it doesn't surprise me that this is possible in Jaws, ---- but I'm sad it's
such a awful hassle to do.
During a couple of hours playing with jaws at a society for the blind, I
personally found the config options a pest, but I assumed this was simply
due to my unfamiliarity with the setup rather than anything particularly
wrong with the program itself.
This one's actually come up on the audiogames.net forum, sinse one of the
other mods has mentioned my use of dashes to denote a pause in the flow of
conversation and stated this is somewhat irritating with Jaws. I asked him
why he didn't have Jaws customized the way I do Hal, and he claimed in Jaws
it was not possible. I know he's a pretty technically astute chap, ---- and
if He! cannot find how to solve this in Jaws config it must be berried very
In Hal, it takes me seconds to make these changes, ---- and I often have to
reset them if I upgrade Hal and it restores default settings. Hal actually
has a setup with menues for speech etc much as you describe Window eyes
There are plenty of deep and highly complex settings, ---- I could for
instance defign precisely which punctuation I wanted spoken in which reading
mode by hand, but the only occasion I've ever used this is when
experimenting with roguelikes and ascii graphics, generally I find the all,
most, some, and none schemes Hal has by default more than adequate.
Hal also has an instant "save these settings for a given application or
webpage" button as well.
As to any fear of breaking something, Hal has "restore to default" buttons
in every settings page, ---- so if you mess something up, it's easily fixed.
On one occasion for instance, I hit a hotkey I didn't expect and suddenly
had Hal's on screen reading language set to finish! and reading English with
Finish language rules was completely incomprehensible! Now, I know exactly
what that hotkey was (ctrl period in the default settings0, however at the
time I had no idea how to get it back to english.
I tried reading Hal's hotkey reference list, ---- but found it near
impossible. So, I opened the control panel thinking "what now" to find to my
utter releaf, that the language for the control panel was quite independent
of the on screen language, ---- which does make sense if you wanted to read
your screen in one language and configure Hal in another.
It didn't take me long at all to find the appropriate item and change it
Beware the grue!
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