I've got a specific question here, and a general comment.
My question is how do I get JAWS 7.0 to indicate capital letters by saying
"Cap", in Microsoft Word, and to do so both when I am cursoring down line by
line and across character by character? But not during Say All.
Step by step instructions would be most appreciated.
Now my general comment. I apologise if this has been gone through before but I've only just upgraded to 7.0 from 4.5. I don't want to start a long topic of moaning here, but I would appreciate people's views on what I am feeling.
Am I alone in feeling that the array of customisations to do with how JAWS speaks formatting, punctuation etc is unnecessarily detailed and very confusing? I think I should be able to work out the answer to my above question by myself. But I can't.
I've been using JAWS since 2001, and Windows since 1998. I consider I'm
pretty good at working things out, and, if I can't work things out without
doing so - reading help topics and following instructions. And I know
products change over time and we have to do an amount of learning. But I
think there's something wrong when an experienced user such as myself can't
get JAWS to announce capitals in the way I want it to; and can't get a
quick, understandable answer from the help topics. Does anyone else find
If I am struggling, I am wondering how does a user new to JAWS manage?
To a certain extent I guess my frustration is to do with the change from
what I'm used to; and to the fact that, because I've grown used to e.g.
capitals being announced in a certain way, I want it exactly the same. But
I'm sure that's not all of it - apart from the quest to get the settings the
same, I'm just generally quite baffled by the differet places/choices one
goes to to make changes - verbosity; configuration manager; JAWS/options.
This has always been the case to a certain extent but to me it seems worse
now (unless I'm getting less patient with age). Some of it isn't logical to
me - e.g. Why is something called x manager (Speech And Sounds Manager" not
listed in "JAWS Manager" invoked by pressing ins F2? I found it in
Configuration Manager...but hey, this doesn't make for a very usable
structure to me.
I have come to the point where I'll have to put in a lot of time to learn
this product as well as I need to. I think this learning time could be
dramatically reduced if the menus/managers were organised in a more logical
way. And if they are to be like this, I'm thinking it would be good to have
a wizard to step through the process of making customisations.
Also what I find noteworthy is one of the reasons I chose JAWS in the first
place over WE was the fact that I found JAWS's interface/customisations to
be intuitive. I no longer find this to be the case. (I don't want to start
a discussion about WE v JAWS, but I'm just interested to know whether anyone
else finds/found this frustrating too).
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