[guispeak] EdSharp 2.6 and FileDir 3.2 released

  • From: Jamal Mazrui <empower@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: guispeak@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, program-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, uaccess-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2008 10:53:41 -0500 (EST)

On February 18, new versions of EdSharp and FileDir offer the fixes and
enhancements described below.  First are improvements common to both, then
those particular to each.


Fixed various visual aspects of menus, dialogs, and the status bar.  Fixed
the Context Menu, Shift+F10, producing an error if no "verbs" were found
in the Windows registry for the extension of the current file.

When LaTexProcessing is off (Shift+F12), fixed Alt+Control+PageUp and
Alt+Control+PageDown being used for matrix commands rather than changing
speech rate with the JAWS screen reader.  Used a more reliable method of
detecting whether the Window-Eyes screen reader is running.

Enhanced list-based dialogs with filter and order commands.  Control+F
sets a filter to restrict what items are shown via wildcards (* to match
any sequence of characters or ? to match a single one).  For example, you
could browse replace-related commands in the Alternate Menu, Alt+F10, by
pressing Control+F after invoking that list and then entering *replace* as
the filter expression.  Control+Shift+F clears the filter so all items are
shown again.  The order of items may also be changed:  Alt+A for alpha
order, Alt+Shift+A for reverse alpha order, Alt+D for default order, or
Alt+Shift+D for reverse default order.

Open windows may now be visually organized according to common MDI
(multiple document interface) patterns.  The Window menu includes the
following commands:  Arrange Icons (Alt+F11), Cascade (Control+F11), Tile
Horizontal (Alt+Shift+F11), and Tile Vertical (Control+Shift+F11).

Use the new Environment Variables command, Control+E, to review or change
such settings of Windows.  Choose those of the current process, user, or
system as a whole.  Jump quickly to a particular variable based on its
initial letter, e.g., Alt+P for the PATH setting that determines where
Windows searches for an executable file that is not found in the current
directory.  Changes to process settings affect the current session of
EdSharp or FileDir, but not the next time it is run.  User settings take
effect when you log in again.  System settings take affect when you
restart the computer.

EdSharp 2.6

As before, Control+Shift+G goes to another, more interactive environment.
The default setting has been changed from the Boo interpreter to
Interactive JScript, which is also separately available at
This environment is particularly useful for learning the library of the
.NET Framework and testing expressions that may be incorporated in
programming code, including EdSharp snippets.  It may also be used as a
simple, speech-friendly calculator, since most algebraic, trigonometric,
or date calculations may be done in JScript.
If you upgrade from a previous version of EdSharp, you can press
Alt+Shift+0 to reset configuration options to the latest default values.

FileDir 3.2

Fixed the Quick Folder command (Control+Q or GraveAccent) referring to an
old location.

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