The final planned update for JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion version 2023 has been released. The majority of the changes were to backport several 2024 enhancements related to JAWS and web navigation interactions.

Changes in JAWS 2023.2311.34

ARIA and Web

  • Addressed an issue where JAWS was not announcing the start or end of tab panels.
  • When pressing the AT key in a Google Docs file to display the @mentions menu, resolved an issue where JAWS was not indicating the menu had opened.
  • When moving into a group of tabs on a web page, resolved an issue where JAWS was too verbose when the first tab gained focus.
  • JAWS now supports the “strong,” “emphasis,” “insertion,” and “deletion” ARIA roles.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS would unexpectedly activate Forms Mode in some situations on elements that were not form controls.
  • If HTML entity codes (&) were used in an aria-label for a role of "group" or "radiogroup," addressed an issue where selecting options was not working as expected.
  • For edit fields on web pages containing placeholder text, resolved an issue where this text was not being announced when moving focus to the edit field.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was ignoring the aria-roledescription attribute on textarea elements.
  • If an ARIA live region is inside a table, removed extraneous messages that were spoken when the region updated.
  • If multiple elements include an aria-describedby attribute, addressed an issue where the items were not read in the expected order by JAWS.
  • Resolved an issue where headings containing expanded buttons were not being announced by JAWS when navigating with H or SHIFT+H.
  • JAWS now indicates if a check box is read-only in both speech and Braille.
  • When navigating a toolbar in a web app and focus moves to a check box, resolved an issue where JAWS would unexpectedly exit Forms Mode.
  • Resolved issues using the ALT+INSERT+D command to jump to elements that include the aria-details attribute.
  • If you tab from an edit field to a group of radio buttons with Forms Mode active, addressed an issue where the label for the radio button group was not automatically announced.
  • JAWS now provides additional info about menu items when using INSERT+TAB.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was not reading all of the info for slider controls when using INSERT+UP ARROW.
  • Addressed issues in some web apps where JAWS was not indicating submenus. This includes menu navigation bars as well as items that use the aria-haspopup attribute.
  • Resolved an issue where the Virtual Cursor was not automatically activating when moving to a document inside of an application region.
  • In Chromium-based browsers, addressed an issue where JAWS table navigation was not working as expected if aria-colindex values in a row were not contiguous.
  • Resolved an issue with tables that use the aria-rowcount="-1" attribute where the table was not scrolling to show additional content when navigating with JAWS.
  • Resolved an issue in Chrome where pressing PAGE DOWN was not visually scrolling the page with JAWS running.
  • Addressed an issue with form fields on certain websites not being read by JAWS.
  • Resolved an issue in Google Calendar where content in various edit fields was not being announced.
  • When composing a new message in Gmail, addressed issues with excessive speech in the To and CC fields.
  • In Google Sheets, resolved an issue where JAWS was speaking the Google Sheets document page title while navigating the list of sheets in the current workbook.

Office Apps

  • Resolved issues with reading protected documents in Word.
  • When pressing ENTER on a link in an Outlook message, addressed an issue where the wrong link was sometimes activated.
  • Resolved an issue with JAWS not reading correctly in the Outlook Calendar when using ALT+PAGE UP or ALT+PAGE DOWN.
  • Resolved an issue in Excel where JAWS and Fusion mouse echo was not reading column and row headers or sheet names.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was only speaking partial file names when navigating the recent files list in Excel.
  • Resolved issues with LibreOffice Writer becoming unresponsive when used with JAWS.

JAWS Application Fixes

  • Removed some redundant and unnecessary categories from Message Center.
  • Addressed an issue where pressing ENTER on a link in the Results Viewer was not opening the specific page in the default web browser as expected. Results Viewer is used for certain JAWS features such as the Clipboard Viewer (INSERT+SPACEBAR, C), Speech History (INSERT+SPACEBAR, H), and Research It (INSERT+SPACEBAR, R).
  • When choosing the Create Summary button from the Skim Reading dialog (CTRL+INSERT+SHIFT+DOWN ARROW), resolved an issue where the Skim Reading summary was incomplete.
  • After running Picture Smart on an image file, resolved an issue where an erroneous message was being displayed at the top of the results.
  • Resolved an issue where custom scripts could not be assigned to the APPLICATIONS key with unified keyboard processing enabled.
  • Resolved an issue where keystrokes would no longer work as expected after canceling a Windows logout, shutdown, or reboot with Unified Keyboard Processing enabled.
  • Addressed an issue in the Spanish version of JAWS where pressing ALT was not activating ribbons with Unified Keyboard Processing enabled.

Other Fixes

  • In WhatsApp, resolved an issue where replies to messages were being cut off during reading.
  • In WhatsApp, resolved an issue where JAWS was not correctly reading the time at the end of messages. Also, removed extra characters that were appearing in speech and Braille when using ALT+1 through 9 to review the most recent messages.
  • When pressing ALT+S in a WhatsApp conversation for status information, resolved an issue where the contact’s name was not announced.
  • Addressed an issue where the window title was not automatically announced in some instances when an application gained focus.
  • If you’ve created virtual desktops using CTRL+WINDOWS+D, JAWS now indicates when you move between desktops using CTRL+WINDOWS+LEFT or Right ARROW.
  • Corrected the Keyboard Help message for the WINDOWS+SPACEBAR keystroke which changes the Windows input language and keyboard layout.
  • When routing the JAWS Cursor to the PC Cursor location in Notepad for Windows 11, resolved an issue where the JAWS Cursor was positioned one character to the left.
  • Addressed an issue where JAWS was not reading as expected in the non-elevated Windows Terminal.


Changes in ZoomText 2023.2311.20

ZoomText Improvements

  • Resolved an issue where configuration files assigned to hotkeys CAPS LOCK+ number row keys 1 through 0 were not migrated after upgrading from one major ZoomText release to another.
  • Resolved an issue where ZoomText would speak despite being muted when starting the ZoomText Camera feature with CTRL+CAPS LOCK+C.
  • Resolved an issue where ZoomText would sometimes move the magnified view to the current pointer position, instead of bringing the mouse pointer into the magnified view when moved.
  • Resolved an issue where keyboard echo was not working when typing in Excel.
  • Resolved an issue that caused ZoomText to automatically start when a User Account Control (UAC) message in Windows appeared. This was observed when ZoomText was not running, but it was configured to automatically start in Program preferences.
  • Resolved an issue where Message Center would close after selecting Settings in the Message Center dialog box.


  • Resolved an issue where AppReader was not reading or highlighting text when used with Notepad. This occurred on systems running Windows 11.
  • Resolved an issue where the magnified view was corrupted after changing zoom levels while running and then closing Text View.


  • Resolved an issue with Firefox where it would crash when navigating in forms on some web pages.
  • Resolved an issue with Thunderbird where navigating with arrow keys caused the application to crash. This was observed with both ZoomText and Fusion.