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More info about new JAWS 6.10 features

From: John M Slatin <john_slatin@austin.utexas.edu>
Date: Fri, 8 Apr 2005 08:48:04 -0500
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>From the Freedom Scientific site:
Here's what they say about Unicode support:
If you have Windows NT 4.0 or later, you will be installing the unicode
version of JAWS when you upgrade to 6.10. Unicode allows JAWS to provide
support for languages with non-Latin alphabets, complex scripts, or
special reading orders. With an appropriate SAPI-compatible speech
synthesizer, you
can now access information in Arabic, Japanese, Russian, Hebrew, and a
number of other languages. Enhanced language support is also available
if you use
a braille display. You can even define your own braille representation
for any symbols that JAWS does not read correctly.
The new unicode support also allows you to access special symbols for
math and science. Whenever a symbol is not handled correctly, you can
easily find
out its unicode value, and then define your own reading and braille rule
so that JAWS gives you relevant information. This new functionality
should be
a great benefit for both students and professionals.
Here's what the site has to say about CSS in IE:
JAWS now allows you to control how it handles style sheets on Web pages.
If you experience difficulty reading Web pages or filling out forms in
Explorer, press INSERT+V to change this option temporarily or
INSERT+SHIFT+V to change it for all pages within the current Web site
domain. Select the
option "Style Sheet Processing" and press the SPACEBAR to select one of
the following settings:
List of 3 items
* Imported Style Sheets - Processes all style sheet information for the
page. This is the default setting.
* Top Level Style Sheets - Processes style sheet information embedded in
the page or linked externally. Choose this setting if you experience
problems with
a Web page, or if your browser stops responding.
* Ignore Style Sheets - Suppresses all formatting and layout information
provided by the page's style sheet. This setting can help you work with
forms or pages that JAWS cannot seem to read.
list end

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