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THE NEW FEATURES OF JAWS FOR

Dan Clark, Account Development Manager
Henter-Joyce, Inc.
danC@hj.com  
Henter-Joyce, Inc.
11800 31st Court North
St. Petersburg, FL 33716-1805
800-336-5658
www.hj.com

JAWS for Windows 3.5 will be released in the first quarter of the year 2000. We will discuss just a few of the new features we've added. These include the following:

Windows 2000 support. Full support for Windows 2000, as well as support for Windows NT 4.0/95/98 and Windows 3.1x.

Support for applications written with JAVA "swing" class development language. Java (TM) technologies are rapidly being embraced by industry and education alike. Over 400 colleges and universities now teach the Java language as a beginning computer programming course. On the corporate front, a recent survey found that in the coming year 84% of corporations will be developing new applications in the Java language and 75% of them will use it to extend the life of their legacy applications. This rapid embracement is further evident by the latest numbers for Java programmers - over 700,000 - and the more than 1,000 books that have been written on this technology. The Java phenomenon is only three and a half years old.

And yet, people with disabilities are only just starting to be exposed to and to be affected by Java technologies in a significant way. It is this growing exposure that is driving further investigation into what the Java platform can do and, more importantly, into what type of accessibility support has been built into the platform.

True network version of JFW, including user profiles. Significant changes include support for user profiles, an administrative tool, an instance counter, routines when changing from one application to another (settings file selection code), and initialization settings.

JFW uses a worker object that is used to retrieve path information. It can build a number of paths dynamically or statically. In addition, it can retrieve the read and write search paths. Using these methods, the worker object can be used by JFW and JFW utilities to determine which files can be read from and written to. The current language extension is also statically stored in this class.

Each JFW user has information stored in a user information object. JFW will contain a map of user information objects. This object contains security information and profile information for its user.

CHJNetInfo is the backbone of HJ Network applications. Through helper classes, it stores information about output devices, computers, and users. It archives information to and from the HJNetInfo.bin file. Key JFW products will contain a CHJNetInfo object as a member of their application class.

Keeps track of the Instances of an object running on clients from a server. This class maintains a document that lists the instances running and timestamps those instances. It also keeps track of the number of instances allowed to run. When an instance attempts to register itself with this object, the count is checked. If the count is superseded, then the registration is denied. The instance can then decide what to do with this denial.

Improved Office 2000 support. Enhanced support for Word, and PowerPoint. We will demonstrate the new enhancements for the Office 2000 suite.

Improved support for Lotus Notes 5.0. We use a combination of MSAA and our own proprietary techniques to give users the best access to Lotus Notes 5.0.

Enhanced support for the Internet, including the ability to read tables. We will demonstrate the new features and support for browsing the Internet, filling in forms, as well as reading tables and other complex web pages. Also we will demonstrate support for switching languages on the fly while browsing the internet, provided your synthesizer supports the language being read.

Running JAWS from the task tray. JFW can now be run from the task tray, instead of being run as an application that appears in the ALT+TAB sequence. The advantages of doing this will be discussed.

Enhances performance of MAGic 6.1. The JFW tracking engine gives better performance to MAGic 6.1 screen magnification program. This makes for better screen magnification tracking as well as overall improved performance.

Unparalleled access to popular computer applications! We will list and discuss the newest programs that JFW supports with built-in scripts.

The Henter-Joyce development idea. We will employ techniques that best serve the needs of blind and low vision users. To that end, we use a combination of MSAA, Microsoft's Document Object Model, and a number of proprietary techniques that make JAWS and MAGic the most powerful products in their class. Also, we value and make use of customer input and suggestions!

Thank you and closing remarks.

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