Re: moving to NVDA
You would overload the new NVDA user with information. Try describing or demonstrating object navigation in half a page or one page. To teach object avigation, it is far better to have a demonstration of what is done, for example, moving around the screen, and then entering a child object and moving around that. Explanation would be offered but in the context of what is being done. In other words, the tutorial would have a demonstration of someone using screen review commands to move, moving into a child object and moving through that and an exercise using something on screen to practice with. But you can't teach these things in a short text based tutorial along with all the other things you want to teach. If you give someone too much information at one time, that is as discouraging as not giving any, maybe more. Certain very basic parameters should be offered during installation such as the ability to change the voice and setting whether and how NVDA will run at system boot up. Actual instruction about using NVDA shouldn't be in this tutorial.
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I just had a good idea for NVDA. for those who are new to NVDA it would
have a startup wizard with a interactive tutorial and default voice
changer that would 1. when you first install it or start the installer
wizard it will for those newcomers ask if you want to use the current
voice? There would be a yes or no button. If you say no NVDA would bring
up a list box with all voices available on the machine, including
ability to download microsoft speech platform and one of those voices.
It would also let you choose a keyboard layout in the getting started
wizard. So you would choose a voice, hit ok, NVDA would use that one as
the default during install and when you first run the installed copy.
and 2. After installation it would have an interactive tutorial like
talkback does on android. It would say stuff like lets practice object
navigation and screen review. Then it would bring up a sample desktop
with 2 or 3 icons, a list box, a checkbox, and a toolbar with some
buttons in it and a sample edit box. The interactive tutorial would
guide you through moving in and out of objects, using screen review to
find certain items on screen, activating objects with insert or capslock
enter, and routing the mouse and clicking. Also during the startup
wizard it would let you set the rate and pitch and volume and if needed
the variant of the current default voice. You could cancel the
interactive tutorial by hitting escape at any time and when you complete
the tutorial and startup wizard you'd hit finnish button and you're
ready to go with the basics of using NVDA. Also during the interactive
tutorial it would bring up a read only edit box with web movement
commands you could read. I think such a tutorial and startup wizard
would really help newcomers. oh and also in the select your default
voice dialog it would give you the option of directly downloading and
installing several free voices for you and then switching to the newly
downloaded free voice.