[guispeak] JAWS Script Exchange 2.0 released

  • From: Jamal Mazrui <empower@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: JAWSScripts@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, GUISpeak@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, ProgrammingBlind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, Program-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, Uaccess-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2009 08:18:07 -0500 (EST)


JAWS Script Exchange
Version 2.0
February 26, 2009

JAWS Script Exchange (JSX) is a free program to support the sharing of
JAWS script packages that enhance the usability of Windows applications
beyond the support installed with JAWS.  JSX enables you to conveniently
install a set of scripts that are supplied in a zip archive -- the files
are placed in appropriate locations for JAWS.  JSX also enables you to
package script or other configuration files for installation by others.
The package can be either a zip archive or a self-executing installer.
JSX incorporates the free installation technology called Inno Setup, which
is also available independently from the web site

This version of JSX is compatible with Windows Vista.  It has a more
advanced capability to merge new scripts with existing ones.  At the end
of its installation process, three popular, open source script sets are
now offered.  These options are unchecked by default.  You can check one
or more of them to install their zip archives with JSX:

BX, the Jaws toolbox by Doug Lee (BSD license)

HomerKit, the Homer script library and editor interface by Jamal Mazrui
(LGPL license)

Visual Studio scripts by contributors from the blind programming community
(public domain)

The zip archives are placed in a zip subfolder of the JSX program folder.
Shortcuts for installing them are included in the JSX program group on the
Start Menu, so they may be installed at a later point, not just during
installation of JSX.

A shortcut and zip archive are also made available for reading full
documentation of JAWS, itself, in "structured text format."  These are
.txt files with organizational conventions that add navigational benefits
of .chm files (the help format installed with JAWS).  EdSharp, a powerful,
speech-friendly editor, recognizes structured text format, and has hotkeys
for efficiently searching topics or navigating sections within it.  This
free editor is available at

At present, JSX is the leading installer and packager for third-party JAWS
scripts.  It brings Vista compatibility, merge features, and sample


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