Re: NVDA in Employment

Sean Murphy



The open source comments are correct with one difference. When a Enterprise uses an open source product like Linux. They will purchase a support contract with the vendor. Such as Red Hat or Ubuntu. Thus is something goes wrong, they have a means of getting it addressed plus there is commercial liability with the open source vendor.


I am using the OS’s as an example. I am not sure if other major well known open source products use the same model or not. I would be surprised if they do not. As how else do they make money? Mozilla Firefox is one company I am not sure how they make money as Firefox is open source.


A commercial company normally wants the ability of holding an vendor to counter ability to quality, addressing issues, ETC. Especially if the product is in a core area of the company. In saying this, there are companies normally small to medium in size which might not necessarily follow this model.


My experience with screen readers in which they adopt falls into the level of support and who they can hold countable to when issues arise. I have not looked and not sure if NVDA provides such a model. If not, then this might be an opportunity.



Be aware, there are some people in the decision path in major organisations who will not look at Open source if there is no service agreement who they can take to town if something goes wrong. If this was not true, then open source office applications would dominate the market, but they don’t for the reasons I have described above.






From: <> On Behalf Of Quentin Christensen
Sent: Tuesday, 27 August 2019 10:14 AM
Subject: Re: [nvda] NVDA in Employment #standards #wcag


Good pick up Erik,


I did go through WCAG 2.1 when it came out, I must not have updated this page.  Just reading through in case I missed anything, there isn't anything there which jumps out as being problematic for NVDA.


I'll update that.






On Mon, Aug 26, 2019 at 10:12 PM erik burggraaf <erik@...> wrote:

Thanks for pointing out this page.  It may not be detailed enough for some, but I found it a useful overview.

I was interested to see that NVDA is compliant only up to WCAG 2.0AA.  Is there a timeline for 2.1 compliance, or does the new revision not contain enhancements that effect nvda?



On August 25, 2019 11:28:43 PM "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 which answers a lot of common questions (including the security options within NVDA, and addressing the (unfounded) concern around the security of open-source software.


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@...> 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?



Quentin Christensen
Training and Support Manager




Quentin Christensen
Training and Support Manager


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