Some of you may recall a message I sent
a few days ago announcing a try build of NVDA that
supports Redstone. The update to this build is now out:
and sacrifices from NVDA 2016.2.1 (due to issues, grammar
error announcement is gone in 2016.2.1 until a better
solution is found).
Based on latest
NVDA master (live beta) snapshot. Don’t worry if you hear
This build is
optimized for Windows 10 Anniversary Update Preview build
14342 or later. The recommended build is 14361.
Differences from regular NVDA 2016.2.1
Does not support
development branch code.
Do not install this
build unless if you’d like to try out several items
ever-changing nature of Windows 10, updated builds of this
kind will be released if accessibility fixes are required
after Microsoft releases Insider builds.
Important: This is
a third-party build. If you’d like to use snapshots from
NV Access, please use either master or next snapshots, or
use the latest released version (2016.2.1).
dialog is now announced (if you install this try build).
In recent Redstone builds, UAC dialog has received a
complete redesign – no longer a desktop dialog, it is now
powered by Universal Windows Platform. This means all
screen readers are affected when it comes to announcing
NVDA now announces
contents of sign-in and other secure screens in Redstone
and other Windows 10 builds (also includes Threshold
(10240 and 10586) builds).
You can now
activate password edit box if you’re using touchscreens
(may not work properly; don’t worry, all the provisions
NVDA will announce
status messages if you type a wrong password.
Browse mode makes a
partial return in Microsoft Edge (ironically, it does not
work in Edge itself, but it does work in Feedback Hub
Important things to note on current
Windows 10 Redstone builds:
announcement: gone in build 14361 (a XAML (eXtensible
Application Markup Language) markup problem in universal
apps framework is to blame).
If you are using
build 14361 and if you happen to restart NVDA, Start
search suggestions will not be announced. The workaround
is to launch Narrator, do a search, and then NVDA will
start announcing suggestions (likely an issue with
unresponsive or slow UI Automation).
Certain dialogs are
not recognized as dialogs nor contents are announced. I’m
actively hunting for these dialogs (partly caused by UI
Automation tagging issue where NV Access and Microsoft
have differing opinions on what a dialog is).
Contributing code: if you’d like to see
the beauty of this build and/or help fix Windows 10
issues, please let me know. As always, source code of this
and other NVDA artifacts can be obtained from the
My own lab of NVDA code (where I have
several experimental branches not found in NV Access
repository) can be found at:
Sending feedback: If you have feedback
regarding this build, please send them to me directly (joseph.lee22590@...),
via Twitter at @joslee or Facebook at josephsl. Thank you.