hi. Luckily, I am not using eloquence. i use dec-talk access 32and a
dec-talk express and therefore, was not effected. If at all
possible, you guys who were effected should definitely set up some
dictionary rules from this type of behavior.
Also, the JAWS 6.20 update fixes this bug with the first 3 letter combination of the offending word.
So if you're using an earlier version of JAWS 6, I would definitely upgrade to that version if you can.
I've no doubt lary is on the case and the individual, or individuals doing this will be bounced soon.
Hi Mary and all,
I think most of us were afflicted by the offending message. I crashed, too. It purports to come from my e-mail address, but, of course, I am not the author of that malicious e-mail! Grrrr! Thanks for reminding everyone of the use of the JAWS dictionary facility to prevent future Eloquence crashes from this string of characters.
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Sent: Saturday, March 18, 2006 4:37 PM
Subject: [bct] test message and warning
Hopefully this list is still working. I got a rather strange e-mail with a word in it that causes previous versions of Jaws, and Jaws 7 also, to break if you don't get into dictionary manager and replace it with a substitute word; I chose the word "junk" without the quotes. Since I have braille, I was able to turn speech off and catch the bad e-mail. I hope I was the only one to receive such a nasty trick. It came from somebody on speakeasy.com if I recall correctly; but I think it went to my junk folder so I doubt I have it any more. But it had the offending word at least twice in the subject line. It is seven letters and I can spell it with commas in between the letters. Whatever you do, do not, repeat, do not let Jaws pronounce it without commas. As long as there are spaces or punctuation, preferably both, when Jaws is reading, you're ok. It is:
c, a, e, s, u, r, e
This created a commotion with the blind people in IBM when we found out about it a yeear ago; it was like a virus specifically for Jaws users. I thought it had been fixed, but it broke Jaws 7 right after I saw the word in braille.
By all means, go into dictionary manager, push enter on add, type the word without commas or spaces, without proof reading it, tab till you see "substitute word" or some such item, type the word junk or something else, and then I think there is an OK button to press, and it will ask if you want to confirm the change; press enter on yes, and then when it goes back to the add box to add another word, press alt and F4 to get out.
Dictionary manager is a couple items below the configuration manager in the utilities menu.
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