Some of you asked why can’t NV Access
change the name of NVDA to something else. Here are the
reasons why (some of them technical):
NVDA is a desktop
program (not a WinRT or universal app), thus the name
“NonVisual Desktop Access” makes sense.
NVDA was originally
designed to access desktop programs. With the advent of
Windows Runtime (WinRT) and Universal Windows Platform (UWP),
NvDA developers (including I) are working on enhanced support
for new style of apps.
Add-on extensions: With
the assumption that NVDA will stand for “NonVisual Desktop
Access”, the extension of add-ons has been defined as
“nvda-addon”. Changing the name of the screen reader will
cause confusion for add-on authors, especially those
overseeing community add-ons website and are charged with
reviewing new add-ons (I’m an add-on author and serve as a
reviewer, and I’m the current quarterly add-on release
coordinator/manager, tasked with consulting other add-on
authors as to what should go into seasonal maintenance
versions of various add-ons).
Thus, when we do change a screen reader’s
name, not only it impacts users, but also its brand image,
technical side of things and so on.
Hope this helps.