Re: Article on Screen Reader History (including NVDA)
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This parallels my experience with the early DOS and then Windows screen readers and their history and development.
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Sent: Sunday, July 24, 2022 4:06 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Article on Screen Reader History (including NVDA)
Thank you for sharing this article and for allowing the discussion!
I enjoyed reading the article and was not aware of some of the history.
I was reading the article using Firefox and NVDA
I ran into multiple accessibility issues while reading
Probably because I was reading using explore by mouse... :-)
I started using screen readers for software development work in the 1980's
That was when GW Micro was selling/supporting Vocal-Eyes for DOS.
I went on for years using DOS based interfaces to other systems to leverage Vocal-Eyes for my work.
Vocal-Eyes and the GW Micro developers and technical support team were incredible!
When Windows 3 was coming I learned that GW Micro would be providing Window-Eyes.
While I was concerned about using agraphical user interface I was confident GW Micro would be there to support me and my work.
Window-Eyes and GW Micro never let me down until they were acquired...
I used Window-Eyes from Windows 3.1 up through Windows 10!
I was spoiled by Window-Eyes and explore by mouse!
I adopted this random access method for reading content on the screen.
When I learned that Window-Eyes may not be available in the future I turned to NVDA.
Eventually I pushed myself to make NVDA my primary screen reader.
I would usually have Window-Eyes installed in case I ran into problems with NVDA.
When I shared my desire for explore by mouse with the NVDA developers
They simply told me I was using it wrong...
As I learned from reading this article, I must still be using NVDA the wrong way... :-)
I wish GW Micro and Window-Eyes were still a supported option!
I have never used any other screen reader for Windows.
On Sun, Jul 24, 2022 at 4:59 PM David Goldfield <david.goldfield@...> wrote: