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JAWS

JAWS is a popular screen reader for windows based computers.

TODO

This information is still in development. Feel free to contribute. The following still needs to be done:

Install

You can download and install JAWS from Freedom Scientific. A time-limited demo is available.

Guides, Documentation, and resources

Modes

Commands

The following are some common commands.

Common

TaskCommand
Read next focusable itemTab
Read next itemDown arrow
Read previous focusable itemShift + Tab
Read previous itemUp arrow

General

TaskCommandNotes
Activate ButtonEnter or Space
Activate LinkEnter
Enter forms modeNum pad PlusAutomatically activated when entering a form control.
Exit forms modeNum pad Plus
Read iteminsert + up arrowAnnounces the current item
Turn OffInsert + F4
Turn On(none)

Reading

TaskCommand
Read next focusable itemTab
Read next itemDown arrow
Follow the element referenced by aria-flowtoequals sign
Go to the the first element that references this element via aria-flowtoshift + equals sign
Read regionR
Open element listInsert + F3
Read previous focusable itemShift + Tab
Read previous itemUp arrow
Start reading from current positionInsert + down arrow
Stop readingControl

Forms

TaskCommandNotes
Activate ButtonEnter or Space
Activate Form ControlSpace
Enter forms modeNum pad PlusAutomatically activated when entering a form control.
Exit forms modeNum pad Plus
Read next focusable itemTab
Read previous focusable itemShift + Tab

Tables

TaskCommandNotes
Move to the start of the containerwindows key+homeWill move to the start of the current container (list, table, etc)
Past the end of the containerWindows key+endWill move past the end of the current container (list, table, etc)
Move to next columnControl + Alt + Right arrow
Move to next rowControl + Alt + up arrow
Move to previous columnControl + Alt + Left arrow
Move to previous rowControl + Alt + down arrow
Read current cellControl + Alt + Numpad 5

Elements

TaskCommandNotes
Next graphicg
Next listl
Move to the start of the containerwindows key+homeWill move to the start of the current container (list, table, etc)
Past the end of the containerWindows key+endWill move past the end of the current container (list, table, etc)
Next list itemi