JAWS Tip: Is JAWS Not Speaking As You Move Your Cursor? Try Toggling Enhanced Edit Support

In almost all applications moving the cursor or caret using your arrow keys causes JAWS (or any screen reader) to speak the character, word or line as you use the appropriate cursor movement commands, such as right arrow for next character, control+right arrow for next word, etc. This works nearly 100% of the time. However, I recently noticed that JAWS wasn’t speaking as I was moving the cursor in Jarte, a Wordpad-like word processor that I often use. This was baffling until I found the fix. (Note: in the interest of full transparency I may have enabled the setting that I’m about to discuss as a default. Therefore, the problem that I encountered may not actually have been a JAWS issue but may have been something that I personally enabled.)

If you encounter this problem in Jarte or in any program where cursor navigation isn’t speaking try toggling enhanced edit support. Here’s how you can locate this feature.

1. Press insert+F2 for the list of JAWS managers and press enter on Settings Center. As a quick shortcut pressing insert+6 will open Settings Center. This is the 6 on the row of numbers and not on the number pad. If you are asked to create a new configuration press enter to accept.

2. In the search edit field type “edit” without the quotes.

3. Navigate with the down arrow key through the list of results and look for “enhanced edit support.” While this should be enabled for Word it should be disabled for Jarte. Pressing the space key toggles this setting from being not checked (turned off) to being checked (enabled.)

4. Press enter twice, which will close Settings Center and save your changes.

Are You an Assistive Technology Trainer or Are You Looking For One? Join us on May 15 at 8:00 PM For Our Assistive Technology Trainers Expo

The following message may be forwarded to any interested parties or to any relevant mailing lists provided that announcements such as this one are appropriate and permitted for those lists.

Purpose

So many of us are spending more time at home during the current Covid-19 crisis. Some of us are working out of our homes. Even if not all of us are working many of us are finding ourselves using technology more than we had expected in very different ways, with an emphasis on teleconferencing. While some are very comfortable using both assistive as well as mainstream technology the fact is that some of us are not. Sometimes, we might find that we need a bit of additional help or training to help us in using that elusive piece of software or hardware. Whether it’s learning a new task in Microsoft Word, improving skills using Windows 10 or downloading a book onto your book player of choice it would be nice to find a trainer who knows how to do exactly what you want and who is willing to provide you with that much-needed assistance.

It is for this reason that I am launching an Assistive Technology Trainers Expo. This is a conference which will take place using the Zoom platform. It is scheduled for Friday, May 15 at 8:00 PM Eastern time. All are welcome to participate, whether you’re using the Zoom program or whether you just want to dial in by phone.

Format

The format will be as follows. Each technology trainer will be given a maximum of ten minutes to discuss his or her services. This can include their contact information, what they teach, how they teach, whether or not they charge for their services and how payments should be made. Of course, this information can be shared in just one minute but I’m giving each presenter a maximum of ten minutes to elaborate or to go into more details, if they wish to do so. They could, as an example, discuss how or why they feel  their teaching style is unique, provide examples or demonstrations of how they might present a concept, etc. They don’t have to speak for the full ten minutes but they are welcome to do so if they wish and they will make their presentation without questions or interruptions from me. My only rule is that they stick to training services dealing with technology and not with the selling of other products or services.

We already have some trainers who have expressed interest in presenting. Any interested presenters should contact me privately at info@davidgoldfield.org so I’ll know how many to expect.

This event will be recorded and will be eventually released for distribution via my Web site.

How to Participate

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JAWS, Just Because. Our Inaugural Friday Night Tech Workshop Covering All Things JAWS: March 20, 8:00 PM Eastern Time

The Covid-19 pandemic has forced many of us to spend more time at home. Some of us are now bin the position where we are working from home. Some of us may be staying home to stay safe. Others may be at home in order to self-isolate or quarantine. Even before all of this began there have been many opportunities for online training using meeting platforms such as Zoom. Now that more of us are forced to stay in our homes the opportunities for remote training and assistance will likely increase.

A couple of weeks ago I attended my first Ibugconference where participants are encouraged to ask questions and to provide support for one another with their iOS devices. I really liked the format of the conference but I wanted to see a similar opportunity covering topics from a Windows perspective.

I decided that I’d like to host such a conference and this will likely be the first in a series of free, online tech workshops, assuming there is enough interest in such a project.

The first of these workshops is titled, “JAWS, Just Because” and is scheduled for Friday, March 20 at 8:00 PM Eastern time. This conference will allow users of the JAWS screen reader to both ask questions as well as to provide answers to those who use the JAWS screen reader. No question is too basic or too esoteric and it should be stressed that there is no such thing as a stupid question.

For this conference I’m looking for two types of participants. First, anyone with a question regarding JAWS is, of course, welcome. Second, I’m hoping that those who are knowledgeable in the use of JAWS will also consider participating to share knowledge. Due to time constraints we won’t have time to provide lengthy support or to tandem into a user’s machine. Questions which require this type of intervention would best be addressed by Vispero’s technical support.

In order to keep the conference running smoothly I am going to adopt a similar policy which has been successfully used by iBug. Users who wish to ask a question or to provide a response should say their name, as in, “This is John.” At that point please wait to be acknowledged by the host, as in, “Go ahead, John.”

I have some other ideas for similar workshops but would like to hear some of yours so that I can determine the needs that you have as well as the level of interest. With many of us working from home are there specific applications or programs that you might want some assistance with? Programs that come to mind are Slack, Teams, etc. Would there be interest in similar workshops for NVDA users?

I would also like to invite other assistive technology trainers to write to me privately if you’re interested in assisting with any of these workshops. Many of you may have some ideas which I haven’t thought of and you surely have expertise with topics which I do not. I am unable to provide any type of compensation for any assistance you may choose to provide but the point of these workshops is to provide free assistance to those who may be spending more time at home doing work or completing other tasks. This can be a stressful time for many of us. Many kind and patient people assisted me when I was first learning about assistive technology and I just want to pay it forward and give something back to the blindness community, particularly during this time when the need for some tech help may be even greater.

Here is the relevant information about the upcoming conference.

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A Demo of Leasey: Friday, March 13 at 8:00 PM Eastern

Meeting Topic: a Demo of the Leasey Software to Be Used With JAWS or Fusion

Group: the Philadelphia Computer Users Group for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Date: Friday, March 13, 2020

Time: 8:00 PM Eastern

 

Introduction

If you’ve been a user of the JAWS screen reader for even a short time you know that it’s rich in features and capabilities and possesses an impressive array of configuration options. However, as powerful as JAWS may be there is a third party program which you can add to your existing copy of JAWS which offers even more tools and capabilities to make using JAWS even easier. Many of these features will allow you to more easily complete tasks and will definitely increase your productivity. Meet Leasey, which I will be demonstrating during the next phone meeting of the Philadelphia Computer Users Group for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Leasey is a program written by Hartgen Consultancy. It consists of over 50 separate features but it can be broken down into two components, which are Leasey Basic and Leasey Advanced.

Leasey Basic

Leasey Basic consists of a menu-driven interface to access the programs and functions of your computer. Instead of dealing with the start menu and the desktop pressing a single key opens the Leasey Main Menu, which contains options such as Write a Document or Letter, Check Your Email, Surf the Internet, etc. Pressing enter on any of these options opens a submenu with even more options. Leasey Basic also contains context-sensitive help which provides information on where you are on the computer and what you can do. These menus and help screens are spoken by a friendly, female human voice known as Leasey. This can help users who are new to the computer to slowly transition not only to using synthesized speech but in using their computer. Leasey Basic is ideal for new or novice users, users with cognitive disabilities or those who want a friendly, consistent way to access their computer.

Leasey Advanced

Some readers who are more experienced users may be wondering if Leasey has any features which are relevant to them. This is where Leasey Advanced comes in and will be featured during the bulk of our upcoming demo. Leasey Advanced contains so many features that we won’t be able to show you all of them in the time allotted. However, here are some of the features which we’ll be demonstrating.

  • Leasey Clips. This allows you to store up to twelve separate blocks of text into clipboard-like areas which can then be pasted in a document. These text blocks are preserved even after restarting your computer.
  • Leasey Texts. You can store an unlimited list of text blocks, such as names, addresses, signatures, etc. These blocks of text can be named using a title of the user’s choosing and can be recalled from a list. Optionally, you can use an abbreviation to paste a block of text, such as typing “addr” to paste an address.
  • Leasey Select. Easily select text by using intuitive hotkeys to mark the beginning and end of the block. There’s even a way to mark the end of a block of text and then have that text copied to the clipboard.
  • Leasey Search. Search for information from a variety of sources no matter where you located. Examples include Google, the NLS catalog and databases to look up information about music or TV shows. We will also demo searching Last.fm for song lyrics as well as an excellent weather search to obtain detailed weather information.
  • In Microsoft Word press hotkeys to move the cursor to the next or previous spelling error as well as to the next or previous grammatical error without the need to toggle the virtual cursor.
  • A simpler interface to Word’s spell checker.
  • How to quickly unprotect a Word file
  • How to obtain help on accessing All Leasey commands and to remind yourself and/or to learn Leasey keystrokes

Following the demo we’ll be happy to answer questions from participants.

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Accessibility Webinar From Comcast Demonstrating Voice Guidance on X1 and Xfinity Stream on iOS With VoiceOver

Xfinity TV: Simple, Easy, Awesome…for All

At home or on the go, Xfinity has you covered with easy-to-use accessibility options like the voice remote and screen reader compatibility.

 

Join members of the Comcast Accessibility Team on Monday, February 24 at 1:00 PM, EST for a free web conference live from the Comcast Accessibility Lab. We’ll demonstrate the latest Accessibility enhancements on Xfinity X1 and the Xfinity Stream iOS App that empower blind and low vision customers, including:

  • Using Voice Guidance, the X1 Talking Guide
  • Finding and watching shows with video description
  • Shortcuts for common accessibility options
  • Using Stream with Voiceover on iOS
  • Exciting new features for Xfinity Internet customers

 

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