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It’s interesting you should say this because where I work we don’t have any contracts with Vispero. So we can teach NVDA which is a good thing alongside of other solutions and I’d rather not us get contracted by Vispero because I detest their anticompetitive nature. Yes JAWS might have been a good program and probably still is in some areas but it’s their anticompetitive nature that is part of the problem as well and I never thought when I started on computers in 1993 that we would have a company that monopolised the assistive technology market and I always thought the agencies would encourage client choice and provide a range of solutions as the only way that screen readers back in the day like JAWS, and when it was alive, Window-Eyes, could really be funded is via agencies.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Sarah k Alawami
Sent: Monday, August 26, 2019 7:56 AM
Subject: Re: [nvda] NVDA in Employment
I did bring this up with my BSB here but they don't want to listen. It's jaws or nothing at all, but I think his is because they are paid by our govermment to teach jaws not NVDA so they will probably lose money from the government. Same with employers. If they ave a contract with visparo then they probably cannot teach NVDA or let you use it.
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On 25 Aug 2019, at 22:48, Quentin Christensen wrote:
Indeed Austin! I think the misconception is that any malicious hacker can edit the code of any open source project - which completely misses how open source projects work. Yes, anyone can submit a pull request (submit code) for NVDA, but before it goes into the final product, it needs to be reviewed by the core developers, and if you download NVDA from the official source, it's just as robust and secure as downloading any other (closed or open source) program from its official download page.
Also, I must apologise to Kelby - I inadvertently typed "Kelly" in my previous email, so my apologies Kelby!
if open source software are not secure how is Linux powering most web servers?
some1 can make changes to the Linux kernel and do what they want.
On 8/26/19, Quentin Christensen <quentin@...> wrote:
> Hi Kelly,
> I see the skim reading question has been addressed, and I'll leave others
> to answer which screen reader they prefer, but in terms of using NVDA in a
> work environment, we certainly do have a lot of users who use NVDA in that
> context, both employees and also employers or institutions setting up NVDA
> in say, university labs, libraries or other public computers.
> For anyone looking into this either as an employer or an employee looking
> for information for their workplace, we have a page at
> https://www.nvaccess.org/corporate-government/ which answers a lot of
> common questions (including the security options within NVDA, and
> addressing the (unfounded) concern around the security of open-source
> If anyone (or any potential employers) have any lingering concerns, please
> do get in touch (or get them in touch) with us - info@... is the
> easiest way - and we'd be happy to discuss any concerns.
> Kind regards
> On Sun, Aug 25, 2019 at 9:38 PM kelby carlson <kelbycarlson@...>
>> Hi, everyone,
>> I hope this isn't too off-topic. I recently heard an argument that NVDA
>> 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
>> and that it wouldn't be allowed on secure environments due to being open
>> 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?
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