Christo Vorster

Hi Joseph


Thanks for the response. First let me say that we are rather anxious to have these changes made as it would help our students, but as long as I know that the developers are looking into our request, I’m happy.


Again, thanks for all the trouble you, and all other involved in developing this speech package are taking. We truly appreciate it.




From: Joseph Lee [mailto:joseph.lee22590@...]
Sent: Friday, 18 March 2016 6:13 PM



Ah, Microsoft Office support: cut, copy and paste cannot be announced due to technical restrictions and because different languages use different commands for these.

For things specific to Excel: there are some things under active development as we speak (that’ll make it to 2016.2 later this year).

As for urgency of these requests: when do you need this by? Although we cannot guarantee that all features you’ve requested will be available, we’ll try our best to include highest priority ones as soon as possible.

I’ll forward your request to the developers in hopes that some would write to you directly.




From: Christo Vorster [mailto:christo.vorster@...]
Sent: Friday, March 18, 2016 12:26 AM


Dear Group


I am writing to you on behalf of the Department for Career Development in Worcester South Africa.  This department falls under the auspices of the Institute for the Blind (soon to be Kaleidoscope), which is also situated in Worcester. 


The Department for Career Development is a unique institution in South Africa in that it is the only college spicifically for blind people.  Note that other colleges and universities do allow the blind, but our college aims to rehabilitate those who become blind at a later stage and prepare blind school-leavers for their future career or university.


We teach some theoretical subjects, such as Communication and Marketing Management, but our main focus is on computer literacy and telephony.  We also provide a braille course for those who became blind later on or those who only used uncontracted braille in their school career.


Our computers used to run on JAWS, but due to the Windows upgrade and the major cost of JAWS, in "South Africa (due to the weekness of the Rand),  we decided to switch over to NVDA. 


We have found, besides the advantage of NVDA being free of charge, that it is a more user-friendly programme.  Other advantages include the optional spelling error indicator and the ability to read Afrikaans fluently.


As already mentioned, our department trains adult persons becoming blind later in life.  Many of them have had no prior computer training, due to their background.  Thus it is necessary for purposes of our training, specifically on computer, that the students need to hear NVDA say much more than required by a more advanced, or well adjusted blind person.  For this reason there are some changes/additions which are necessary for our line of work.  These include the following:


Speak the following by default:


Upon enter:  in MS Word, say "ENTER"

Upon enter: in MS Excel speak new cell address,

Upon pressing escape: say "escape"

Upon pressing Ctrl-c: say "Copy to clipboard"

Upon pressing Ctrl-x: say "Cut to clipboard"

Upon pressing Ctrl-v: say "Pasted from clipboard"

Line number by request (similar to insert+period in JAWS)

Cell address by request, both in MS Word tables and MS Excel (similar to insert+c in JAWS)

Upon pressing Ctrl-t: say "Hanging indent"

Upon pressing Ctrl-m: say "Indent" and the distance (alternatively, say only the distance)

Upon pressing Ctrl-s: say "Ctrl-S"

Upon pressing Ctrl-q: say "Ctrl-Q"

Upon pressing Shift-down arrow: say "selected"

Upon pressing ctrl-arrow (left or right),When the punctuation level is set to "none or some", read all the punctuation under the cursor

Upon pressing Shift-F3: speak capitalisation changes

Upon pressing Insert-F: add line spacing to what NVDA already says

Upon reading the status line: add line number to what NVDA already says

Upon pressing CTRL-G or F5 say go to

Upon pressing F8 say extended selection on


Please bare with us, we might request some more additions as time goes on.


Allow me to congratulate the developers of NVDA with a product that, genuinely, makes a difference to the lives of many blind people.


Warm regards




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