Re: NVDA vs. Narrator: NVDA still wins.

John Isige

Honestly, I'm not knocking them for trying. I don't see myself switching
from NVDA even if Narrator gets to be a viable screen reader. But we
should want it to be and probably get familiar with it, because it's
part of the OS. I'm sure there could be situations where not even NVDA
as a portable copy can be run, so in that case, you'd have a screen
reader that can't be unintentionally blocked by IMO valid security
policies. The more choices we can have, the better.

I should have said, since somebody suggested scan mode, I did get
Narrator to read Firefox technically, in fact what I wanted to test was
jumping by headings in a webpage with 'h' in scan mode. NVDA does that
just fine, e.g. searching on Youtube and hitting 'h' to move to each new
video. Narrator pauses for like a second and says "no next heading".
I'll try it in Edge and Chrome probably, but it also doesn't seem to
read mail in Thunderbird. I guess I could try setting up Microsoft's
mail thingy since all of my accounts are IMAP, but then I feel like I
shouldn't have to put in a ton of work to switch apps, even temporarily,
just to learn another screen reader. If it doesn't work with what I'm
using, that means it doesn't work, as far as I'm concerned.

It was interesting to see the contrast, I can fire up NVDA and it just
works with my stuff, and honestly there's not a whole lot I run into
that it can't handle. I think Microsoft has done a lot with Narrator,
but IMO it's still got a long way to go before it's any sort of viable
alternative. I hope it gets there, and honestly I feel like they're
really trying to work on that, at least so far. It's certainly come a
long way from XP where it didn't really do all that much. But even now,
what a contrast between it and something like NVDA. I will say though,
I'm glad it's adopting keystrokes. The more of a standard we have, the
better. The less I have to go "oh wait, this is Windows and screen
reader X so I have to do B instead of A" means the easier it is for me
to get more stuff done, e.g. if every screen reader using a keyboard has
'h' for moving through headings, then I already know how to navigate
websites. So to my mind, that's actually what we want to see.

On 7/17/2018 6:46, Brian's Mail list account via Groups.Io wrote:
Yews I noticed this hype from Microsoft. they have started visiting
visually impaired charities etc, extolling the virtues of out of the
box accessibility in demos, but you are right, they are always using
Microsoft software. I guess it makes sense for them to get narrator
fast and working with in house stuff before tackling third party
things, and of course one of their latest things is similarĀ  key
sequences to otherĀ  screenreaders we all know.

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Subject: [nvda] NVDA vs. Narrator: NVDA still wins.

So I listened to a very nice podcast about one of the new Narrator
features on the Insiders build, the start guide. I fired up Narrator,
just to see what it was like. Opened Firefox, and Narrator pretty
much wouldn't read or navigate a site, Youtube as it happens. Popped
NVDA back on, and it worked just fine.

Not to turn this into a Narrator thread, but does Narrator only work,
or mostly work, with Microsoft apps? I periodically test Narrator
because it's there so why not? Plus Windows is integrating it more,
e.g. you can supposedly install 10 from scratch using Narrator,
Narrator in safe mode, and so on. I figure that makes it worth
getting familiar with if for no other reason than I'll know how to
use it when it's the thing I'll need to use. But it's gonna be hard
to become familiar with it if it doesn't work with chunks of the
stuff I use. Is there a Narrator list or something, like this list
basically? I tried looking around for something like "using Microsoft
narrator with Firefox", but I just get stuff about using Narrator
generally or occasional reviews of using older versions of Narrator.

I'm thankful Microsoft is making accessibility a bigger priority and
giving us things like installation and safe mode, well I've never
really tried either but you know, I'm glad they're there if something
comes up. But for me, Narrator's nowhere near NVDA. I know some
people have implied that it is, and I'm not trying to make this a
fight or anything. So I'm sort of trying to find out, you know does
all of this great functionality come from sticking solely to
Microsoft's stuff? Because I don't get the hype. I can't imagine
using it as my primary screen reader for any length of time. People
say it's getting closer to things like NVDA. But for me, I just don't
see it. Am I missing something? Because right now I think my dream
scenario would be NVDA from power on, or as close as it could be

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