Re: special characters and punctuation feedback while typing in v2019.3.1

Martin Thomas Swaton

...for anyone facing the same issue, the author already updated the addon for 2019.3.1 we go:

thanks for this really important addon and the great work

and thanks to all of you for the quick answers and your help!



Am 12.02.2020 um 22:29 schrieb Martin Thomas Swaton:


of course you are right.

I disabled the addons and checked it again.

Found out, that there is "symbol notifications" (Symbol Mitteilungen) installed.

this one is not compatible with 2019.3.1 which causes the strange behaviur ...

still - I think this makes no sense and should be fixed in nvda itselve, because the punctuation and other non alphabetical characters have to be read as words in word mode - rather than be ignored silently.

Will check if the addon has a new version / if I can change it to py3 syntax if not. - But guess there where more changes in the api...

best regards,


Am 12.02.2020 um 16:06 schrieb Ralf Kefferpuetz:


I just checked it again with 2019.2.1. I have the same symptoms there as you describe in 2019.3.1

Please do me a favour and go to your 2019.2.1 installation and press NVDA-Q and restart NVDA with addons disabled and give it a try. If you then see the misbehaviour you got an addon loaded under 2019.2.1 which does what you want.





From: <> On Behalf Of Martin Thomas Swaton
Sent: Mittwoch, 12. Februar 2020 15:36
Subject: Re: [nvda] special characters and punctuation feedback while typing in v2019.3.1




as anounced I looked up the version of NVDA where it last worked correctly:

nvda v2019.2.1 gives the feedback as expected.

a "." is spoken emedeately. Other "words" are spoken on space or at the keypress of such special characters.

In V2019.3.1 special characters still trigger speaking of words, but are not spoken themselves.


This should be fixed as soon as possible as typing in word mode is no longer manageable.





Am 12.02.2020 um 13:50 schrieb Martin Thomas Swaton:

Hi again,


the reboot did not change anything - as expected.


@Ralf I had 2019.2 (do not know which one exactly) installed on this computer (and still have it on my notebook) and there it works as expected.

   when I get back home, I can look at the version of nvda where it worked last.







Am 12.02.2020 um 13:04 schrieb Ralf Kefferpuetz:

Hi Quentin,

I understood Martin that he discovers that with typed chars off and typed words on. And that can beconfirmed at my end, but it was the same under 2019.2.1





From: <> On Behalf Of Quentin Christensen
Sent: Mittwoch, 12. Februar 2020 12:43
Subject: Re: [nvda] special characters and punctuation feedback while typing in v2019.3.1


Hi Martin,


Have you restarted the computer since you updated NVDA?  I just tried type a. with speak typed characters on, and NVDA read "A dot" just as you expected.  I don't have Eloquence, but it worked the same with eSpeak and with Windows OneCore voices.


Occasionally you get random bugs (such as this) after installing or updating the software but before restarting the computer.  Restarting the computer shuts everything down and loads again from scratch so usually fixes up these random on-off issues.


Also double check that you have speak typed characters on as well :)


Kind regards




On Wed, Feb 12, 2020 at 10:00 PM Martin Thomas Swaton <list@...> wrote:


I searched for this problem, but could not find a topic on it ... so if
this already was asked, I am sorry...

Since the update the feedback of special characters and punctuation
while typing has changed when you set the feedback to "words" and
disable "characters".

normally special characters and punctuation was spoken emedeately on
their keypress together with any other characters, that have been typed

example of old behaviour:

type: a.

feedback: a dot

new behavour:

type: a.

feedback: a

this is very problematic as you now do not get any feedback on typed
special characters and punctuation. Try to type a smiley, you won't hear
it. just silence.

Tried that with eloquence and espeak. So the speech/voice does not matter.

Hope this can be fixed

and additionally I would suggest to add a option/choice to choose wether
special characters (and numbers) should be spoken emedeately on their
keypress or together with other characters as whole words. So users
could decide, which they prefer, as there where discussions in the past
about that.

but right now it would be important to get back any feedback for theese
special characters and punctuation.





Quentin Christensen
Training and Support Manager



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