Re: Seeking accessible offline dictionaries

Hello Yardbird,

I have used JAWS with American Heritage Dictionary and Websters.  While I
found both to be very accessible, it seemed that AHD was the friendlier of
the two.  These two dictionaries are similar in their functionality.

Regards,

Dave



----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Yardbird" <yardbird@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, November 07, 2005 4:07 PM
Subject: Re: Seeking accessible offline dictionaries


> Dave,
>
> Many thanks for your very specific (not to mention heartening) comments.
> What you say here inclines  me all the more to try the Am. Her. rather
than
> another.  However, I'm still curious to know if you have any idea how well
> its Jaws-friendliness compares to the Webster's that was under discussion
> earlier?  Any idea?
>
> Thanks.
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Dave Speck" <dspeck@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
> To: <jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Monday, November 07, 2005 11:42 AM
> Subject: Re: Seeking accessible offline dictionaries
>
>
> Hello Yardbird,
>
> The American Heritage Dictionary is, and has been very accessible to a
JAWS
> user.  There are no scripts necessary.  I am not sure why the other reader
> has had so much trouble with it's use, but all of that frame creation and
> cursor restriction is not required.
>
> When you open the program, the cursor is placed in the field for typing
the
> word you wish to look up.  Just type the word and press the Enter key.
JAWS
> will automatically read the results, or, you can press Tab one time and
use
> the arrow keys as you would in most documents to read the resulting
> information.  Press Tab again to see a list of closely matched words, or
> Shift+Tab to return to the edit field for typing a new word.  Press Ctrl+D
> for the dictionary, and Ctrl+T for the thesaurus.
>
> I and many others have used this dictionary for many years with no
problems
> or JAWS alterations.
>
> Regards,
>
> Dave
>
>
>
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Yardbird" <yardbird@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> To: <jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Monday, November 07, 2005 12:37 PM
> Subject: Re: Seeking accessible offline dictionaries
>
>
> > Pranav,
> >
> > thank you very much for your thoughtful responses and your generous
help,
> > but I'm afraid I'd much prefer investing in an application that either
is
> > Jaws friendly at the PC cursor level right out of the box, or for which
> > someone has written scripts.  I'm not comfortable customizing and
> navigating
> > in the way you describe.  But I do thank you very much for your
> > explanations.
> >
> >
> > ----- Original Message ----- 
> > From: "Pranav Lal" <pranav.lal@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> > To: <jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> > Sent: Monday, November 07, 2005 7:44 AM
> > Subject: Re: Seeking accessible offline dictionaries
> >
> >
> > Hi Yardbird,
> >
> > I will give the steps which I used to optimise the American Heritage
> > dictionary. I am using the Jaws six .two. However, I don't think that
> > the Jaws version makes any difference to the steps.
> >
> > 1. Type a
> > word that you what defined.
> >
> > 2. Press enter to bring up the definition of the word.
> >
> > 3. Move using the Jaws cursor to the top of the definition window.
> > Restrict the Jaws cursor to that window.
> >
> > 4. Now define a frame around the current window using the
> > ctrl+shift+[+[ key combination. Set the frame to read when you hit a
> > hot key.
> >
> > 5. Now, when ever you type the word to be defined, you'll be able to
> > read the definition of the word using the hot key. You may also want
> > to set up a prompt for the edit box where you type the word to be
> > defined.
> > Note:
> > the Tab key is not useful in this dictionary . Every menu option such
> > as the dictionary and thesaurus are contained in their own window.
> > You may want to define hot keys that click on these options. I do not
> > know how to do this.
> >
> > I hope this helps
> > Pranav
>
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