Re: How do I Stop NVDA from saying Blank when I arrow down in a document or email
As I recall, someone mentioned an add-on today that skipps blank llines when using read to end in browse mode. So using that should eliminate some of the problem. You may be able to skip blank lines with the add-on while having the convenience of using read to end. I don’t use it and others can discuss it, but as I recall, there is a skim feature that allows you to skip to the next line or skip a block of links by using down arrow while in read to end to skip to the next line and n to skip blocks of links while resuming reading in read to end. You can move as you would when not in read to end and have reading continue without having to issue read to end again.
From: David Griffith
Sent: Monday, October 04, 2021 11:24 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] How do I Stop NVDA from saying Blank when I arrow down in a document or email
Just to explain why read to end is not, as is often suggested, really a resolution for this issue.
If I am reading and email with say multiple links of 200 characters or more, or obscure graphic descripters, or perhaps obscure table layouts if you need some table verbosity, the last thing you want your screenreader to do is to tediously babble through all these verbose elements of an email in a read to end sequence.
You need in these circumstances to quickly skip through all this by simply pressing the down arrow to read through an email efficiently and skip all the verbose link / elelment description whilst being aware it is there if you need to go back and review.
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It should be able to be done but is there a reason you don’t use read to end in e-mails? Read to end doesn’t announce blank lines and starts reading the text skipping all blank lines if there are any.
Also, what program are you using for e-mail and are you reading mail in plain text or HTML?
Thank you for bringing this up! It’s something that frequently irritates me but because it tends to happen during the midst of my work day, I forget to jot it down as a thing to explore here on the message board after work.
What would really be ideal is an option in NVDA settings that would cause the NVDA cursor to simply bypass blank lines. Sometimes when trying to read an email in outlook I have to press the down arrow well over a dozen times just to get to the first non-blank text. Control down arrow is supposed to take you to the next block but this doesn’t work, either. There’s no Practical reason why a user would want to sit there pounding the down arrow like a trained monkey just hearing the word ”blank” over and over and over LOL. it’s a mindless but seemingly unavoidable waste of time.