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Eric Damery
Vice President
Software Product Management
Freedom Scientific, Inc.
11800 31st Court North
St. Petersburg, FL 33716
Phone: 800-444-4443
Email: EricD@FreedomScientific.com

JAWS for Windows 5 began shipping in the forth quarter of 2003. It is a significant new release with many innovative and unique technology changes for Windows Screen Reading. When released, it was distributed world wide to over 20K customers who as pre-purchased this new version.

During this Product Presentation, the Product Manager will go into detail on several of the new techniques of using JAWS on web pages and in Microsoft Word from Office 11. The two main features shown will be PlaceMarkers in HTML and PDF along with the Speech and Sounds Managers. A description of these two features is outlined below.


For several years now, users of HTML and PDF have been able to navigate documents and forms based on the Elements the mark up language and author provided. This new PlaceMarker technology found only in JAWS now provides the user a technique to enhance the navigation outside of the elements provided. It is a simple way to set points of quick navigation that can be used over and over again during future sessions on the same document and page. While it will prove useful for the casual user on the web, the real benefit will be found by people with jobs where HTML based applications have become the new standard. We will demonstrate how and when to use PlaceMarkers and explain how to then share these with others who might be using the same pages.

Speech and Sounds Manager

This new option in JAWS helps the user get contextual feedback based on changes in voice, pitch, rate of speech, or even by hearing special sounds without interrupting the normal reading done by JAWS. We will show how the user can now identify HTML headings or links by switching the voice automatically. Or change the language of the synthesizer on the fly based on the language of the content. When proof reading a document, we will demonstrate how the user can now identify changes in attributes, capitalization, colors or even spot indentations based on changes in speech or hearing unique sounds during reading without having to interrupt the flow of the content. All of this is user definable and we will show how to create, modify, and apply new schemes within the JAWS 5.0 product.

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