Re: Basic Training for NVDA - Official NVDA training material now available!

erik burggraaf <erik@...>

I think one donation page is enough myself.  Recognizing that there always have been very advantaged and very disadvantaged people in all societies and in all times and places, and that everyone should be concerned with bridging the gap,  Charging for extra training materials is a common means of supporting open source projects.  NVDA, being in the new paradigm, needs to succeed or fail according to standards and best practices, just like any other business operating on the same model.  There's a manual and it's free.  Not just anyone can make full use of a manual, and that's why there are  extra training resources that you can pay for if you need them.  Even at that, coolblindtech has 5 pages of podcasts devoted to various aspects of using NVDA and any one can come along and render their own from the manual, other resources, and personal experience if they have the time and talent.  So, much as I would like to see every one get access to the new ebook, I think charging educational price for it is the right thing to do.  30 bucks unfortunately puts it out of reach for some users but it should be possible to fund these textbook purchases either by grants or donations are something outside of the NVDA project.


Erik Burggraaf

On Apr 14, 2016, at 11:02 AM, Brian's Mail list account <bglists@...> wrote:

I think what is needed here is another donate page for the countries where the cost is going to be difficult to  obtain due to local government policies or sheer poverty. I'm sure some of us would do a separate donation for this if we were assured somebody was administering it for the needy in a reliable way. I've been involved before in so called charity giving with middle men and have usually ended up wondering who nicked the momey!

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----- Original Message ----- From: "Christo Vorster" <christo.vorster@...>
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Sent: Thursday, April 14, 2016 9:23 AM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Basic Training for NVDA - Official NVDA training material now available!

Hi Quentin

Before I throw you a curve ball, a bit of background.

I am employed by the Institute for the Blind in Worcester, South Africa. I am involved in training adult blind persons, mostly from our so-called “previously disadvantaged” communities. These people, under normal circumstances receive a state grant of, if I convert it to Australian dollar at a rate of ten to one, fourteen dollar.

Our institution is usually obliged to write off their study costs. So what I am driving at, is to ask whether it might be possible to obtain a copy of the training material at a discount or, at best, free of charge.

I understand that the development of NVDA doesn’t come cheep, and I, as a blind person myself, genuinely appreciate what is done. To my mind NVDA is probably the best speech program available. I don’t just say this because it is the correct thing to do, this is my true opinion.

Please don’t feel that it is your duty to give us the material for free, or at a discount, I am just enquiring.

Thanks again for everything that you, and whoever else, do to provide the blind community, world wide, with this brilliant package.

Best wishes for the further development and regards

Christo Vorster, South Africa

From: Quentin Christensen [mailto:quentin@...]
Sent: Thursday, 14 April 2016 9:45 AM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Basic Training for NVDA - Official NVDA training material now available!

Hi Ondrej,

A very good question.  It is something that's come up in discussion.  As you note, it is a lot of work to translate and we do very much appreciate the work that you are already doing.

The priority to date has been getting the material released electronically initially.  Now that is done we are working to make it available in audio and braille (in English) and also setting up the certification exam.

We will definitely look at the question of translation although to start with we don't want to put any extra on your shoulders just yet.

Kind regards


On Thu, Apr 14, 2016 at 5:19 PM, Ondrej Rosik <ondrej.rosik@...> wrote:

Very interesting. My question: would it be possible to translate it to other languages? I am translating NVDA to Slovak, so I can imagine that translator volunteers theoretically should translate this document to their language. I realize, that it is som much work and It may take more time. Do you plan this?

Dňa 14.04.2016 o 8:47 Quentin Christensen napísal(a):

Hi everyone,

NV Access is very pleased to announce the release of “Basic Training for NVDA”.  This eBook is the first module in the official set of training materials for learning to use the free NVDA screen reader.

Available now from:

This eBook is suitable for the new and existing user wishing to improve proficiency.

Topics covered include: Getting started with NVDA and Windows, basic configuration, writing and editing text, document formatting, file management, multi-tasking, browsing the web, using the review cursor and object navigation.

The purchase price of this product supports the work of NV Access and our ability to provide the NVDA screen reading software free of charge.

Initially the material is available as downloadable electronic text.  We are working on audio and braille formats which will be available in due course.

Kind regards


Quentin Christensen
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