Re: Converting JAWS Dictionaries

Ron Kolesar

I too agree.
I have several different JAWS dictionary folders, and since I’m now learning NVDA, it would be nice to have NVDA pronounce words correctly.
Many Thanks.

From: Bernd Dorer
Sent: Thursday, April 23, 2020 14:17
Subject: Re: [nvda] Converting JAWS Dictionaries
Hi, may someone could write this as an Add-on for NVDA? This would be really cool!

kind regards
Am 23.04.2020 um 19:52 schrieb Brian Vogel:

           If you happen to know Linux/Unix, the awk command will be very easy to use to do the conversion.

A JAWS dictionary line has the fields, in order:  Actual word|Replacement Word|Language (0x09-English)|Synthesizer|Voice|Language (0 is default)|Case sensitive (0 - No, 1 -Yes)
For the JAWS dictionary, the fields themselves are DOT enclosed/separated, UNLESS, the actual word starts with a dot, in which case it's a comma used for the separator.

The NVDA dictionary file layout is simpler, and the fields are tab separated.  The first field does not have a separator before it.  They are arranged as:
Matching word or regular expression|Replacement|Case Sensitivity (0 - no, 1 - yes)|Type (2 - Whole Word, 1 - Regular Expression, 0 - Anywhere)|Comment (All comments are pre-pended with a #

For both dictionaries, there is a single entry per line of the file.

Have fun with it.  It doesn't appear to be particularly complicated.

Brian - Windows 10 Pro, 64-Bit, Version 1909, Build 18363  

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