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:
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).
on latest NVDA master (live beta) snapshot. Don’t worry
if you hear error tones.
build is optimized for Windows 10 Anniversary Update
Preview build 14342 or later. The recommended build is
Differences from regular NVDA
not support updates.
on development branch code.
not install this build unless if you’d like to try out
several items outlined below.
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.
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
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.
now announces contents of sign-in and other secure
screens in Redstone and other Windows 10 builds (also
includes Threshold (10240 and 10586) builds).
can now activate password edit box if you’re using
touchscreens (may not work properly; don’t worry, all
the provisions are there).
will announce status messages if you type a wrong
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:
entry announcement: gone in build 14361 (a XAML
(eXtensible Application Markup Language) markup problem
in universal apps framework is to blame).
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).
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
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
via Twitter at @joslee or Facebook at josephsl. Thank