[Athen] J-Say commands

Deborah Armstrong armstrongdeborah at fhda.edu
Wed Jan 30 10:06:28 PST 2019

I forgot to mention too that this internal index of commands is a web page, so it’s easy to print out. Of course if your student cannot read print, which is probably the case, you can do as I did, create MP3 audio. You could also make flash cards, or large print – HTML is so easy to massage!

There are separate pages for each category of command, and I’m not sure why I didn’t make separate MP3 files for myself when learning, but I didn’t, probably because I was pressed for time – Jsay was owned by our college and not by me, so I had only a few hours a week to play with it.

Also, because it is an internal index, you are getting the latest list of commands. If you rely on an external document, you might be studying commands that are deprecated.

Just my two cents!


From: athen-list <athen-list-bounces at mailman12.u.washington.edu> On Behalf Of Deborah Armstrong
Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 9:53 AM
To: 'Access Technology Higher Education Network' <athen-list at u.washington.edu>
Subject: Re: [Athen] J-Say commands

When I was learning J-Say I just used the command list built in to JSay “Get Command Index”. I used a digital recorder to capture JAWS reading the entire command list. I also was able to capture most of it in the JAWS virtual viewer and paste it in to notepad.

It helps if you are already comfortable with JAWS before starting to learn or teach JSay.

If you capture the command list in the virtual viewer you can make a nicely formatted document with a list that is specific to your version of JSay.

The instructions are all in Word format so one thing that helped me too was to simply make MP3 files of the word docs and put them on my phone to stream when I wasn’t at the computer. If your student has some sort of audio player, that’s a good way for him to study when he’s not at the computer.

I’ve attached the section of the documentation on getting help. I tried to learn one new command each day to reduce the stress of having to memorize a lot.

(I was interested in JSay because I have carpal tunnel which flares up occasionally and I didn’t want to wait until I was in pain and needed to use it. Of course now that I kind of know how to use it the carpal tunnel has completely disappeared!)


From: athen-list <athen-list-bounces at mailman12.u.washington.edu<mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman12.u.washington.edu>> On Behalf Of Erik Ferguson
Sent: Friday, January 25, 2019 8:34 AM
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Subject: Re: [Athen] J-Say commands

Have you already contacted Hartgen consultancy? They offer extensive training materials, most of which they seem to be selling but maybe would be able to provide you with a command list.https://www.hartgen.org/training<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.hartgen.org_training&d=DwMFaQ&c=WORo6LNFtQOb4SPVta8Jsg&r=K_2Yg4I05GGnHlSOevlp3QeE5-JEqtmoUnmP0YVj9ZM&m=mCTypiWlkbT0LHWajRu1WSuvtHL5Ec5ti6EOhKitmbI&s=LNXEFRUJjs_bQoQJDNCmj4UyzxAcXggvDsEnfJGmjc4&e=>
I had a client using J-say like 15 or 20 years ago but I'm unable to locate any of my materials.


On Fri, Jan 25, 2019 at 6:44 AM Priest, Ione <ipriest at msudenver.edu<mailto:ipriest at msudenver.edu>> wrote:
Hi all,

I have a student I’m working with who is utilizing J-Say. I’m not completely familiar with it, but they have requested a list of commands they could look at while staring to learn the program, but I am not able to find such a list beyond a handful of commands. Would any of you have such a list, or know where I could find one?


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