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:
· Includes features 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 error tones.
· 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 release:
· Does not support updates.
· Based on development branch code.
· Do not install this build unless if you’d like to try out several items outlined below.
· Due to 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).
· Redesigned UAC 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 UAC prompts.
· 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 are there).
· 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 app).
Important things to note on current Windows 10 Redstone builds:
· Invalid entry 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 following location:
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.