Here are the New Features with Jaws 8 using Word 2007.

Special Characters in Microsoft Word

JAWS now recognizes the following special characters in Microsoft Word:
. Soft hyphen - Press CTRL+HYPHEN to insert a soft hyphen.
. Non-breaking hyphen - Press CTRL+SHIFT+HYPHEN to insert a non-breaking hyphen.
. Non-breaking space - Press CTRL+SHIFT+SPACE to insert a non-breaking space.

Table Description in Microsoft Word

JAWS 8.0 can detect the color pattern and shading of table cells in Microsoft Word. For example, if a cell is 50 percent shaded with a clear background, JAWS will announce, "Gray 50 percent shaded on clear pattern background." Table description is on by default. Note: This functionality is not currently available in Word 2007.

Press INSERT+TAB if you want JAWS to repeat the cell description.

To disable table description, do the following:
List of 4 items
1. Open a Word document.
2. Press INSERT+V to open the Adjust JAWS Verbosity dialog.
3. Use the ARROW keys to select Table Description, and press SPACEBAR to turn off this item.
4. Close the Adjust JAWS Verbosity dialog.

Reading Tables in Microsoft Word

The following JAWS keystrokes, used for HTML tables on Web pages, can now be used with Word tables:
. Say Next Row - WINDOW Key+DOWN ARROW.
. Say Prior Row - WINDOW Key+UP ARROW.
. Read Current Row - WINDOWS Key+5.
. Read Current Row - WINDOWS Key+COMMA.
. Read Current Column - WINDOWS Key+PERIOD.
. Say Next Column - WINDOWS Key+RIGHT ARROW.
. Say Prior Column - WINDOWS Key+LEFT ARROW.

An error message is announced if a key is pressed while not in a table.

JAWS always announces if the keystroke is entered while in the first or last
row of the table.

Bullet Type Indication in Microsoft Word

JAWS can now read an outline-style list that contains bullets rather than numerals. For example, if a Word document contains an outline list that uses different bullet styles, JAWS announces these shapes as filled-round bullet, hollow-round bullet, star bullet, and so on. Bullet Type Indication is on by default.

To disable bullet type indication, do the following:
1. Open a Word document.
2. Press INSERT+V to open the Adjust JAWS Verbosity dialog.
3. Use the ARROW keys to select Bullet type indication, and press SPACEBAR to turn off this item.
4. Close the Adjust JAWS Verbosity dialog.

Reading Footnotes, Endnotes, and Comments in Microsoft Word

When you turn on the "Comments, Footnotes, & End notes" verbosity option, JAWS now detects the presence of footnotes, end notes, and comments even when performing the Say All command.

If you want JAWS to announce the contents of a footnote or end note in a Word document, do the following:
1. Open a Word document.
2. Place the cursor on the footnote or endnote reference.
3. Press ALT+SHIFT+E. JAWS reads the footnote or endnote.

If you want JAWS to announce the contents of a comment, do the following:
1. Open a Word document.
2. Place the cursor on the comment reference.
3. Press CTRL+ALT+APOSTROPHE. JAWS reads the comment.


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