JAWS is a screen reader which allows visually impaired users to work with Microsoft and IBM Lotus Symphony applications. Developed for computer users whose vision loss prevents them from seeing screen content, JAWS reads aloud what's on the PC screen.
JAWS enables you to work with Lotus Symphony, a suite of IBM tools for word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation creation and with Lotus Notes by IBM. JAWS also is compatible with Microsoft Office Suite, MSN Messenger, Corel WordPerfect, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Internet Explorer, Firefox and many more applications that are used on a regular basis on the job and in school.
- JAWS BrailleIn: the JAWS BrailleIn feature allows users to use Perkins-style braille keyboard to control computers using both Windows and application specific commands. In addition, users can also enter both contracted and uncontracted braille input from the braille display's keyboard. The advantage of this is that users no longer have to switch between computer keyboards and the display's keyboard, or enter a special typing mode in order to use contracted braille to run computers or programs.
- Typing with Contracted Braille:
with BrailleIn, as users type in contracted braille using the Perkins-style keyboard, input is immediately translated back as normal text in the current e-mail, document, or form. If an application or specific edit box does not support contracted braille, JAWS announces "Computer Braille" when tutor messages are enabled.
- Settings Centre:
JAWS Settings Centre is a new feature that allows users to quickly configure and globally apply JAWS settings, or configure and apply settings for a specific application. It consolidates all options into one convenient dialog box. It includes a Search edit box, which provides a fast way to find and edit JAWS functionality. Settings Centre continues to use JCF files and is a direct replacement for Configuration Manager.
- JAWS Tandem: access other computers running JAWS to provide hands-on technical support, write and distribute scripts from a distance, and conduct remote JAWS training