that you mention.  I know of JAWS users using each and every one of those products.  Some NVDA users, too.
--

Brian - Windows 10 Pro, 64-Bit, Version 1909, Build 18363  

Tolerance is the positive and cordial effort to understand another's beliefs, practices, and habits without necessarily sharing or accepting them.

        ~ Joshua Liebman

Arkadiusz Świętnicki
 

Use Google docs. It's nice and accessible.


From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> on behalf of ann <tate886@...>
Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2020 11:21:12 PM
To: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io>
Subject: Finding Alternates to MS Word
 
Hi,


Does anyone know if Jaws 2020 works with alternate word processors like
Jarte or OpenOffice or Libre Office? I'm looking for alternate to MS Word.


Thanks,

~Ann




David Goldfield
 

Ann,

JAWS does indeed work with the programs which you mentioned.

Jarte is, essentially, a Wordpad-like program with a spell checker, along with some additional features. For an additional $20 or so you can upgrade to Jarte Plus, which offers even more features. It can detect the presence of a screen reader and enables what it calls screen reader mode, adding even more accessibility to the program. It is not as full-featured as Word but it may contain enough features which will do what you need.

Libreoffice and Openoffice are much more feature-rich and they do work with JAWS. However, the spell checker, while technically accessible, may not be quite as "speech friendly" as what you have with Word. I have also not tested features such as its equivalent of track changes to see how much audible feedback you receive, assuming that this feature is even included. However, it still may be accessible enough to meet your needs.

David Goldfield,
Blindness Assistive Technology Specialist
JAWS Certified, 2019

WWW.DavidGoldfield.org

On 3/19/2020 6:21 PM, ann wrote:
Hi,


Does anyone know if Jaws 2020 works with alternate word processors like Jarte or OpenOffice or Libre Office? I'm looking for alternate to MS Word.


Thanks,

~Ann


ann
 

Hi,


Does anyone know if Jaws 2020 works with alternate word processors like Jarte or OpenOffice or Libre Office? I'm looking for alternate to MS Word.


Thanks,

~Ann