Knowledge is power; or so they tell me. With this in mind, let's explore this new tool, only available in Jaws 11 and higher.
What is Research It?
Well, that's a very good question. I'm glad you asked. It's a quick way of finding internet information without having to open your browser. Let me give you a scenario.
You're getting ready to go out. You're wondering what the temperature is like, but you don't want to have to go through the trouble of launching Internet Explorer or Firefox, finding your favourite weather web site and clicking on your city. Yes, I know, there's the radio or TV, but stay in my scenario here. No problem. Launch Research IT with JAWSKEY+SPACEBAR and then the letter R, type in your city and country, press ENTER, choose the Weather with the arrow keys option and press ENTER. Alternatively, press W and then ENTER. The result will be populated in a virtual window which you can read with the usual navigation keys. Press ESCAPE to close the window.
But Wait, There's More:
Say it ain't so. Yes indeed. You can convert currencies in the same way. Try the following:
Press JAWSKEY+SPACEBAR and then R,
Type in something like "25 cad usd" (without the quotes),
Choose "Convert Currency" and press ENTER.
You should have a virtual window with something similar to the text below.
25 Canadian dollars = 23.973925 U.S. dollars
Want to learn more?
Research It comes with many preprogrammed search options. To enable or disable any of them, or to change the default research selection, we need to edit the default configurations. No worries, I'll show you how.
First, let's launch the Jaws Configuration Manager by pressing JAWSKEY+F2, the letter C and then ENTER. Alternatively, you can simply press JAWSKEY+6 on your keyboard.
Jaws will respond with the title of the configuration file. We want to modify the default configuration file. To do this, press CONTROL+SHIF+D. To verify that you are indeed in the default configuration, press JAWSKEY+T. Remember, this key sequence will read the title of the program window.
Everybody at the same spot? Good, now let's tackle this beast. Press ALT+S for the settings menu and then the letter R to launch the Research It options window.
This window is divided into a few parts as follows:
A list of Research selections,
A set Primary Button,
A Description area,
An Okay button
And a Cancel button.
The Research List:
Navigate through this list with the UP and DOWN arrows. Check the ones that you wish to use and uncheck the ones you know you'll never want on your list. Checking and unchecking is done with the SPACEBAR.
You can choose one of these options as being the primary service by pressing ALT+S, or by pressing ENTER on the "Set Primary" button.
Want more information on one of the selections? No problem, Press ALT+D and a window will pop up with the description. Press ESCAPE to close.
Once you're done with the tinkering, TAB to the "okay" button and Press ENTER. There's a shortcut key for this as well, ALT+O.
Press CONTROL+S to save the configuration and then press ALT+F4 to close the manager.
By now, you should have Research It set up to your liking. Feel free to conduct searches and get a better feel for the interface. Here's a list of current services that you can explore:
- Amazon Product Search,
- Area code lookup,
- BBC Top News Stories,
- Bookshare Book Search,
- Business Search,
- CNN Headline News Stories,
- Convert Currency,
- Flight Info Lookup,
- Health search on WebMD,
- MLB Scores,
- NBA Scores,
- NHL Scores,
- People Search,
- Recipe Search,
- Reuters Top News Stories,
- Stock Quotes,
- Technology News from Cnet,
- Time Search,
- UPS Tracking,