Re: Fillable PDF Forms & NVDA

Rosemarie Chavarria

Hi, Brian,

I had a similar situation with a survey that I filled out for Microsoft. For some strange reason, NVDA didn't see all the filds so I used system access to go and it worked perfectly. This wasn't a PDF form but NVDA didn't see all the fields but system access to go did.


-----Original Message-----
From: Brian Vogel []
Sent: Monday, April 25, 2016 8:57 PM
Subject: [nvda] Fillable PDF Forms & NVDA

I could be completely confused, misremembering something, or, well, something else, but I could swear that I remember there being an NVDA command that one could use to get the name of the field you've landed in when working with a fillable PDF.

I was just trying out the IRS Form 1040 from the 2015 tax year, and could swear that at one point I saw somebody hitting a specific keyboard shortcut to get NVDA to announce the form field you'd landed in, e.g., last name, first name, etc. In fact, I seem to recall seeing NVDA (or maybe it was JAWS) announcing the name of the form field you were landing in as you tabbed through a fillable PDF form as you tabbed through it.

Tonight I'm only getting "blank" when I land in a fillable field and I can tell I'm in focus mode when I land in it and am able to shift to browse mode via NVDA+Spacebar, but can't get any further in getting the field name announced then.

Is there a way to get the name of the field that you're supposed to be filling in announced so that you know what you should be typing? [I realize this can't work if the form wasn't designed with accessibility in mind, but I thought the federal tax forms that you download from the IRS website had been so for some years now.]

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