Re: Accessible Dictionary

  • From: "G.W. Cox" <gwcox2@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2007 17:14:35 -0700

The trick is Freedom Scientific has scripted the program. With the program 
open, check popular applications with Jaws and an insert H will lead to a 
smattering of hot keys.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: Adrian Spratt 
To: jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
Sent: Tuesday, December 18, 2007 2:45 PM
Subject: Re: Accessible Dictionary


Thanks to a fellow lister's recommendation, I recently installed the Random 
House Unabridged Webster's, which I bought for $9 plus shipping from

I agree with Bruce Toews that online dictionaries have advantages, including 
staying current, but this dictionary is useful. You can cross-reference in a 
variety of ways, search for key words in definitions in case it helps you 
find a word in the main entries that's on the tip of your tongue, and more. 
A few points:

1. The main dictionary is accessible without doing any JAWS tweaking.

2. However, if you wish to hear the dictionary's voiced definitions of 
words, doing so isn't intuitive. That other lister figured out how to get to 
it with JAWS. If anyone is interested, one of us will post the steps.

3. The dictionary opens promptly with the press of a shortcut key 
combination. However, creating that shortcut also involved a non-intuitive 
method. Again, we can post the steps if anyone is interested.

4. When doing a custom install, you are given several choices. One is to 
install the dictionary's multimedia component. I didn't figure out how to 
get sounds to work and gave up. Considering that this component is immense, 
I had to removed the entire application and do a reinstall. Apparently, MS 
Word didn't like what I'd done, and so I had to start all over and not check 
the MS Word component, which doesn't strike me as all that important anyway.

5. As I recall, the ReadMe file wasn't made available until after 
installation. It's a useful file and worth reading. It's a shame the 
installation parts aren't available prior to installation. They are given in 
the print documentation. Still, I was able to carry out the installation 
without those instructions.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Ray Campbell" <ray.campbell@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

Hello All:

I received a call from someone that runs JAWS and is looking for an 
accessible dictionary that he can install on his computer. He bought one 
from Best Buy and is not able to use it with JAWS, even using the mouse 
keys. So, if any of you have any suggestions for an accessible dictionary 
that will work with JAWS and where to get it, please let me know.


Ray Campbell, Help Desk Technician Adaptive Technology Center Chicago 
Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
1850 W. Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60608
312-997-3651 (Voice/Relay) or
888-825-0080 (voice/Relay)
ray.campbell@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx AIM Screen Name: tclhelp

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