Hi NVDA community,
Some of you may have received several copies of the below notice (if you’re subscribed to various NVDA lists). Normally I don’t post things about add-on snapshots, but given some important work that’s being done in NVDA Core (the screen reader itself), I believe you need to know what’s up:
Advisory for Windows 10 App Essentials development snapshot users: if you are using NVDA next snapshot build 14121 or later, you need to update to WinTenApps June 20th development snapshot due to the following:
Mick Curran from NV Access is working on improving support for Skype for Business (formerly known as Lync). As part of this work, he has implemented an event handler for live region change event that applies everywhere. The live region change event is used to communicate to screen readers that a live text has changed, such as those found in various Windows 10 apps, Skype for Business, Windows Update installation notices seen when the computer restarts, announcements in Edge and other places.
In the past, I have included live region change routine in Windows 10 App Essentials add-on. However, with the latest NVDA next snapshot, this is no longer necessary, instead causing double speaking of announcements in places where it shouldn’t do that. The June 20th WinTenApps development snapshot fixes this. Note that this is just the beginning of a series of builds where WinTenApps will learn to respect live region change events in different places.
As a result of this, the following features will come to a nearest NVDA copy near you in the future (as early as August 2017 via NVDA 2017.3):
Improvements specific to Windows 10 and universal apps:
Known issues with the add-on: