January 11, 1999
Window-Eyes version 3.0
GW Micro, Inc.
725 Airport North Office Park
Fort Wayne, IN 46825
voice: (219) 489-3671
fax: (219) 489-2608
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Changes from version 2.1 to 3.0 are listed at the end of this
README. You can jump quickly to the next section by searching for
*** (three asterisks in a row).
*** Installing Window-Eyes 3.0
The installation of Window-Eyes 3.0 is extremely simple. If you
are installing on a Windows 9x system, simply inserting the Window-Eyes
CD will initiate the install. If however your 9x system has
the autorun feature disabled for the CD ROM or you are installing
on Windows 3.1x or after waiting 30 seconds from inserting the CD
nothing happens, you can manually initiate the install by doing the
Manually starting the install from Windows 9x:
1) Press Control-Escape to bring up the start menu
2) Select the "Run" option
3) At the Run dialog type "d:wesetup" and press ENTER. This
assumes your CD ROM is configured for drive D. If this is not the
case, supply your drive letter instead.
Manually starting the install from Windows 3.1x:
1) From the Program Manager press the ALT key to activate the menu
2) Press "F" for the File menu
3) Press "R" for the Run dialog
4) At the Run dialog type "d:wesetup" and press ENTER. This
assumes your CD ROM is configured for drive D. If this is not the
case, supply your drive letter instead.
Whether the install started automatically or you started it
manually makes no difference. If you are using Windows 9x and have
a compatible sound card, Microsoft's SAPI text-to-speech will be
loaded along with a temporary copy of Window-Eyes. This will allow
the installation of 3.0 to be completed with speech.
If your system is Windows 3.1x or you do not have a compatible
sound card, the install program will not speak unless you have a
screen reader already running.
You may wish to refer to the Window-Eyes tutorial cassette tape for
instruction on the actual install.
Normally it is recommended that you run the Windows setup program
as described above. However, the Window-Eyes 3.0 CD also includes
a DOS install if you prefer this method of installation. You will
need to execute the INSTALL program located in the DOS directory.
Again, if you are not familiar with DOS or are not comfortable
working in a DOS environment, do not concern yourself with the DOS
install. The Windows install described above has been designed to
be as simple and easy as possible.
For your convenience, the entire manual has been supplied on disk.
With version 3.0. We recommend that you use the disk-based manual
for the most up-to-date information or to expand on topics
discussed in this readme file. Each section can be found in its
own standard ASCII text file. The following files constitute the
If you would like a Braille manual, contact PC Place in Sacramento,
California, USA for prices and shipping information. Their phone
number is (916) 481-1777.
**** Windows 98 users
For those of you using Windows 98 you need to do the following to
configure Windows 98 to work with Window-Eyes. If you don't do all
of these things Window-Eyes will not function correctly and we
don't support Windows 98 if these things haven't been done.
A detailed description of how to make these changes to your copy of
Windows 98 can be found in the Window-Eyes manual at section 1.8.
**** Changes from Window-Eyes 2.1 to 3.0
The following lists the major enhancements and bug fixes. This
should not be considered a comprehensive list of changes. Please
refer to the Window-Eyes 3.0 manual for a complete description of
Window-Eyes version 3.0.
General feature enhancements:
-) Window-Eyes 3.0 now comes on a CD. If you are using Windows 9x
and have a compatible sound card, the installation of Window-Eyes
will be voiced requiring no sighted assistance.
-) Full support for Windows 98
-) Set file selection option has been added to the file menu. This
allows you to restore any or all of the factory set files. See
-) Window-Eyes now persists when you log out and log back in as a
new user under Windows 9x. If you do log in as a different user,
Window-Eyes will remain allowing you to key in the new user
information. However, once you do this you will have to unload and
reload Window-Eyes if you want Window-Eyes to show up in the
-) Resolved incompatibilities with Lotus Notes 4.5 and 4.6.
-) Beginning of focus window plus/minus constant and End of focus
window plus/minus constant have been added to the float window
-) Several hotkeys have been added. These include:
* Save Set
* Numbers Toggle
* Signal Caret Position Toggle
* Word Mode Rotor
* Line Filter Status Rotor
* Format Alert Toggle
* Capitalization Alert Rotor
* Label Field Name
* Read Status Line which defaults to control-insert-s. Pressing
this hotkey will cause Window-Eyes to automatically locate and
read the status line of an application.
* Voice modification which includes the following four hotkeys:
1) Voice selection rotor hotkey which defaults to insert-right
arrow and rotors through screen, keyboard, mouse, and all
voices. This value isn't saved and it defaults to screen each
time Window-Eyes is started.
2) Voice parameter rotor hotkey which defaults to insert-left
arrow and rotors through rate, volume, tone, and pitch.
3) Voice up rotor hotkey which defaults to insert-up arrow.
This will increase the parameter selected with the voice
parameter hotkey for the voice selected by the voice selection
4) Voice down rotor hotkey which defaults to insert-down
arrow. This does the opposite of the voice up rotor.
-) Support for Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.01 has been added.
You must install the latest QFE (update) from Microsoft.
-) Support for Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.x has been added.
-) The MSAA application mode has been greatly enhanced. Better
support for Internet Explorer 3.x, 4.01, and 5.x. Other
applications which support the new HTML format are also supported.
See appendix F.
-) The ability to manually associate a field name to a control has
been added. See section 8.19.
-) The ability to manipulate the character, key label, and
exception dictionaries from within Window-Eyes has been added. See
section 16. Several new options allowing you to save these
dictionaries has been added to the file menu.
-) Stability has been greatly increased.
-) Responsiveness has been greatly improved.
-) The blank lines option on the screen menu has a new option (read
to end off) which will cause Window-Eyes to say "blank" for blank
lines accept when you are using the read-to-end feature.
-) You can now type in multiple letters in the hotkeys dialog to
quickly go to a hotkey.
-) The redraw hotkey now initializes the synthesizer as well as
redrawing the screen.
-) Full support for Microsoft SAPI 3.0 and 4.0. In supporting
SAPI, the dedicated FlexTalk driver has been replaced with a
generic SAPI option. If you are using a SAPI synthesizer you
should select SAPI during the install and tab to the SAPI engine
list box to select the engine you wish to use.
-) GPF dialogs and the control/alt/delete dialog will now be
voiced. Note that you will not have any hotkeys or reviewing
capability while you are in these dialogs. This feature only works
in Windows 9x and doesn't work with software or SSIL synthesizers.
-) The rate, pitch, tone, and volume dialogs now use scroll bars
that give immediate feedback on the changes you make in these
dialogs. Previously you had to key in a value in an edit box.
-) A check box in the capture pointer dialog has been added which
allows you to save system pointers locally with an application
rather than saving them globally. This is useful for applications
such as Internet Explorer that use system pointers for different
than normal purposes. IE uses the "app starting" pointer to
indicate that a web page is being loaded. Now you can cause
Window-Eyes to say "loading web page" for IE and "app starting" for
all other applications. This check box is disabled for local
-) A combo edit box has replaced the previous standard edit box in
the find dialog. This allows you to cursor through the last 10
entries that you searched for. These entries are per session and
they are not saved when you restart Window-Eyes.
-) The voice on/off option for the screen, keyboard, and mouse
menus has been added to the global menu.
-) Window-Eyes now only reads all of the information in a list
view if that list view is setup for detail view. Previously
Window-Eyes also read this information if the list view was setup
in list mode.
-) Improved performance in list views and multi-selection list
boxes. This is especially noticeable with large lists toward the
bottom of the list when using speak summary or when selecting
-) Window-Eyes now says "top" and "bottom" instead of "top index"
and "bottom index."
-) Window-Eyes no longer says "selected" for selected items in
multi-selection list boxes and list views. It will say
"unselected" if an item isn't selected.
-) Window-Eyes no longer says "0 of 0" for list boxes rather it
just says "no selected item."
-) We removed the word "index" from the current index feature so instead
of saying "index x of y" Window-Eyes now just says "x of y."
General bug fixes:
-) The FlexTalk control panel and WordPerfect address book now
-) Window-Eyes no longer acts strange when winamp is running.
-) Window-Eyes now reads the graphics for the status of messages
in Eudora 4.x list boxes.
-) Window-Eyes does a better job of reading field names in IE 4.x
-) Resolved incompatibilities with Excel 97.
-) The problem where Window-Eyes was unable to route the mouse to
some track bars such as the ones in the advanced settings for a
port in device manager has been resolved.
-) Window-Eyes would GPF if you had a graphic larger than 32 K
which could happen in 32-bit true color with the default maximum
graphic size or if you increased the value above the default of
100. This has been corrected.
-) Read-to-end should work much better. It shouldn't abort
-) Window-Eyes will no longer say "unknown" in list views when you
arrow around in cases where speak summary reads correctly.
-) Window-Eyes does a better job of recognizing field names from
programs created by Visual Basic.
-) Window-Eyes does a better job of knowing the window name which
should help when associating set files.
-) Window-Eyes now works correctly if you swap the meaning of the
mouse buttons. The hotkeys always perform their intended function
so if you have the mouse buttons swapped Pressing the right button
hotkey will issue a left click which performs the function of the
right button and the left button hotkey will send a right click
which performs the function of the left button.
-) Fixed a case where Window-Eyes could hang in an infinite loop
when trying to determine the number of radio buttons in a group.
This was seen to happen at the end of many installs using
InstallShield when it put up the screen with radio buttons allowing
you to restart Windows now or later.
-) Corrected a problem that prevented the control or alt
interruptability setting from working in Microsoft Word and
probably other MS Office programs as well.
-) Solved some cases where speak windows didn't work in edit boxes
even when the allow speak windows in edit boxes feature was turned
-) Fixed a GPF that could occur if your date was set later than
the year 2037.
-) Fixed a problem that could cause the left caret and mouse, top
caret and mouse, right caret and mouse, and bottom caret and mouse
hotkeys to read beyond the position of the mouse or caret.