JAWS Version Check Requested
September 16, 2013
I am working on some upgrades to the Skype script code and the
installer I use for these scripts, and I need to make some decisions
about what JAWS versions to support, as supporting older versions of
JAWS is becoming trickier, harder for me to test, and probably less
and less necessary. I want to get a feel for what JAWS versions are in
use out there, so I can decide where to spend my time.
So, a request: Could everyone who is using my scripts please type
Ctrl+Shift+W once while in Skype in the next day or two. This will
open my home page in your browser but will also send me a bit of
information about what you're running. Information sent includes your
JAWS and Skype version numbers, your script version and revision
number, the type of Braille display you're using (if any), and your
Skype ID so I can keep from counting multiple visits to my site as
more than one person's configuration.
When typing Ctrl+Shift+W, please be running the newest JAWS version
you are ok with using with Skype. The fewer JAWS versions I must
support, the quicker I can get fixes and updates out to everyone.
Thank you all very much for your help here.
For the curious, here's a rough idea of the cost of supporting each
JAWS version, going back from current:
- JAWS 15 and 14
- Not a problem. There is a simple way to install
SkypeWatch here also.
- JAWS 13 and older
- SkypeWatch installation is somewhat complex, and
supporting this JAWS version means I must maintain two installation
approaches. Also, whenever I get my next laptop, it will probably be a
Windows 8 machine and will not run JAWS 13 and older, at least
readily. Testing for bugs before release, therefore, will probably
become difficult or impractical within the next six months.
- JAWS 12 and older
- I must support JAWS Options dialogs instead of
the Quick Settings system added in JAWS 13. This is for the verbosity
options. My support of JAWS 12 and older is the reason that JAWSKey+V
does not show Quick Settings in JAWS 13, 14, or 15 yet.
- JAWS 11 and older
- If I support anything this far down, I am unable to
use some very powerful features of the JAWS scripting language added
- JAWS 12. This is an all-or-none line
- I either stop supporting JAWS
11 and older, or I don't use the new power. I wish to stop supporting
anything older than JAWS 12 soon for this reason.
- JAWS 10
- Free if I support JAWS 11.
- JAWS 9 and older
- An improvement in SkypeWatch installation methods
ceases to work this far back. Supporting JAWS 9 and older requires me
to avoid the newer approach or support a total of three installation
procedures. Also, I am not reasonably able to test JAWS 9 and older,
so catching bugs will not happen until after release.
- JAWS 8, 7, and 6
- No known cost over that incurred by supporting JAWS 9.
- JAWS 5 and older
- Already abandoned.
So again, please type Ctrl+Shift+W sometime in the next day or two
while running the newest JAWS you are fine with using with Skype.
Thanks again to all.