JAWS 13 released

That’s not the film of course but refers to the latest release of JAWS the screen reader from Freedom Scientific. It has a brilliant new feature they are calling ‘Convenient OCR’ or Optical Character Recognition. This allows the software to convert an image of text to accessible text to allow JAWS to read this out. This is potentially really big news. One of the examples Freedom Scientific gives on their JAWS 13 new features page is the handling of PDF files. While the text is not persistent and will disappear after the user navigates away from the PDF it does mean that users can instantly access what previously would have been an inaccessible PDF file – like on-line journals for example. Now the user can just chew ’em up and spit ’em out. Just like the real JAWS.

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Bruce Darby - Assistive Technology Advisor at the University of Edinburgh
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