Language Access

General Guidelines

Provide human translation of vital information in the threshold languages defined by the Language Access Ordinance. This includes clear navigation to translations.

Currently these languages are:

  • English

  • Spanish

  • Chinese (traditional Chinese)

  • Filipino

Translation for other relevant languages is encouraged

JAWS Screen Reader and Languages

JAWS provides language switching with any supported speech synthesizer. When a Web page author indicates the language of an entire page, or just part of a page, if the synthesizer in use supports that language, JAWS uses the language specific version of the synthesizer to speak the text. The synthesizer must support the language of the information. If the synthesizer does not support the language specified for a page or part of a page, JAWS still indicates the language of the information. For example for Chinese JAWS will say, “heading level 2 , Chinese”

The languages that are spoken by JAWS depends on the synthesizer currently in use.  If you are using the default Eloquence synthesizer that is installed with JAWS, the following languages are available: 

  • American English

  • British English

  • Castilian Spanish

  • Latin American Spanish

  • French, French Canadian

  1. German

  2. Italian

  3. Brazilian Portuguese

  4. Finnish