This page is laid out for easy navigation via JAWS:
- Use h to jump from section to section.
- Use Tab to move among links for
different script versions. JAWSKey+F7 should also provide
a list of these links.
These are preliminary scripts for Adobe Connect.
Documentation of script usage and features can be viewed by typing
Insert+F1 twice in quick succession from within either application
while these scripts are running.
At this writing, these scripts support only the addin version of Adobe Connect; they do not support versions
that appear embedded in browsers.
To force use of the addin when launching a meeting URL:
- If the URL contains a question mark, add &launcher=true to the end.
- If the URL does not contain a question mark, add ?launcher=true to the end.
This script version is dynamic, meaning that updates to it will be made
"in place." Newer revisions will replace older ones, and I will add
change notes to this section as changes are made.
Here are the changes in this version, most recent first.
In JAWS, use the h or 3 keys to move through
changes by release date, or Tab to jump straight to the
Revision 71, released April 3, 2019
- Commands Ctrl+Shift+r and Ctrl+Shift+s are replaced respectively with the sequences Command r and Command s.
- F4 still announces the current person typing, but the new sequence Command t also does so.
- There are minor improvements to the installer, and also support for installing into JAWS 2018 and 2019.
- Alt+Enter duplicates Alt+NumPad5 (repeat last-read chat message) for keyboards without a number pad.
- In addition to the existing interface for handling chat message navigation (Alt with arrows etc.),
there is an alternate interface that reduces the need to hold down Alt:
Press the Command key followed by any number of keys in the row from h through the semicolon. From left to right on a
standard English keyboard, h moves to and reads the first message, j the previous message, k repeats the last spoken message and spells it on a quick double tap, l moves to and reads
the next message, and the semicolon moves to and reads the most recent message.
- Source code to the scripts is no longer included. See my Script Distribution Policy document for details. As one side effect, this will cause installation to run much faster.
Revision 50, released August 25, 2017
- The chat history text is more often found when the user is presenting content via the Share pod, according to tests.
- Typing indicator sounds will not play for non-typing text provided in the same indicator control.
Revision 44, released September 18, 2016
This is the first public release of these scripts.
Currently, Chat and Attendee pods are best supported.
These scripts should at this time (September, 2016) be considered beta quality, as they have so far undergone
only limited testing. Feedback is welcome.
The scripts provide the following general keystrokes and features in addition to those provided by Adobe Connect:
- Some fields, notably tree controls such as the Attendees participant list, read more accurately.
- Alt+Tabbing into Adobe Connect should announce the newly focused control instead of saying nothing.
- The standard JAWS Ins+B command for reading the current screen in logical order reads most if
not all content.
- ` and Shift+` move focus forward and backward among available controls regardless of
which pod is active. This can be useful for reaching controls that fall outside of Adobe Connect's tab order.
Caveat: The order of controls for these commands may not match application tab order.
- Ctrl+Shift+S reads the displayed connection status information. Typing this command twice
quickly first toggles whether connection status details are displayed. Connection status details include
latency and bandwidth currently being used in both directions.
Note the following:
- When toggling details on, it may be necessary to type this command again after a second or two to read the
newly displayed information, as Adobe Connect may take a moment to measure before showing numbers.
- Toggling details on and off may move focus to the Connection Status button.
If this is inconvenient and you need to watch the connection status over time, just leave details toggled on
and type Ctrl+Shift+S once now and then as needed.
- Ctrl+Shift+P toggles playback of the current recording when a recording is active, regardless
of the location of focus. (Adobe Connect's p keystroke for this may not work depending on focus location.)
- Typing Insert+F1 twice quickly brings up the script documentation.
The scripts also provide the following features specific to chat pods:
- When focus is in the input edit box for a chat, JAWS announces the name of the chat, which indicates who
will receive your messages. This will be "Everyone" in most cases but can change if a private chat is
- Normal announcements during editing are provided, such as when backspacing, deleting, and moving through
the edit text by character and word. The support is slow and may not work properly on rapid movement, such as
- Alt with numbers read recent chats: Alt+1 reads the most recent, Alt+2
the next most recent, etc. Reversing the history text in a chat pod does not change the order of messages for
- Alt with left and right arrows, Home, and End move among chats and keep
track of position. Alt+NumPad5 repeats the latest chat read in this fashion with its position and
the number of chat messages available. Pressing this key combination twice quickly will spell the current chat message.
Again, reversing chat history messages should not alter the behavior of these commands.
- In case JAWS' idea of message reversal gets out of sync, Ctrl+Shift+R reverses message order
manually for the above Alt message reading commands in the current chat.
- Some popular emoticons are spoken descriptively.
- F4 announces who, if anyone, is currently typing a message into the currently shown chat.
Pressing this key twice quickly will spell this information.
- By default, the following occur automatically at appropriate times, though they may be individually
toggled in Quick Settings:
- Incoming messages in the currently active chat speak on arrival, regardless of which pod is in focus.
Messages you send out will also speak when they arrive in the message history window.
- JAWS will speak the name of whoever is typing a message when this changes.
- A typing sound will play while anyone is typing a message (not including yourself).
Download: Version 1.0 executable installer (can also open with 7Zip)