Using JAWS with Firefox

NOTE: For those of you participating in the live Webinar, the following link will open the documentation in a new browser window.

Transferring Settings from Internet Explorer to Firefox

If you've previously been using Internet Explorer you may want to transfer settings such as favorites, cookies, and Internet options directly to Firefox. This saves you from having to manually configure those options in Firefox. Perform the following steps to automatically import settings from Internet Explorer.

  1. In Firefox, press CTRL+SHIFT+H to open the Library.
  2. Press ALT+I to open the Import and Backup menu and scroll down to Import data from another browser.
  3. Press ENTER and the Import Data wizard dialog box appears.
  4. Focus lands on a radio button that allows you to choose which browser to import the settings from. Select Internet Explorer and press ENTER to move to the next page of the wizard.
  5. The next page is a list of items that can be imported from Internet Explorer. By default all items are checked. Press TAB to move to each check box and press SPACEBAR if you wish to uncheck it. The items that can be imported are:
  6. Press ENTER and the import process begins
  7. When the import is finished, focus will be on a Finish button. Press ENTER to activate the Finish button and close the wizard.
  8. Press ALT+F4 to close the Library and return to the Firefox browser window.

Browsing Web Pages

Using JAWS to navigate through web pages is no different in Firefox than in Internet Explorer. You will still use the same navigation quick keys and other shortcut keys such as INSERT+F7 to bring up a list of links or INSERT+F5 to bring up a list of form controls. As in Internet Explorer, press INSERT+H to display a list of navigation quick keys you can use to browse through web pages.

NOTE: You can press ALT+D to move focus to the address bar in order to type in a new web address to go to but you cannot press CTRL+O to do this as in Internet Explorer. Pressing CTRL+O activates the File Open dialog box which allows you to browse to a file on your local computer.

The Firefox Options Dialog

The Firefox Options dialog box currently contains eight categories of browser related settings. Press ALT+O to open the Options menu and then choose Options from the menu. Focus is placed in the list of categories and you can use the UP or DOWN arrow keys to move through the categories in the list. Press TAB to move forward through the options in the selected category or SHIFT+TAB to move backward through the options.

NOTE: The list of categories is a circular type of list meaning that pressing DOWN arrow when focus is on the last item takes you back around to the first item in the list.

Working with Bookmarks

Adding a Bookmark

  1. Navigate to the page you wish to bookmark.
  2. Press CTRL+D or choose "Bookmark this page" from the Bookmark menu.
  3. A dialog box appears and focus is in the bookmark name edit field. Press ENTER to accept the current name or type your own bookmark name.
  4. The bookmark is now added to the Bookmarks menu.

NOTE: Press TAB while in the Add Bookmark dialog box to access other options such as to place the bookmark in a specific folder.

Enabling Sounds for Accessibility

One thing you may quickly notice is that when activating links and buttons in Firefox, there is no navigational click sound like what you may hear in Internet Explorer. A Firefox add-on has been created to play the same navigation sound as in Internet Explorer. Using Firefox, perform the following steps if you would like to install this free add-on.

  1. Activate the following link. Firefox Navigational Sounds
  2. Press H to move to the Navigational Sounds 1.2.2 heading and scroll down to read the author's name and a short description of the add-on.
  3. Activate the Add to Firefox link and installation begins.
  4. Press TAB to move to the Install Now button and press SPACEBAR to activate it.
  5. When installation completes, move to and activate the Restart button and Firefox restarts. The add-on should now be active and you should hear the sounds when browsing.

Downloading Files

When downloading files, Firefox uses a download manager similar to Internet Explorer 9. The download manager keeps a list of files that have been downloaded and can be accessed by pressing CTRL+J. By default, Firefox downloads files into your Downloads folder although this can be changed through the Options dialog box. Do the following to practice downloading a file in Firefox.

  1. Using Firefox, go to the following web address:
  2. Activate the link "Webinar conference software plug-in."
  3. A dialog box appears asking you if you wish to download the file. Focus is on the Cancel button so press TAB to move to the Save button if you do want to download the file.
  4. When the Save button is activated, the file is downloaded and the download manager window appears.

The Download Manager

Press CTRL+J to open the download manager and view the list of recently downloaded files. Focus is initially placed in the list of files which is sorted in chronological order with the most recent files on top. Press TAB to move to the other areas of the manager including a button to clear the list and a search edit box. Press ENTER on a file when in the list to activate it or press the APPLICATIONS key or SHIFT+F10 to bring up a context menu of options for the file. When you are finished with the download manager, press ALT+F4 to close it and return to the Firefox window.

Changing Download Options

The following options can be changed from the General page of the Options dialog box.

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