NVDA in Employment
Alexandre Alves Toco
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I am very ancious to come back to use nvda at work. For now, the bug that makes nvda double read treeview itens in eclipse make my life very difficult.
So I have to go back to na old jaws version that reads treeviews in eclipse correctly.
I pray to have this bug fixed so I could return to nvda.
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My two cents: I use NVDA at work. My reasons are:
1. Superior scripting. I wrote half a dozen NVDA add-ons that greatly
boost my productivity. For example, IndentNav, TextNav, BrowserNav.
Writing similar scripts for Jaws would be hard since I'd have to learn
new scripting language, and I was told (correct me if I'm wrong) some of
my add-ons would be impossible to implement in Jaws scripting model
since it is more limited in nature.
2. Better maintenance. Let's be honest, both NVDA and Jaws do have bugs.
However I am delighted to observe that NVDA bugs do get fixed in a very
timely fashion. An example of that would be recent breakage of
Notepad++, that was fixed within only 10 days. To give you example from
the other side, command prompt in Jaws had been broken for two years
(approximately entire 2016 and 2017) and all my attempts to talk to Jaws
customer support ended up with pretty generic messages "we're working
hard on it, but it's not our fault anyways." This was actually the
reason why I switched to NVDA - it is hard to keep your job knowing that
an essential tool can get broken for years.
> it wouldn't be allowed on secure environments due to being open source.
It is allowed at my work. Now I've indeed heard of cases when IT
department wouldn't allow you to use NVDA with this excuse. It is
important to understand the difference between real reasons and excuses.
This one sounds to me like an excuse - there is nothing whatsoever in
open-source software that makes it inherently insecure. However there
are people in IT departments, who are lazy, and sometimes dumb - pardon
my French. And in order to avoid doing a little bit of work, they might
just reject NVDA with this excuse. On the positive side, it seems to me
this happens rarely enough these days.
On 8/25/2019 4:38 AM, kelby carlson wrote:
> Hi, everyone,
> I hope this isn't too off-topic. I recently heard an argument that NVDA is bad for blind prospect's in employment because it is the "dumbed down" solution. The person arguing this elaborated, saying that NVDA is not customizable/flexible enough (too chatty"), that it was not able to be scripted as easily, it didn't work well with as much proprietary software, and that it wouldn't be allowed on secure environments due to being open source.
> So my question is this: how many people here use NVDA for work, and is there a notable dilerence in level of usability with JAWS?
> Also, does NVDA have a skim reading feature like JAWS?