Jaws and Word 2007

  • From: "William L. Houts" <cadexi@xxxxx>
  • To: <jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 19 Nov 2009 07:18:39 -0800

Hello Listers,

First, I'd like to introduce myself. I just joined the group and, mostly happily, have been using Jaws for about nine or ten years. I'm so glad to find a user list, and delighted that it's not on the accursed Yahoo system, heh.

Here's my issue, and I'm betting you're familiar with it. I'm a novelist who's used Jaws and Word 2003 to composea novel. I'm now in the middle of my second novel and for various reasons, I purchased Office 2007.

From an accessibility standpoint, that appears to have been a mistake.

First, and I've never heard of this happening before, my copy of Office 2003 was deleted when I installed the newer version. I've looked andn looked for it with the search utility but it really appears to have been scrubbed from my hard drive. Secondly, I've found that using Word 2007 is a maddening, curse-producing experience. Doing even simple things --well, they were simple in Word 2003-- seem to demand working eyeballs. It's like Microsoft forgot about the ADA, or else simply decided to say screw you to its VI customers.

To start with --and I'm sure other related questions will pop up as I work on my current novel-- how do you focus Jaws on the bar where the word count takes place? And secondly, how do you change line lengths? Are there any scripts for JFW and Word 2007? Any information, as well as simple commiseration and plans for the imminent destruction of the truly Evil Empire, will be welcome.


"I just flew in from the Land of the Dead, and boy are my arms tired."
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