moderated Is there a way to migrate one dictionary entries to another? #softwaredevelopment #novice #group #spelling #word


Melissa Sprouse
 


Hello,

I am using the latest version of JAWS, and I recently switched to Microsoft Edge from Google Chrome. I have created many entries for the Chrome dictionary, but I don't see any way to migrate those entries into the Edge dictionary. I really don't want to create those entries all over again for Edge. Is there any way that I can migrate or import the Chrome dictionary entries into Edge? Any help will be greatly appreciated!

Thank you.


 

Melissa,

Take a look at this page from Freedom Scientific that discusses copying dictionary files for sharing:  https://support.freedomscientific.com/teachers/lessons/9.7_SharingDictionaryFiles.htm 

If you want to copy one application dictionary for another application, I'd create an application dictionary for the target application (Edge) so that you can know exactly how JAWS names it.  Then afterward, delete that one, copy your Chrome dictionary file to the Edge JDF file as JAWS had created it, and you should be done.
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Brian Virginia, USA Windows 10, 64-Bit, Version 22H2, Build 19045  

If you cannot or will not imagine the results of your actions, there’s no way you can act morally or responsibly.  Little kids can’t do it; babies are morally monsters — completely greedy. Their imagination has to be trained into foresight and empathy.

         ~ Ursula LeGuin, 2005 Interview in The Guardian


Melissa Sprouse
 

Hi Brian,

Thank you for your response!

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get a clear idea of what exactly I need to do in order to get this done, would you be able to clarify and detail your instructions a little more? I also took a look at the page, but I still wasn't able to get a clear idea.

From what I was able to understand, I first have to create a dictionary for Edge (which I did). The file's name is msedge.JDF, which I was able to obtain from the JAWS utilities folder. From the instructions you provided, I delete the msedge.JDF file, then copy the Chrome.JDF file to the msedge.JDF one by recreating the msedge.JDF file again?

If my thought process has been right so far, how do I copy the Chrome.JDF file to msedge.JDF, exactly? 
Trying to open the Chrome.JDF file brings up 'Look for an app in the Microsoft Store'.

Hope the above made sense!


 

Melissa,

You're on precisely the track I had intended.  I did not know whether you may have created a JDF file for Edge already or not, and I had no idea what JAWS might call it.  It's clear from your prior post that this is msedge.JDF.

When I say copy, I mean, literally, copy using the Windows copy command or copy in File Explorer.

If you're a Command Prompt user, then open Command Prompt, navigate to the folder where your current Chrome.JDF file is resident, delete the existing msedge.JDF if it's still present, then issue the command:  copy Chrome.JDF msedge.JDF

You should be done.

If you're a File Explorer user, then navigate to the folder where Chrome.JDF is located.  If msedge.JDF exists (and I'm presuming if it is that it does NOT contain anything you value) delete it.  Then copy and paste Chrome.JDF, which should result in a file named "Chrome - Copy. JDF".   Then just rename the copy version to msedge.JDF and you're done.

You are not attempting to open the JDF files at all.  You do that within JAWS dictionary manager.
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Brian Virginia, USA Windows 10, 64-Bit, Version 22H2, Build 19045  

If you cannot or will not imagine the results of your actions, there’s no way you can act morally or responsibly.  Little kids can’t do it; babies are morally monsters — completely greedy. Their imagination has to be trained into foresight and empathy.

         ~ Ursula LeGuin, 2005 Interview in The Guardian


Melissa Sprouse
 


Hi Brian,

Thank you so much for clarifying that, I was able to follow those instructions and I am happy to report my task was executed as expected.

Thanks again for your advice in helping me resolve this!


 

Melissa,

You're quite welcome.  It's really, really easy to create exact copies of one application dictionary for a different application provided you know what JAWS uses as the name for the JDF file for the application you're copying to.

These files are text files that can be edited with NotePad if you're willing to learn the syntax, which I've had to do in the past, but haven't done in a while.  They have a defined format where things are separated by periods, but after the first two entries, the character/word/phrase to be substituted, and the character/word/phrase it's to be substituted with, I can't remember what the remaining fields are about.  I've merged dictionaries from multiple sources in the past as well so that the default dictionary was significantly expanded based on several different individuals' versions of it.
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Brian Virginia, USA Windows 10, 64-Bit, Version 22H2, Build 19045  

If you cannot or will not imagine the results of your actions, there’s no way you can act morally or responsibly.  Little kids can’t do it; babies are morally monsters — completely greedy. Their imagination has to be trained into foresight and empathy.

         ~ Ursula LeGuin, 2005 Interview in The Guardian