[guispeak] Re: 2011 updates to several, free, accessible software solutions

  • From: Jamal Mazrui <empower@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: guispeak@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2011 16:00:15 -0500

Thanks for the feedback, Ian. I guess if you could make sure that a .docx file was created with Word 2007, that would help to eliminate a possible variable. Also, if there is a computer you can test with that does have Word 2007 installed, that would let me know if it is necessary (which would be unfortunate, but I am relying on other technologies for these conversions).


Does anyone here know whether Word format changed between Office 2007 and 2010?

Jamal
On 1/27/2011 11:20 AM, Ian D. Nichols wrote:
Hi Jamal,

I opened EdSharp and did the F11 elevate thing, and checked the 64-bit
option. It downloaded and installed the 64-bit Microsoft Filter Packs
apparently successfully. It did not then return to any procedure
involving EdSharp. I restarted EdSharp and checked the EdSharp version
number and it gave today's date.

However, it did not load properly a .docx file produced by MS Word 2010
(I don't have MS Office 2007). The document on screen had just one line
with "PK" on it.

Any further thoughts?

Ian

Ian D. Nichols,
Toronto, Canada



-----Original Message----- From: Jamal Mazrui
Sent: Thursday, January 27, 2011 5:20 AM
To: guispeak@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Cc: Ian D. Nichols
Subject: [guispeak] Re: 2011 updates to several, free, accessible
software solutions

Hi Ian,
Following up on George's suggestion, I have now made the 64-bit versions
of the Microsoft filter packs to be options at the end of the EdSharp
and FileDir installers in their latest updates (F11 to Elevate), in
addition to the 32-bit versions. I do not have Win64 to test with. Can
you confirm whether Office 2007 formats can be opened successfully now?

Jamal


On 1/18/2011 6:32 PM, Ian D. Nichols wrote:
Hi Jamal,

My PC is Windows 7 64-bit with JAWS 12.

When I tried to install the MS filter pack while upgrading EdSharp I got
the following message:

"The installation of Microsoft Filter Pack cannot continue. The MSI
Installer type does not match the platform architecture."

Any thoughts? Is it my 64-bit system?

Ian

Ian D. Nichols,
Toronto, Canada

-----Original Message----- From: Jamal Mazrui
Sent: Monday, January 17, 2011 10:17 AM
To: programmingblind ; Program-l ; guispeak@xxxxxxxxxxxxx ; 'Uaccess-L'
Subject: [guispeak] 2011 updates to several, free, accessible software
solutions

NonvisualDevelopment.org announces updates to several free, open source
projects. Below is a short description of each project, including links
to its download package and user guide, followed by a summary of recent
changes.

Nearly all of these are Windows-based programs published under the GNU
Lesser General Public License (LGPL), which is explained at
http://gnu.org

Some programs are written in cross-platform languages, so may be
adaptable to run on other operating systems as well. Anyone may use
the programs in either binary or source code form. I welcome feedback,
suggestions, and code contributions.

Jamal

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EdSharp -- A productive text editor, word processor, file converter, and
code editor.
http://EmpowermentZone.com/edsetup.exe

Documentation
http://EmpowermentZone.com/EdSharp.htm

Version 3.3 adds the Format Code command, Control+4, to format source
code of C-like languages based on file extension. This incorporates
the free Artistic Style utility, which is also available separately at
http://astyle.sourceforge.net

Added an unofficial encoding, UTF-8N, meaning UTF-8 encoding without a
Byte Order Mark (BOM). If this code is used in the YieldEncoding
configuration setting (Alt+Shift+C for Configuration Options), that
default encoding will be assumed. This maximizes compatibility of
files uploaded to Linux-based web servers -- Windows programs typically
add a BOM, but it is often not recognized by cross-platform programs
with Linux origin.

A file saved on the Recent Files list (Alt+R) now includes the last
cursor position when the file window was closed (Control+F4 or Alt+F4).
This position is automatically restored the next time the file is
opened -- unless an explicit bookmark was set (Control+K), which takes
precedence as the initial location in the file.

Added many more import (Control+Shift+O) and output (Alt+Shift+E) format
options, supporting conversions among HTML (.htm), LaTeX (.tex),
Markdown (.md), rich text format (.rtf), and txt2tags (.tt) formats.
These conversions are made possible by incorporating free utilities
called Pandoc
http://johnmacfarlane.net/pandoc/

and txt2tags
http://txt2tags.org

In addition, Microsoft Office 2007 formats such as .docx may be imported
if you install a Microsoft "filter pack" that is offered at the end of
the EdSharp installer.

Sped up time for subsequent invocations of EdSharp after the initial
one. Improved the optional JAWS scripts for EdSharp so that titles of
top-level windows are more reliably read.

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Encoding -- Check and convert among various file encodings, including
versions of ANSI and Unicode.
http://EmpowermentZone.com/Encoding.zip

Documentation
http://EmpowermentZone.com/Encoding.htm

Version 1.1 adds an unofficial encoding called ASCIIFY. This works
similar to the ASCII encoding in that only 7- bit characters having an
ordinal value less than 128 are included in the resulting file. A
significant difference, however, is that rather than just dropping each
non-ASCII character, an attempt is made to substitute an ASCII
character or word with equivalent meaning. For example, the single
Unicode character for an ellipses symbol is replaced with three
consecutive period characters. The Encoding.exe utility is now also
distributed in the WebClient subdirectory of the EdSharp and FileDir
applications, which make use of it for detecting encodings
automatically, or converting among different ones.

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FileDir -- A file and directory manager that does much more than Windows
Explorer.
http://EmpowermentZone.com/dirsetup.exe

Documentation
http://EmpowermentZone.com/FileDir.htm

Version 3.9 strengthens the Query Encoding command, Shift+2, so that it
automatically detects an encoding using the Encoding.exe utility
previously mentioned. Convert Encoding , Control+2, is a new command
for converting the current or tagged files to another encoding. You
can pick among nearly 100 encodings, including the unofficial ASCIIFY,
UTF-8B, and UTF-8N ones previously mentioned. As a safety measure,
original files are automatically backed up to files with the same names
and an additional .bak extension. Microsoft Office 2007 formats are now
supported with the What command (Question Mark), Output to Text
command (Shift+O), and Append Text to Clipboard command (Shift+A).
This support requires installation of the Microsoft "filter pack"
previously mentioned, which is offered at the end of the FileDir
installer, and also available separately at
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?familyid=60c92a37-719c-4077-b5c6-cac34f4227cc&displaylang=en&tm



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JAWS Script Exchange -- A program for installing 3rd party JAWS scripts
from a zip archive, or for Creating an executable package of scripts to
distribute to others.
http://EmpowermentZone.com/jsxsetup.exe

Documentation
http://EmpowermentZone.com/jsx.htm

Version 3.3 finds the appropriate user script directory more reliably,
regardless of whether JAWS is running as a Windows service or user
process (typically determined by whether JAWS is configured to run at
Windows startup or not). A conflict is eliminated between the optional
HomerKit scripts for Internet Explorer and the IEMax scripts available
separately at
http://EmpowermentZone.com/IEMax.exe
(or .zip for a manual install)

Comprehensive documentation for JAWS 12, rather than JAWS 11, is now
included. JSX also now incorporates the latest, 5.4.0 version of Inno
Setup, which is also available separately from
http://InnoSetup.org

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PDF2TXT -- A program for single or batch conversion of PDFs to text,
including OCR capability.
http://EmpowermentZone.com/p2tsetup.exe

Documentation
http://EmpowermentZone.com/pdf2txt.htm

Version 2.3 supports enhanced speech messages with NVDA, in addition to
JAWS, System Access, and Window-Eyes. This is done via a new version
of the SayLine.exe utility that is part of the updated SayTools package
mentioned below.

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SayTools -- A COM server and set of executable utilities for developers
to add speech to an application, using either the default screen reader
or SAPI voice.
http://EmpowermentZone.com/saysetup.exe

Documentation
http://EmpowermentZone.com/SayTools.htm

Version 1.9 adds support for NVDA, a free, open source screen reader
available from
http://nvda-project.org

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Let me also mention that the web site of the "fruit basket" project has
recently been revised to take advantage of features of the Drupal
content management system:
http://FruitBasketDemos.org

A fruit basket program is a simple, but nontrivial program with a
graphical user interface (GUI). This community project offers many
samples that meet the same criteria using different programming
languages, thereby allowing programmers to compare various aspects when
considering a development approach.

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I edit a set of answers to frequently asked questions about nonvisual
development at
http://EmpowermentZone.com/NonvisualDevelopmentFAQ.htm

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A complete list of my open source projects (excluding screen
reader-specific scripts) is available at
http://EmpowermentZone.com/OpenSourceProjects.htm




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