Re: Kodi, was: Re: [nvda] VLC alternative?

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I'm not a great fan of self voicing though there are some programs you get it on even if you do not want it. Cicero, Newsbridge to name but two, often I find such things sluggish and because they do not obey the same rules as nvda read content, quite hard to use.
I have recently had to install nvda on a couple of machines which run a program called Guide, which to me is a heap of xxx, but hey, if you don't want to get involved in windows I guess that is up to the user, but when it falls over, none of these people can fix it as they have no knowledge of windows or real screenreaders. Some are already finding that nvda and windows makes things more interesting than their Guide ever did, but as I say, I'm no fan of self voicing. Who remembers Chrome Vox? Ugh.

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From: "Jeremy" <icu8it2@...>
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Sent: Thursday, September 22, 2016 4:00 AM
Subject: Kodi, was: Re: [nvda] VLC alternative?

Kodi isn't bad and offers quite a bit in the list of stuff you can do with it, but getting it set up for accessibility can be a little frustrating. Also, it's worth keeping in mind, for those who wish to try it, the accessibility doesn't really allow your screenreader to access the interface for Kodi, it's moreso that the application becomes self-speaking. One big disadvantage to this approach is that some areas of Kodi are inaccessible. If you try to read these areas with NVDA, they are either read as unknown or not read at all.

It does work pretty well for accessing services such as youtube, but one needs to keep in mind that even a basic install of Kodi is pretty bloated, so one may argue it's usefulness if you wanted to use it as a media player for stuff like locally stored music.
it's also worth pointing out that not all of the addons, youtube, pandora, songza, etc work the same or are as accessible. There were a number of addons I tried that had unlabeled buttons, which made using their interfaces pretty weird to get used to.

I really can't speak to any changes that may have been made here recently, as it's been around 9 months since I had it installed, but I would highly recommend playing with it for those who are interested. The fact that the guy that wrote the accessibility plugin has put as much attention towards accessibility always seemed really awesome to me.
Just a few thoughts and hope it helps. :)
Take care.
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This is not a criticism, in any way, of the Daum Pot Player software since I've not yet played with it, but it's obvious from the Daum Pot Player website <> that it's very roughly translated. Their feature page <> notes, "Support of all modern audio and video formats," but doesn't go into any additional detail that I can find.

Has anyone tried Kodi <>? This is open source and I could swear I saw the original recommendation for it on one of the blind technology related forums, but I can't be certain of that at this point since I see my last download on it was in February.


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