Re: New custom NVDA Add-on. Who ask to?
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NVAccess itself is a registered charity. So while not a business, companies can be more or less be assured of its authenticity. What's more, they do paid support packages, and as they develop and update NVDA itself, I am sure, with appropriate funding, either from donations or as a paid service, they will be able to hire someone to script the necessary components, or else make it themselves.
As for licencing: I have actually often wondered that myself. Licences are far too legalese for me to understand the entire ins and outs, but my understanding is that the GPL forces you to make your software open source, meaning that a paid addon isn't an option unless the addon itself accesses a separate closed-source module. The GPL itself states that you can charge if you wish, but that makes no sense - if you charge someone for a piece of software, which has to be open source, then there is no copy-protection against that. I guess it means for instance if you are hired to make something which is GPL-compatible.
As it is, I don't mind. I choose NVDA over JAWS by principle, due to the fact that, not only does JAWS costs over thirty times more than a cheap monitor, but it also charges for upgrades...
I could rant on about JAWS all day - I've already had to remove four lines of ranting waffle. Bottom line is, NVDA could be closed-source and charged at £30, and I'd gladly get it. I'm not one of these "Everything has to be free!" people, but I do believe we should be able to get like for like in the field of accessibility. A screen reader gives information about the screen, so simple and idealistic logic should dictate that it should cost no more than a screen. I'm so grateful that NVDA has set a new precedence by going a few steps further and making it free and open-source, and I sincerely hope my donations over the years have proved that, at least to a degree.
From: Shaun Everiss
Sent: Thursday, January 11, 2018 1:48 AM
Subject: Re: [nvda] New custom NVDA Add-on. Who ask to?
The issue is that you need to get someone that writes scripts.
He/she needs to be exposed to the program in question and there is the
I am not sure if anyone of us have some sort of professional
qualification to write scripts for businesses.
We would need to see the software.
Business x will not give some little hacker on the big internet access
to their software or computer or anything without some assurance.
They will however give access to someone that handles jaws because jaws
is the way and has been for a while and has established writers.
We do ofcause have this for ourselves, but we are not a business, we are
an opensource organisation which just so happen to be able to handle
win10 and office as well as the os itself.
I doubt we could even handle custom software.
And what happens if something goes wrong, I doubt we could last any
sueing or anything.
This is new teritory, and I don't understand it at all.
Do we want to take the next step, vfo is a large established group, it
won't be long till someone suggests jaws.
I am not saying lie down and die but do we even have a strategy to
TO the user that said most things are java based, maybe thats what we
must focus on next then.
On 11/01/2018 2:07 p.m., Norman wrote: