Introduction to the Dictionary Manager

Posted by Georgian Eduard on August 22nd, 2019

The dictionary wizard is useful for customizing the pronunciation of words. It is used to correct the pronunciation of words that are terribly mispronounced or abbreviations that you would like to be spoken as a complete word. The dictionary manager is run by placing the active cursor on the word or abbreviation for which you wish to change the pronunciation and pressing Insert + D. JFW will open the dictionary manager and open the dictionary manager file that corresponds to the application that is currently open. If a dictionary manager file for that application does not already exist, one will be created for you. The dictionary manager files will be named the name of the application you were running when you pressed Insert + D, but with a .jdf extension. For example, the executable name for Microsoft Word 97 is Winword.exe. The dictionary manager file for Microsoft Word is therefore Winword.jdf.

When you first enter the dictionary manager, you will hear the following: "Press Control + Shift + D to modify the default dictionary file, otherwise changes will effect only the current application. {Application Name}.jdf - JAWS Dictionary Manager, dialog, Add... button." If you want this dictionary entry to take effect no matter what application is running, press Control + Shift + D in order to open the default.jdf file, otherwise press Tab to move through the controls of the dictionary manager dialog box.

The first control is of course the "Add..." button. Press this button in order to add a new pronunciation rule to the dictionary file. The next control is a "dictionary entries extended select list box" containing all of the dictionary entries that already exist for that application. The next control, if no entry is selected, is a search for entries edit box. This is the last control if an entry is selected. In this box you may type the first several characters of a pre-existing dictionary entry, and if one exists that matches it, that entry will become selected in the "dictionary entries extended select list box". If a dictionary entry is selected, the next control is the "Change..." button. This button will bring up another dialog box which will allow you to edit an existing dictionary entry. The next control is the "Delete" button. This button will allow you to delete a dictionary entry. It will first bring up a "Confirm Dictionary Entries Delete" dialog asking you if you are sure you want to delete the dictionary file entry. If you press the yes button, the entry will be deleted. If you press either the no or cancel buttons, the entry will remain.

In order to create a new dictionary entry, press Control + Shift + D if you want the entry to always be active or press Tab until you move back to the "Add..." button. Once you are at the "Add..." button, press Enter or Space to press it. A new dialog box will open having two edit fields, the "Actual Word" edit box and the "Replacement" edit box. There will also be two buttons, "Add" and "Cancel." If the active cursor was on a word when you pressed Insert + D, that word will already be located in the "Actual Word" edit box. If the entry is incorrect, you may modify it, otherwise press tab to move to the "Replacement" edit box. In this edit box, miss spell the word so that is spoken as near to correctly as you can get it to or if the dictionary entry is for an abbreviation, type the word that it belongs to. When you are finished, press Tab to move to either the OK button or the Cancel button (use the OK button to keep the change and use the Cancel button to discard the change.) Then press enter. You will return to the dictionary manager main window. To save the changes, press Control + S and then Alt + F4 to exit.

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