Re: Zoom Enhancements Addon for NVDA


This add-on is being reviewed by community add-on reviewers at the moment, and initial reviews indicate that it shows potential with some issues to be sorted out in the future.

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From: <> On Behalf Of David Goldfield
Sent: Saturday, August 29, 2020 11:54 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Zoom Enhancements Addon for NVDA

As I realize that the direct download link for this addon may be difficult to locate I'll provide it here.

David Goldfield,
Blindness Assistive Technology Specialist JAWS Certified, 2019

On 8/30/2020 2:25 AM, David Goldfield wrote:
I was browsing Facebook and saw an announcement about a new addon for
the NVDA screen reader which promises some additional functionality
when using Zoom. I offer the following caveats.

1. I don't know if this particular addon has been vetted by the NVDA
community. This doesn't in any way mean that the addon is harmful.

2. While I do use the NVDA screen reader I have not yet tested this
addon and so I cannot offer any support or feedback as to its usefulness.

3. Because of this I am not endorsing this addon and so I am not
responsible if it does have any negative side effects on your machine
or when using Zoom.

Here is an extract from the Github page where this addon is located,
along with a URL to obtain it.

Zoom Accessibility enhancements add-on for NVDA
By: Mohamad Suliman and Eilana Benish

This add-on will improve the experience of using Zoom for NVDA users
by providing keyboard shortcuts to Handle alerts for Different events
While In a meeting, make the process of remote control much more
accessible and smoother, and more...

keyboard shortcuts for controlling alerts In meetings NVDA + Shift +
A: cycles between different modes of reporting alerts.
The following modes are available:
Report all alerts mode, where all alerts are reported as usual Beep
for alerts, where NVDA will play a short beep for every alert
displayed in Zoom Silence all alerts, where NVDA will ignore all
alerts Custom mode, Where the user can customize which alerts they
want to have and which not. This can be done using the settings dialog
of the add-on, or by using the dedicated keyboard shortcuts for that
The following shortcuts can be used to toggle on / off the
announcements of each type of alert (note that this will be effective
when custom mode is selected):

NVDA + Ctrl + 1: Participant Has Joined/Left Meeting (Host Only) NVDA
+ Ctrl + 2: Participant Has Joined/Left Waiting Room (Host Only) NVDA
+ Ctrl + 3: Audio Muted by Host NVDA + Ctrl + 4: Video Stopped by Host
NVDA + Ctrl + 5: Screen Sharing Started/Stopped by a Participant NVDA
+ Ctrl + 6: Recording Permission Granted/Revoked NVDA + Ctrl + 7:
Public In-meeting Chat Received NVDA + Ctrl + 8: Private In-meeting
Chat Received NVDA + Ctrl + 9: In-meeting File Upload Completed NVDA +
Ctrl + 0: Host Privilege Granted/Revoked NVDA + Shift + Ctrl + 1:
Participant Has Raised/Lowered Hand (Host Only) NVDA + Shift + Ctrl +
2: Remote Control Permission Granted/Revoked NVDA + Shift + Ctrl + 3:
IM chat message received Note that you need to leave reporting all
alert types selected (in Zoom accessibility settings) to have the
add-on function as expected.

Keyboard shortcut for Opening add on Dialogue NVDA + Z Opens the
add-on dialog !

Using this dialog you can :

See which alerts are announced and which aren't Select the types of
the alerts you want to be announced Choose alerts reporting mode Save
custom changes Remote control after a remote control permission is
granted, NVDA + O will move the focus in /Out of the remote controlled

Note that the focus should be on one of the meeting controls to be
able to remote control the other screen

An add-on for NVDA screen reader to enhance the experience while using

Join to automatically receive all group messages.