Thanks for this. Really a good tip.
In adition, I
guess we also can, instead of bookmark the settings page, make a shortcut of it.
That is, create a shortcut on our desktop that will put us exactly on this page
when we hit enter in it.
This explanation is long. It explains how to do this and gives an
example of an efficient way to use this setting and how it may benefit
In firefox, it is a few steps to get to the place where you change the
setting. But once there, if you leave a window or tab opened, you can
change it between on and off by just pressing enter in that window or
Here is how you get to the setting:
In the browser address bar, type about:config
. Look at what I wrote character by
character to see exactly how to type it.
A warning will come up. Press the space bar.
you are now in a search field.
The first time you do this, once you are in the search field, you may
want to bookmark the page for the fastest use in the future. If you
follow the bookmark, you will be on the warning message so press the space
In the search field, type the following exactly as written:
Tab once. I think there is only one item in the results. But
if not, there will be very few. The item you want says JAVA script
default enabled or something very similar. Select it if you are on it
with the space bar or down arrow and up arrow. Press enter. it
will then say
JAVA script user set bullian false or something
It is now off.
Leave that Window opened.
Open a new window for your browsing with control n. Or open a new
tab with control t. if you know how to move from tab to tab and from
window to window, open whatever you want.
If you go to a page that requires JAVA script, move to the settings
window, press enter, go back to the page and reload it with f5. If you
know in advance that the page requires JAVA script, you can change the setting
and then load the page as usual in the other window or tab.
As I said in another message, many pages now require scripts to function
properly. but when you are dealing with a site where certain pages do
and certain ones don't like The New York Times Site, if you do the following,
you will have easier to navigate article pages.
Open the home page or another page that requires scripts. I don't
know which do and don't in general. the home page does as does the New
York Times in print page. You can tell by experimentation and what you
know about sites you have visited if the pages display as they should when
scripts are off. The Times home page doesn't show all content if JAVA is
off. It shows some and for just a quick look at some important articles,
that's fine. But perhaps thirty to forty percent of the articles can't
be seen if scripts are off. So if you want to see all the articles and
read them conveniently with scripts off, do the following:
Open The times home page, for example with Scripts enabled.
Then switch to the settings window and press enter to turn scripts
Now go back to the other page. Scripts will still be running on
that page because it was opened before you changed the setting. Find an
article you want to read. Use Shift enter instead of just enter.
The article will open in a new window and scripts won't be runnning. The
page may load noticeably faster and there will be considerably less
interruptions on the page for things like advertising.
Once finished, close the window with alt f4. You will be back in
the home page window, just where you left off.
As I said, it's somewhat or rather geeky, but you may see benefits well
worth having if you experiment and try seeing how things differ when scripts
are allowed and not.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, January 22, 2019 5:18 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] NVDA and ads blocker
I would to know how to do it in Firefox. Please, may
you explain it to us? :)
Em 22/01/2019 21:16, Gene escreveu:
This would probably be considered a somewhat geeky solution but it is
effective and something some people might want to know about. I avoid
a lot of problems on pages that don't require JAVA script by having it off
on such pages.. Alot of what you are describing, intrusive ads,
refreshing pages, videos or audio that plays, are often displayed or played
by use of JAVA scripts.
As one possible solution to the audio problem when JAVA scripts are on,
I saw in one browser, it may have been Chrome, a setting that allows you to
tell the browser not to play audio on web pages. I don't recall the
exact wording and it might be different such as referring to audio and
videos or a variation. Others may know about that setting. I saw
it in passing recently but I didn't try to remember anything about it.
Increasingly, pages require JAVA scripts to work properly but on a page
with an article, you usually don't need to have it on. I can explain
more how I do this reasonably efficiently in Chrome and Firefox if people
want to know.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, January 22, 2019 4:56 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] NVDA and ads blocker
I was just wandering as the web is getting more and
more difficult for us visually impaired and blind person. It is not
only the ads but also videos that suddenly are launched when you are trying
to read something and pages that refreshed and you are no longer where you
were as what you were reading has moved. All these annoyances make the
web, at times, difficult to navigate. My first option is coming to
this fortunate list and various members have kindly provided various
solutions. Thanks for your suggestions.
The ADA says things should be accessible. I
don't know if inconvenience ever rises to a level of a violation of
accessibility laws, but it often doesn't. I would suggest, when
problems of formatting or such as you are describing now are found, that you
ask if people know of ways to reduce or eliminate the problem instead of
first resorting to a legal remedy which you will likely not get support for
by institutions or those who bring accessibility actions and which may take
a long time to be ejudicated in the court system.
In this case, while I don't know what browser you
are using , try another browser. Also, if you do or don't want to try
another browser first, Some browsers have a reading view. If they
don't, you can use an add-on. This removes a lot of extraneous
material from web pages and it may remove these long links.
also, there is an NVDA add-on I saw discussed about
a month ago that may deal with a problem like yours but I don't recall the
name and it may do other things you don't
----- Original Message
Sent: Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Subject: [nvda] NVDA and ads
Today some pages are so riddled with long links that are
ads, some of which are several lines long, making reading with a screen
reader very annoying and difficult. Example of pages are
Breitbart.com, wnd.com… they are becoming very common which, in my view, is
a violation of the ADA that we may need to look into and report.
Is there any way to skip the ads? Is there a
freeware ads blocker that works well with NVDA?
Any suggestion is greatly appreciated.