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Freedom Scientific Developer Network (Updated January 2024)

Note: For existing FSDN users, after downloading the latest version, check out the What's New topic to quickly locate the latest scripting additions. The What's New topic is the first item in the Contents pane.

The Freedom Scientific Developer Network (FSDN) is a database containing scripts and functions that are built into JAWS screen reading software.

The FSDN includes a complete scripting reference manual that is a compiled HTML Help file (FSDN.chm). It has an identical format to the JAWS help system; therefore, navigation is also identical. Additionally, you may want to visit the Basics of Scripting Manual (web pages) or download the Basics of Scripting Manual (self-extracting file). This introduction will help you learn how to create JAWS scripts.

The FSDN can be used by anyone who wants a general reference for all scripts, user-defined functions, and built-in functions found in JAWS. Seasoned programmers may want to download the FSDN, as they will most likely pick up the syntax of the scripting language rather quickly.

Download FSDN

The following briefly describes how to download and install the FSDN.

  1. Select the FSDN download link that appears at the end of this procedure.
  2. Save the self extracting ZIP file to a location on your computer where you can easily find it and then run it to extract the FSDN.chm file.

FSDN.exe (Updated January 2024)

Getting Started with Scripting Basics

  1. Browse to the location of the FSDN.chm file and open the file.
  2. Open the General Scripting Concepts book, which is the second item in the Contents pane tree view.
  3. Open the enclosed books and topics for a basic scripting overview.