Here is what the contents of a JAWS place Marker file looks like. I’ll give you where I got this, and the results of what I found iin a minutte.
This file is located in c:\documents and settings\user name\application data\freedom scientific\jaws\9.0\setttings\enu\place markers.
The page I used was Google. I first went to the page and marked the edit field as a place marker. After I did this, I tested it to make sure the virtual cursor went there, and it sure did.
Nextt, I hit the link that said “more”, and then tried the place marker. When I hit the K key, JAWS went not to the editt field, but went to the line above that where it says “Google Search”. It is indeed using the number of tags.
I just overwrote the place marker I had while the more link was selected. I tested this one and the place marker took me to the edit field. I then refreshed the google page where it did not have all the stuff such as books, blogs, and such. I hit the k key to go to the search field, and instead of gettting the “edit” speech, I got the “search button” speech. Again, proof the tags are indeed being used.
Here is the text of the new Search Field place marker.
Note the change in the ID number.
Now with Window Eyes, I had to use a different site to test out my theory, as Window Eyes is nice enough to expand this more link for me. I used Isohunt.com, a torrent site I know of through various acquaintances. I first used a couple places of Google, and the place marker worked fine, but I wanted something more dynamic, and Isohunt worked out the best. This page has all sorts of on-clicks and elements that always knocks the placement of text out of whack.
first on Google, I pressed ctrl+shift+k as you do with JAWS to set my place marker. I was greeted with a dialog more extensive than JAWS by far! I had all sorts of options, including whether I wanted to make this temporary, base this book mark on a line number, line number with text, or text string using a search. For isohunt, I chose the text string with search. I looked for a few torrents, but didn’t download anything. I wanted to use the download.torrent text to test out Window Eyes’s place marker feature. I was pleasantly suprised to find no matter how many searches I made, the place marker was always there on the domain isohunt.com.
Below is the weappset.ini file, found at c:\documents and settings\user name\application data\gw micro\window eyes\users\default, where the place marker information is stored. If you look closely, you will see how I saved the markers.
if you want to try out Window Eyes, go to www.gwmicro.com and grab a copy and put the place marker feature to the test. I am no programmer or lawyer, but as a user of both products, I can easily see no evidence of violating Freedom Scienttific’s patent exists. In fact, Window Eyes is not even looking at the tags, but at text and line numbers and acting upon a search. The two products are quite different in the way they perform the requested actions.
As a sidenote, I learned the place marker feature of JAWS when not employed with Freedom Scientific, so I can share my knowledge of the usage of it and the tests I performed today, July 27, 2008. Also, the location of the place marker file for JAWS was obtained before my employment with them in 2005. I learned the location of this file and others in a class I took with them called “supporting and Teaching JAWS for Windows,” which I took in April of 2005. My employment relationship started with them in November 2005.