The Silent Control

  • From: Edward Marquette <emarquette@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 14 Dec 2004 05:00:50 -0600 (GMT-06:00)

Occasionally I encounter a program with a control that JAWS reports as silent.  
Actually, JFW doesn't report its presence at all.  I'm thinking perhaps there 
is an adjustment that may need to be made, perhaps, in the minimum icon 
dimentions.  Any ideas?
Here is a real example, in Real Player (for playing MP3 and Windows Media files 
it beats Media Player hands down), there is a way to sort the files in "My 
Library."  In my case, I have labeled the songs in the "comments" field by 
rhythm category, e.g., rumba, cha cha, swing, and so on.
Of course, I haven't labeled all the songs.  By sorting on the "comments" field 
in descending order, all labeled songs should be sorted at the top of the list. 
 In standard windows form (couldn't find a keyboard command or a menu option) 
one should be able to click on the table header label to force a sort.  I 
clicked all day on each of the letters of the word "comments," but nothing 
happened.  Then, I moved the mouse pointer to the right of the word "comments." 
 JAWS said "blank," and I assumed that meant there was nothing there.  Never 
I did a left mouse click on the "blank," and my files were sorted just the way 
I wanted.
Now, this has a happy ending, but the route to get there was more accidental 
than anything else.  There ought to be a better way.  How can I make JFW say 
something on the "blank" that is somewhat more meaningful than "blank."  As I 
said, JFW does not recognize the presence of anything.
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