Re: Chat Solutions for NVDA users

David Goldfield

Hi, Sam.

If you are in a channel where you have a list of messages, disabling browse mode and then pressing shift-f6 should move your focus to the list of messages. You will likely find yourself at the bottom of the list, pointing to the newest message in the stack. Pressing up arrow should move from one message to the next, going from newest to oldest. I have not tested this method with NVDA as I usually use browse mode. Admittedly, this may not be the most efficient way to read messages. However, it's the way that I first learned how to navigate in Slack and I find that my muscle memory just kicks in and allows me to navigate very quickly.

David Goldfield, Assistive Technology Specialist WWW.David-Goldfield.Com
On 3/1/2019 11:17 PM, Sam Bushman wrote:

Hi David,


I have been playing with slack. The added keyboard support is truly quite helpful.

I often have a problem using the f6 key taking me from section to section.


Can you please write me off list and maybe provide a few navigation tips?


I would be most grateful. I need this badly for work.


Thanks so much for your help.





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Subject: Re: [nvda] Chat Solutions for NVDA users


Regarding Slack I have used it and the program is accessible. However, just because a program is screen reader accessible doesn't necessarily mean that it has an intuitive user-friendly interface. While the UI could do with some improvements to make the program more usable for a screen reader user the fact is that it is usable enough that someone with decent screen reader skills should, after a bit of practice, be able to use it. The Windows version can either be used with browse mode disabled which, for some, may be more efficient or it can be used with browse mode enabled by navigating through messages as you would navigate a Web page. The iOS version, on the whole, is also fairly good. As someone else on this list has stated, the development team is extremely good at responding to users very quickly. Sometime last year, one of the developers inadvertently disabled the ability to navigate through messages using the virtual or browse mode cursor. As this is the way that I use Slack and since using the program is essential for me I was in a bit of a panic and contacted them via their Twitter account (their handle is @SlackHQ.) This was on a Thursday. I very shortly received an apology from one of the developers who understood what the issue was and he promptly fixed it by the end of Friday. That is certainly excellent service.



David Goldfield, Assistive Technology Specialist WWW.David-Goldfield.Com

On 3/1/2019 10:00 PM, David Goldfield wrote:

Hi, Gene.

Jonathan Mosen offers a tutorial covering the use of Zoom from a blindness perspective, which you can acquire from this link.

David Goldfield, Assistive Technology Specialist WWW.David-Goldfield.Com

On 3/1/2019 2:06 PM, hurrikennyandopo ... wrote:



is there a tutorial on how to use zoom? with nvda? or a section to guide you on how to use it?


I have never used it.


Gene nz


On 2/03/2019 3:47 AM, Robert Kingett wrote:

I'd also try writing Zoom's accessibility team as well. I haven't used the chat feature all that much, so can't comment, but below is zoom's accessibility team email.


below is their ticket system.


Check out my website for NVDA tutorials and other blindness related material at
Regardless of where you are in New Zealand if you are near one of the APNK sites you can use a copy of the NVDA screen reader on one of their computers. To find out which location (or locations) are nearest to you please visit (Aotearoa People's Network Kaharoa). To find out which software is installed on the APNK network please visit the following link To find out how to use NVDA on APNK computers please visit the following link
To find out which software is available on the Christchurch City Library network, and how to start the NVDA screen reader, please go to the following links. Software available  How to start the NVDA screen reader on Christchurch City Library computers
To find an NVDA certified expert near you, please visit the following link The certification page contains the official list of NVDA certified individuals from around the world, who have sat and successfully passed the NVDA expert exam.

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