Re: NVDA support in DOS emulators like DosBox?

Ron Canazzi

Hi Group,

The talking DOS box is actually the program I had referred to in my previous post.  i accidentally left out the 'talking' part of the title of the program.

On 9/12/2020 9:36 PM, Oriana wrote:
"if you don't recognize this you must be under 30" 

i was going to be offended but then I remembered that I did just turn 30 so you're just about right. 

If it's just for that retro feel, what about using Talking Dosbox? (scroll below the file list for a readme describing the program)

On Sat, Sep 12, 2020, 8:08 PM Joseph Lee <joseph.lee22590@...> wrote:
Ah, I see.

-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Lukasz Golonka
Sent: Saturday, September 12, 2020 5:05 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] NVDA support in DOS emulators like DosBox?


There is a horrible misunderstanding here. There are two programs called Orca apparently:
- The first one (to which David linked below) is some sort of library for performing chemical calculations and therefore is not really interesting with regard to running screen readers under WSL.
- The second one is the screen reader called Orca (it's web page is here
and AFAIK it cannot be easily started under WSL as of yet.


On Sat, 12 Sep 2020 23:52:53 +0100
"David Griffith" <daj.griffith@...> wrote:

> Well Joseph
> I did carefully look at the orca page before sending my Mail to make sure of my facts.
> May not be understanding  the issue but they seem pretty unequivocal that Orca can run in this environment.
> I quote below what they say about it.
> “Note: the ORCA4 Linux shared library version should also work in the Windows 10 linux emulation environment."
> From
> David G.
> From: <> On Behalf Of Joseph
> Lee
> Sent: 12 September 2020 23:33
> To:
> Subject: Re: [nvda] NVDA support in DOS emulators like DosBox?
> Hi,
> The console itself must provide a way for NVDA to detect and announce text changes. Given the nature of emulators, this becoming real is highly unlikely.
> As for WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux), a huge correction: you cannot run Orca on it (or if you can, it’ll require additional tweaking). The whole point of WSL is to make it possible for developers familiar with Linux tools to use a combination of Windows and Linux command-line tools and scripts for various tasks.
> Cheers,
> Joseph
> From: <> On Behalf Of Luke
> Robinett
> Sent: Saturday, September 12, 2020 3:26 PM
> To:
> Subject: Re: [nvda] NVDA support in DOS emulators like DosBox?
> Hi David. Thank you for the response. Unfortunately the command prompt
> in windows 10 doesn’t provide a complete DOS environment. The last
> version of windows to support true DOS mode was windows 95, if I’m not
> mistaken. Some retro gamers get really hardcore and actually put
> together old PCs with original hardware from the 80s or 90s and then
> install an older operating system like DOS. I don’t think I want to go
> quite that far LOL so I was hoping to run one of these emulators to
> give me the same experience. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find any
> that are screen reader compatible. Some guys apparently have luck
> installing old versions of jaws for DOS within these emulators. I
> actually hunted down an old version of jaws for DOS and tried
> installing it within the emulator but I couldn’t get it to work,
> mostly because I have no idea what’s going on so I’m just typing
> blindly. I tried to use NVDA’s OCR feature to get a sense of what was
> happening but I gave up. Maybe I will give it another go later

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