erik burggraaf <erik@...>
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Well, It wouldn't be totally unreasonable for the developers to pick maybe three or five of the best most useful add-ons, bundle them with NVDA, and offer them during instalation. Browsers do that. Other screen readers would be worthless if they didn't install their scripts. Their development is a bit different from NVDA's
It's not about space really, although keeping nvda small isn't a bad thing.
Philosophically speaking, we expect our OS, windows, our software, and our screenreader NVDA, to all comply with standards to the point where add-ons aren't needed. Thus, bundling add-ons, while not bad, wouldn't comply with the core philosophy. Then again, making the screen reader extensible and allowing add ons would be strictly against the letter of new paradigm and NVDA philosophy.
Then there are distribution and licencing issues. because of add-ons are developed by third parties mostly. These issues may include, licencing, updates, quality control, and more.
Then there is a performance and stability concern. I don't use many add-ons, but theoretically, the more add-ons installed, the less stable the NVDA, and the more margin for error. If you have an issue where NVDA is crashing, it's nice to know there are no add-ons in the equasion, or at least, to know what add-ons are in use. If NVDA installs add-ons it thinks you want, you may be unaware that those are active when you go to troubleshoot NVDA.
Add-ons make a good testing ground for new ideas. Ocasionally, an add-on developed for something crytical such as a braille display driver, will actually get intergrated into NVDA core. So, you get the benefit of the add-on, along with the performance and stability of intergration, and the convenience of not having to research and install key functionality.
Bundling add-ons has some serious advantages and disadvantages. It would be nice to have as many add-ons as possible swept up together into a store or other convenient distribution channel, but I'm pretty happy with the current system of carefully testing and intergrating add-ons that provide key functionality or features
On December 18, 2017 6:32:12 PM "Karim Lakhani" <karim.lakhani@...> wrote:
Can someone explain why add are not included in the main
install of the APP.
If the add on's are useable by all the community, why not add
them in the main install?
I hope this doesn't come down to the amount of data you have,
I know it will be cheaper then 1800.00
Some of us don't have the knowledge to accomplish
I think it's like Elisa, she only gets smarter the more you
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of others. That's what a
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can control is your character.
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I have to agree with this. My
wife asked to question the other day why use NVDA if I have to install addons to
do the stuff I want to do then also have to keep them updated. I see this a lot
with the disability place I work for part time. I have several elders after
showing them nvda and jaws have chosen jaws do to the fact they dont have to
deal with addons.
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On Behalf Of Gene
Sent: Sunday, December 17, 2017 8:15
Subject: Re: [nvda]
A lot of NVDA users
won't ever know enough to know that there are add ons nor how to install
them. You are free to remove any add ons you don't want and, for
experienced users who understand the implications, a no add ons NVDA can be
offered if it really matters, which I don't think it does. I'm not talking
about including add on after add on in NVDA. I'm saying that some add ons
should be included because you aren't serving a lot of blind people well by not
doing so, meaning the large number, who will never use add ons they have to
download and install. Instead of spending time and resources reinventing
the wheel just to make it a part of core NVDA code, just include the add
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Sent: Sunday, December 17,
2017 6:19 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda]
What I've liked and am liking of the AddOns on NVDA is the ability to install
those that suits are needs, thus NVDA should be pure as always, but with each of
us adding the necessary AddOns for our daily use.
El 17/12/2017 a las 06:16 p.m., Rui Fontes
Sorry, Gene, but if some of the addons will be shipped with NVDA and set to
run, they should stop being addons and start being part of NVDA
Addon, by definition, is a piece of software to execute a specific function
that does not make part of the NVDA core...
Às 00:07 de 18/12/2017, Gene escreveu:
NVDA doesn't have to adopt every popular feature of other
screen-readers to compete. I don't have much opinion about whether
this feature is implemented in NVDA directly or by an add on. It is a
peripheral feature and not an actual screen-reader feature. It is a
proper question whether NVDA development time and resources should be put
into this project. And an add on wouldn't divert NVDA time and
resources. However, when it comes to add ons, NVDA should do what
Window-eyes used to do, not because Window-eyes does it, but because it
serves users well, is logical and there is no reason of any substance not to
Window-eyes used to accomplish a number of functions by
having a number of what it pretentiously called apps, they were really
scripts, but they were available to users as add ons and were shipped with
Window-eyes and were set to run at the time of installation. Many
users of whatever screen-reader they use will never learn enough to know
anything about add ons. there are a number of add ons that should be
incorporated into NVDA as addons that are downloaded and are running when
NVDA is run.
If this were done, the major objection against making a
feature an add on would be done away with. the objection is that a lot
of people will never know about add ons and never use whatever is being
discussed. If this objection were done away with by having many add
ons be included in NVDA as running add ons at the time of download and
installation or portable use, the whole question and argument about whether
something should be an add on could be done away with.
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Sent: Sunday, December 17, 2017 4:16
When it comes to the new
screen shade function in Jaws 2018 and if NVDA
should also have the same
function the main question is whether or not
NVDA is in competition with
other screen readers in order to get more
users or is NVDA just a free
screen reader for those who can't afford to
pay for a screen
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