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What's new with JAWS 13?

JAWS Features

JAWS 13 Features

The following describes the new features available in JAWS 13.

Built-in Convenient OCR Feature

JAWS® for Windows version 13, including Convenient OCR, a feature that performs Optical Character Recognition on text that is displayed as an image, thereby enabling blind computer users to read items that were previously inaccessible. Examples of such screens include a PDF file, the setup screen of an application, or the menu of selections on a DVD. JAWS now provides an opportunity to read and interact with these screens, including locating and clicking on text which may be required to activate a control.

Results Viewer

JAWS 13 also includes Results Viewer, a new HTML interface that displays the results of features like Research It. The new interface enables faster navigation with Navigation Quick Keys and switching to other windows without losing the results of your lookup. Sports scores have returned to Research It and are easier to navigate than ever before. The INSERT+V keystroke now opens the new Quick Settings, which replaces Adjust JAWS Options and matches the easy-to-use Settings Center style interface introduced last year in JAWS 12.

“This release represents a huge step in accessibility for screen reader users,” says Eric Damery, Vice President of Software Product Management for Freedom Scientific. “Whether trying to identify and read inaccessible PDF documents that are just scanned images or interacting with graphical controls that could not previously be located, the new Convenient OCR option built into JAWS 13 has been described as a real game changer.

Enhancements in JAWS 13.0.241 (October 13, 2011)

The following is a list of improvements made between this release and the second public beta release.
JAWS 13
  • Resolved an issue with all of the sports scores look up sources for Research It not returning any results.
  • Resolved issues with the Stock Quotes Research It look up source.
  • Resolved an issue selecting Mark Colors in Braille from the Run JAWS Manager dialog box where JAWS would use the Custom Highlight Assign instead. Selecting Mark Colors in Braille now works as expected.
  • You can now perform commands that include the SPACEBAR directly from a Focus braille display. For example, ALT+SPACEBAR to open the System menu, or INSERT+SPACEBAR to activate the JAWS keystrokes layer.
  • Updated the INSERT+W help message for the Webinar training room plug-in to remove references to keystrokes that are no longer supported.
  • If Quick Settings is open in another window, resolved an issue where pressing INSERT+V while in the JAWS window, the title of the Quick Settings dialog box was not getting announced as it gained focus.
  • Added long Keyboard Help messages for the list of onMouseOvers (INSERT+WINDOWS KEY+SEMICOLON), next clickable element (SLASH), prior clickable element (SHIFT+SLASH), and list of clickable elements (INSERT+CTRL+SLASH) keystrokes. To hear the long description for a command, press the keystroke twice quickly.
  • Added an Include Dimensions option to the General Options group in Quick Settings. When selected, JAWS will announce dimensions for graphics embedded in documents or Outlook messages where Word is the editor.
  • Resolved an intermittent issue saving default settings in Settings Center.
  • Resolved an issue where bullets were not displaying correctly in braille with certain documents opened in WordPad.
  • Addressed an issue with the Reuters Research It lookup source where only five stories were listed even though the results page says top 10 stories. Research It now lists all 10 stories.
  • When pressing BACKSPACE in an edit field of a Java application, JAWS now reads the character being deleted.
  • When opening the Select a Voice Profile dialog box (INSERT+CTRL+S), resolved an issue where the currently selected profile was not displayed on the screen.

    IBM Lotus Notes
  • Addressed an issue of JAWS not reading section titles while navigating in a note.

    Microsoft Excel
  • The help messages that are spoken when entering or editing a formula are now also shown on the braille display as flash messages.
  • Addressed an issue with the Input message edit field in the Data Validation dialog box not being spoken and brailled correctly.
  • Resolved issues changing between manually defined column and row titles to automatically defined column and row titles determined in the Excel spreadsheet.
  • Resolved an issue in Excel 2007 and 2010 where the content of text boxes was not being displayed in the Virtual Viewer. There were only blank lines where the text in the box should have appeared.
  • When navigating the list of functions for inserting into a spreadsheet, addressed an issue where JAWS was not speaking or displaying in braille the function description.
  • Addressed an issue with editing the contents of a text box.
  • If you want to manually set column and row title reading, you no longer have to open the Quick Settings dialog box multiple times to configure these options.
  • If you add a hyperlink to another worksheet in the same spreadsheet, resolved an issue where JAWS would not announce the hyperlink if it was in a merged cell.

    Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Improved navigating frames on a Web page that contain a Long Description attribute. This was addressed for both Internet Explorer and Firefox.
  • Resolved issues creating a word list (CTRL+INSERT+W) on Web pages in both Internet Explorer and Firefox.
  • Addressed issues navigating with the JAWS cursor in Internet Explorer 9.

    Microsoft Outlook
  • Addressed a reported issue where JAWS would announce "CC" for the Subject field in a meeting request. This only occurred in Outlook 2010.
  • Addressed an issue where Outlook 2010 could unexpectedly close when opening the Signatures dialog box.
  • Resolved an issue reading messages in the Inbox message list that contain & symbols in the From field and have no subject. This was observed in Outlook 2010.
  • Resolved an issue in Outlook 2010 where the status of the check boxes was not being read in the tree view of mail folders when selecting the folders that you want to apply view settings to.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS would begin reading the entire Inbox list instead of the currently selected item after moving to the Inbox from the Calendar using CTRL+SHIFT+I.
  • Resolved an issue where you could not perform the command to forward a message from the Focus braille display when in the message body.
  • When pressing INSERT+CTRL+I to read the info bar, resolved an issue where JAWS was announcing the info bar was empty even if it was not.
  • Resolved an issue where pressing CTRL+SHIFT+V to open the Move dialog box would not work from an open Outlook 2007 or 2010 message.
  • Addressed an issue with JAWS no longer reading correctly after updating the date field in an Outlook template.
  • Resolved an intermittent issue where text entered into the Search edit field in Quick Settings would not be correct if you attempted to type immediately after opening Quick Settings. This occurred more frequently when opening Quick Settings from an open message.
  • Resolved an issue where Link Count was not appearing in Quick Settings when opened from Outlook. This option can be found under Reading Options in the tree view.
  • Addressed an issue where the Invisible Cursor was being activated when using ALT+GRAVE to move to the message body.
  • Addressed a reported issue of changes made to a Speech and Sounds scheme not working as expected.
  • Resolved an issue in Outlook 2007 and 2010 where pressing INSERT+A in a message with one or more attachments would not move to the attachments list.
  • When copying selected text from the body of a message, JAWS no longer says "copy to clipboard" twice.
  • Addressed an intermittent issue where the messages "menu" and "leaving menus" were spoken while navigating in the File menu in Outlook 2010.
  • If you have more than one e-mail account, addressed an issue where JAWS would not read the available accounts when moving focus to the From button and activating it in a new message.

    Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Resolved an issue where pressing ESC to close the Virtual Ribbon would completely close the menus, even if you were in a submenu. Now, if you are in a submenu, each press of the ESC key will move you up a level in the menus until you finally exit the ribbon.
  • Addressed an issue activating items in the Virtual Ribbons using the SPACEBAR.

    Microsoft Word
  • Resolved an issue navigating in the Envelopes dialog box.
  • Resolved a reported issue of characters not always being entered when typing in the footer area of a document.
  • Resolved an issue where F6 and SHIFT+F6 would not work as expected after performing a Find in Word 2010.
  • Addressed an issue with JAWS becoming sluggish in Word 2003 under Windows 7 64-bit.
  • When a non-uniform table is encountered during a Say All, addressed an issue where JAWS was not announcing when the number of columns and rows changed.
  • Resolved an issue where navigating over a border using the ARROW keys gave a different description than when you pressed ALT+SHIFT+B to describe the border.
  • Resolved a reported issue with JAWS double speaking while reading by line. This was also addressed in Outlook.
  • When selecting text in Word and Outlook, JAWS now says "selected" or "unselected" prior to reading the text as it does when selecting in other applications.
  • Resolved issues selecting by line.
  • JAWS announces page numbers correctly in non-English versions of Word.

    Mozilla Firefox
  • Resolved an issue where an extended select list box would no longer be shown in the virtual buffer after selecting one or more items.
  • JAWS now indicates if a Web page element offers context help as you navigate. To read this help message, press INSERT+F1 while focused on the element.
  • When selecting a link located inside a table, resolved an issue encountered when going back to the previous page where JAWS would not remember your last location.
  • Addressed issues with navigating in ARIA tree views.
  • Resolved an issue in the Chatzilla extension with incoming text not automatically being read in a chat session.
  • Resolved an issue of JAWS not identifying links in lists that contain both text and links.
  • Resolved an issue where the Web page would scroll each time UP or DOWN ARROW was pressed.
  • Resolved an issue with JAWS not reading as expected in the Password Manager in Firefox 7.
  • Extraneous text is no longer sometimes flashed in braille when Forms Mode is activated in an edit field.
  • Addressed issues navigating Web pages when using JAWS and MAGic together.

    Mozilla Thunderbird
  • When composing a message, field names are now shown correctly in braille.
  • Resolved an issue with JAWS not reading as expected in the Password Manager in Thunderbird 6.

    Winamp
  • JAWS no longer announces "shuffle mode is off" when using INSERT+SPACEBAR followed by S to mute speech.

    Windows Live Mail
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS would become sluggish when moving up past the message headers using the JAWS cursor.

    Enhancements in JAWS 13.0.171 (September 26, 2011)
    The following is a list of improvements made between this release and the initial public beta release. JAWS
  • Added three new keystrokes to the Table layer (INSERT+SPACEBAR, T). They are ALT+COMMA to read the current cell, WINDOWS KEY+COMMA to read the current row, and WINDOWS KEY+PERIOD to read the current column.
  • JAWS now announces links in the Results Viewer when navigating using TAB or SHIFT+TAB.
  • Resolved an issue with the Amazon Product Search ResearchIt lookup source not returning any results.
  • Addressed an issue of no speech on the Windows logon screen if a Handy Tech braille display was connected.
  • You can now press H in addition to QUESTION MARK from within a layer to get help on layered keystrokes. For example, INSERT+SPACEBAR, O, H will list the keystrokes in the OCR layer. This addresses issues encountered using QUESTION MARK on non-English keyboards.
  • Updated the JAWS help with new topics for the Convenient OCR feature.
  • Resolved an issue in Settings Center where the search was being cleared after pressing CTRL+SHIFT+D to open Default.
  • Addressed a reported issue where JAWS would speak dollar amounts, such as $27.19, as a combination of pairs and single digits even with Number Processing set to Single Digits.
  • Added access keys for the OK and Cancel buttons in all JAWS place marker dialog boxes.
  • When pressing UP or DOWN ARROW on the Display Placemarkers For group of radio buttons, addressed an issue where focus would move to the next or previous control instead of remaining on the selected option.
  • Resolved an issue using JAWS with the Event Viewer in Windows XP.
  • Resolved an issue selecting text using the SHIFT+CURSOR ROUTER buttons on Focus braille displays.
  • Improved skim reading a document when using the Attributes and Color Rules Apply for Reading option.
  • Resolved an issue in Settings Center where the location in the tree view was lost when switching to another application then back to Settings Center.
  • The custom placemarker summary is now displayed in the Results Viewer as expected.
  • Resolved an issue in the Modify Voice Alias dialog box where JAWS was not speaking the names of the Pitch and Rate slider controls when modifying the OCR Voice alias.
  • Addressed a reported issue selecting the laptop keyboard layout using the Startup Wizard.

    Quick Settings
  • In Windows 7, after you press the APPLICATIONS key on an item in the tree view to open the context menu to change the persistence level, resolved an issue where the braille display would only show the first item in the menu even though JAWS would speak the other options as you navigate. In addition, the check mark indicating the current persistence level for an option is now shown in braille.
  • Updated the INSERT+F1 help messages for the Search edit field and the tree view to provide more information specific to Quick Settings.
  • Toggling the Select and Copy option, located under the Virtual Cursor options, now works as expected when set to Virtual Cursor or Using On Screen Highlight.
  • Added context help for the Last Changed Settings tree view item.
  • Addressed an issue where changing the punctuation setting for an application in Quick Settings would not work. JAWS would continue using the default punctuation selected in the Startup Wizard.
    Convenient OCR
  • Resolved an issue reading text with the Invisible Cursor after performing OCR in a PDF document.
  • Resolved an issue with Convenient OCR not recognizing the last line of a screen from a DVD movie.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS would close when attempting to perform OCR and a Handy Tech braille display was connected.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS would not close properly if you attempted to close it while OCR is in progress.

    Adobe Acrobat
  • Addressed an issue that could occur when launching JAWS in Adobe Reader 10 while MAGic is currently running.
    IBM Lotus Notes
  • Resolved a reported issue with selecting and copying text where the prior line was being copied to the clipboard instead of the currently selected text.
    Microsoft Access
  • Addressed an issue navigating in data tables in Access 2007 and 2010.

    Microsoft Excel
  • Added more descriptive Keyboard Help messages for the ALT+PAGE UP and ALT+PAGE DOWN keystrokes.
  • Changes in attributes such as bold or italics are now shown in braille as a flash message.
  • Resolved an issue where the error for there being no custom summary was not shown on the braille display.
  • Addressed an issue where braille was changing to Line mode in the Find dialog box.
  • If you enter text in a blank cell followed by DOWN ARROW, resolved an issue where JAWS would read the entire row. JAWS should only read the current cell.
  • Resolved an issue in the Categories list box in the Options dialog box where JAWS would occasionally speak the previous item before speaking the currently selected item while navigating with UP and DOWN ARROW.
  • When changing the Cell Verbosity option in Quick Settings to Content Only, JAWS no longer reads cell coordinates when selecting cells.
  • Resolved an issue in Quick Settings where toggling Comments Detection was being applied to all worksheets in the workbook instead of the currently active sheet.
  • Addressed an issue in Quick Settings with the Merged Cells Detection not being document specific.

    Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Resolved an issue reading check boxes on the Earthlink Web Mail site.
  • Resolved an issue on www.usajobs.gov where the page would unexpectedly close or refresh while attempting to apply for a federal job.
  • Resolved an issue reading buttons on Google Web sites using the Virtual PC cursor and Navigation Quick Keys.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS would unexpectedly close on www.google.ua when pressing CTRL+BACKSPACE to delete by word.
  • Resolved an issue where the Skim Read summary could not be opened from the Word List dialog box.
  • Addressed issues with certain list boxes where JAWS would speak the selected item twice while navigating.
  • Resolved an issue with JAWS closing unexpectedly when replying to a message in GMail.
  • Resolved a reported issue where under certain circumstances, Data Grids would disappear from the Virtual Buffer after a page was updated.

    Microsoft Office
  • Resolved an issue in both Excel and Word when typing a 2003 command sequence. The popup message "continue typing the 2003 command sequence" was not spoken or brailled correctly.
  • Addressed issues using INSERT+B to read the contents of dialog boxes in Microsoft Office applications.
  • JAWS now reads the text of the dialog box that appears when you attempt to close the application and the current document has not yet been saved.
  • Removed some unnecessary text that was being shown on the braille display when opening the ribbon with the Virtual Ribbon disabled.
  • Resolved issues of JAWS not announcing and spelling grammattical errors when spell checking a Word document or Outlook message.

    Microsoft Outlook
  • Addressed an issue where JAWS would become sluggish after opening a context menu in Outlook 2007 or 2010.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was not reading column headers for messages in the Sent Items folder of Outlook 2003.
  • Addressed issues navigating around the Info tab of the File menu in Outlook 2010.
  • Improved JAWS identifying graphics contained in e-mail messages.
  • Resolved an issue navigating the address book in Outlook 2010 when opened from a message header.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was not correctly returning focus to the Advanced Find dialog box after selecting a contact.
  • Resolved an issue with JAWS beginning to read the entire message list when the Inbox opens after launching Outlook.
  • Resolved an issue using the Automatic Replies dialog box in Outlook 2010. JAWS now reads the contents of the People inside my organization field when pressing UP or DOWN ARROW.
  • Resolved an issue encountered when positioned at the beginning of a line in a new message. The braille cursor would appear both at the beginning of the current line and at the end of the previous line.
  • If the Virtual Ribbon is off and you activate the ribbon from the body of a message, resolved an issue where JAWS would say "message" instead of the control name while navigating through controls.
  • JAWS now alerts you when you enter a table in an Outlook 2007 or 2010 message.
  • Several options specific to Word are no longer listed when opening Quick Settings from within Outlook.
  • Addressed an issue where JAWS was not reading controls correctly in the Appointment Recurrence dialog box in Outlook 2007.
  • When attempting to change the format of an Outlook 2007 message to plain text, resolved an issue where JAWS would not read the Compatibility Checker dialog box.
  • Resolved issues with the CTRL+E keystroke to move to the Search edit field in Quick Settings not working when opened from Outlook.

    Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Addressed issues with navigating and reading tables contained in slides.

    Microsoft Word Resolved a reported issue of JAWS not properly reading field labels on some Word forms.
  • Addressed an issue where the Virtual Viewer was not being shown on the screen after pressing INSERT+F twice quickly to virtualize font information.
  • When spell checking a document, resolved multiple issues where the next error was not getting announced after pressing ALT+C to accept a change or when pressing ENTER to ignore the error and move to the next one.
  • Resolved an issue where changes to the Row Titles Column Set option in Quick Settings were not being saved.
  • Resolved issues with JAWS detecting newly created tables and not reading bookmark titles.
  • If you are using Navigation Quick Key W to move by words in a word list (INSERT+CTRL+W) during a Say All, The Say All no longer stops after pressing W twice.
  • Resolved an issue with the text of endnotes not being shown on the braille display.
  • Addressed an issue in Word 2010 where the bullet type was still being announced even though Bullet Type Indication was disabled in Quick Settings.
  • Resolved an issue in Word 2010 where JAWS would not read the values in the edit fields of the Font dialog box after navigating in the Effects group.
  • If a word list is generated for a Word document or Outlook message, pressing SHIFT+W now moves to the previous word as expected.
  • Resolved an issue when using ALT+SHIFT+A in outline view to show all of the text associated with the selected heading level.
  • If the Virtual Viewer or Results Viewer opens, if Quick Keys are on in the current document, they will now remain active.
  • Addressed an issue of form fields being spoken twice when using F and SHIFT+F to move through a protected form.
  • Resolved an issue where the word list summary was not displaying all occurrences of a word as a link.
  • Resolved an issue where the first time a table navigation command is performed in a new table, JAWS would not speak. This would occur if the Virtual Ribbon was disabled and a table was inserted.
  • Resolved an intermittent issue with tables in Word 2010 where after typing in a cell then pressing TAB, JAWS was not always announcing the next cell you moved to.
  • Addressed an issue of JAWS not reading controls when navigating the Options dialog box if it is opened from the Spelling and Grammar dialog box. Controls read fine when the Options Dialog box was opened from the document.
  • Resolved multiple issues with JAWS not indicating non-uniform tables either during a Say All, or general navigation.
  • Pressing TAB or SHIFT+TAB to move to the next or previous cell in a table no longer causes JAWS to speak part of the text in the cell you were just in.
  • Addressed a braille issue where an entire line of text containing a link was being underlined. Only the link itself should have an underline in braille.
  • Resolved a reported issue where JAWS would sometimes get the table row or column count wrong in Word causing it to announce a change in the number of row or columns when in fact, no change occurred.
  • Resolved an issue with the German version of JAWS where spelling errors were not being indicated.

    Mozilla Firefox
  • The message "Use JAWSKey+ALT+R to read descriptive text" is no longer heard continuously as you navigate through a table containing a caption.
  • JAWS now reads the name of the page being bookmarked when the Add Bookmark dialog box opens.
  • Resolved an issue where links were not highlighted in braille. This only occured in Windows XP.
  • Pressing INSERT+SPACEBAR, O, C to OCR a graphic now works as expected.
  • Addressed a reported issue reading lists that contain links.
  • Resolved an issue regarding the JavaScript function, SetTimeout, reported by a developer.

    Mozilla Thunderbird
  • JAWS no longer says "selected" when selecting text in a message and the verbosity level is set to Advanced.
  • JAWS now reads all of the controls in the Account Settings dialog box.

    Winamp
  • Resolved an issue where keystrokes that include both the ALT and CTRL keys were not working as expected.

    Windows 7
  • Resolved an issue in Windows 7 or Vista, if JAWS was getting license keys from a license server on the network and was set to run on the secure desktop, it would not release the ILM key after you logged in. This could cause JAWS to tie up two keys at a single work station.
  • Braille display controls, such as panning buttons and cursor routers, will now work in the UAK dialog box.

    Windows Live Mail
  • Improved JAWS support for the Windows Live Mail calendar. Appointments are now announced as you navigate in the Day, Week, and Month views.

    Enhancements in JAWS 13.0.97 (September 2011)
    The following is a list of improvements available in this public beta release. Note that while many customer reported enhancements are included in this release, the following is a list of more notable changes.
    JAWS
  • Resolved a distortion issue with the RH Voice (Russian) synthesizer.
  • JAWS now correctly reads the tree view structure of the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) on Windows XP computers.
  • Resolved an issue for the Arabic version of JAWS when navigating arabic text with Smart Word reading enabled.
  • Resolved an issue with VMware and Windows 7 that would cause JAWS to unexpectedly close.
  • When using the Word Index command (INSERT+CTRL+W), JAWS now includes an accurate word count total for each item in the word list.
  • JAWS now correctly speaks the buttons on the https://giftstest.rehab.state.al.us/bepnet/main/beplogin.aspx Web page.
  • Addressed an issue where JAWS would not switch languages when a voice profile was set to a language other than English. This was observed when reading Web pages.
  • Resolved an issue with sluggish performance when browsing the www.ziggo.nl Web site.
  • Resolved an issue with the Research It Business Search lookup source and changes shown for the S&P 500 Index.
  • Resolved an issue with the Time Search lookup source in Research It.
  • Resolved an issue with the People Search lookup source where search results would not appear if both the city and state were used in the search criteria.
  • Resolved an issue where ALT GR combinations were being treated as word delimiters with Keyboard Echo set to Words.
  • Resolved an issue encountered when using CTRL+BACKSPACE to speak and delete the current word. If Typing Echo was set to words, when you typed the new word followed by a space, JAWS would speak part of the previously deleted word along with the new word.
  • Updated the Braille Display Input Commands help topic with the command DOTS 1-2-4-5-7 CHORD which cycles through the settings for contracted braille input.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was reading the entire line when pressing BACKSPACE under the Command Prompt.
  • Addressed a reported issue navigating tables on certain Web pages.
  • JAWS now recognizes the datalist element on a Web page as an edit combo.
  • Resolved an issue in Settings Center where JAWS did not announce the open or closed status of the Braille Marking item.
  • Resolved an issue in Settings Center where pressing UP ARROW to move from a level two control to a node, would continue showing the name of the control on the braille display instead of the title of the node.
  • Addressed an issue using braille Structured Mode in multi-line edit fields.
  • Resolved an issue in PAC Mate Remote where pressing DOT 8 on a PAC Mate BX with contracted braille input enabled would insert the letter "i" instead of a line feed. With contracted braille input disabled, the letter "i" followed by a line feed was inserted.
  • Resolved issues using the Virtual Viewer in localized versions of JAWS.
  • When you enter text to search for in the JAWS Find dialog box that includes spaces before or after the word, resolved an issue where the leading and trailing spaces were not included in the search.
  • Addressed a reported issue not reading check boxes contained in tables on certain Web pages.
  • Resolved a reported issue where spaces inserted in text caused a blank line to be shown on the braille display even though text would be spoken when using the ARROW keys.
  • Resolved an issue where information was not being shown on the braille display as expected in some applications.
  • Resolved an issue accessing buttons and other elements on PHP-based Web pages.
  • The Text Analyzer can now be used with Arabic text.
  • With the addition of the new Quick Settings dialog box, the Adjust Braille Options and Personalized Web Settings dialog boxes from prior versions have been removed.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was not indicating in braille that an item on the Windows 7 Desktop was selected when in Line Mode.
  • pdated the Basics of Scripting manual which is included with JAWS. To access the manual, go to Start, All Programs, JAWS 13.0, Explore JAWS, Explore the Manuals, and select the file Basics of Scripting.exe. This is a self-extracting ZIP archive and will extract the manual as a series of HTML files for easy navigation.
  • Updated the Basics of Scripting manual with information on Script Utility Mode. References to the Homerow Utility have been removed.
  • Addressed an issue with domain-specific placemarkers where JAWS would try to move to a placemarker that was anchored to specific text even if you were on a different page in the same site where this text did not exist.
  • Added stubs for the Settings Center, Text Analyzer, Virtual Ribbon Menus, and OpenBook Overview DAISY books to the FSReader Open dialog box which is displayed when you select Training from the JAWS Help menu. Titles that include an asterisk at the end have not been installed. Pressing ENTER on one of these titles will open the Check for Updates so you can download and install one or more books.
  • The Import function is now exposed and can be used by scripters.
  • Improved the JAWS help text for ARIA widgets, such as those found in Yahoo Mail.
  • Addressed issues with the braille cursor not being shown correctly in TextPad.
  • Added dictionary entries for Learning Ally.
  • Resolved an issue with the GetCellCoordinates script function.
  • Addressed issues closing JAWS after playing an audio stream in Windows Media Player.
  • Resolved an intermittent issue where the Dictionary Manager would not always close correctly.
  • Resolved an issue using the Focus 40 Blue over a Bluetooth connection where the rocker bars were being treated as WHIZWHEELS if the display was powered off and back on.
  • Resolved an issue for localized versions where Eloquence language name was reporting in English only.
  • If you press WINDOWS KEY+K in a document or Web page that does not contain any placemarkers, JAWS now speaks a message.
  • Addressed a reported issue with control types not displaying correctly in Braille using Structured Mode in some situations.

    Adobe Acrobat
  • Resolved an issue where the cursor would unexpectedly jump to the top of the document when selecting text in an untagged PDF file.
  • JAWS now properly reads table headers that use the TH scope=”both” attribute.
  • Resolved an issue where Adobe Reader would close unexpectedly after closing and restarting JAWS.

    Apple iTunes
  • Resolved a reported issue in the latest iTunes app store when making a purchase.
  • Resolved an issue using JAWS in the iTunes Store after allowing the automatic update of QuickTime Player to version 7.7.

    Eudora
  • Resolved an issue where the BACKSPACE key was not working correctly when composing an e-mail message.

    Google Chrome
  • When opening a new Web page in Google Chrome, JAWS now speaks the summary information, such as the number of headings and links, for the new page.

    IBM Eclipse
  • Addressed an issue with Eclipse where JAWS announced both the current and next items in a tree view.

    IBM Lotus Notes
  • When moving up and down in the Lotus Notes Inbox, JAWS now announces “unread” when focus moves to a message that has not been opened.
  • Addressed an issue where the braille cursor was not being shown on blank lines. This also resolved an issue where the braille cursor would not blink.
  • Resolved an issue where the Lotus Notes.jkm file was empty.
  • Resolved an issue in Lotus Notes where JAWS was not identifying links in messages when navigating with the ARROW keys.
  • Addressed an issue reading section titles when navigating in a note.

    IBM Sametime
  • Resolved a longstanding issue where JAWS would announce items in the Sametime contact list twice.

    Java
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was not reading pop up messages. The INSERT+B command will now also reread the message.
  • Resolved an issue where top line menus were not read after pressing the ALT key.

    Microsoft Excel
  • Updated the JAWS help file to include the INSERT+CTRL+C and INSERT+ALT+C keystrokes.
  • Resolved an issue where the correct information was not being shown in braille when navigating in Line Mode.
  • Pressing ALT+1 through ALT+4 in Excel 2007 and 2010 now activates items on the Quick Access tool bar as expected. In Excel 2003, these keystrokes read column information.
  • Resolved an issue reading column and row titles that are defined for a spreadsheet.
  • Added more descriptive Keyboard Help messages for the ALT+PAGE UP and ALT+PAGE DOWN keystrokes.
  • Resolved an issue in the header/footer, custom header area of the Page Setup dialog box where JAWS was not speaking the text in the various fields.
  • In Excel 2007 and 2010, Pressing CTRL+F2 now moves focus to the Print Tab as expected. Pressing INSERT+CTRL+F2 now speaks the formula.
  • Resolved an issue where the equals sign was not spoken when written in a formula.
  • Resolved an issue in Excel 2007 where JAWS was not indicating checked items in the Autofilter menu.
  • Removed extra speech and braille feedback from the data validation dialog box that was unnecessary and could be confusing.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was saying “blank” when moving left and right in edit controls that update automatically as you navigate.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was not speaking the selected color when navigating the list of colors on the Fill tab of the Format Cell dialog box.
  • Addressed an issue where items in the suggestion list of the spellchecker were not spelled as the list is navigated.
  • If the Options dialog box was opened from the spellchecker, resolved an issue where control information, such as the name and status of a check box, was not being announced.
  • The state of check boxes in the Proofing Category in the Options Dialog box are shown in braille.
  • Resolved a reported issue where JAWS was not reading input messages in cells surrounded by white space.
  • Resolved a reported issue navigating objects in a spreadsheet.

    Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • •Resolved an issue where JAWS 12 and Internet Explorer 8 would fail when accessing a training page on The Hadley School for the Blind Web site.
  • Addressed an issue with Internet Explorer 9 where JAWS was announcing a blank line before the first item in a list.
  • hen selecting the Surf’s Up link on the Freedom Scientific Training home page, JAWS now opens the Surf’s Up Web page.
  • JAWS correctly reads labels for combo and edit boxes when navigating a Web page using Internet Explorer 8.
  • Addressed an issue regarding left and right movement of the JAWS Cursor in arabic text.
  • Resolved an issue when navigating by headings on a Web page where blank lines were separating each link. This was observed with Internet Explorer 9.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was not announcing text for command elements such as buttons. This was observed with Internet Explorer 9.
  • Resolved an issue where the Virtual PC Cursor would not return to its previous location on a Web page.
  • Addressed an issue where JAWS would read consecutive links on the same line even if the links were separated with a
    HTML tag. This occurred with Internet Explorer 9.
  • Resolved an issue where the Invisible Cursor was not working properly in Internet Explorer 9.
  • Addressed an issue where links on the www.acb.org Web site were not announced correctly unless using Compatibility View in Internet Explorer 9.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was not announcing changes when pressing buttons in a taskbar.
  • Resolved an issue navigating a Web page that is opened from inside another application.
  • Resolved an issue with typing in edit fields on certain Web pages. JAWS would speak the name of the edit field each time a character was typed.
  • Resolved an issue in Internet Explorer 8 where JAWS would not read alternate text for images that also contained an ARIA describedby attribute.
  • Resolved an issue where one word was being broken up into two words on some Web pages like m.facebook.com.
  • Improved how JAWS reads alternate text for an image contained inside an element label on a Web page.
  • Resolved multiple issues where Internet Explorer and JAWS would unexpectedly close after selecting a link.
  • Resolved empty virtual buffer issues using the Japanese, Arabic, or Hebrew version of JAWS with Internet Explorer 9.
  • Resolved an issue when navigating combo boxes in Forms Mode where the selected item was not being shown in braille. This also resolved an issue in Line Mode where braille was taking a while to update.
  • Resolved a reported issue where JAWS was not recognizing edit fields at www.peapod.com.
  • Resolved an issue using Navigation Quick Key R to move to radio buttons in a Web-based dialog box.
  • Resolved an issue in Internet Explorer 8 with an application from CitiBank.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was not recognizing the Submit button on some Web pages.
  • Resolved an issue with JAWS not announcing the correct number of columns in certain tables.
  • Resolved a reported issue selecting the Listen live link on www.klpw.com.
  • Addressed a reported issue in tables containing a blank cell in the middle or at the end of a row. JAWS would merge two cells when reading the table.
  • Resolved a reported issue with Internet Explorer 8 in XP where pressing F1 for Internet Explorer help and then exiting the help with ALT+F4, focus was not returning to Internet Explorer as expected.
  • Resolved a reported issue where JAWS was not reporting the name of some progress bars.
  • Addressed issues of not being able to read text in edit fields on some Web pages in Internet Explorer 9.
  • AWS and Internet Explorer 8 on Windows 7 no longer unexpectedly close after selecting the Listen Live link at wjvl.com.
  • JAWS now properly works with combo boxes embedded in flash content.

    Microsoft Office
  • Pressing INSERT+F1 on an item on the ribbon now gives help specific to that option.
  • JAWS can now read files opened in Protected View in Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Resolved an issue navigating Virtual Ribbons in Office 2010 with the CTRL+ARROW Keys.
  • Resolved an issue in Access 2007 where JAWS was not reading text in edit fields when navigating by character or word.

    Microsoft Outlook
  • Addressed an issue in Outlook 2010 when moving through the date and time fields in an appointment. Although JAWS would display the items in braille, it now speaks the fields too.
  • When creating a new meeting announcement in Outlook 2007, JAWS no longer announces additional information when moving to and reading the Location edit field.
  • Resolved an issue where the cursor would not move beyond the first line of an Outlook 2010 message.
  • In Outlook Web Access Light with Documentation Presentation Mode set to Screen Layout, resolved an issue where table rows were split over several lines.
  • Resolved an issue in Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010 where too much information was being presented when the spellchecker dialog box first gained focus. This has also been addressed in Microsoft Word.
  • You can now use INSERT+SHIFT+W to open an Outlook 2007 or Outlook 2010 message in the default Web browser.
  • Resolved an issue with JAWS announcing "message list view" when sending a message from the Contacts list.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS would repeat text over and over after a Calendar reminder opened.
  • Addressed an issue where the entire line was not being read in a custom view in the Outlook 2010 Contacts folder.
  • Resolved an issue of not announcing the time of a conflicting appointment.

    Microsoft SharePoint 2010
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS did not correctly display Ribbon buttons in the virtual buffer.

    Microsoft Visual Studio 2010
  • Addressed an issue when editing in the text editor in Visual Studio 2010.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS would repeat the selected item in a tree view when opening the context menu.

    Microsoft Word
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was announcing small bullet characters (INSERT+NUMROW 4) as space markers. This also fixed an issue where JAWS was not recognizing actual space marker characters.
  • JAWS can navigate and edit tables that are in the headers and footers of a Word document.
  • Addressed an issue in Word 2010 where JAWS was announcing multiple items instead of just one when moving through the Files of Type combo box in the File Open dialog box.
  • Resolved an issue in Word 2010 where JAWS was not announcing or displaying in braille the Tools menu that appears in such dialog boxes as Open and Save As.
  • JAWS correctly announces the Copies edit box in the Word 2010 Print tab.
  • Resolved an issue with braille where JAWS was not correctly displaying line spacing in documents.
  • ddressed an issue where JAWS would announce the previous search result instead of the next result when using the Find command in Word 2010.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was not announcing the correct indentation values in Word documents that contain multiple indentation levels.
  • Addressed an issue in Word where JAWS was announcing the number of spaces instead of tabs for indentation.
  • Corrected a typo in the Adjust JAWS Options dialog box for Word.
  • When navigating into a comment in a Word document, JAWS no longer announces “out of comment.”
  • Resolved an issue where, after changing the unit of measure in Word, JAWS was not announcing the unit of measure in a document.
  • Resolved an issue where the braille flash message was occurring too fast to display the new page number when changing pages in a Word document.
  • Resolved an issue where pressing ALT+F in Word 2010 would cause JAWS to close.
  • JAWS no longer announces the words “context menu” when moving through each item in a context menu list.
  • Addressed an issue where JAWS would announce the message “end of row” instead of “start of row” when moving to the first cell of a Word 2010 table.
  • Updated the help message for the Document Presentation option for both Word and Outlook.
  • Resolved an issue where braille no longer displayed table information after moving focus into a table.
  • Resolved an issue when pressing F6 to move among comment, endnote, and footnote panes.
  • Addressed an issue where the first instance of an item found using Find or Find and Replace was not announced. This was observed in Word 2007 and Word 2010.
  • Resolved an issue using CTRL+ALT+END to move to the last cell in a table.
  • Resolved issues where navigating with the ARROW keys could become sluggish. This was especially noticeable when using Auto Correction, or after inserting footnotes, endnotes, or comments.
  • Resolved an issue in Word 2010 where pressing ENTER on the Indentation edit field in the Virtual Ribbon was not turning on Forms Mode.
  • When performing a find in Word 2010 and you press the SPACEBAR on the Next Search Result button, JAWS now automatically speaks the next result.
  • Addressed an issue in Word 2010 when navigating task pane dialog boxes containing multiple tabs. JAWS now indicates which tab is currently selected.
  • JAWS now supports the Browse Search Results tab in the Word 2010 Find dialog box. This allows you to navigate a list of all the matches for a search item and quickly move to a specific match in the document without having to go through each result one by one until you reach the one you want.
  • JAWS no longer says "entering table" when you press ALT+TAB or ALT+F4 and focus returns to the Word document where the cursor is already in a table.
  • In Word 2007 and 2010, JAWS now reads the column headers in the New Address List dialog box as you press TAB or SHIFT+TAB.
  • Resolved an issue when moving to a place marker in large documents.
  • JAWS now announces the section number in Word 2003 when using the Navigation Quick Key S.
  • Resolved an issue with navigation in Word 2003 being sluggish in Windows 7 64-bit.
  • When a numbered or bulleted list is generated by pressing ENTER, resolved an issue where JAWS was reading the list item just typed instead of the new item being auto-generated.
  • Resolved an issue with JAWS tracking properly in a protected document when the screen scrolls.
  • JAWS now more reliably announces non-breaking spaces in a document while navigating or when performing a search.
  • Resolved an issue in Word 2010 where JAWS would not automatically read the font name when navigating through the list of fonts in the Symbol dialog box.
  • Resolved an issue where tab measurements were not getting announced correctly.
  • Resolved an issue where it was not possible to disable the "selected" message in the Beginner Verbosity level.
  • Addressed issues that could occur after accepting or rejecting a revision.
  • When customizing dropped cap options, resolved an issue where JAWS was not automatically reading the font names while navigating through the list of fonts.
  • Resolved an issue with text becoming scrambled when typing contracted braille into a table.
  • Resolved an issue in Word 2007 and Word 2010 where JAWS would get stuck on the ribbon when adding or removing items from the Quick Access tool bar. This was not a problem if using the Virtual Ribbon.
  • In both Word and Outlook 2007 and 2010, when you move to the Suggestions list in the Spell Checker, the word "suggestion" no longer appears twice on the braille display.
  • Resolved the double-speaking of some controls in the Print dialog box in Word 2010.
  • JAWS no longer unexpectedly closes in certain documents when encountering a table and a Braille display is connected.
  • When a document is opened in Protected View in Word 2010, addressed an issue where proofreading elements, such as objects and comments, were not available.
  • Addressed an issue where JAWS would unexpectedly close when using Navigation Quick Key G to move to an Excel chart contained in a Word document.
  • The message spoken when toggling Navigation Quick Keys on or off is now shown in braille as a flash message.
  • Addressed an issue in Word 2010 where JAWS was not detecting objects in a document if paragraph marks were enabled.
  • Improved the indication of bulleted lists created using non-standard symbols.
  • Addressed an issue of JAWS not correctly identifying space markers in Word 2010.

    Mozilla Firefox
  • Resolved an issue where Firefox 5 and JAWS would unexpectedly close when trying to install a Flash plugin.
  • Addressed an issue where focus would not move to a selected graphic when using the Select a Graphic dialog box (INSERT+CTRL+G).
  • Resolved an issue when using Firefox to read Web pages that have ARIA landmarks.
  • JAWS now announces the aria-label property for Web page links when using Firefox.
  • JAWS now announces the aria-haspopup property for objects on a Web page.
  • JAWS now supports role=”article” in the list of ARIA landmark regions.
  • JAWS correctly provides feedback for the starting and ending points of each landmark region shown in the virtual buffer.
  • Resolved an issue where Firefox would unexpectedly close when JAWS was closed and restarted.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was too verbose when reading combo boxes.
  • Resolved an issue where the PC cursor was active instead of the Virtual PC Cursor after pressing ENTER from the Select a Paragraph dialog box or the Select an Anchor dialog box.
  • JAWS now supports Extended Select list boxes which allow you to select more than one item.
  • Addressed an issue where the text of toggle buttons was not being announced.
  • Resolved an issue in Firefox 5 when attempting to open a message in a new tab in Gmail Basic.
  • Resolved an issue in Firefox 5 where the program would unexpectedly close when performing a Google search.
  • Resolved an issue with navigating in combo boxes where JAWS would read the label and the selected item multiple times.
  • Resolved multiple issues reading text in dialog boxes in Firefox 4 and later.
  • Addressed an issue where the current position on a Web page was lost when pressing ESC from the Jump to Line dialog box.
  • Addressed an issue with buttons getting announced more than once when navigating to them using Navigation Quick Key B.
  • Pressing INSERT+H or INSERT+W now gives Firefox specific keystroke information.
  • Addressed an issue with JAWS not remaining at the current position on a Web page when moving between tabs or windows with the Webvisum extension installed.
  • Resolved an issue subscribing to RSS feeds in Firefox 4 and later.
  • Addressed issues with JAWS not properly reading frame names on some pages.
  • Resolved a reported issue related to the "legend" element.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS would not move to the selected form field after pressing ENTER from the Select a Form Field dialog box.
  • Addressed issues of text at the beginning of a line in a multi-line edit field not always being shown on the Braille display.
  • Custom labels will now work on pages that contain a port number as part of the address.
  • Resolved a reported issue where opening links in a new tab was not working as expected.
  • Check boxes are now displayed more reliably in braille.
  • Resolved a reported issue where the first row in some tables was being treated as a separate table.

    Mozilla Thunderbird
  • When an e-mail message is deleted, JAWS will now announce the next item in the Message list that has focus.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was not reading highlighted messages in the Message list.
  • Addressed an issue where it was not possible to select non-contiguous messages using CTRL+DOWN ARROW or CTRL+UP ARROW.
  • JAWS now properly reads the message list in Mozilla Thunderbird 5.
  • JAWS no longer says "table" while navigating through the message list in Thunderbird 5 or later.
  • When canceling a message, JAWS now automatically reads the confirmation dialog box.
  • Resolved an issue where the Virtual PC cursor would not turn off when replying to a plain text message.
  • Addressed an issue reading the status line in Thunderbird 5.
  • Resolved an issue where the keystrokes to read message fields were not working in Thunderbird 5.

    Skype
  • Resolved an issue with Skype where it would fail when adding a contact.

    Windows 7
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS would not speak or display in Braille the contents of the Windows 7 logon screen until TAB or SHIFT+TAB was pressed.
  • Resolved an issue with unnecessary characters appearing on the Braille display when focused on the Password edit field on the logon screen. This only occurred with contracted Braille enabled.
  • JAWS now automatically reads the text of the dialog box that allows you to force a currently running application to close.

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