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I posted the following to the ACB list, on which there has been no discussion concerning this issue.

I'm sure that most of you are aware of the petition that has been circulated regarding JAWS and driver signing for braille displays.

Freedom Scientific has a statement on their web site concerning the release of JAWS 11 that says that third-party braille displays should continue to work on 32-bit systems. What the statement does not tell us is that this only applies to those third party displays whose drivers were included with the release of JAWS 10. If the display drivers were not included with the release of JAWS 10, the display will not work with JAWS 11, even if the display could be installed separately with JAWS 10 and worked. For example, I use a Brailliant display, which is distributed by Humanware. I downloaded drivers from Humanware which were compatible with JAWS 10 and have been using this display for a year. It does not work with JAWS 11. When I communicated with FS about this, I was told to encourage Baum (the maker of the display) to sign the drivers.

I resent this underhanded technique of using the users to convince the display makers to do what Freedom Scientific wants. We need to do something in response to this. Imho, that something is not encouraging the vendors to sign the drivers.


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Oct. 24th, 2009 02:55 am (UTC)
I do not u se a Braille display but was wondering what the new version of JAWS was like. I ahve not received my copy yet and am curious to know if it is even worth my time installing it. I am using XP Pro and don't intend on using Vista if I can help it and am not sure if it is worth the money to invest in windows 7 or not.
Oct. 24th, 2009 11:31 am (UTC)
Unless you want JAWS to look up dictionary words for you, which you could do yourself using online dictionaries, there are no significant upgrades for XP users in JAWS 11. As the Humanware rep said to me, if it ain't broke don't fix it. I looked at the new features list, and there appeared to be some useful features with Word 2007 which I would need with a braille display; but of course since my braille display doesn't work, it is a moot point. So I will continue as I have been: using speech and braille together so that I catch the problems with speech that I can't catch with braille.
Oct. 24th, 2009 02:13 pm (UTC)
Re: JAWS 11
I understand fully where you are coming from there. I heard about the research it function and the fully Dazey reader, but other than that, I have not heard of anything significantly different from what I am running and I guess if you ran Vista or Windows 7 it might help, but am running XP Pro, so we will just have to wait and see.
Oct. 25th, 2009 05:00 am (UTC)
I stayed out of the discussion as all of it seems "greek" to me (no pun intended!). I do have a braille display, but it is a Focus though.
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