History of jaws:
JAWS was originally released in 1989 by Ted Henter, a former motorcycle racer who lost his sight in a 1978 automobile accident. In 1985, Henter, along
With a $180,000USD investment from Bill Joyce, founded the Henter-Joyce Corporation in St. Petersburg, Florida. Joyce sold his interest in the company
Back to Ted Henter sometime in 1990. In April 2000, Henter-Joyce, Blazie Engineering, and Arkenstone, Inc. merged to form Freedom Scientific.
JAWS was originally created for the MS-DOS operating system. It was one of several screen readers giving blind users access to text-mode MS-DOS applications.
A feature unique to JAWS at the time was its use of cascading menus, in the style of the popular Lotus 1-2-3 application. What set JAWS apart from other?
Screen readers of the era were its use of macros that allowed users to customize the user interface and work better with various applications.
Ted Hinter and Rex Skipper wrote the original JAWS code in the mid-1980s, releasing version 2.0 in mid-1990. Skipper left the company after the release
Of version 2.0, and following his departure, Charles Oppermann was hired to maintain and improve the product. Oppermann and Hinter regularly added minor
And major features and frequently released new versions. Freedom Scientific now offers JAWS for MS-DOS as a freeware
In 1993, Hinter-Joyce released a highly-modified version of JAWS for people with learning disabilities. This product, called Word Scholar, is no longer
In 1992, as Microsoft Windows became more popular, Oppermann began work on a new version of JAWS. A principal design goal was not to interfere with the
Natural user interface of Windows and to continue to provide a strong macro facility. Test and beta versions of JAWS for Windows (JFW) were shown at conferences
Throughout 1993 and 1994. During this time, developer Glen Gordon started working on the code, ultimately taking over its development when Oppermann was
Hired by Microsoft in November 1994. Shortly afterwards, in January 1995, JAWS for Windows 1.0 was released.
Latest version is JAWS 2018.1712.10, released in December 2017.