JAWS Scripts For Visual Studio Code
Doug Lee and Jeff Bishop
Last Revised March, 2024

This document describes the JAWS scripts for Visual Studio Code and provides tips for using this application with JAWS. This document can be opened from within the application via a double press of JAWSKey+F1 (or Insert+F1) when the scripts are running.

Table of Contents

System Requirements For JAWS Users

In addition to any system requirements for the application, the following apply for JAWS users:

Script Installation Instructions

To install these scripts on a new system:

  1. Install 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 installer for these scripts; 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 Insert+Q from within the application. 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. In some cases, restarting JAWS may fix this issue.

If the installer displayed an error message, and/or JAWSKey+Q does not include the word "Revision," it may be necessary to install the scripts manually:

Details on how to install manually
  1. Download vscode.zip, which includes all the files in the installer plus two files that the installer would build when run.
  2. Unpack the downloaded Zip file into your active JAWS version's script folder. For JAWS 2024, this is normally %APPDATA%\Freedom Scientific\JAWS\2024\Settings\enu. The folder can also be opened in Windows Explorer by following these steps:
    1. Activate the JAWS menu via Insert+J, or for laptop layout, JAWSKey+Ctrl+Shift+J.
    2. Activate the JAWS menu via Insert+J, or for laptop layout, JAWSKey+Ctrl+Shift+J.
    3. Navigate with the Down arrow to Utilities and press Enter.
    4. Navigate to "Explore Utilities Folder," which can be done most quickly with the Up arrow, and press Enter. This will open a folder of shortcuts.
    5. From this folder, press Enter on "Explore My Settings." Note that the just-opened Utilities folder will remain open in its own window until closed.

Script Commands and Features

These scripts provide the following commands and features beyond those provided by JAWS and the application:

Known Issues

The following issues are known and may be encountered during use of the application with these JAWS scripts. These issues may be fixed in a future update to the scripts or to the application itself.

Braille support is not well tested and is likely incomplete.

Revision History

This is the revision history of these scripts, most recent revision first:

Revision 11, released March 11, 2024

This is a re-release of the same scripts but with an alternative method of installation for anyone for whom the normal installer does not work as expected. Several reports of such incidents were received on the day of release, resulting in the initial release being retracted over the weekend while a resolution could be established. (A number of people were using a version of these scripts that had been distributed prior to this collaboration, and the installer for these scripts was suspected of interacting unfavorably with that setup.)

Anyone who received error messages and did not find scripts, and who are unable to use the script installer, should follow the new instructions for manual script installation. If you were previously using the scripts distributed without an installer, this will restore functionality while installing the new scripts.

This author (Doug Lee) believes that the installation problems experienced were, in most if not all cases, caused by a collision between script versions that is unique to this project. However, any users for whom VBScript is not available would also need to install the scripts manually. Further details about this issue appear in a separate document, "Installation Issues With the JAWS Scripts For Visual Studio Code."

Changes in this release:

Revision 9, released March 8, 2024