If you missed Brad Dunse’s article on Text Analyzer, I recommend you check it out either before or after you read this article. Today I’ll be focusing on another feature in JAWS that most don’t know about. It is called Speech and Sound Schemes.
What is Speech and Sound Schemes?
This is a feature in JAWS that can help make editing documents quicker and easier. You can also have some fun with many different voices by using the Web RentACrowd scheme … but I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s start with a simple example. When you’re editing a document and you want to make sure your quotations are correct, JAWS has a preset scheme that can help you do just that. Once you activate the Classic with Quotes scheme, your quoted text will be read in a different voice. This way, you can quickly determine where your quoted text is without turning on all the punctuation settings and driving yourself crazy! These schemes can also use sound to indicate things. As an example, some people don’t like to hear the word Link all the time on the web. If you could have a scheme play a sound whenever a link was encountered, whenever you heard that sound, you’d know there was a link to be activated.
Accessing JAWS Schemes
To see the list of all of the built-in schemes, press ALT+INSERT+S. Note: you will need to replace CAPS LOCK with INSERT if you are using the Laptop Layout of JAWS.
Once you do this keyboard shortcut, you will get a list of all schemes created for JAWS. Now just arrow to the scheme that you want to activate and press ENTER. You can also use first letter navigation to jump to a scheme of your choice, such as pressing W for the web schemes.
Once you press ENTER on a scheme, you will be placed back into the window or program that you were in before, bringing up the Select a Scheme Dialog”. If you want to return JAWS back to the standard behavior, simply bring up the Scheme dialog box again and select the Classic scheme. Note there are several schemes with the name Classic in them, so be sure that you select only Classic without anything extra in the name to return JAWS back to its normal reading mode. Also, if you are in word, you will probably want to select the Word Classic scheme, as it has special features set up to read various formatting information in Microsoft Word that is helpful when attempting to proofread documents.
Well, we’ve reached the end of this short article. Before I sign off, I would like to mention that it is possible to edit, delete, and even create your own schemes. This is done within the JAWS Settings Center. If there is enough interest, I will do a part 2 and cover these topics. I have created a few other schemes for my customers, such as schemes to read text that is bold, underlined, and/or italicized.
ABOUT CASEY MATHEWS AND WEBFRIENDLYHELP
Casey Mathews is the founder of WebFriendlyHelp.com, a company designed to help people get the most out of their technology. He has worked in the Access Technology field since the mid 1990’s. He holds an MCP certification (Microsoft Certified Professional) as well as a BS in Information Technology from the University of Phoenix. He has also received the Florida division of Blind Services Access Technology endorsement. Casey has worked at Lighthouse Central Florida since 2007 where he has introduced new software and training/support ideas from Serotek, the NVDA (Non Visual Desktop Access) screen reader, and of course apple iDevices. Casey was also instrumental in the founding of a Guide Dogs for the Blind technology chapter in 2011. Casey enjoys testing new technology and software and is highly committed to remaining informed of developments in technology.
The idea behind my personalized access technology solution is that people have different needs and learning styles. Some want to learn as much as possible so they can be ready for anything. If that’s you, great! However, just as important is the next person who may simply want the minimum to get the job done, then call later when something else crops up. We all have different limits, and sometimes less is more. Some learn by example, some learn better by taking a few pointers and trying to figure things out for themselves, and some just want it fixed so they can go on about their day. You may be:
• A student who is working on that all-important paper. Do you struggle with research, reading books, or those dreaded citations? Been there, done that!
• A business professional whose company has suddenly made changes or updates that are driving you insane. Maybe you’re even more ambitious and want to
build a website, or take a website from good to great in class. How does your name in a dot com sound?
• A retired lifelong learner or hobbyist who wants technology to just work the way it should. On the other hand, you may need help with online resources to feed your hobby. If only I had a dime for every time I heard, “I had no idea that was available online!”
• None of these? Have no fear. I specialize in makin’ your tech life easy, no matter what that entails. I think outside the box and color outside the lines.
So the first step is we chat for free! Grab some coffee—I sure will—and we will figure out together how you work. What do you like about technology? What do you hate about technology?
I’m also going to ask you about your goals with your tech. Are you a student, working, looking to start a business, retired, or a lifelong learner? Do you want to use technology for school, work, personal stuff like communicating with friends and family, playing games, or other hobbies?
Along the way, I’ll also be learning how you work. Do you want me to give you some pointers and then let you try some things on your own, or do you want more hands-on teaching? Do you like lots of detail or just the facts? Over time, as we work together, I will get to know you and how best to help you tame your tech.
This first free chat usually takes anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. You are highly encouraged to ask questions. The more input and direction I have from you, the better I can tailor my services to fit your needs.
What to expect
After the first free chat, when we connect, you can expect someone who is professional and deeply cares about your specific situation. At a minimum, I want to make your tech trouble go away. I would also love to help you learn to use your technology better if that’s what you want or need. I can connect to your computer and begin making your tech life easier today!
Below is a partial list of services that I can provide to you as a member of WFH.
• New PC/iPhone setup: Did you just get a new PC or iPhone and are not sure what to do with it? Maybe you have the software and apps but are not sure how to customize them for yourself. I can help.
• Clean and/or tune up your PC: Have you had your PC for a while? Maybe it just needs a good kick in the pants! You may have a lot of stuff running in the background that can either be turned off or removed, thus saving you memory and allowing your computer to run faster!
• NVDA, Narrator or Jaws configuration help: Let me help you tune up your screen reader to work the way you do. I get a lot of complements for this service alone.
• Magnification help: How about ZoomText, Fusion, or the Windows Magnifier. Having trouble seeing things on your computer screen the way you need to? I can help make it better or recommend alternatives, including better color contrast,
a larger mouse pointer, cursor, etc.
• Office: Do you need help with Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, or Power Point? This is one of my most popular services.
• Computer Purchase Advice: Do you find yourself bewildered by the prospect of getting a new PC? I can walk you through the process and help you configure the right PC for you.
• Software Updates: Has your software been languishing for a while? Let me help you update Windows and any other software you have, quickly and without hassle!
• Games: Yes, people who are visually impaired or blind can also enjoy games. Let me help you find the right game for you—PC or iOS!
• iPhone, iPad, iPod: If you need help with apps like Seeing AI to read documents, identify groceries, or medicine bottles, Aira to give you sighted help at the tap of your finger, Talking Books made specifically for the blind and visually impaired, transferring settings and apps to a new device, or training, I can help with this.
• Thinking about one of the many smart speakers like the Amazon Echo? Let’s get one setup for you!
• LinkedIn: Promote yourself by getting your LinkedIn profile ready for the world, or just ask me to tweak it for you.
That list is only a quick sampling of services I can provide for you. Everyone will of course be unique and may therefore require things that are not on this list. Hopefully this short list gives you an idea of how I can help. Young or old, newbie or experienced, I will tame your tech for you!
I can hear people asking me, “What is this going to cost?” So you have a few options. The recommended option involves a subscription where you will be charged a set amount either on a quarterly or yearly basis. You can cancel at any time.
The first option is to pay $80 per quarter or every 90 days (three months). This could be an option if you think you may not need a lot of tech services long-term. This option saves you $10 per quarter or $40 per year.
Most of my customers go with the second option. This charges you a subscription at a cost of $300 per year. The great thing about the membership is you never have to worry if you can get help from me, and you also save $60 each year.
The last option you have is to pay per month. This option is good if you don’t want to pay for a quarterly or annual membership. This option charges you $30 per month. A dollar a day keeps access tech trouble away!
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