I keep asking this, because I keep not getting an answer. What are you
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talking about? I've gone through two major updates, Anniversary and
Creators, and in each case, other than some things like file
associations being reset which is a little annoying yeah, all my stuff
is there, and Windows acts like Windows. I keep hearing that these
massive changes and reinventions are happening and its just playing hell
with the blind community, and I'm sorry, I'm just not seeing it. Do you
have any actual examples? Because you make it sound like Windows changes
into an entirely new operating system that you have to learn all over
again every three months or so, and that just ain't so.
On 3/17/2018 4:45, Brian's Mail list account via Groups.Io wrote:
I do find increasingly though, that people who use windows 10, are now
getting a bit fed up with Microsoft making their experience different
every few months. For the sighted, not more than a moan at the moment
due to the time it takes to reload windows, but for blind people there
seems to be a tendency, at least in home use to try to stop the thing
doing these massive updates. In the end of course they will find that
the version they are running is almost as bad as xp, as it will not
I really do think that Microsoft really needs to have a supported
product that can be maintained without the constant re invention of
it. I think it obviously puts us at a disadvantage and annoys users
generally to keep on reinstalling new versions.
I know there is little we can do about the choices Microsoft have
made, but if this were possible it would also mean that nvda could
have its add ons stable for those users.
While I'm on a roll, exactly why are we going with this new version of
WX, and indeed why cannot the writers of an improved version make its
use transparent so it can be just plugged into old code and work?
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----- Original Message ----- From: "Joseph Lee"
Sent: Saturday, March 17, 2018 5:12 AM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Question About Windows 10 Weather App
When I tried with Narrator, it won't read daily summary. I'm thinking
it is either a graphic or UI Automation does not expose this
information. Because NVDA will look at UIA elements, it is limited to
what UIA says (unless I write mitigations). As a result, fixing this
from NVDA side (via my add-on) won't work well.
Speaking of Windows 10 App Essentials and its development: unlike most
add-ons out there, Windows 10 App Essentials is one of two add-ons
that is governed by continuous delivery model (the other is
StationPlaylist Studio add-on). This means that, as long as Windows 10
exists and NVDA can run on it, Windows 10 App Essentials add-on will
be developed, with new features and bug fixes released anytime. Thus,
you can assume that this add-on is under constant development. Because
I do know that some people prefer not to be disturbed all the time
with new add-on releases, I limit stable releases to once or twice a
month, with development snapshots released at least once a week (there
were times when snapshots came out every day).
A few more things about add-on development:
* There are at least two active branches, sometimes more. The active
ones are stable and development branches. As of this moment there are
actually three public update branches: stable for those who want to
use tested code; development branch for those who'd like to try out
new things here and there; pilot builds (a special configuration of
development branch) meant to test really bleeding-edge code under
latest Windows 10 release and with NVDA next snapshots. Including
private labs, I have up to five branches (the fourth is to test latest
UIA interfaces, and the last one is to test what happens once I remove
support for Windows 10 Version 1703 from this add-on).
* A Windows 10 release is supported for a limited time. Once a feature
update is made available to everyone, I provide support for it for
about a year. For example, I began supporting Version 1703 (original
Creators Update) in March 2017, and I'm ending support for that
release in June 2018. Version 1709 (Fall Creators Update) support will
be provided until December 2018 and so on. This is done to emphasize
the fact that Windows 10 is a service, with new builds released twice
* Add-on content is in constant flux. This is the case when I write a
workaround for a feature introduced in a Windows Insider build, only
to discover later that my workaround doesn't work anymore or became
unnecessary (a classic example is emoji panel entry in Version 1709
and later). Working with an add-on that goes through constant change
is both fun and difficult; fun because I get to help someone somewhere
achieve better productivity under Windows 10; difficult because it
requires hunting deep inside apps to find out what's up. Perhaps
because of this reason, Windows 10 App Essentials is perhaps the most
powerful add-on you'll come across (second only to more recent ones
such as Remote Support and DictationBridge).
Hope this helps.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com> On Behalf Of Ron Canazzi
Sent: Friday, March 16, 2018 9:45 PM
Subject: [nvda] Question About Windows 10 Weather App
Some sighted people have told me that in the Windows 10 Weather App,
under the history tab, you can get a break down of daily information.
Using the NVDA Windows 10 Essentials add on, I can only get the
monthly information. For example, if I go to the History tab and
select temperature, when I tab to the list of item, all I see is the
monthly information. However, when I press insert + B, after hearing
a bunch of superfluous information, I hear the information for the
first day of what ever month I have chosen. I assume that this means
that in fact, might sighted friends are correct. If you can use a
mouse, you can scroll to the daily information for each month.
My question is: is this Windows 10 essentials add on a work in
progress? If so, are there going to be near future attempts to give
us access to this daily information under the history tab?
Thanks for any help.
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