RE: Stop Watch That Works With Jaws

  • From: "Lisle, Ted \(CHFS DMS\)" <Ted.Lisle@xxxxxx>
  • To: <jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 14 May 2007 09:12:08 -0400

Most folks use a stopwatch to actually see how long a particular  task
requires.  If I knew it was going to take 10 minutes, I wouldn't need a
timer.  What happens if I finish in under 10 minutes?

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On Behalf Of Nicol Oosthuizen
        Sent: Monday, May 14, 2007 8:36 AM
        To: jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
        Subject: RE: Stop Watch That Works With Jaws

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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 script.

        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

        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 string.

        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

        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

        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 up.

        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

        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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