Using the JAWS Scripts For Audible
Last Revised August 11, 2018

This Guide provides tips for using Audible for Windows 10 (Audible) with JAWS For Windows and these scripts. When the scripts are installed and Audible is open and focused, this document can be opened via a double press of JAWSKey+F1 (or Insert+F1).

At this writing, the scripts focus primarily on the Channels for Prime page and on handling playing content, because channels cannot be played from within a browser.

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System Requirements For JAWS Users

For correct operation with Audible, these scripts require JAWS 18.0 or greater. (JAWS versions prior to 18.0 do not support scripting Universal Windows Platform (UWP) applications.

These scripts were written against the Audible app version 10.5.0.34.

Script Installation Instructions

To install these scripts on a new system:

  1. Load JAWS if this has not already been done. This will require administrative privileges on the computer.
  2. Run JAWS as the user for whom the scripts are to be installed. This and the following steps must be performed for each user of the computer who will be using JAWS with these scripts.
  3. Download and run, or run directly, the JAWS scripts for Audible, and follow the on-screen directions. Be sure to install the scripts in the currently running JAWS version if a JAWS version list is presented.
  4. To verify successful installation, type Ins+Q while Audible is in focus. Part of the JAWS spoken response should be a revision number. If you do not hear a revision number, the scripts are not correctly loaded.

Using Audible With JAWS and the Scripts

This section and its subsections provide tips for using Audible with JAWS and these scripts.

JAWS Script Commands and Features

Audible script commands are key sequences rather than multi-key combinations. This is to avoid collisions between script commands and native application keystrokes. All such key sequences start with a common prefix key, a left bracket ([) by default. Users can change the prefix key if necessary by typing [ followed by JAWSKey+C or Ins+C. The change will survive across script and JAWS updates. In this document, the prefix key will be called Command; thus, by default, Command d means type [ followed by d.

The scripts provide the following commands:

The scripts also provide the following features:

Useful Tips

If script commands seem not to work, use Ins+Q to check whether JAWS has loaded the Microsoft Edge scripts in order to handle embedded web content. If this happens, use Ctrl+Tab or Ctrl+Shift+Tab to move focus out of the web content area and thus re-enable the commands provided by these Audible scripts.

When a file or stream is playing or paused, Space from most anywhere in the application will play/pause rather than acting on the focused control. Use Enter to press buttons etc.

The standard Ins+B JAWS command for reading a dialog is useful for reading popups in this application.

Navigation among items in some lists requires use of Left and Right arrows rather than Up and Down arrows.

Navigation among pages such as Search and Library require use of Tab and Shift+Tab even though the items are rendered to screen readers as list items.

If Tab from an episode list in a book or channel does not reach the Play/Pause button, move up and down in the list and then Tab again.

Known Issues

Issues shown in this section may be fixed in future script and/or Audible revisions but are not addressed as of this writing.

Some button names appear oddly in Braille at this time.

It may not yet be possible to reach the Settings dialog pages.

Revision History

This section presents the revision history of these scripts, most recent revision first.

Revision 21, August 12, 2018
Revision 17, August 11, 2018
First test revision released for public inspection. Thanks to Jessica McKenzie for visual assistance and to Jessica Hodges for help using the app.