[guispeak] EdSharp 1.1 released

  • From: Jamal Mazrui <empower@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: guispeak@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, program-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, programming@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, uaccess-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 10 Aug 2007 10:18:06 -0400 (EDT)


Version 1.1
Released August 10, 2007

Fixed EdSharp thinking a document was modified when it was opened via
Windows Explorer and caused EdSharp to initially load.  Fixed key
assignment for the Prior Window command (now Control+Shift+Tab).  Fixed
the Start Selection command (F8) causing an error if the cursor was not
positioned on text.  Fixed shifted letters not being spoken by the
optional JAWS scripts.

Select All (Control+A) now says the number of characters selected, and
UnselectAll (Control+Shift+A) says the current character.

Made most EdSharp key assignments configurable by editing the EdSharp.ini
file through the Manual Options command (Alt+Shift+M).  Edit the Keys
section, e.g., the line
could be changed to
Since Control+H is assigned to the the HTML Format command by default,
however, EdSharp will alert you to a conflict when loading unless that
command is also reassigned or detached from a key as follows:
HTML Format=None

A command without a hot key may still be invoked via the regular menu
system or Alternate Menu (Alt+F10).  The terms used to identify available
keys are listed on the following web page:

Enhanced options in the EdSharp program group of the Windows Start Menu so
that you may conveniently set or clear an association between EdSharp and
multiple file extensions such as .txt and .ini.  Binary formats such as
.pdf or .ppt may also be associated, thus permitting automatic conversion
to text when opened via Windows Explorer.

Enhanced conversion capabilities.  As before, press Control+O to open a
file.  Press Control+Shift+O to open a file in a format other than plain
text.  A converter is invoked based on the file extension.  If Microsoft
Excel and PowerPoint are installed on the computer, then .xls and .ppt
files are converted using their programming interfaces (in the case of
PowerPoint, it is temporarily visible during this process).

Additional formats are converted via Microsoft Word, including .doc, .rtf,
.htm, and others (for example, a commercial PDF converter is available as
a Word add-in).  If Microsoft Word is already open, the existing copy is
used for this and other commands.  Otherwise, EdSharp launches a new,
hidden copy.  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.

More converters may be configured through the Manual Options command,
Alt+Shift+M.  For example, an open source PDF converter is distributed
with EdSharp and configured, by default, with the following line in the
Import section:
pdf=%ProgDir%\pdftotext.exe %Source% %Target%
To configure a converter, specify the command line for converting an
extension from a source, non-text format to a target, text format.  The
following variables may be used:
%ProgDir% = Full path of the directory containing the EdSharp.exe program
%Source% = Full path of the source file
%SourceDir% = Full path of the directory containing the source file
%SourceName% = Name of the source file
%SourceRoot% = Root name without extension of the source file
%SourceExt% = Exension of the source file
The short path of a file or directory is used unless a variable includes a
Long suffix, e.g., %ProgDirLong% or %SourceLong%.  Most utilities require
long file names to be surrounded by quote marks, e.g., "%SourceLong%"
syntax.  For technical reasons, if quotes are used within the command
line, then a pair of quotes should also be added around it.  Variables for
the Target file are like that of the source.

Added the Export Format command (Alt+Shift+E) to save a file in another
format.  Via Microsoft Word converters, target formats include .doc, .htm,
.rtf, and .xml.  Other converters may be configured by editing the Export
section through the Manual Options command (Alt+Shift+M).  The syntax is
like that in the Import section.


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