Re: accessible word processors with NVDA

Sharni-Lee Ward

Quentin, do you have any addons or something that might have changed how NVDA reads Word Pad/Jarte files? I'd be super grateful. I'd have no problem using Jarte if I could read my stories with the proper emphasis included.

On 16/01/2017 10:24 AM, Quentin Christensen wrote:

Hi Sharni,

Re using Jarte and the Office compatibility pack, try this link from Microsoft directly:

The en-au in the middle of that address is because I'm in Australia, feel free to change it to en-us or en-uk etc as needed, I'm not sure it makes a difference for this.

Regarding wordpad not properly identifying text attributes like Italic, what version of Windows do you have again?  I've tried in the regular stable build of Windows 10 and in the latest fast insider build (15007) and NVDA (2016.4) identifies italic etc text in the middle of a line correctly.  EG if I type:

The quick brown fox

and italicise the word "brown", NVDA reads:

The quick italic brown no italic fox.

It does this in Wordpad, Word 2016, Jarte and LibreOffice.

Note that you need to have NVDA's document formatting set to report text attributes (for italic).  Press NVDA+control+d to get to that screen.  If you don't have that set, it won't identify the text as italic regardless of where it is.

The only place I've seen behaviour similar to what you mentioned (if the start of a line is italic thinking the whole line is, and not seeing it at all if it's in the middle of a line), is if part of a cell has different formatting in Excel.

Kind regards


On Mon, Jan 16, 2017 at 10:01 AM, Sharni-Lee Ward <sharni-lee.ward@...> wrote:

Thanks! As I said last night, when I tried to follow the link from the page it said "We are sorry, but the page could not be found" and gave me a ton of possible search options.

Really though, it doesn't matter what file format the document is when it comes to displaying. If I want to work in the file with Jarte, I have to save in rtf or .doc anyways. I just save a new copy in wordpad to the rtf format and then it reads it fine. I do miss announced page numbers and NVDA being nice about italics though. What I mean is, in Word Pad, if a word is italicised in the middle of a line, NVDA doesn't report it, and if it's at the beginning of a line, NVDA acts like the whole line is italicised even though it isn't. Same with bold, underline, and so on. Is there an addon that corrects this behaviour? Or will there be an improvement in NVDA in that regard? I know I'd be grateful     for it. Then Jarte would be just that bit less irritating.

On 16/01/2017 8:48 AM, Gene wrote:
You can download the installation file to allow you to work with docx files here:
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if you could please send the link to your dropbox, that would be very much appreciated. I also am considering using chart, but don't really want to pay the money for it partially because I don't have the money for it.

Noah Carver

> On Jan 15, 2017, at 15:16, Shaun Everiss <sm.everiss@...> wrote:
> I would like to caution users that use an microsoft product, ie office 2013 and up certainly it does this on 2016.
> Aparently the older software has some incompatibility when upgrading the os from one version to another.
> It tends to default extentions back to open xml viewer which itself is not helpfull.
> Worse excell refuses to be able to process file commands and can not start until you repair office.
> For the systems that had filter pack aand the compatibility pack installed, I solved this by removing both these packs then repairing office as on restart no files opened at all.
> Ever since then updates have worked as expected.
> If you are on a shared system with office.
> Every time you update the os especially when its a security update not a performance update, including newer and older office updates, you will need to repair office with the quick repair before using it again.
> I am not sure why that is but thats a way to get round it.
> If you often need a share then thats fine but if you don't it is easier to kill the extra converter packs.
> I should also want to add that I have old word xp converters for some older files that came from an xp machine that perminantly exist on my dropbox cloud, they are so small just like xp sound recorder its unlikely I will ever kill them so they stay till I die I guess.
> I have no inttention of killing them.
> The only thing you do need is sevenzip to decompress them but if someone wants to make an installer email me and I'll send the link for copywrite reasons jarte can't store those on its site but.
>> On 16/01/2017 12:20 a.m., Gene wrote:
>> It doesn't need the purchased  version.  You can install the Microsoft pack that gives Microsoft Word and some other programs the ability to read docx files.  if you try to open a Docx file, a dialog comes up telling you that.  It may provide a link in the dialog to the JARTE web page where the subject is discussed further.
>> We don't know how Word is being useed so we don't know if JARTE has all the features desired but you can read about it and install and look at the program to see if it does.
>> Gene
>> From: Brian's Mail list account
>> Sent: Sunday, January 15, 2017 4:38 AM
>> To:
>> Subject: Re: [nvda] accessible word processors with NVDA
>> The thing about Jarte is that to open docx files it needs the purchased
>> version as far as I know. OOpen and Libra Office seem to be able to load in
>> docx files, but as has been discussed here of late, the authors need to do
>> some more work to allow screenreaders to work on all parts of them like read
>> all etc.
>> Of course it might  be possible to find an old copy of an older version of
>> Office pro corporate which I did and it still worked aand accepted the key.
>> Legal?  Well, its a grey area isn't it. if the original buyer is giving it
>> away, then who cares.
>> Brian
>> bglists@...
>> Sent via blueyonder.
>> Please address personal email to:-
>> briang1@..., putting 'Brian Gaff'
>> in the display name field.
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Sharni-Lee Ward" <sharni-lee.ward@...>
>> To: <>
>> Sent: Sunday, January 15, 2017 5:18 AM
>> Subject: [nvda] accessible word processors with NVDA
>>> Hi,
>>> My computer's keyboard's been acting up, and I have my Mum's as a
>>> backup, but it doesn't have Microsoft Office on it, and I was wondering
>>> if there was a decent free word processor out there, accessible with
>>> NVDA, that I could install on that computer instead. It would be nice if
>>> it could read and edit .docx files, but I'm aware I can't have everything.
>>> The most used features in Word for me are:
>>> The Spellchecker, including a whole dictionary of words I've added so
>>> Pokémon names, anime characters' names and names I just made up don't
>>> get flagged;
>>> The word-counter;
>>> Page-breaks;
>>> Headings (mostly for aesthetic reasons).
>>> If there's something out there that does all these things, and is free
>>> and accessible, I'll be pretty happy with it.

Quentin Christensen
Training Material Developer
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