Vad δr nytt i JAWS 2019?
JAWS 2019 Features
Faster JAWS Startup with Grace Period Authorization
JAWS 2019 introduces a new concept to help ease the delay in response when JAWS first launches and looks for authorization.In prior versions, JAWS would not fully start until proper authorization was found. Since Authorization can include searching for a network license, the amount of time before JAWS started speaking could be significant. While it is not possible to speed up this period directly, the authorization process will now be completed simultaneously to startup. As JAWS searches for authorization, it enters a new "grace period" authorization state which provides limited functionality, similar to what is available on the logon screen, so you can use speech and braille while authorization discovery takes place. Once the authorization check has finished, JAWS then uses the correct feature set based on the license.
Separation of Office Scripts
JAWS Microsoft Office support for Word, Outlook, and Excel has been separated into different script sets which now load depending on the version of Office currently running. This makes it much easier to make continued improvements to Office 365 support going forward without the risk of breaking JAWS functionality in previous versions of Office for users who still rely on these older versions. If you are running Office 2016 or Office 365, and the version number includes a build number of build 10000 or higher, the newly created Office settings for Word, Outlook, and Excel should be loaded when you run those applications. If you are running earlier Office versions, JAWS should load the Word Classic, Outlook Classic, or Excel Classic settings.
To verify the version and build number of office you are using, press CTRL+INSERT+V. This command will also indicate if you are running a retail or subscription version of Office. To verify which JAWS settings are loaded, press INSERT+Q.
Improved Performance in Office 365 Applications
With the changes made to separate the Office 365 support from the scripts for previous Office versions, we are now able to take advantage of more UIA functionality provided by Microsoft. There is also much less decision making that needs to be done in the scripts since there are no longer other office versions to be considered. As a result, users should notice greatly improved performance and responsiveness when using current versions of Word, Excel, and Outlook. A few areas where users may notice increased responsiveness include:
- Navigating large documents in Word that contain a lot of markup such as footnotes, endnotes, comments, tables, and so on.
- Editing data and formulas in Excel.
- Navigating large message folders in Outlook.
For braille users, document spacing an formatting are now more accurately indicated on the braille display. This includes indents, outdents, and tab stops. We have also addressed several issues with the braille cursor not always being positioned where expected, which made it difficult to sometimes edit using braille.
If you are using a braille display with status cells, it will now also be easier to tell if text is centered or right justified by displaying "cj" or "rj" in the first two cells when focused on the line containing the centered or right justified content.
Notification of Spelling Errors in Word 365
JAWS was the first screen reader to introduce Spelling error detection in Microsoft Word around 1998. This feature indicated when the cursor moved into or out of a spelling or grammatical error while navigating and was also able to count the errors on the current line. These errors could also be marked in Braille with dots 7 and 8. However, the ability to count the errors and mark them in braille adversely affected the responsiveness of navigating the document and was turned off by default.
The improvements to this feature in JAWS 2019 now offer the following above and beyond the prior functionality:
- Play a buzzer sound during typing, when you press SPACEBAR after entering a misspelled word.
- Reliably underline errors in braille or count the errors on the line navigated to without any decrease in responsiveness.
- Detect advanced proofing issues, not just spelling and grammar errors.
- Read the error inline with the text as you navigate by line, similar to how JAWS indicates other text attributes such as bolded text, indicating the error with speech, sound or voice change (using the Speech and Sounds Manager).
To configure whether or not the buzzer sound is heard when SPACEBAR is pressed after mistyping a word, open Quick Settings (INSERT+V) from Word or Outlook and select or clear the "Spelling buzzer on mistyped words" check box. This option is available when using JAWS with Office 365 versions higher than 16.0.10000.
The other Spelling options in the Microsoft Word Quick Settings, "Spelling error detection" and "Grammatical error detection," currently remain the same. They allow you to cycle Spelling and Grammar options between off, hearing spelling/Grammar errors as you navigate by character, word, line, or Say All, or hearing spelling/Grammar errors plus count.
Speak Character Phonetically After Pause During Character Navigation
As you navigate by character, JAWS will now speak the phonetic representation of letters if you pause for a brief period of time. This enables you to immediately hear a letter spoken phonetically without the need to perform an additional command.
By default, JAWS speaks the character phonetically after a one and a half second pause. To change the amount of time JAWS waits before the phonetic announcement, or to completely turn off this feature, do the following:
- Press INSERT+6 on the number row to open Settings Center.
- If you want changes to only apply to a particular application, select it from the Application list. Otherwise, press CTRL+SHIFT+D to load the default settings file.
- Type "Phonetic."
- Press DOWN ARROW to move to "When pausing after character navigation, speak character phonetically," then press SPACEBAR to cycle through the available options.
- Select OK to exit Settings Center.
JAWS also offers a manual option to speak phonetics continuously as you navigate by character. Pressing the Say Character Keystroke (NUM PAD 5) twice quickly toggles this feature on and off. If you are using the manual option for all letters, the pause announcement will not occur.
Prompt to Confirm when Exiting JAWS Now Optional
When you perform one of the commands to exit JAWS including INSERT+F4, a prompt displays asking if you are sure you want to quit JAWS. You can then press ENTER to quit or ESC to cancel. JAWS 2019 now allows you to disable this prompt so that JAWS immediately exits. To disable the shutdown prompt, open the Basics dialog box located in the JAWS Options menu, and clear the "Prompt to Confirm when Exiting JAWS" check box.
New Consolidated Setup Package
Starting with JAWS 2019, there is now one link to download and install JAWS for all supported operating systems and languages. You no longer have to choose the correct setup executable based on your system as well as which language you need. When you begin the setup, the installer automatically detects whether you are using 32 or 64-bit and installs the correct components. If you are doing a new install and you want to use a different language other than the default for your operating system, select the Options button on the first installation screen and then choose a language. If you are updating an existing installation, the Options button is not available as JAWS detects the language already installed and updates using the same language.
Audio Ducking Support for Windows 10 version 1803 and Higher
The JAWS Audio Ducking feature is now supported in the Windows 10 Spring 2018 Creators update (version 1803) and higher. Audio Ducking causes the volume of other programs to be lowered while JAWS is speaking. For example, if you are listening to music and JAWS begins talking, the volume of the music will be slightly lowered so you can comfortably hear JAWS and then raised back to its current level when JAWS stops talking.
By default, audio remains at the same level as JAWS speech. To enable Audio Ducking, open the Startup Wizard from the JAWS Help menu and select the "Lower the volume of other programs while JAWS is speaking" checkbox located on the Speech Settings page. Alternatively, Audio Ducking can be turned on through Settings center by doing the following:
- Press INSERT+F2, and select Settings Center.
- Press CTRL+SHIFT+D to load the JAWS default settings.
- In the Search edit box, type "volume" without the quotes.
- Press DOWN ARROW to move to "Lower the volume of other programs while JAWS is speaking" in the filtered search results in the tree view.
- Press SPACEBAR to toggle this option.
You can also press INSERT+SPACEBAR followed by D to quickly toggle Audio Ducking on or off. The current setting will remain in effect until you press the layered keystroke again or restart JAWS.
TAB Key No Longer Echoed
For users who leave Typing Echo enabled, JAWS will no longer announce the TAB key by default. This means you will not constantly hear "ALT+TAB" while switching between applications or hear "TAB" spoken each time as you move through links on web pages.
Note: If you prefer to have the TAB key spoken, or you would like to mute other keys such as SPACEBAR, ENTER, or ESC, open Settings Center and search for "manage key labels". For more details, refer to this support article on using the Manage Key Labels feature.
Announce Multi-line Edit Fields
JAWS 2019 can now indicate when focus moves into a multi-line edit field. To enable this announcement, select the new "Announce multi-line edit" option located in the Miscellaneous group in Settings Center.
New Support for Grade 1 Braille Input
JAWS now supports grade 1 literary braille input for languages such as English that offer more than one type of braille output. For example, if you open the Braille Translation group in Settings Center and set the output to Unified English Braille Grade 1, you will now be able to choose between computer braille or Unified English Braille Grade 1 for input.
Skype now offers three options on Windows 10.
- You can continue using Skype Classic which is version 7 and works very well with JAWS. Note that support for Skype Classic has ended as of November 2018, so you will eventually be required to update. Visit the Skype website for more details.
- You can download and install the new Desktop version 8, which is now supported in JAWS. See details below.
- You can install the Universal App from the Microsoft Store. However, this is the least accessible at this time and we recommend you install Skype 8 for the best support.
For users moving to Skype 8, please be certain to download the version referred to as "Skype for Windows" which works well on Windows 10. Note that the Universal App we are not recommending is referred to as "Skype for Windows 10".
For those using Skype version 8, we have added some additional keystrokes to help with navigation since these options are not offered in Skype. These commands are:
- Move to the chat entry field: CTRL+INSERT+E
- Move to the chat history list: CTRL+INSERT+Y
- Move to the conversations list: CTRL+INSERT+N
You can also use the JAWS commands INSERT+W and INSERT+H while focused on Skype for a list of most of the keyboard commands you would want to know when using Skype. For a full list from Microsoft, please visit the Skype Hotkeys Web Page.
Tip: You can assign a keystroke such as ALT+CTRL+S to the Skype icon on the Desktop to quickly open Skype to answer an incoming call. If you are in another application and you receive an incoming call alert, you can press your shortcut keystroke to open Skype, press INSERT+UP ARROW or INSERT+TAB to read the caller information, and then press CTRL+SHIFT+P or use TAB to choose Answer or Decline.
Help Improve Freedom Scientific Products
JAWS 2019 includes a new option which allows us to collect anonymous usage information that is generated as you use the software for your daily tasks. This data helps us continue to make improvements as well as more easily locate and address problems. Collected data includes JAWS version, operating system version, language, country, as well as information on various JAWS settings such as the current synthesizer, braille display, and braille table.
If you choose to participate, no spoken or braille content is collected and no data is shared with any parties outside of Freedom Scientific. The data we collect strictly helps us better understand how our software is being used in the field so we can quickly make enhancements to features being used the most by our customers. If you choose not to participate, then no usage data is collected and transmitted.
You can change your selection at any time by doing the following:
- Press INSERT+6 on the number row to open Settings Center and press CTRL+SHIFT+D to load the default settings file.
- Navigate to Miscellaneous in the tree view and press RIGHT ARROW to expand the group.
- Use the SPACEBAR to select or clear the "Submit Anonymous Usage Data" check box.
- Press ENTER to save your change and close Settings Center.
You can also choose whether or not to participate in this program through the Startup Wizard located in the JAWS Help menu.
Enhancements in JAWS 2019.1901.66 (January 2019)
The following is a list of improvements made in JAWS 2019 between the December 2018 update and the January 2019 update.
Add/Remove Vocalizer Expressive Voices
This new utility included in the latest releases of JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion provides a solution to seamlessly sample and install or remove the Vocalizer Expressive 2 voices used by all three products. This avoids the need to download anything from external pages and makes the entire process much easier across all products. And remember, once voices are set up for one product, there is no need to install them again for the other products.
From the JAWS main window, press ALT+O to open the Options menu, expand the Voices submenu, and then select Add/Remove Voices to open the Add/Remove Vocalizer Expressive Voices utility.
This dialog includes:
- Language specific list of currently available Vocalizer Expressive 2 Premium voices.
- Ability to select and Install as many voices as you would like right from the list.
- See what voices are already installed as you review the list.
- Hear a sample of the currently focused voice in the list before deciding if you want to select it to be installed. To play a sample, just press ALT+P while focused on the voice name in the list.
- Option to uninstall one or more voices.
- Option to uninstall all voices.
- Option to uninstall only the compact voices that had been previously installed.
Note: If you remove a voice that is currently in use, your JAWS, Fusion, or ZoomText will continue to speak using that voice until you restart the software or reboot the computer. Once you restart, it will default to the next profile available. If there are no more Vocalizer Expressive Voices available, JAWS and Fusion will default back to Eloquence.
In JAWS and Fusion, after installing a premium voice, a profile is created for each of those new individual voices which can be further customized using the Voice Adjustment dialog box. You can also easily switch between all the new voices by pressing CTRL+INSERT+S to open the Select a Voice Profile dialog box, pressing the first letter of the voice you want to use, and then pressing ENTER. If you prefer not to have a profile generated for each installed voice, open the Voice Adjustment dialog box and clear the "Enable Additional Voice Profiles for installed Vocalizer Expressive 2 voices" check box so that only the standard Vocalizer Expressive factory and user profiles are listed.
If you find that compact voice collections had previously been installed, there is also an option to remove all compact voices. This is especially beneficial for users of Fusion or ZoomText 2018 or later which installs dozens of the compact voices by default. If you do not need all of these voices and languages, this makes it easy to remove all compact voices at once.
Improved Kindle Support
We have made several improvements to performance when using JAWS with the Kindle for PC app from Amazon. In particular, you can now do the following while reading a book:
- Use U or SHIFT+U to move to the next or prior link in a book.
- Use N or SHIFT+N to move to the next or prior block of text that is not a link.
- Use INSERT+UP ARROW or INSERT+NUM PAD 5 twice quickly to spell the current line or word just like in other applications.
- Press INSERT+PAGE DOWN to read the Kindle status bar.
In addition, JAWS now announces when you move to a new page while reading.
- In a Remote Desktop or Citrix connection, resolved an issue with speech not being interrupted as expected when pressing CTRL or when typing.
- JAWS now correctly reads emojis in messages you receive in Outlook.
- Resolved an issue with JAWS not reading as expected when attempting to select an address from the Autocomplete list in an Outlook message.
- When switching views in the Outlook calendar, removed extraneous speech so that only details for the current view are announced.
- You can now configure whether or not levels are announced when navigating Word documents or Outlook emails, such as when moving in and out of lists. To toggle this feature, open Quick Settings (INSERT+V) and navigate to "Outline Level Indication."
- If you hear the buzzer sound while typing in Word or Outlook to indicate a misspelled word, when you manually correct or delete the word, JAWS now plays a ding sound to indicate the error has been corrected. With this feature enabled, JAWS also indicates spelling errors in documents as you navigate. If you prefer not to have JAWS indicate misspellings as you navigate, or you want to know about spelling errors, but you do not want to be alerted as you type and make a correction, open Quick Settings (INSERT+V), turn off the "Spelling Buzzer on mistyped words" option, and then you will be able to configure the "Spelling Error Detection" setting.
- When attempting to insert a symbol in Word, Excel, or PowerPoint, resolved an issue where JAWS was not reading as expected while navigating the available symbols.
- Resolved issues with table navigation as well as columns not being reported correctly in certain non-uniform tables in Word.
- When doing a Say All (INSERT+DOWN ARROW) in Word 2013, addressed a customer reported issue where text was being skipped if a page break was encountered.
- Links selected in Research It results now open in the user's default web browser.
- Resolved a reported issue where position information in lists was not being announced as expected when the "Announce Position and Count when navigating in lists" option in the Configure Verbosity Levels section of Settings Center was disabled. When this option is off, JAWS should only announces position information when the list first gains focus or when pressing INSERT+UP ARROW or INSERT+TAB.
- Resolved customer reported issues in Adobe Reader where JAWS was repeating table column titles multiple times and was not always reading the first line of a new page if the previous page ended with a list.
- Addressed a reported issue in Adobe Reader where keystrokes such as CTRL+PAGE UP or PAGE DOWN to move by page were not working in certain PDF documents.
- Addressed a reported issue where JAWS language auto detection was not working in PDF documents.
- Addressed an issue in Chrome where bulleted list items were being shown with the bullet on a separate line from the content.
- When you activate the JAWS Quick Keys mode in Google Docs (INSERT+SPACEBAR, Q), you can now press M or SHIFT+M to move to the next or previous spelling error. In addition, you can now press QUESTION MARK to display help for this layer.
- Resolved an issue where JAWS was saying "0 of minus 1" while navigating combo boxes in Internet Explorer or when using Virtual Ribbons in Office.
- Resolved reported issues using JAWS with the iManage desksite software.
- JAWS now includes a Czech language braille table which can be selected in the Computer Braille Tables dialog box in Settings Center.
Enhancements in JAWS 2019.1812.49 (December 2018)
The following is a list of improvements made
between the initial JAWS 2019 release and the December 2018
Improved AutoCorrect Detection in Word and Outlook
With the improvements to UIA support in
Office 365 versions higher than 16.0.10400, JAWS can now
immediately alert you when text is AutoCorrected as you edit
documents in Word or when composing emails in Outlook. By
default, when you are typing in word or the body of an email and
you press the SPACEBAR after a word that is AutoCorrected,
JAWS plays a pop sound. In addition, if you stop typing, so that
speech is not interrupted, JAWS says "Auto Correct" followed by
the corrected word including the spelling.
As you navigate a document, JAWS can also announce if Word has automatically corrected the current text. You can then press ALT+SHIFT+F10 to open a context menu that allows you to undo the correction, stop automatically correcting that word, or change your AutoCorrect options. For instance, if JAWS alerts you that a word you just typed was corrected but you prefer to use the word as you originally typed it, you can navigate back to the item, press ALT+SHIFT+F10, and choose "Change back."
Note: When typing in the body of a new message in Outlook, JAWS can alert you when text is AutoCorrected, however, the context menu for changing AutoCorrect options is only accessible using a mouse. Microsoft currently only allows the ALT+SHIFT+F10 command to be used in Word.
If you do not want to be notified when text is AutoCorrected when you press the SPACEBAR, open Quick Settings (INSERT+V) from Word and turn off the "Spelling buzzer on mistyped words" option. Note that this will also turn off the buzzer sound that is heard to indicate a misspelled word.
If you do not want to have JAWS alert you to corrected words as you navigate a document, open Quick Settings from Word and turn off the AutoCorrect Detection option.
Support for Co-Authoring Documents in Word 365
If a shared document is opened by multiple
users, JAWS can now do the following:
Indicate who has the document opened using a notification message.
When another co-author navigates to the same line as the JAWS user, JAWS will indicate who is editing the same line. Pressing INSERT+UP ARROW to read the current line will also announce who is reading or editing at that location.
When a co-author actually edits the same line you are on, JAWS indicates that the text is locked for editing. If you press INSERT+UP ARROW, you will hear "Editing locked." You will also be alerted that the line is locked if you begin typing.
Navigation Quick Keys Now Available in Google Docs
Google Docs provides a number of keystrokes
to help users navigate through documents more efficiently.
However, these commands are difficult for users to discover and
use repeatedly. For example, you can press ALT+CTRL+N
followed by ALT+CTRL+H to move to the next heading which
could be difficult to press multiple times for some users.
To improve document navigation, you can now press INSERT+SPACEBAR followed by Q in Google Docs to activate a Quick Keys layer. Braille support must also be turned on in Google Docs for this to work correctly. Even if you do not use a braille display, Braille support provides the most accessibility information to JAWS so you have the best experience when navigating and editing documents. If Braille support is not already enabled, press ALT+SHIFT+A for the Accessibility menu, open the Settings submenu, and press ENTER on Enable
Braille Support. Once the Quick Keys layer is
active, the following navigation commands are available:
Move to the next or prior heading: H or SHIFT+H
Move to the next or prior list: L or SHIFT+L
Move to the next or prior table: T or SHIFT+T
While this layer is active, you can continue
to use the ARROW keys to review text. For example, you
could press INSERT+SPACEBAR, Q, H to move to a heading,
press DOWN ARROW to read a couple lines, and then press
H to jump to the next heading without having to press
INSERT+SPACEBAR, Q again. This layer remains active until
you press ESC or any key that is not one of the supported
navigation keys described above.
Resolved an issue with JAWS double speaking
links in PDF documents.
The Liblouis braille translator used in JAWS has been updated to version 3.7 offering improved Unified English Braille (UEB) tables, back translation improvements, and new Chinese language tables.
JAWS now reads as expected in the Clipboard history window accessed by pressing WINDOWS Key+V, introduced in the Windows 10 Fall 2018 update.
Resolved an issue with JAWS not reading as expected in the Windows 10 Emoji panel accessed by pressing WINDOWS Key+SEMICOLON. Note that there is still a known issue where emojis will not read correctly in emails opened in Outlook 365.
Due to major changes with the UPS website, the UPS Tracking Research It lookup source has been removed as it can no longer search and retrieve results from this service.
JAWS now supports reading PDF documents in Edge. This includes navigating documents using standard reading commands, using Navigation Quick Keys such as H to move by headings, and entering Forms Mode in edit fields.
JAWS can now indicate if a form field is marked as "required" in Edge.
Addressed a reported issue where the Announce Multiline Edit option in Setting Center would not remain active in the Default settings file.
Resolved a reported issue in Notepad where JAWS was not automatically reading the prompts for the edit fields in the Find and Replace dialog box.
The JAWS setup program now displays a splash screen when it first starts and before the main installation screen appears.
Pressing INSERT+F1 twice quickly in Chrome now displays a JAWS help topic.
In addition to pressing INSERT+SPACEBAR followed by H to display the speech history in the Results Viewer, you can now press INSERT+SPACEBAR followed by CTRL+H to copy the speech history to the Clipboard for pasting into an application. The speech history includes the last 50 announcements spoken by the synthesizer.
In Winamp, you can now perform single-letter commands directly from a braille display's keyboard including the Focus Blue such as X to play, V to stop, C to pause, and B and Z to move to the next or previous item in a playlist.
When accessing documents in the online version of Word 365 using Chrome or Firefox, resolved an issue where JAWS was not reading as expected when navigating by line.
Resolved an issue with JAWS not announcing autocomplete addresses in Outlook 365.
Resolved a reported issue where JAWS would not read bulleted lists in Word formatted using Hollow Arrow bullets.
When moving in and out of lists in Word 2013 or later, JAWS now announces list level nesting, for instance, "level 1." In addition, if you press INSERT+UP ARROW to read the current line on a list item, JAWS now announces position information, for example, "2 of 5."
If an Excel spread sheet contains multiple regions, addressed a reported issue where JAWS was not reading row and column totals.
Addressed an issue with the background color not being reported correctly in Excel when using the INSERT+F keystroke.
Added a new JAWS keystroke, CTRL+INSERT+B, for use in an upcoming release of Skype. Once your version of Skype updates, performing this command activates the Back button in the active conversation so you can return to the Home screen. If this keystroke is not yet working for you, then your version of Skype has not yet updated.
The "Spelling buzzer on mistyped words" option is now available in the Quick Settings for the Windows 10 Mail app.
Resolved instances where JAWS would randomly say "JAWS visual tracking window."
Addressed a reported issue where the Language combo box in the Dictionary Manager was not showing all available languages.
Added support for Google Slides film strip tree views.