Re: I'm dissappointed
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I'm a bit late but have only read the discussion now.
I have been using NVDA nearly exclusivelely since 2012 for work and also privately.
For the new job I started this year, I can only use NVDA, because JAWS will crash when I log into the web interface I am required to use.
However, I agree with Gene. JAWS is more easily configurable by the user. You can label graphics, you can assign window classes and see if that makes a program work more smoothly with NVDA, you can assign application specific hotkeys. I am not so sure if the JAWS frames feature still works so well under Windows 10. I just tried it recently without success.
Also, for me the question is not only can I do something with a screen reader, but also how quickly can I do what I need to do. One example for me is the text analysing feature of JAWS in MS Word. I think it helps a lot when writing a document and checking the formatting. I can do this with NVDA, too, but it takes a lot longer. The JAWS text analyser or whatever they call it just checks the document for me and allows me to
see where unexpected formatting or characters have been found. I then can check whether they are intended or not and make corrections. And it is so much quicker to do it that way than to read the entire document with NVDA reporting all attributes selectable in the document dialogue of NVDA. And additionally, the latter method is so monotonous that there is the risk of not catching all of the formatting problems.
I love using NVDA and think it can do a lot more than users of other screen readers may be aware of. But in a workplace setting, I might still recommend JAWS, because it is easier for people who are not programmers to adjust it so it can work with applications the way they need it to, and because tech support is available.
What would be the legal status for NVDA extensions written by a third party to make a specific program more accessible? If the would they be allowed to sell them? probably not, because NVDA is free. What would be the incentive for them to develop these extensions for rarely used software if they can only bill the hours once? With JAWS it's very clear, assistive tech companies can write scripts and sell them... That doesn't make JAWS better of course, I'm just wondering if this could be another reason why JAWS is chosen for the workplace more often than NVDA.
I think thanks to object navigation, NVDA could have a superior feature to JAWS' being able to read frames. It would be cool if we were able to specify a screen object, and then tell NVDA what we want it to do with the object: read it whenever content changes, leftclick or rightclick it and probably more. Frames in JAWS only worked if screen resolution didn't change. If the actions were tied to an object and not a frame thus not dependent on its dimensions on the screen, the configuration could work for different people with different screen resolutions.
Am 23.12.2017 um 23:52 schrieb Gene: