RE: Stop Watch That Works With Jaws

  • From: "Nicol Oosthuizen" <NOosthuizen@xxxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Mon, 14 May 2007 14:36:17 +0200

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Andy, it depends what you  want to use the stop watch for. I can give
you a solution, but then it have to be something you are not doing on
the computer.

Jaws has a function called delay. A function is either an event that
triggers if  things in windows happens or it's a building block of  a

A script is  a feature of jaws which you activate by pressing a

I have tried this, it works if you want to time yourself on something
you are not doing on the computer.

Say for instance you want to time yourself on typing then it won't work.
I tested it, it doesn't work.

But you can use the delay function as a stop watch if  what you  want to
be timed on is not something you do on the computer.

Here is how it works:

I'll explain it right from the beginning in case you don't know the
script manager. If you do just as I  instruct you, you won't mess up
jaws,  don't worry.

Press insert+f2 and press s for script manager and press enter.

Now press control+shift+d to open the default script file. That means
you can use the stop watch script on your computer regardless of which
program you are in.

Now press control+end to go to the bottom of the script file.

Now press control+e.

Type a name for the script such as  MyStopwatchScript.

Tab once and press spacebar to select the checkbox.

If you want  to write documentation for your script such as synopsis and
description the following 2 fields is used for this but its optional.
Press tab and type a synopsis, press tab and type a description.

If you want to choose a category for your script press tab and either
choose a category in the combo edit box or type in your own one. It
salso optional; its also documentation. Its just  classifying your
script. Now press tab. If you are on the checkbox and you don't want to
fill in all this, press alt+a. Now press the keystroke you want to use
for the script. After pressing the desired keystroke, hit enter.

Now make sure you are on the blank line beneath the line: Script

Now your first line of code will  instruct jaws to tell you that the
stop watch is starting.

So press control+i.

Now tab  once and you should be in a list of functions.

Now use first letter  navigation to find the function called: say

Hit enter; type a phrase in quotation marks that you want jaws to say
when you press the script's keystroke.

A phrase such as

"10 minutes starting"

Press enter.

Press enter again to make a blank line.

Now for the second line of code. 

This is where you tell jaws how long the stop watch must work; how long
you want to be timed.

Press control+I again.

Tab once and you should be in a list of functions.

Now use first letter  navigation to find the function called delay.

Press enter.  Now you must decide how long you want the stop watch to
time you.

Here you have to do a bit of maths.  You have to enter the amount of
milliseconds for the  delay function to use. For instance if you want to
time yourself for 10 minutes you have to work out how many seconds is in
10 minutes, once you have that figure just add  another 0 to the figure
and put it in here because there is 10 milliseconds in 1 second.

Now  press enter. Press the number 0 on your extended number row and
press enter.

Press enter again to make a blank line.

Now the last line of code tells jaws to announce that the set time is

Control+I again and find the say string function again.

Enter the phrase "time is up" in quotes and hit enter.

Now  press control+s to save and compile the script.

You should hear:  compile complete.

If you get a compile error, let me know and we can take it from there.

Now exit the script manager with alt+f4.

Now whenever you are ready to time yourself, just hit the keystroke you
entered when you  created the script.

Its working accurately. You will hear jaws saying: time starts and you
will have 10 minutes of silence and you can do whatever you want to time
yourself on.

During that 10 minutes I strongly recommend not to  press any keys on
your keyboard as this might interrupt the script.

Only when you hear jaws say: time is up, the script terminates and you
can then use your computer again.



From: jfw-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:jfw-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of Andy
Sent: 03 May 2007 02:50 AM
To: jfw list
Cc: blindtech
Subject: Stop Watch That Works With Jaws


Is there a stop watch that will work with jaws?  I went to stop watch
downloads and there were some there.  I tried downloading Some, but they
wood not work with jaws.  Does any one no of one that will? 

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