[guispeak] EdSharp 0.9 beta -- last call!

  • From: Jamal Mazrui <empower@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: programming@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, program-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, guispeak@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, uaccess-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 28 Jul 2007 09:13:53 -0400 (EDT)


As we know, software is never finished:  it is periodically published!  I
hope this is the final public beta before official release, while still
expecting improvements to follow in subsequent versions.  If you have not
tried EdSharp yet and may be interested in a free, full featured, open
source, and highly accessible text editor developed in the C# language,
now may be a good time to give it a spin, kick the tires, and influence
the product.  To Anyone familiar with TextPal, I am particularly
interested in feedback about how EdSharp compares -- whether pro, con, or
neutral observations.

If you know how to use TextPal or another editor supported by the Homer
JAWS scripts, you already know how to use EdSharp.  Otherwise, some tips
to get started are as follows.  By default, the installer sets
Alt+Control+E as a hot key to load EdSharp (though this option may be
unchecked).  The HTML documentation is presented at the end of
installation, and is also available from the EdSharp program group of the
Start Menu or by pressing F1 when the program is loaded.  Alt+Shift+H
presents a hot key summary.  Alt+F10 presents an alternate menu of every
command in a single, alphabetized list.  F11 elevates to the latest
version on my web site.  The status line gives ongoing messages, which
EdSharp speaks selectively through JAWS or Window-Eyes when detected in


Beta 0.9
Released July 28, 2007

Fixed Open Again command (Alt+O) not restoring the cursor position.

Improved interaction with Microsoft Word as a COM server.  If Microsoft
Word is already open, EdSharp uses the existing copy for certain commands.
Otherwise, a new, hidden copy is launched.  In this case, when EdSharp
exits, it closes all running copies of Word -- for technical reasons, this
is necessary to ensure that a hidden copy is not left in memory.

For each file previously opened, EdSharp now restores its word wrap
setting, and if a bookmark exists, goes to it and says the percent

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