Dear NVDA community,
The following is rated “critical”, thus
quick (yes, QUICK) responses are needed:
As NV Access is about to switch fully to
wxPython 4, Mick asked if there are add-ons out there that
could break significantly (and spectacularly) if wxPython 4
comes to NVDA master snapshots, and subsequently, 2018.3. NV
Access does know that Remote Support is affected, and I wrote
a hotfix for users affected by this. But NV Access may not
know about important add-ons that are not ready to handle
wxPython 4, thus we need your responses NOW.
A special plea to Remote Support add-on
authors (Chris, Tyler and others): I know what I’m about to
say is putting pressure on you (and possibly others), but I
think this is the best way to address this for the sake of
many people whose lives have changed because of your add-on:
Please choose carefully from the following
release a Remote Support add-on update that addresses
compatibility issues with wxPython 4 reported by users for
the past few months.
- Please post
a notice regarding compatibility issues with current Remote
Support add-on so you can have time to write workarounds
prior to release of NVDA 2018.3.
- Please let
us (the community) post a notice regarding compatibility
issues between current Remote Support add-on release and
If we don’t hear from you by June 30, 2018,
I’ll post a notice on community add-ons page regarding issues
users could face when wxPython 4 is deployed to NVDA.
I do understand what I said above is very
harsh and may have put pressure on you, and if I offended you
in any way, I’m sorry. But the NVDA community said loud and
clear for months how important this add-on is, and no action
from add-on authors despite months of outreach efforts is an
indication that we need to resort to, as some put it, “call
To others: the day of reckoning has come.
What I said above applies to authors whose add-ons are
considered important by the community yet did not take any
action to prepare for this day. In addition to reassuring NV
Access folks that we’re good to go, we need to reassure the
NVDA community that add-ons are ready to move on. So please
consider this a critical notice, hence the reason for asking
for quick responses.