Re: Meandering NVDA Miscellany (including that it's alive and well)

Sam Bushman

I am personally grateful for all the fantastic work you guys are doing. I have several screen readers but NVDA is my favorite. I will do all I can to see this project continue. Please pass along my gratitude to all involved.

Thanks again,



From: <> On Behalf Of Joseph Lee
Sent: Sunday, February 3, 2019 10:07 AM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Is NVDA really dying? Can I do anything to help?


Hi everyone,

Perhaps to clarify a few things:

  • The original Skype post: I think I know where it came from and the original author. The original context from the Skype post has to do with perceived issues with recent NVDA releases, especially performance in certain areas. Recent NVDA development builds have mitigated some issues, but we (developers) know that we have a mountain to climb over this. To those who say NVDA might be dying just because a Skype post said this, my last statement should serve as a fact check for some.
  • Support for Windows 7: yes, 2019.1 will support Windows 7. In fact, recent issues deals with Windows 7 support, so it is still alive. I’m sure NV Access will announce when we must say goodbye to Windows 7 from NVDA side, and that can take a while.
  • JAWS subscription model and pricing: currently JAWS annual subscription is available in select markets. Also, note that retail copies of JAWS (as in when you purchase it) costs slightly more now.
  • Narrator’s impact: some of us are already feeling the impact of Narrator improvements in recent Windows 10 releases. For instance, the fact that Narrator will try to use UI Automation to communicate with Google Chrome is a sign that others may follow suit if warranted.
  • So who are NVDA developers: currently, Mick Curran and Reef Turner are lead developers, with Quentin Christensen having a large say in community communication. Other than these three, there are numerous volunteer architects and engineers (architects are those specializing in one or more specialty areas), including James Teh (Australia/Mozilla Foundation and internal API/browse mode expert), Leonard de Ruijter (Netherlands/Babbage), Davy Kager (Netherlands and braille specialist), countless volunteer programmers, translators, and of course, me (United States and documentation/Windows 10 test pilot).
  • So who exactly am I: this is in response to someone mentioning my name as part of a group of volunteer developers (thank you). Yes, I am a certified NVDA Expert, a retired NVDA translator, an add-on author and reviewer, and tutorial producer. All this I do in my spare time; my official job is that of a student and competitive speaker (California State University, Los Angeles). And no, I perform NVDA work without pay because of my passion for this community since 2012. I do know that my work is influential and helped many of you in many ways, and I’m more proud of that fact than getting my pull requests integrated into NVDA (you’ll see some of my work in 2019.1, including improved support for emoji panel, Action Center, and some small work preparing NVDA for Python 3). But even then, I admit my work is small compared to other people’s work.


Hope this helps.





From: <> On Behalf Of Clare Page
Sent: Sunday, February 3, 2019 5:26 AM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Is NVDA really dying? Can I do anything to help?



Reading this thread about the rumours of NVDA dying, I couldn’t help thinking: would I be right in guessing that the people who mentioned this don’t use NVDA themselves? Over the years I’ve come across several users of other screenreaders who look down on NVDA for different reasons, so maybe the talk of the death of NVDA was wishful thinking on their part, hoping we’d all flock to use whatever screenreaders they have. Very cynical, I know, but I couldn’t get that thought out of my mind, that’s why I expressed it here; And no, I have no intention of being nasty to users of other screenreaders, I have simply noticed that some users of any screenreader or system, sometimes just a tiny minority, are quick to look down on anyone who doesn’t use the same thing.

However, I’m convinced that there’s plenty of life in NVDA as we discuss this: look how hard the developers are working to not only keep this screenreader alive, but also to improve it! We’re all grateful to them, I know, and I wish to add: keep up the good work! And I’m not just saying that to keep the rumour-mongers quiet, we want this excellent screenreader to keep existing for a long time to come. It may have its imperfections, every screenreader does, but it would only be worth killing off if it’s no good, and it’s exactly the opposite, an excellent way to access the Windows operating system for many blind people. Long live NVDA!

Bye for now!

From Clare


From: [] On Behalf Of Sharni-Lee Ward
Sent: dimanche 3 février 2019 07:32
Subject: Re: [nvda] Is NVDA really dying? Can I do anything to help?


As far as I could tell, all of the people concerned were on Windows 10, not XP.


I know I'll have to shift away from 7 eventually, but hopefully not any time this year. I will when I must, but as long as the next release of NVDA will work on my Win 7 system, I'll be content.

On 3/02/2019 4:33 pm, Ron Canazzi wrote:

Those rumors were probably from who have a Windows 10 phobia.  Now there are performance issues with people trying to run the latest version of NVDA on Windows XP or earlier.  That is flatly stated on this and other NVDA lists and websites.


Folks, you have to move on past XP and eventually even Windows 7.  I am very conservative when it comes to changing a system that works well.  I had an XP system at least one of the 3 systems I own until early 2018, but I now have 2 Windows 10 systems playing perfectly with NVDA and I feel a bit better than with JAWS latest release.  I still don't like JAWS identifying the Windows Explorer windows as multi select list boxes and reading every item in the displayed columns. Even with the updated scripts for Thunderbird, JAWS still seems sluggish and clunky when compared to NVDA in that program.   


So there you have it--just my 2 cents.


On 2/2/2019 10:36 PM, Sharni-Lee Ward wrote:

It wasn't on an NVDA skype group, just a  misc one for someone's live streams where all sorts of topics come up. There were some complaints about performance issues a couple days ago, and that was where the sentiments I related were mentioned. It upset me quite a bit to hear such things...

On 3/02/2019 1:42 pm, Lino Morales wrote:

I don’t know where the hell you heard that on the Skype group. Are you on the Skype English group? I’ve not seen any such messages about NVDA going down hill since James left. Mike, Quenton, and Rafe Turner are doing a fine job down under along with the devs who are part of the NVDA add-ons community.


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From: <> on behalf of Sharni-Lee Ward <sharni-lee.ward@...>
Sent: Saturday, February 2, 2019 8:41:06 PM
Subject: [nvda] Is NVDA really dying? Can I do anything to help?



I haven't updated NVDA since 2018.1 due to issues that seemed to crop up
around every release. Now I'm hearing from others in a Skype group I'm a
member of that NVDA has been going downhill since Jamie left the project
and it's going to die outright soon because it can't keep up with

NVDA has been my screen-reader of choice since I discovered it in late
2011 and I don't want it to be forever lost. I can't donate right now,
and I'm not a programmer, but is there anything I can do to help? This
project has been a faithful friend to me and I want to fight for it in
any way I possibly can.

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