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NVDA 2024.2 Beta 3 is now available. As well as all the amazing things already announced, changes in Beta 3:
- Disable style navigation in Microsoft Word
- Add section on Add-on Store to Quick Start Guide
- Fixes for using Poedit with all plural forms
- Minor fixes for sound split
- Minor documentation fixes
- Updates to translations

Read the full what's new and download from: nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2024-2b…

#NVDA #NVDAsr #ScreenReader #News #FOSS #Update #Accessibility #A11y #Beta


Access for All: Two friends helping change opportunities for blind people with an open-source screen reader for all. Now on Microsoft Unlocked: unlocked.microsoft.com/nvda/

#NVDA #NVDAsr #Accessibility #ScreenReader #A11y #Microsoft #FOSS #OpenSource #Free #News


Does anyone here have experience using Microsoft Access with any #ScreenReader? I'd love to know whether it just isn't accessible or I just haven't figured out what I'm doing yet. There's nothing in the help topics, the Freedom Scientific Youtube channel, or their training webinar page about it. Please boost. #Jaws #JFW #NVDASr #accessibility


NVDA 2024.2 Beta 2 is now available!

NVDA 2024.2 includes Sound split, new Synth settings commands & quick nav commands, many Braille features & fixes & more!

Changes since Beta 1
- Disable style navigation in Outlook and non-UIA word
- Disable vertical, style and text
-QuickNav commands in Kindle
- Minor documentation fixes
- Updates to translations

Read the full what's new and download the new NVDA 2024.2 Beta 2 from: nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2024-2b…

#NVDA #NVDAsr #ScreenReader #Beta #FOSS #A11y


I'm trying yet again to get my Associate of science degree in Computer Information Technology, with dual concentrations in Cyber Defense and networking. My next course is "database concepts." Based on the title of the textbook, it appears that we'll be using Microsoft Access. Has anyone used this with #Jaws or #NVDASR? How accessible is it? I don't want to take an accellerated summer course if I'm going to have to deal with accessibility issues. Please boost for reach.


Our #GAAD edition In-Process #blog is out, featuring all the news on #NVDA 2024.2beta 1, the amazing mini-documentary @github made our new issue template and more!

Get on top of all the #GAAD #news here: nvaccess.org/post/in-process-1…

#NVDAsr #Accessibility #Newsletter #GitHub #FOSS #ScreenReader


This Global Accessibility Awareness Day, we have something special to share! @github made a movie about our founders Mick & Jamie & the story of not only NVDA, but also OSARA. Two life-changing open-source projects. Both actively providing access & employment to blind people around the world.

Read the article here: github.com/readme/featured/nvd…

Watch the video (with AD) on YouTube: youtube.com/watch?v=N-y3yomLLS…

#GAAD #NVDA #NVDAsr #Accessibility #Employment #Empowering #ScreenReader #FOSS #OpenSource


GitHub produced a great mini documentary about my work with @michaeldcurran, @Scott and others to create both #NVDASR and #OSARA.
With audio description: youtube.com/watch?v=N-y3yomLLS…
Without audio description: youtube.com/watch?v=L076ngGbBR…
#accessibility #a11y


Hi @NVAccess in one of the in-process blog posts you mentioned letting you know our favorite new thing in NVDA 2024.1, and for me it has to be the new UIA event processing. I can feel a major performance improvement across the board, even when using File Explorer (as the file list uses UIA). This is the reason I updated, this is what I was looking forward to. Thanks for implementing this! #screenreader #NVDA #NVDAsr


NVDA 2024.2 beta 1 is now available for testing from: nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2024-2b…

For anyone who is interested in trying out what NVDA has to offer before release, we welcome your feedback.

Highlights
- Sound Split
- New Synth Settings ring & quick navigation commands
- New braille features & fixes, including "Display speech output".
- Updated eSpeak, adding new language Tigrinya.

There are many minor bug fixes for applications

#NVDA #NVDAsr #ScreenReader #Beta #News #Accessibility #A11y #FOSS


On #NVDASR, is there a way to remove a profile customisation from a setting? I don't just want to set it to the same as the default, but to make sure if it switches on default it will switch on that profile too.


Very strange #NVDASR bug. I was on Firefox, reading a website I know that has a table, but when I tried navigating through the table with the commands, NVDA would say edge of table as if it were empty. So I checked the page source, and it was a normal table, properly constructed. I blamed it on css or js doing something iffy.

Trying to work out what NVDA was getting from the browser I pressed NVDA+f1 and got an NVDA crash. Restarted NVDA. Now the table is correctly recognised.

Not sure whether to file this because I have no steps to reproduce other than use NVDA for a long time and hope a table isn't properly read.


I used to have an option in the tools menu of #NVDASR to open the folder where NVDA's configuration is stored. That option is no longer listed. Is there some way I can get that back?


This week's In-Process is out, featuring all you need to know about copying text in Word, using Browse mode in Word, getting help in NVDA, and a special thanks to our friends at ISCB! All online now: nvaccess.org/post/in-process-6…

#NVDA #NVDAsr #ScreenReader #Accessibility #Microsoft #MicrosoftOffice #Office365 #Office #Keyboard


"diagram." That's all #NVDASR sees. "The image displays a stylized, neon blue ring. It appears as a partial circle with an interruption, or gap, at the bottom right, creating an open loop. The ring is thick and evenly illuminated, giving it a glowing effect against a solid black background. There is no text present in the image. " Where is this, you ask? Oh, it's just a progress bar inside Google Collab after hitting "download" once right-clicking a file in the file manager and the blob is made.


So I understand that NVDA's handle keys from other applications option changes how keyboard keys can be processed, such as handling input from on-screen keyboards and speech recognition, but I'm unclear as to exactly what's happening behind the scenes and the user guide only provides a very brief explanation of why a user may want to disable it. I was just wondering if I could have some clarification on what's happening behind the scenes when this option is used by chance? Thank you very much for your time and I look forward to any input you may have. Thanks. #NVDASR @NVAccess @jcsteh


This week's In-Process is out! Featuring the latest on NVDA 2024.1, add-on updates, the Microsoft FOSS Fund, Philanthropy Australia awards, an Interview with our GTO Gerald, and more! All available now at: nvaccess.org/post/in-process-2…

#NVDA #NVDAsr #News #Newsletter #Blog #Awards #Interview #FOSS #Community


Very impressed with the new Split #Braille Feature in #JAWS. Being able to read Teams chat with half my display whilst typing someplace else is tremendous. They seem to have well thought out the different modes and views. Shame about the cells wasted with the split and lack of customisability of the viewport widths. If I won the lottery I'd throw a few hundred k at #NVDASR for comparable #BrailleDisplay development


Can anyone recommend a good accessible #Journaling app that works on Windows and iOS? #NVDASR #VoiceOver #Accessibility #Screenreader


I thought I saw a post about the #Unspoken #Addon for #NVDASR being updated earlier. Audio themes is still about too isn't it? There's also one called navigation sounds.
...
What is everyone using?


To what degree does NVDA actually have support for TUIs? When I look at TUIs (terminal user interfaces) for tools like Joplin, Vim, practically anything that requires using arrow keys/tab within a terminal, it almost always is a horrible experience. Are there things TUI developers can do to better accommodate NVDA? @NVAccess @tspivey
Do terminal-first tools like TDSR in a WSL2 shell improve this at all? #nvdasr #screenreaders #accessibility


In-Process is out, featuring all the news on the release of NVDA 2024.1, plus highlights from our trip to CSUN. Do check it out now at: nvaccess.org/post/in-process-5…

#NVDA #NVDAsr #ScreenReader #Blog #News #FOSS


I just updated my screen reader, #NVDA, to version 2024.1.

A few notes of interest:

All add-ons I consider essential work. Remote isn't updated yet but TeleNVDA is.
Unspoken, which I maintain, hasn't been updated but can be force enabled and works. Some time this week I'll issue a new release.
Of the non-essential add-ons that I'd like to have but haven't tried forcing, I'd highlight Instant Translate and Calibre.

I've also made a donation. I encourage others to contribute to NVDA, with code, translations, time or money, if their situation permits. NVDA doesn't update itself. It's not only my favourite screen reader, but it's essential to keep our needs in focus, maintain our independence, and avoid monopoly.

Thanks to NV Access for another release.

#NVDASR #a11y #accessibility


NV Access is very pleased to share the release of the NVDA 2024.1 Release Candidate. Unless any major issues are identified, this will be identical to the final release. We encourage all users to test the Release Candidate. Many updates including on-demand speech mode, native selection in Firefox, bulk actions in the add-on store and much more! Read the full details and download at: nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2024-1r…

#NVDA #NVDAsr #Accessibility #A11y #ScreenReader #News #NewVersion #Release


It's a busy time at NV Access HQ, and Abroad! This week's In-Process has all the news about CSUN, NVDA 2023.3.4, NVDA 2024.1, and a run through of the new Native Selection Mode in Firefox. Read more here: nvaccess.org/post/in-process-1…

#NVDA #NVDAsr #ScreenReader #News #CSUNatc24 #CSUN #CSUN24 #News #Newsletter #Blog #Release


NV Access are pleased to share the release of NVDA 2024.1 Beta 13.

Changes introduced in Beta 13:
- Bug fix for interacting with some NVDA controls such as the synth selection dialog and selectable checklist items
- Updates to translations

Read the full information and download at: nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2024-1b…

#NVDA #NVDAsr #Release #Software #FOSS #Beta


Okay, this now exists in the world: a #NVDASR addon to translate text using #DeepL, based on the older NVDA translate addon that used google. It's much faster, though you will require a free API key. Note that while this works, I don't intend to submit to the NVDA Addon store; I doubt I've followed any of the requirements to do that. Instructions and the release live on github: github.com/fastfinge/nvda-translate/


Beta12 of NVDA 2024.1 is now available for download & testing.

We know there have been a lot of betas, but THIS is the final planned beta for 2024.1. We'd like to thank everyone who has been testing these and reporting issues to us.

Full info & download from: nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2024-1b…

Changes introduced in Beta 12:
- Bug fix for emojis and unicode symbols in NVDA dialogs
- No longer report "native copy"
- Updated our GUI framework wxPython.
- Updates to translations

#News #NVDA #NVDAsr


NV Access is very pleased to announce the release of our updated Microsoft Word with NVDA training module. Available now from nvaccess.org/product/microsoft… Extensively rewritten, the module incorporates the latest NVDA and Office 365 features and keystrokes. At only $32 Australian (Roughly $20 USD / 19€ - converted at checkout), it's very affordable. #Training #NVDA #NVDAsr #Accessibility #ScreenReader #Learning #Word #Microsoft #Office


This weekend I was using a Windows 11 box with NVDA to help out a sighted relative with their computer.

I don't understand what the hell they've done with explorer. I open it and can't find the list and tree views to navigate through drives and directory trees. Is there a trick or is it as dire as I think? I ended up raging out and launching it from the command prompt on whichever directory I had to navigate to do cutting and pasting and so on.

#windows #NVDASR #a11y


In-Process is out - live from Melbourne! Featuring news on NVDA 2024.1 Beta 10, the WebAIM screen reader user survey results, GitHub's accessibility survey and the results of our own Mastodon survey! Read it now at: nvaccess.org/post/in-process-2…

#NVDA #NVDAsr #ScreenReader #News #Newsletter #Blog


Thanks for your patience with the beta glitch last week. We're pleased to advise we've got rid of those nasty bugs. NVDA 2024.1 Beta 10 is now available, and we promise the bugs in this version are much friendlier! Please do head to nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2024-1b… for all the details & to download.

Changes since Beta 7:
- Fix for emojis in terminals
- Native Selection bug fix in Word
- Installer fixes
- Updates to docs & translations

#NVDA #NVDAsr #ScreenReader #Update #Beta #NewVersion #Download


NVDA 2024.1 Beta 8 is now available, with quite a few updates from Beta 7:

- A bug fix where emojis in Windows Terminals could cause a crash
- A bug fix for Native Selection mode in Word
- Bug fixes to the installer process and ensuring NVDA exits safely
- Improvements to documentation
- Updates to translations

To find out more about everything new in NVDA 2024.1 overall, and to download the latest beta, please visit: nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2024-1b…

#NVDA #NVDAsr #Beta #News #NewVersion


We've had great feedback on our recent In-Process article on creating portable copies of NVDA. A lot of people use them for testing out beta's of new versions, particularly 2024.1. Have you been trying the 2024.1 betas, and do you use a portable version to do it? If you'd like to find out more, check out our article here: nvaccess.org/post/in-process-9…

#NVDA #NVDAsr #Testing #Beta #NewVersion #PreRelease #Accessibility


In-Process is out, featuring all the news about NVDA 2023.3.3 and NVDA 2024.1 Beta 7, plus an in-depth look at everything you need to know about portable copies of NVDA. Check it out at: nvaccess.org/post/in-process-9… and be sure to update your copy of NVDA to the latest stable or beta version if you haven't already.

#NVDA #NVDAsr #ScreenReader #News #Blog #Newsletter #Accessibility #A11y


Thanks for the heads up @Marek Macko. A while ago I had some patches that improved tab key navigation in the @Mixxx DJ Software preferences window. Perhaps I should revisit that and try to polish it for one of the upcoming releases. Making the main window and actuall mixxx controls accessible to the platform specific apis is beyond my skills I am afraid but I already have some experiments i.e. sending mixxx control states through the controller API and using virtual midi port to read it and pass it to screen reader for text to speech. On linux this is already working for me with orca.
Another approach I haven't yet tested but am just thinking of might be reusing platform specific notification channels such as interfacing directly with a screen readers on windows such as #nvdasr controler client and using announcement role on linux to generate voice prompts for the screen readrers. This might have a similar effect to the end user than the virtual midi port but will be built into mixxx it-self.
@Mixxx DJ Software have you also got some ideas related to this please?


Beta7 of NVDA 2024.1 is now available for download and testing. Changes from the previous beta include:
- When copying text in Microsoft Word with NVDA’s browse mode enabled, formatting is now also included
- Updates to documentation, Native selection mode, errors when session is locked / unlocked and translations.

Read more & download at: nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2024-1b…

#NVDA #NVDAsr #ScreenReader #Accessibility #Beta #News


There are new NVDA releases!
- NVDA 2023.3.3 fixes a security issue. Read more & download from: nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2023-3-…

- NVDA 2024.1 Beta 6 incorporates the same security fix, plus documentation & translation updates. Read more and download from: nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2024-1b…

Which version is right for me? If you'd like to check out what is new in the next version of NVDA, then grab the 2024.1 beta. If you're happy staying on the stable version - grab 2023.3. #NVDA #NVDASr #ScreenReader


NVDA double release day! NVDA 2023.3.2 fixes the fix that wasn’t fully fixed in the first fix. Please do read the full announcement and download at: nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2023-3-…

And to go with it, NVDA 2024.1 Beta 5 includes the fix from 2023.3.2, as well as documentation, logging and translation updates! Read more and download from: nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2024-1b…

#NVDA #ScreenReader #News #Update #NVDAsr #A11y #Accessibility #Patch #Patchday


It's a double release day!

For those on 2023.3 we have a security point release, NVDA 2023.3.1. We encourage all users to update to this stable release. Full info & download at: nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2023-3-…

For those on the 2024.1 betas, we have a new one - 2024.1 Beta 4 includes the security patch above, plus more - read all the info and download from: nvaccess.org/post/nvda-2024-1b…

#NVDA #NVDASr #ScreenReader #A11y #Accessibility #News #Breaking