Re: Advantages of NVDA over narrator on public terminals

hurrikennyandopo ...

Hi guys,

I received confirmation a couple of days ago that NVDA was going to be installed across the Christchurch City library network. Today, I have just received confirmation via email from the person rolling it out that it has officially been rolled out! I thought it was going to be rolled out early next year, but it looks like an early Christmas present for Christchurch!

There are parts of the message below:

So … the install of NVDA version 2018.3.2 is completed on our public computers.

I aI’m happy to tell you that we have 19 libraries which all have at least one free internet computer each;

·      A total of 225 free internet computers across the Christchurch City Libraries network

In addition to this we have the following types of public computers which we will also install NVDA on as part of the rollout

·      20 Childrens PCs; 30 Family History PCs; 120 Learning Centre Lab PCs

This means that NVDA is now installed at 19 libraries across Christchurch! (This is about 390 computers which are to be updated annually from now on).

In the link to the FAQ page (which says about accessibility options on their computers), NVDA is now on that list! You can not start it with a shortcut, however you can still start it quite easily through the search box by typing in NVDA and pressing Enter. The Windows log on option has been disabled. This is where it says Use NVDA on the Windows logon screen.

Please spread the word if you know of anyone who would find this useful when visiting Christchurch City Libraries! This is not just for blind and vision impaired, but may also assist people who have dyslexia or are ESOL.


Gene NZ

On 22/10/2018 1:43 AM, Brian's Mail list account via Groups.Io wrote:
Yes and the very first incarnation was put together by an Ex Dolphin writer.
I think the problem is that Microsoft are  concentrating on their software, having no control over the actual software in use. They would then be playing catch up just like the other screenreaders on 3rd party applications.

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----- Original Message ----- From: "Sky Mundell" <skyt@...>
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Subject: Re: [nvda] Advantages of NVDA over narrator on public terminals

True, although Doug Geoffray, the guy behind the EX Window-Eyes is working on Narrator actually along with Jeff bishop, a former Window-Eyes scripter, and others.

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Sent: Saturday, October 20, 2018 11:01 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Advantages of NVDA over narrator on public terminals

Narrator in Windows 10 is considerably more capable from discussions I've seen here than Narrator on Windows 7.  I have Windows 7.  Narrator is just the shell of a screen-reader in that version of Windows, alright for emergencies where you lose the use of a competent screen-reader for some reason but it would be next to useless on a public terminal because it is next to useless everywhere.

also, I know that Narrator is moving toward using more standard screen-reader commands in Windows 10.  I don't know how far that move has gone but I would think that a lot more screen-reader users would regularly use NVDA.  There is a certain level of reasonable access and reasonable standardization and unless Narrator has changed very dramatically recently in Windows 10, it doesn't meet those needs.  Plus, from discussions I've seen here, Narrator is limited to Microsoft programs in terms of providing reasonable or something like reasonable access.  Unless these public terminals provide only Microsoft programs, that is another area of inaccessibility when using Narrator.  The blind user would be either fully or mostly limited to Microsoft programs on the machine.  If the machine has other programs on it, it appears from discussions I've seen on list, that Narrator wouldn't work adequately, if at all.


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From: hurrikennyandopo ... <mailto:hurrikennyandopo@...>

Sent: Sunday, October 21, 2018 12:31 AM


Subject: [nvda] Advantages of NVDA over narrator on public terminals

Hi guys,

I got asked this question about the advantages of NVDA over Narrator on public terminals where ever these may be...

I am talking about public terminals that the sighted can use where ever these may be. Places like libraries, information centres airports (where these terminals are) as well etcetera. The commercial screen readers are not in the picture because of price.

The question is below:

" My question to you is what advantages would it give our blind or visually impaired customers having both Windows 10 Narrator and NVDA available to use on public computers? I would be interested in supporting installing it at if there were advantages and we could work thru any technical issues. Let me know what you think".

This same question could also come up at any IT department that is approached to install NVDA to a public terminal (where ever these may be). The above is used as an example.

I am guessing that for any technical information - that could be pointed towards the developers of the NVDA project.

They could be using a windows 7 machine right up to Windows 10.

Looking forward to your feedback on advantages of NVDA over Narrator. Thanks everyone.

Gene NZ

Check out my website for NVDA tutorials and other blindness related material at Regardless of where you are in New Zealand if you are near one of the APNK sites you can use a copy of the NVDA screen reader on one of their computers. To find out which locations (or location) is near to you please visit (Aotearoa People's Network Kaharoa). To find an NVDA certified expert near you, please visit the following link The certification page contains the official list of NVDA certified individuals from around the world, who have sat and successfully passed the NVDA expert exam.

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