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Re: removing emails in gmail in bulk

Sarah k Alawami
 

I just end up checking the boxes. The ris a way to select all messages in standard view but I have forgotten the key strokes.

Take care and hope that helps a bit, even though I don't think it did.

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On Oct 6, 2017, at 11:30 AM, Tony James <megatronjames@gmail.com> wrote:

hi, i tried to remove a lot of emails from my gmail account, but for the life of me I cannot find the select all messages link. I tried switching from basic html view to standard view and even tried it with firefox but no luck. is there a way to do this with nvda? if so, could someone please explain how step by step. thx in advance




removing emails in gmail in bulk

Tony James <megatronjames@...>
 

hi, i tried to remove a lot of emails from my gmail account, but for the life of me I cannot find the select all messages link.  I tried switching from basic html view to standard view and even tried it with firefox but no luck.  is there a way to do this with nvda?  if so, could someone please explain how step by step.  thx in advance


Re: question about comparison between current versions of nvda since 2017.1 about stability

Sarah k Alawami
 

I would just update to the snap shots and report bugs. If you don't have time for that just update to what ever is out in the public and report bugs. You are not very clear when you say "best" as other people have said. What would you like your experience to be like. Please give good examples and use cases and be very detailed in your email.

On Oct 6, 2017, at 11:02 AM, Antony Stone <antony.stone@nvda.open.source.it> wrote:

You would have to tell us what "best" means before anyone could answer that.

Different people have different ideas about what is best; we don't know what
your idea of "best" for NVDA is.

Antony.

On Friday 06 October 2017 at 19:40:15, zahra wrote:

i wish that know about the best version of nvda in general, not
specific for one version of windows.

On 10/6/17, George McCoy wrote:
What version of Windows are you running?

George
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nvda since 2017.1 about stability

thanks so much for your reply.
i am waiting for other's experience and advice in this regard.

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Re: question about comparison between current versions of nvda since 2017.1 about stability

Antony Stone
 

You would have to tell us what "best" means before anyone could answer that.

Different people have different ideas about what is best; we don't know what
your idea of "best" for NVDA is.

Antony.

On Friday 06 October 2017 at 19:40:15, zahra wrote:

i wish that know about the best version of nvda in general, not
specific for one version of windows.

On 10/6/17, George McCoy wrote:
What version of Windows are you running?

George
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Sent: Friday, October 06, 2017 4:35 AM
To: nvda@nvda.groups.io
Subject: Re: [nvda] question about comparison between current versions of
nvda since 2017.1 about stability

thanks so much for your reply.
i am waiting for other's experience and advice in this regard.

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Re: question about comparison between current versions of nvda since 2017.1 about stability

 

i wish that know about the best version of nvda in general, not
specific for one version of windows.

On 10/6/17, George McCoy <slr1bpz@charter.net> wrote:
What version of Windows are you running?

George
-----Original Message-----
From: zahra
Sent: Friday, October 06, 2017 4:35 AM
To: nvda@nvda.groups.io
Subject: Re: [nvda] question about comparison between current versions of
nvda since 2017.1 about stability

thanks so much for your reply.
i am waiting for other's experience and advice in this regard.
God bless you all.

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Re: urgent tb help

Sarah k Alawami
 

Cloud OCR will let you click on things. Try that.

On Oct 6, 2017, at 7:05 AM, Brian Moore <bmoore@screenreview.org> wrote:

hi. yeah, could try ocr but that won't help me manipulate the control which is what I need to do.



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On 10/06/2017 9:58 AM, Tyler Spivey wrote:
Looks like that control isn't accessible. Flat review doesn't seem to work, so you'll need to try OCR.
On 10/6/2017 6:40 AM, Brian Moore wrote:
Hi all. So I have a few imap accounts. There are folders like spam and
in particular .oldmessages which don't seem to be subscribed to
automatically.


I went to the root of the account and went to the subscribe dialogue in
the file menu of tb to see if I could manually add these folders.
However, I can't find a way with with nvda to read the folder list so
not sure if these folders are showing up.


Tried with jaws as well and no joy there either.


anyone got any ideas of how I can force folders to be subscribed to
manually with thunderbird?


If I have to, I will use another email client as there are messages,
particularly in .old messages which I need access to.


Thanks.

Brian.







Re: controling the computer with nvda and braille displays

John J. Boyer
 

I am wondering why you don't want to use the computer keyboard. If you don't know touch typing it would be a good idea
to learn it. I have a Focus 40 that I use all the time. I don't think there is a key combination for alt_f4, for
example. I've found that trying to control the computer completely from the Braille keyboard is too much trouble to be
worth it. I do hope you can get a larger display. 14 cells is rather restrictive. I'v had to use a Focus 14 at one time.

Blessings,
John

On Fri, Oct 06, 2017 at 12:13:20AM +0000, amir din wrote:
Hi,
Can I use my braille display, currently focus 14 from freedom scientific, to control the computer without touching the keyboard full time? Because I cannot find all keystrokes that allow me to control the machine without touching the keyboard, although there are some keystrokes, such as alt tab, but not full keystroke, such as pressing ctrl+a, alt+f4 from the braille display. Any idea?
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Re: WebAim Screen Reader User Survey #7: Getting The Word Out About NVDA

Randy Barnett <randy@...>
 

In 95 I was shown both and told they were both good products it was a personal choice as to witch one to use. They didn't mention windows bridge though.
On 10/6/2017 5:43 AM, Sally Kiebdaj wrote:

Whole-heartedly agree here! I was raised in Indiana which is probably the only reason I was offered Window-Eyes by my Voc Rehab office. Many others I met out of state a guide dog school and college had never heard of Window-Eyes let alone been given the chance to test it before being provided JAWS. In the case that they had heard of it, they assumed it was incomplete or inferior because it had never been recommended or offered to them.


Too often, the able-bodied powers that be --for a variety of reasons including lack of interest or bandwidth-- learn 1 version of adaptive technology for a given disability and recommend only that one for ever after. Even if their job is to advise or help those new to the disability, they do not take the time to research and present all options. Government funding and contracts may be a large part of this but so is ignorance. I worked for a few years at a prominent eye hospital that had a rehab department and no one in the building knew about window-eyes or that android devices were used by the blind. In this case, I know that there were no contracts or government funding--- only the common mental shorthand of stereotyping the outgroup. Because they ad seen more than one blind person with an iPhone or had heard of JAWS, clearly all people used iPhones and JAWS because that was all they had. Funnily enough they didn't even realize that VoiceOver existed on Mac OSX since the JAWS stereotype predated iOS.


I am grateful for the choice I had early on and the fact that I knew that the most common option wasn't the only and wasn't necessarily the best for me. In my case and at that time, my simultaneous use of ZoomText made Window-Eyes a much better option.


Cheers,

Sally


On 10/5/2017 6:44 PM, Travis Siegel wrote:

The only statement in this thread I have to take exception to is the statement that jaws was providing access before anyone else.  This statement is completely false.

The very first screen reader ever for windows was windowbridge.  Windowbridge had a lot of firsts when it comes to screen reader functionality, including some things that still don't exist in any screen reader available today, such as mouse navigation via locking vertical or horizontal movement so you could find things on the screen easier.

It also was the first screen reader to use the caps lock key as a modifier, (something each and every screen reader has copied since), and it had a lot of other firsts.  Just because a program is the most popular doesn't make it either the best, or the most advanced, or even the one with the most features.  Jaws is popular yes, but a lot of that popularity is due to the fact that state agencies and other government organizations use it and their clients use it, it isn't the mostpopular because it outstrips every other screen reader in the market with it's feature set, capabilities and it's usability.  Folks really should keep that in mind when deiscussing screen readers.  There's a reason there are multiple (and always have been) multiple screen readers.  Everyone knows, there is no such thing as one size fits all when it comes to screen readers, no program can be everything to everyone, and the screen reader market is no exception.  Each screen reader has it's pros and it's cons, and what eacyh user uses should be up to that user, only that usually isn't the case.  When I worked for a rather large computer company as a programmer and a tech support person, I did not get to choose what screen reader I wanted to use, I was told that I was going to use jaws, and that I was going to like it, because that's the only option I had.  As it turns out, the copy of jaws I got was an illegal install that wasn't registered to me, and I had to spend my own money to purchase a program I didn't want, just so I wouldn't be liable if some sort of audit came through.  Of course, said audit never did come through, but the point is, you never know what can/will happen, and if you aren't prepared, you could get in a lot of trouble, even for things you didn't do.  Had I had my choice of screen reader, it would have been window-eyes, but I wasn't asked, and I wasn't even consulted about the question.  Shortly afterwords, my case was closed by the visual services department, and I never got a single piece of help from them, even though it's their job to provide assistance with this very thing. 

This message has strayed way off topic, and even into topics I didn't intend to bring up, but it all goes together, so there it is, make of it what you like.

The point though, is that whatever the screen reader is, it really should be up to the user to choose what they want to use.  If they don't know, then showing them the options and allowing them to choose would be nice, but often times, that isn't what ahppens, and because of that, there is a false impression created that the program of choice (or the device of choice for that matter) is the best/first/what have you, when it could very just as easily be the bottom of the barrel, but nobody knows, because there is no option given.


On 10/4/2017 8:50 AM, erik burggraaf wrote:

Hi Randy,

On October 3, 2017 11:54:34 PM "Randy Barnett" <randy@...> wrote:

Jaws has gone down in price over the years.


I'll give you this.  Looking at the freedom scientific website, I can see that the home edition stands at $900, and the professional stands at $1100.  These prices are about 2 or 3 hundred dollars cheeper than when I last had ocasion to keep track some four years ago.  I guess that's about a 20% nock off.  If it doesn't seem like much, that's because 9 c's is far out of reach of the home user.  IE, government is still the primary target market for this product and I believe all my former arguments to retain validity. 
FS has been fairly competative on hardware pricing I will give them that.  I don't like most of their hardware, but I know many people who do and the price points make it attractive to both those who use it and those who pay.  Of course, people who use fs hardware naturally tend to gravitate to fs software and vice versa.  This is certainly not always the case, but I see it often. 

Even more if you figure in
inflation. It has not gone up at all. Nor is it likely too.

No, I don't buy the inflation bit either, not considering the take home of the top brass at VFO.  The pricing includes all overhead including reasonable inflation, so no.  Plus, we're still debunking the research and development argument.  Each release of jaws does not require the scratch construction of a new speech synthesizer, video display chain driver, and accessibility api among other core functions.  Programmers are talented people who diserve to be paid accordingly, but the scale of the research required to maintain jaws now is nowhere near on the scale it would have been in the late 90's when there were no such things as accessibility standards.

Also, Gene touched on it and others may have too.  They're not just selling jaws.  They're selling training at a premium.  I've seen quotes for scripting ranging from $150 per work hour, to $150 per code line.  I'm working on a human rights employment case right now and just to get an audit of what needs to be fixed in this one company from an accessibility consultant is going to cost $15000.  Just to find out what's wrong.  Now, VFO owns one of the supposed leading consulting firms in this area, which means they can test with only jaws, and tout scripting at a premium.  Also, you notice, they don't tell you how much it costs for remote access anymore?  The ominous, "call for pricing".  Let's not waste any clean-x on VFO's proffit margin shall we.

I am not a


big fan of VFO and criticize it often but they are like any other
specialized software. Have you ever price CAD, Audio design, CNC
mapping  and other similar software? they far exceed the cost of Jaws.

Nop, Gene tried this one too, and I didn't have the time to address it but lets just say... No.  If I buy jaws,  it's money spent playing catch up.  There is no doubt the benefits of hiring blind employees.  It's the law, and I need to comply.  There are lots of perripheral benefits, but no direct cost recovery.  I mearly pay to supplement what I already have.  IE, I have a great employee and an inaccessible workplace and jaws glues the two together.  But I might be able to find another great employee who doesn't need jaws, and unless I'm planning to start a sideline in some area of accessibility work, I'm not seeing  a direct return on my jaws or ansilary services like scripting.

The argument holds less water in the case of retirees who go blind later in life or other home based use cases.  How many regular people have autocad in their house in case they want to doodle?

If I'm an engineer, I buy autocad.  It is crutial to my job.  It accellerates my workflow and directly earnes me money.  If I had a professional recording studio, I'd pay top dollar for protools.  Thousands or 10's of thousands of dollars for a licence is nothing, because knowledge and use of these tools generates direct return on investment in the millians or greater.  Jaws does not offer anything close to that, so there's no comparison to be made at all.

Do I want cheaper Jaws? Of course who wants to pay more for anything!
Dont forget Jaws was providing access long before anyone else and it was
very good access at that. It has taken over 20years for someone to
provide a no cost alternative for the PC.
On 10/3/2017 7:58 PM, Gene wrote:
> It should be pointed out that System Access isn't at all equivalent to
> JAWS or Window-eyes. It cost less because it was much less capable and
> didn't have to work with nearly as many programs.  And it was often
> purchased, not as a standalone product, but with the SAM Network.  I
> don't know if I have the name just right.  But it could be purchased
> either alone or as an integrated product and I wouldn't be surprised
> if a lot or most purchasers purchased the whole package, which may
> have further led to lowering costs.  Agencies wouldn't have purchased
> it in general because their thrust was employment and System Access
> wasn't intended as an employment product.
> It was intended to give Internet Access, access to certain e-mail
> programs and to simple word processing.  It cost about half as much as
> JAWS and Window-eyes and it was perhaps one-third as powerful.
> Around 2000, whoever owned JAWS at that time attempted to address the
> affordability problem by making a product, Connect Outloud.  I believe
> you could buy it and it also came, bundled for free with Openbook. 
> What I heard when it was discontinued after perhaps two or three years
> was that there wasn't enough demand to justify continuing it.
> It provided Internet access, access to Winamp, Outlook Express,
> Wordpad, and it may have provided access to one or two other programs.
> I'm not sure why it wasn't popular at the time, given the number of
> home users who didn't need a powerful screen-reader and the price of
> JAWS and Window-eyes and, as I recall, it was before System Access.
> But those who insist on viewing whoever owns JAWS throughout its
> history as predators, perhaps they should consider this information.
> As far as whether HJAWs developers do enough work to justify the price
> currently, I don't know.
> Gene
> ----- Original Message -----
> *From:* Lino Morales <mailto:linomorales001@...>
> *Sent:* Tuesday, October 03, 2017 6:08 PM
> *To:* nvda@nvda.groups.io <mailto:nvda@nvda.groups.io>
> *Subject:* Re: [nvda] WebAim Screen Reader User Survey #7: Getting The
> Word Out About NVDA
>
> Great post Eric. I wasn't around in the 70's or didn't know jack horse
> maneur about AT. Viva la NVDA!
>
>
> On 10/2/2017 5:50 PM, erik burggraaf wrote:
>>
>> Lots of for proffit companies made free or low cost screen readers.
>> Serotek for one.  Apple for another.  I'd say both companies were
>> successful to one degree or another.  So, why didn't we see
>> governments lining up to pay for system access?  Well, to a lesser
>> extent some did, but if screen readers cost less, then the funding
>> becomes less and the portfoleos of nondisabled people making big
>> money from accessibility legislation shrink.  We certainly don't want
>> that.  But even at that, system access and the system access network
>> lasted for a very long time, largely on consumer driven support.
>>
>> NVDA didn't succeed because it was not for proffit.  It succeded
>> because of the dedication of the people who started it, and the
>> following those founders were able to inspire. It's sustainable
>> because of the people who work on it. The fact that it is non for
>> proffit gives it certain advantages such as the fact that it can't be
>> subsumed by a for proffit.  Lots of free windows screen readers
>> entered and left the market in the past 10 years.  NVDA is the only
>> one to thrive, much less survive, and it's because of the talendt,
>> and the management.
>>
>> Then again, the fact that NVDA itself is non for proffit hasn't
>> prevented the organization from accepting grants and sponsorships
>> from for proffit companies, and whatever I may think of those
>> companies individually, the output from those grants contributed to
>> the general effectiveness of NVDA, which lead to more adoption which
>> lead to donation revinue, which lead to more improvements until we
>> have the body of work which now is viable enough to stand up to a
>> commercial product in the vast majority of situations.
>>
>> So, we'll have to agree to disagree on this.  I've heard all the
>> arguments for nearly as long as you have.  I'll allow there was a
>> time when they may have made sense to one degree or another. 
>> Certainly the first opticon and kurzweil reading machine costed
>> enormously more in terms of research and development than say the
>> knfb reader mobile app.  In fact, vast commercial uses for scanning,
>> ocr, text to speech, dictation, and other technologies developed for
>> disability communities are prevailant and highly intergrated into
>> modern society.  Accessibility legislation is between 25 and 50 years
>> old.  Commercial standards for developing things to be accessible are
>> well established and supported by legislation.  Time and talent still
>> cost money, but we stand on the shoulders of giants.  It's not what
>> it was in the late 70's and early 80's.  Completely different situation.
>>
>> Best,
>>
>> Erik
>>
>> On October 2, 2017 5:25:39 PM "Gene" <gsasner@...> wrote:
>>
>>> That is not correct and I've seen that argument many times.  JAWS is
>>> expensive because it is a specialized product with a tiny market. 
>>> If Windows had the number of users JAWS has, it would be 
>>> exorbitantly expensive as well.  It's mass production with enormous
>>> customer bases that makes most manufactured products we use
>>> inexpensive. You can argue about whether institutions could cause
>>> the price of JAWS to be lower by negotiating, I don't know if the
>>> owners of JAWS charge more than they need to to make a product.  But
>>> anyone on this list who purchases or has purchased a sophisticated
>>> computer program that sells to a very small audience will confirm
>>> that such products are very expensive. Institutions may be
>>> bureaucratic but they aren't fools.  Entrepreneurs are creative and
>>> inventive.  If it were possible to have a screen-reader with the
>>> power and sophistication of JAWS for significantly less, someone
>>> would have entered the market at a cheaper price.  They've had more
>>> than two decades to do so in the case of Windows screen-readers. 
>>> Where are they, or even one?
>>> The only way a powerful screen-reader has been developed that is
>>> within the reach of a lot of blind people is to completely work
>>> outside of the for profit model.  NVDA is free because it is not a
>>> for profit product and relies on people working for about minimum
>>> wage, grants, and volunteers to develop and create add ons.  Which
>>> proves my point.  Someone else did fill the need for a screen-reader
>>> for people who can't afford a for profit screen--reader but it was
>>> outside of the for profit model.  Entrepreneurs are creative and
>>> motivated enough that, as I said, if a for profit screen-reader
>>> could be developed  for a significantly cheaper price, it would have
>>> been long ago.
>>> Gene
>>> ----- Original Message -----
>>> *From:* erik burggraaf <mailto:erik@...>
>>> *Sent:* Monday, October 02, 2017 4:03 PM
>>> *To:* nvda@nvda.groups.io <mailto:nvda@nvda.groups.io>
>>> *Subject:* Re: [nvda] WebAim Screen Reader User Survey #7: Getting
>>> The Word Out About NVDA
>>>
>>> Accessibility laws change the game.  The market for jaws is
>>> different from the market of most other products. The primary target
>>> market doesn't actually use the product.  The reason commercial
>>> screen readers are sustainable is that governments in developed
>>> countrys have legislated that the government must accept the
>>> financial cost of communication aids for people with print
>>> disabilities as a means of leveling the playing field.  That is why
>>> the cost of the tecchnologies has always been out of reach for most
>>> blind consumers, and very little to do with the development cost and
>>> comparitive small size of the market as most commercial access
>>> technologists claim.
>>>
>>> So, there's no evidence to suggest that vfo or any company is
>>> planning to jack up prices even higher than they already are, but
>>> there are legislative hooks that might allow them to if they wanted.
>>>
>>> I really think though that they are battoning down and preparing to
>>> ride out the end times with what they have.  The consolidation has
>>> pretty much taken place.  A few straglers haven't bought in or bowed
>>> out, but they have unique markets of their own.
>>>
>>> The government funding that constitutes the primary support for
>>> products like jaws is on the severe decline as the use cases for the
>>> products over cheeper less specialized alternatives growes less and
>>> less by the day.  If the size of the market dictated the price as
>>> they always claimed, then considering the dwindling share of the
>>> market controlled by commercial AT, it makes sense that the price
>>> would go up, especially in the case of VFO's new exclusivity
>>> agreements in geographic regions that were either not controlled or
>>> controlled by companies that are no more.  The odd thing is, with
>>> NVDA distributed free as a noncommercial product, I doubt it falls
>>> under the commercial exclusivity agreements anyhow.
>>>
>>> Best,
>>>
>>> Erik
>>>
>>> On October 2, 2017 4:24:22 PM "Gene" <gsasner@...> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Why would the owners of JAWS commit suicide or strongly encourage
>>>> purchasers not to use their product by doing something ridiculous,
>>>> as you suggest? They won't.  I don't know if they will try
>>>> different prices as time goes on to get the most profit from the
>>>> most or optimum number of sales, but that is different from
>>>> behaving irrationally.  Is this part of the JAWS is greedy and can
>>>> charge anything it wants argument?  It doesn't matter in the
>>>> context of this argument, that I've heard for two decades with no
>>>> meaningful proof given, whether JAWS is greedy or not.  What
>>>> matters is that JAWS doesn't exist in a vacuum.  It may charge what
>>>> the market will bear but it still operates in a market.  If
>>>> institutions are willing to pay a price, JAWS may decide to charge
>>>> it.  But that doesn't mean that institutions are irrational. They
>>>> aren't going to accept a thousand percent price rise of a product
>>>> just because JAWS owners decide to try to charge it.
>>>> Gene
>>>> ----- Original Message -----
>>>> *From:* Sky Mundell <mailto:skyt@...>
>>>> *Sent:* Monday, October 02, 2017 3:00 PM
>>>> *To:* nvda@nvda.groups.io <mailto:nvda@nvda.groups.io>
>>>> *Subject:* Re: [nvda] WebAim Screen Reader User Survey #7: Getting
>>>> The Word Out About NVDA
>>>>
>>>> I totally agree with you Erick. The education institutions that
>>>> deliver equipment to students in Vancouver and around BC and here
>>>> in Victoria haven’t really embraced NVDA but I can see them
>>>> embracing NVDA sooner rather than later. Remember, FS always saw
>>>> its main competition, Window-Eyes as a threat. Since the main
>>>> competition is now gone, , eventually VFO could raise the price of
>>>> JAWS a lot higher, say, to $10000 or so, and that would force
>>>> educational institutions to go with NVDA.
>>>>
>>>> *From:*nvda@nvda.groups.io [mailto:nvda@nvda.groups.io] *On Behalf
>>>> Of *erik burggraaf
>>>> *Sent:* Monday, October 02, 2017 10:12 AM
>>>> *To:* nvda@nvda.groups.io
>>>> *Subject:* Re: [nvda] WebAim Screen Reader User Survey #7: Getting
>>>> The Word Out About NVDA
>>>>
>>>> The sample size is very small in these surveys,  but they
>>>> definitely show the paradigm shift and I won't be surprised at all
>>>> to see mobile, mac voiceover, and nvda useage up, and jaws useage
>>>> down.  Window-eyes use should fall right off the charts since the
>>>> product is discontinued.  This will help slow the skid of jaws, but
>>>> I think at least as many window-eyes switchers made it to NVDA as
>>>> to jaws, despite the fact that jaws 18 was a free upgrade for Many
>>>> window-eyes users.
>>>>
>>>> Since the new paradigm puts the blind more or less on an equal
>>>> playing field, and social, legal and economic trends all support
>>>> moving in that direction it shouldn't be too surprising that blind
>>>> users want it more and more.  I have thought for years that 2021 is
>>>> about the final stopping point for old paradigm designs,
>>>> particularly the personal computer, but I can see a lot of
>>>> tradition going by the board by then.  This is all good for us, and
>>>> it's nice to have something concreet to demonstrate the trend we
>>>> can all see happening around us.
>>>>
>>>> Have fun,
>>>>
>>>> Erik
>>>>
>>>> On October 2, 2017 12:57:37 AM "Sarah k Alawami"
>>>> <marrie12@... <mailto:marrie12@...>> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>     Wow, interesting. I'm not surprised. I wonder what we'll see
>>>>     this year now that a lot of us are switching to nvda and or
>>>>     android and or voiceover.
>>>>
>>>>     Take care
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>     On Oct 1, 2017, at 9:34 PM, Gene New Zealand
>>>>     <hurrikennyandopo@...
>>>>     <mailto:hurrikennyandopo@...>> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>     hi Bhavya
>>>>
>>>>     I have been following the surveys after they  survey  has finished.
>>>>
>>>>     I have also been noticing that the number of jaws users have
>>>>     been dropping along with a few of the commercial screen users
>>>>     and magnifiers etc.
>>>>
>>>>     Also the use of mobile units starting to rise as in the use of
>>>>     android and apple devices that can go portable.
>>>>
>>>>     For me mostly home use is nvda 100 percent of the time and if
>>>>     mobile a android device.
>>>>
>>>>     Gene nz
>>>>
>>>>     On 10/1/2017 2:20 AM, Bhavya shah wrote:
>>>>
>>>>         Dear all,
>>>>
>>>>         Since almost a decade, WebAim, a non-profit web accessibility
>>>>
>>>>         consultancy organisation, has been conducting an annual
>>>>         (sometimes
>>>>
>>>>         biennial) survey, which, as its name implies, attempts to
>>>>         gather
>>>>
>>>>         statistics about the usage share of different screen readers,
>>>>
>>>>         technology (particularly Internet) accessibility trends,
>>>>         etc. so as to
>>>>
>>>>         aid analysts, researchers, accessibility consultants, sighted
>>>>
>>>>         developers, and mainstream companies to get a quantified
>>>>         picture of
>>>>
>>>>         the state of the AT industry.
>>>>
>>>>         While this survey features participation from varied
>>>>         geographies,
>>>>
>>>>         NVDA’s user base, at least in my personal view, has always been
>>>>
>>>>         understated. While 8% respondents of the first December
>>>>         2008 WebAim
>>>>
>>>>         survey reported to be NVDA users, this figure has only
>>>>         increased to
>>>>
>>>>         14% of respondents in its 2015 counterpart claiming to use
>>>>         NVDA as
>>>>
>>>>         their primary screen reader and 41% using it commonly, a
>>>>         usage share
>>>>
>>>>         substantially lower than NVDA’s commercial and more
>>>>         expensive screen
>>>>
>>>>         reading alternatives.
>>>>
>>>>         I think it would be a great way of playing our tiny part in
>>>>         getting
>>>>
>>>>         the word out about NVDA’s viability and competency  if all NVDA
>>>>
>>>>         community members, users, testers and other related parties,
>>>>
>>>>         particularly from second and third world developing regions
>>>>         which
>>>>
>>>>         often remain silent for such surveys but where free and
>>>>         open source
>>>>
>>>>         NVDA makes a prominent impact, take this survey and
>>>>         contribute to
>>>>
>>>>         letting the world know about the size and standing of the
>>>>         NVDA user
>>>>
>>>>         base.
>>>>
>>>>         The URL of said survey is
>>>>         https://webaim.org/projects/screenreadersurvey7/
>>>>
>>>>         .
>>>>
>>>>         It took me about ten minutes to fill this survey and the
>>>>         form was
>>>>
>>>>         extremely accessible. Not only from an NVDA angle, but
>>>>         filling such
>>>>
>>>>         surveys always brings out useful and reflective data,
>>>>         which, in turn,
>>>>
>>>>         betters AT as a whole. Therefore, I urge everyone to take
>>>>         some time
>>>>
>>>>         out for this survey so that we can make the data truly
>>>>         reflective of
>>>>
>>>>         the actualities.
>>>>
>>>>         Thanks.
>>>>
>>>>         P.S. I am in no way affiliated to WebAim nor is my
>>>>         intention to merely
>>>>
>>>>         promote this survey.
>>>>
>>>>     --
>>>>     Image NVDA certified expert
>>>>
>>>>     Check out my website for NVDA tutorials and other blindness
>>>>     related material at http://www.accessibilitycentral.net
>>>>     <http://www.accessibilitycentral.net/> Regardless of where you
>>>>     are in New Zealand if you are near one of the APNK sites you
>>>>     can use a copy of the NVDA screen reader on one of their
>>>>     computers. To find out which locations (or location) is near to
>>>>     you please visit
>>>>     http://www.aotearoapeoplesnetwork.org/content/partner-libraries
>>>>     (Aotearoa People's Network Kaharoa). To find an NVDA certified
>>>>     expert near you, please visit the following link
>>>>     https://certification.nvaccess.org/. The certification page
>>>>     contains the official list of NVDA certified individuals from
>>>>     around the world, who have sat and successfully passed the NVDA
>>>>     expert exam.
>>>>
>
>

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Re: question about comparison between current versions of nvda since 2017.1 about stability

George McCoy <slr1bpz@...>
 

What version of Windows are you running?

George

-----Original Message-----
From: zahra
Sent: Friday, October 06, 2017 4:35 AM
To: nvda@nvda.groups.io
Subject: Re: [nvda] question about comparison between current versions of nvda since 2017.1 about stability

thanks so much for your reply.
i am waiting for other's experience and advice in this regard.
God bless you all.

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Re: urgent tb help

Brian's Mail list account <bglists@...>
 

The whole thing depends on whether the server actually aalows those folders to be polled or not. On some companies eimail the only way to get at the spam folder is via web mail, others it is polled.
Normally if you remove folders and the account from any email client it will ask if you want to get the currently available folders as I recall. It could be that those folders are just not there as far as imap are concerned.
Brian

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Please address personal email to:-
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in the display name field.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Brian Moore" <bmoore@screenreview.org>
To: <nvda@nvda.groups.io>
Sent: Friday, October 06, 2017 2:40 PM
Subject: [nvda] urgent tb help


Hi all. So I have a few imap accounts. There are folders like spam and in particular .oldmessages which don't seem to be subscribed to automatically.


I went to the root of the account and went to the subscribe dialogue in the file menu of tb to see if I could manually add these folders. However, I can't find a way with with nvda to read the folder list so not sure if these folders are showing up.


Tried with jaws as well and no joy there either.


anyone got any ideas of how I can force folders to be subscribed to manually with thunderbird?


If I have to, I will use another email client as there are messages, particularly in .old messages which I need access to.


Thanks.

Brian.




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Re: urgent tb help

Brian Moore
 

hi. yeah, could try ocr but that won't help me manipulate the control which is what I need to do.



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On 10/06/2017 9:58 AM, Tyler Spivey wrote:
Looks like that control isn't accessible. Flat review doesn't seem to work, so you'll need to try OCR.
On 10/6/2017 6:40 AM, Brian Moore wrote:
Hi all. So I have a few imap accounts. There are folders like spam and
in particular .oldmessages which don't seem to be subscribed to
automatically.


I went to the root of the account and went to the subscribe dialogue in
the file menu of tb to see if I could manually add these folders.
However, I can't find a way with with nvda to read the folder list so
not sure if these folders are showing up.


Tried with jaws as well and no joy there either.


anyone got any ideas of how I can force folders to be subscribed to
manually with thunderbird?


If I have to, I will use another email client as there are messages,
particularly in .old messages which I need access to.


Thanks.

Brian.





Re: urgent tb help

Tyler Spivey
 

Looks like that control isn't accessible. Flat review doesn't seem to work, so you'll need to try OCR.

On 10/6/2017 6:40 AM, Brian Moore wrote:
Hi all. So I have a few imap accounts. There are folders like spam and
in particular .oldmessages which don't seem to be subscribed to
automatically.


I went to the root of the account and went to the subscribe dialogue in
the file menu of tb to see if I could manually add these folders.
However, I can't find a way with with nvda to read the folder list so
not sure if these folders are showing up.


Tried with jaws as well and no joy there either.


anyone got any ideas of how I can force folders to be subscribed to
manually with thunderbird?


If I have to, I will use another email client as there are messages,
particularly in .old messages which I need access to.


Thanks.

Brian.




urgent tb help

Brian Moore
 

Hi all. So I have a few imap accounts. There are folders like spam and in particular .oldmessages which don't seem to be subscribed to automatically.


I went to the root of the account and went to the subscribe dialogue in the file menu of tb to see if I could manually add these folders. However, I can't find a way with with nvda to read the folder list so not sure if these folders are showing up.


Tried with jaws as well and no joy there either.


anyone got any ideas of how I can force folders to be subscribed to manually with thunderbird?


If I have to, I will use another email client as there are messages, particularly in .old messages which I need access to.


Thanks.

Brian.




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Re: WebAim Screen Reader User Survey #7: Getting The Word Out About NVDA

erik burggraaf <erik@...>
 

It would need a lot of work anyway at this point wouldn't it? I mean, you would have to write 64-bit support anyhow.

That's really too bad about the main computer, but thanks for sharing what actually happened to the window Bridge products.

On October 5, 2017 10:27:25 PM "Travis Siegel" <tsiegel@...> wrote:

Actually, I bought the source rights to window bridge, but due to some shipping screw ups by ups, the main development computer was lost in transit, and as a result, I never received all the necessary parts to compile windowbridge, and that's why nothing ever happened with it.  I had wanted to release it as opensource, but Glen (the brother of the original developer), didn't want other screen reader manufacturers to steal window bridge source and incorporate it's features into their products, so he my agreement with him did not allow opensource distribution.  I still have the main source for windowbridge here, but there's too many parts missing for me to do anything useful with it unless I practically rewrite it from scratch, which would kind of defeat the purpose of using it as a base in the first place.


On 10/5/2017 9:01 PM, erik burggraaf wrote:

How could I have forgotten about window Bridge? Window Bridge was awesome! At one time, I owned both V slimware window bridge, and window Bridge 2000.

If you were using computers in 95, and you never heard of window bridge, but then I have to agree with Travis and say it's because no one gave you any other option but Jaws. Window Bridge was a canadian-made product. It's possible that government agencies in the states felt it was better to support an American product at the time, regardless of whether it was the best thing for the job or not. Later on, the same agencies adopted exclusivity agreements with competing companies, so that some states got one thing, and other states got something else.  Please remember, the internet was a very new thing at that time. It wasn't as if you could go and research a lot of these products yourself, even if you wanted to.Window Bridge was a revolutionary product. It currently lives in the Smithsonian Institute, who credited with being the first windows screen reader in the world it was so flexible and so powerful, that most of the things that need to be accomplished with jaws scripts, can be accomplished in window bridge by changing settings within the control panel of its graphical user interface.

The man who created window Bridge was a genius, but he battled cancer for most of his life. Based on what I heard at the time, he worked through an awful lot of pain during the development cycle of window Bridge. He passed away in 2002 or 2003, and his family decided to completely discontinued as work..  I heard rumors at the time that a Consortium I was trying to buy the rights to window Bridge so that they could run it under an open-source model, but the family did not want to take that direction. So, they discontinue the product and let it stagnate.

Best, Eric

On October 5, 2017 7:09:25 PM "Randy Barnett" <randy@...> wrote:

I have been using Jaws since 95 and i have never even heard of windows bridge. If it was so good why is that? theirs only 2 windows screen reading programs today Jaws and NVDA. I don't count obscure programs no one has ever heard of...
Well, Narrator but that is not a full featured program yet.

On 10/5/2017 3:44 PM, Travis Siegel wrote:

The only statement in this thread I have to take exception to is the statement that jaws was providing access before anyone else.  This statement is completely false.

The very first screen reader ever for windows was windowbridge.  Windowbridge had a lot of firsts when it comes to screen reader functionality, including some things that still don't exist in any screen reader available today, such as mouse navigation via locking vertical or horizontal movement so you could find things on the screen easier.

It also was the first screen reader to use the caps lock key as a modifier, (something each and every screen reader has copied since), and it had a lot of other firsts.  Just because a program is the most popular doesn't make it either the best, or the most advanced, or even the one with the most features.  Jaws is popular yes, but a lot of that popularity is due to the fact that state agencies and other government organizations use it and their clients use it, it isn't the mostpopular because it outstrips every other screen reader in the market with it's feature set, capabilities and it's usability.  Folks really should keep that in mind when deiscussing screen readers.  There's a reason there are multiple (and always have been) multiple screen readers.  Everyone knows, there is no such thing as one size fits all when it comes to screen readers, no program can be everything to everyone, and the screen reader market is no exception.  Each screen reader has it's pros and it's cons, and what eacyh user uses should be up to that user, only that usually isn't the case.  When I worked for a rather large computer company as a programmer and a tech support person, I did not get to choose what screen reader I wanted to use, I was told that I was going to use jaws, and that I was going to like it, because that's the only option I had.  As it turns out, the copy of jaws I got was an illegal install that wasn't registered to me, and I had to spend my own money to purchase a program I didn't want, just so I wouldn't be liable if some sort of audit came through.  Of course, said audit never did come through, but the point is, you never know what can/will happen, and if you aren't prepared, you could get in a lot of trouble, even for things you didn't do.  Had I had my choice of screen reader, it would have been window-eyes, but I wasn't asked, and I wasn't even consulted about the question.  Shortly afterwords, my case was closed by the visual services department, and I never got a single piece of help from them, even though it's their job to provide assistance with this very thing. 

This message has strayed way off topic, and even into topics I didn't intend to bring up, but it all goes together, so there it is, make of it what you like.

The point though, is that whatever the screen reader is, it really should be up to the user to choose what they want to use.  If they don't know, then showing them the options and allowing them to choose would be nice, but often times, that isn't what ahppens, and because of that, there is a false impression created that the program of choice (or the device of choice for that matter) is the best/first/what have you, when it could very just as easily be the bottom of the barrel, but nobody knows, because there is no option given.


On 10/4/2017 8:50 AM, erik burggraaf wrote:

Hi Randy,

On October 3, 2017 11:54:34 PM "Randy Barnett" <randy@...> wrote:

Jaws has gone down in price over the years.


I'll give you this.  Looking at the freedom scientific website, I can see that the home edition stands at $900, and the professional stands at $1100.  These prices are about 2 or 3 hundred dollars cheeper than when I last had ocasion to keep track some four years ago.  I guess that's about a 20% nock off.  If it doesn't seem like much, that's because 9 c's is far out of reach of the home user.  IE, government is still the primary target market for this product and I believe all my former arguments to retain validity. 
FS has been fairly competative on hardware pricing I will give them that.  I don't like most of their hardware, but I know many people who do and the price points make it attractive to both those who use it and those who pay.  Of course, people who use fs hardware naturally tend to gravitate to fs software and vice versa.  This is certainly not always the case, but I see it often. 

Even more if you figure in
inflation. It has not gone up at all. Nor is it likely too.

No, I don't buy the inflation bit either, not considering the take home of the top brass at VFO.  The pricing includes all overhead including reasonable inflation, so no.  Plus, we're still debunking the research and development argument.  Each release of jaws does not require the scratch construction of a new speech synthesizer, video display chain driver, and accessibility api among other core functions.  Programmers are talented people who diserve to be paid accordingly, but the scale of the research required to maintain jaws now is nowhere near on the scale it would have been in the late 90's when there were no such things as accessibility standards.

Also, Gene touched on it and others may have too.  They're not just selling jaws.  They're selling training at a premium.  I've seen quotes for scripting ranging from $150 per work hour, to $150 per code line.  I'm working on a human rights employment case right now and just to get an audit of what needs to be fixed in this one company from an accessibility consultant is going to cost $15000.  Just to find out what's wrong.  Now, VFO owns one of the supposed leading consulting firms in this area, which means they can test with only jaws, and tout scripting at a premium.  Also, you notice, they don't tell you how much it costs for remote access anymore?  The ominous, "call for pricing".  Let's not waste any clean-x on VFO's proffit margin shall we.

I am not a


big fan of VFO and criticize it often but they are like any other
specialized software. Have you ever price CAD, Audio design, CNC
mapping  and other similar software? they far exceed the cost of Jaws.

Nop, Gene tried this one too, and I didn't have the time to address it but lets just say... No.  If I buy jaws,  it's money spent playing catch up.  There is no doubt the benefits of hiring blind employees.  It's the law, and I need to comply.  There are lots of perripheral benefits, but no direct cost recovery.  I mearly pay to supplement what I already have.  IE, I have a great employee and an inaccessible workplace and jaws glues the two together.  But I might be able to find another great employee who doesn't need jaws, and unless I'm planning to start a sideline in some area of accessibility work, I'm not seeing  a direct return on my jaws or ansilary services like scripting.

The argument holds less water in the case of retirees who go blind later in life or other home based use cases.  How many regular people have autocad in their house in case they want to doodle?

If I'm an engineer, I buy autocad.  It is crutial to my job.  It accellerates my workflow and directly earnes me money.  If I had a professional recording studio, I'd pay top dollar for protools.  Thousands or 10's of thousands of dollars for a licence is nothing, because knowledge and use of these tools generates direct return on investment in the millians or greater.  Jaws does not offer anything close to that, so there's no comparison to be made at all.

Do I want cheaper Jaws? Of course who wants to pay more for anything!
Dont forget Jaws was providing access long before anyone else and it was
very good access at that. It has taken over 20years for someone to
provide a no cost alternative for the PC.
On 10/3/2017 7:58 PM, Gene wrote:
> It should be pointed out that System Access isn't at all equivalent to
> JAWS or Window-eyes. It cost less because it was much less capable and
> didn't have to work with nearly as many programs.  And it was often
> purchased, not as a standalone product, but with the SAM Network.  I
> don't know if I have the name just right.  But it could be purchased
> either alone or as an integrated product and I wouldn't be surprised
> if a lot or most purchasers purchased the whole package, which may
> have further led to lowering costs.  Agencies wouldn't have purchased
> it in general because their thrust was employment and System Access
> wasn't intended as an employment product.
> It was intended to give Internet Access, access to certain e-mail
> programs and to simple word processing.  It cost about half as much as
> JAWS and Window-eyes and it was perhaps one-third as powerful.
> Around 2000, whoever owned JAWS at that time attempted to address the
> affordability problem by making a product, Connect Outloud.  I believe
> you could buy it and it also came, bundled for free with Openbook. 
> What I heard when it was discontinued after perhaps two or three years
> was that there wasn't enough demand to justify continuing it.
> It provided Internet access, access to Winamp, Outlook Express,
> Wordpad, and it may have provided access to one or two other programs.
> I'm not sure why it wasn't popular at the time, given the number of
> home users who didn't need a powerful screen-reader and the price of
> JAWS and Window-eyes and, as I recall, it was before System Access.
> But those who insist on viewing whoever owns JAWS throughout its
> history as predators, perhaps they should consider this information.
> As far as whether HJAWs developers do enough work to justify the price
> currently, I don't know.
> Gene
> ----- Original Message -----
> *From:* Lino Morales <mailto:linomorales001@...>
> *Sent:* Tuesday, October 03, 2017 6:08 PM
> *To:* nvda@nvda.groups.io <mailto:nvda@nvda.groups.io>
> *Subject:* Re: [nvda] WebAim Screen Reader User Survey #7: Getting The
> Word Out About NVDA
>
> Great post Eric. I wasn't around in the 70's or didn't know jack horse
> maneur about AT. Viva la NVDA!
>
>
> On 10/2/2017 5:50 PM, erik burggraaf wrote:
>>
>> Lots of for proffit companies made free or low cost screen readers.
>> Serotek for one.  Apple for another.  I'd say both companies were
>> successful to one degree or another.  So, why didn't we see
>> governments lining up to pay for system access?  Well, to a lesser
>> extent some did, but if screen readers cost less, then the funding
>> becomes less and the portfoleos of nondisabled people making big
>> money from accessibility legislation shrink.  We certainly don't want
>> that.  But even at that, system access and the system access network
>> lasted for a very long time, largely on consumer driven support.
>>
>> NVDA didn't succeed because it was not for proffit.  It succeded
>> because of the dedication of the people who started it, and the
>> following those founders were able to inspire. It's sustainable
>> because of the people who work on it. The fact that it is non for
>> proffit gives it certain advantages such as the fact that it can't be
>> subsumed by a for proffit.  Lots of free windows screen readers
>> entered and left the market in the past 10 years.  NVDA is the only
>> one to thrive, much less survive, and it's because of the talendt,
>> and the management.
>>
>> Then again, the fact that NVDA itself is non for proffit hasn't
>> prevented the organization from accepting grants and sponsorships
>> from for proffit companies, and whatever I may think of those
>> companies individually, the output from those grants contributed to
>> the general effectiveness of NVDA, which lead to more adoption which
>> lead to donation revinue, which lead to more improvements until we
>> have the body of work which now is viable enough to stand up to a
>> commercial product in the vast majority of situations.
>>
>> So, we'll have to agree to disagree on this.  I've heard all the
>> arguments for nearly as long as you have.  I'll allow there was a
>> time when they may have made sense to one degree or another. 
>> Certainly the first opticon and kurzweil reading machine costed
>> enormously more in terms of research and development than say the
>> knfb reader mobile app.  In fact, vast commercial uses for scanning,
>> ocr, text to speech, dictation, and other technologies developed for
>> disability communities are prevailant and highly intergrated into
>> modern society.  Accessibility legislation is between 25 and 50 years
>> old.  Commercial standards for developing things to be accessible are
>> well established and supported by legislation.  Time and talent still
>> cost money, but we stand on the shoulders of giants.  It's not what
>> it was in the late 70's and early 80's.  Completely different situation.
>>
>> Best,
>>
>> Erik
>>
>> On October 2, 2017 5:25:39 PM "Gene" <gsasner@...> wrote:
>>
>>> That is not correct and I've seen that argument many times.  JAWS is
>>> expensive because it is a specialized product with a tiny market. 
>>> If Windows had the number of users JAWS has, it would be 
>>> exorbitantly expensive as well.  It's mass production with enormous
>>> customer bases that makes most manufactured products we use
>>> inexpensive. You can argue about whether institutions could cause
>>> the price of JAWS to be lower by negotiating, I don't know if the
>>> owners of JAWS charge more than they need to to make a product.  But
>>> anyone on this list who purchases or has purchased a sophisticated
>>> computer program that sells to a very small audience will confirm
>>> that such products are very expensive. Institutions may be
>>> bureaucratic but they aren't fools.  Entrepreneurs are creative and
>>> inventive.  If it were possible to have a screen-reader with the
>>> power and sophistication of JAWS for significantly less, someone
>>> would have entered the market at a cheaper price.  They've had more
>>> than two decades to do so in the case of Windows screen-readers. 
>>> Where are they, or even one?
>>> The only way a powerful screen-reader has been developed that is
>>> within the reach of a lot of blind people is to completely work
>>> outside of the for profit model.  NVDA is free because it is not a
>>> for profit product and relies on people working for about minimum
>>> wage, grants, and volunteers to develop and create add ons.  Which
>>> proves my point.  Someone else did fill the need for a screen-reader
>>> for people who can't afford a for profit screen--reader but it was
>>> outside of the for profit model.  Entrepreneurs are creative and
>>> motivated enough that, as I said, if a for profit screen-reader
>>> could be developed  for a significantly cheaper price, it would have
>>> been long ago.
>>> Gene
>>> ----- Original Message -----
>>> *From:* erik burggraaf <mailto:erik@...>
>>> *Sent:* Monday, October 02, 2017 4:03 PM
>>> *To:* nvda@nvda.groups.io <mailto:nvda@nvda.groups.io>
>>> *Subject:* Re: [nvda] WebAim Screen Reader User Survey #7: Getting
>>> The Word Out About NVDA
>>>
>>> Accessibility laws change the game.  The market for jaws is
>>> different from the market of most other products. The primary target
>>> market doesn't actually use the product.  The reason commercial
>>> screen readers are sustainable is that governments in developed
>>> countrys have legislated that the government must accept the
>>> financial cost of communication aids for people with print
>>> disabilities as a means of leveling the playing field.  That is why
>>> the cost of the tecchnologies has always been out of reach for most
>>> blind consumers, and very little to do with the development cost and
>>> comparitive small size of the market as most commercial access
>>> technologists claim.
>>>
>>> So, there's no evidence to suggest that vfo or any company is
>>> planning to jack up prices even higher than they already are, but
>>> there are legislative hooks that might allow them to if they wanted.
>>>
>>> I really think though that they are battoning down and preparing to
>>> ride out the end times with what they have.  The consolidation has
>>> pretty much taken place.  A few straglers haven't bought in or bowed
>>> out, but they have unique markets of their own.
>>>
>>> The government funding that constitutes the primary support for
>>> products like jaws is on the severe decline as the use cases for the
>>> products over cheeper less specialized alternatives growes less and
>>> less by the day.  If the size of the market dictated the price as
>>> they always claimed, then considering the dwindling share of the
>>> market controlled by commercial AT, it makes sense that the price
>>> would go up, especially in the case of VFO's new exclusivity
>>> agreements in geographic regions that were either not controlled or
>>> controlled by companies that are no more.  The odd thing is, with
>>> NVDA distributed free as a noncommercial product, I doubt it falls
>>> under the commercial exclusivity agreements anyhow.
>>>
>>> Best,
>>>
>>> Erik
>>>
>>> On October 2, 2017 4:24:22 PM "Gene" <gsasner@...> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Why would the owners of JAWS commit suicide or strongly encourage
>>>> purchasers not to use their product by doing something ridiculous,
>>>> as you suggest? They won't.  I don't know if they will try
>>>> different prices as time goes on to get the most profit from the
>>>> most or optimum number of sales, but that is different from
>>>> behaving irrationally.  Is this part of the JAWS is greedy and can
>>>> charge anything it wants argument?  It doesn't matter in the
>>>> context of this argument, that I've heard for two decades with no
>>>> meaningful proof given, whether JAWS is greedy or not.  What
>>>> matters is that JAWS doesn't exist in a vacuum.  It may charge what
>>>> the market will bear but it still operates in a market.  If
>>>> institutions are willing to pay a price, JAWS may decide to charge
>>>> it.  But that doesn't mean that institutions are irrational. They
>>>> aren't going to accept a thousand percent price rise of a product
>>>> just because JAWS owners decide to try to charge it.
>>>> Gene
>>>> ----- Original Message -----
>>>> *From:* Sky Mundell <mailto:skyt@...>
>>>> *Sent:* Monday, October 02, 2017 3:00 PM
>>>> *To:* nvda@nvda.groups.io <mailto:nvda@nvda.groups.io>
>>>> *Subject:* Re: [nvda] WebAim Screen Reader User Survey #7: Getting
>>>> The Word Out About NVDA
>>>>
>>>> I totally agree with you Erick. The education institutions that
>>>> deliver equipment to students in Vancouver and around BC and here
>>>> in Victoria haven’t really embraced NVDA but I can see them
>>>> embracing NVDA sooner rather than later. Remember, FS always saw
>>>> its main competition, Window-Eyes as a threat. Since the main
>>>> competition is now gone, , eventually VFO could raise the price of
>>>> JAWS a lot higher, say, to $10000 or so, and that would force
>>>> educational institutions to go with NVDA.
>>>>
>>>> *From:*nvda@nvda.groups.io [mailto:nvda@nvda.groups.io] *On Behalf
>>>> Of *erik burggraaf
>>>> *Sent:* Monday, October 02, 2017 10:12 AM
>>>> *To:* nvda@nvda.groups.io
>>>> *Subject:* Re: [nvda] WebAim Screen Reader User Survey #7: Getting
>>>> The Word Out About NVDA
>>>>
>>>> The sample size is very small in these surveys,  but they
>>>> definitely show the paradigm shift and I won't be surprised at all
>>>> to see mobile, mac voiceover, and nvda useage up, and jaws useage
>>>> down.  Window-eyes use should fall right off the charts since the
>>>> product is discontinued.  This will help slow the skid of jaws, but
>>>> I think at least as many window-eyes switchers made it to NVDA as
>>>> to jaws, despite the fact that jaws 18 was a free upgrade for Many
>>>> window-eyes users.
>>>>
>>>> Since the new paradigm puts the blind more or less on an equal
>>>> playing field, and social, legal and economic trends all support
>>>> moving in that direction it shouldn't be too surprising that blind
>>>> users want it more and more.  I have thought for years that 2021 is
>>>> about the final stopping point for old paradigm designs,
>>>> particularly the personal computer, but I can see a lot of
>>>> tradition going by the board by then.  This is all good for us, and
>>>> it's nice to have something concreet to demonstrate the trend we
>>>> can all see happening around us.
>>>>
>>>> Have fun,
>>>>
>>>> Erik
>>>>
>>>> On October 2, 2017 12:57:37 AM "Sarah k Alawami"
>>>> <marrie12@... <mailto:marrie12@...>> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>     Wow, interesting. I'm not surprised. I wonder what we'll see
>>>>     this year now that a lot of us are switching to nvda and or
>>>>     android and or voiceover.
>>>>
>>>>     Take care
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>     On Oct 1, 2017, at 9:34 PM, Gene New Zealand
>>>>     <hurrikennyandopo@...
>>>>     <mailto:hurrikennyandopo@...>> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>     hi Bhavya
>>>>
>>>>     I have been following the surveys after they  survey  has finished.
>>>>
>>>>     I have also been noticing that the number of jaws users have
>>>>     been dropping along with a few of the commercial screen users
>>>>     and magnifiers etc.
>>>>
>>>>     Also the use of mobile units starting to rise as in the use of
>>>>     android and apple devices that can go portable.
>>>>
>>>>     For me mostly home use is nvda 100 percent of the time and if
>>>>     mobile a android device.
>>>>
>>>>     Gene nz
>>>>
>>>>     On 10/1/2017 2:20 AM, Bhavya shah wrote:
>>>>
>>>>         Dear all,
>>>>
>>>>         Since almost a decade, WebAim, a non-profit web accessibility
>>>>
>>>>         consultancy organisation, has been conducting an annual
>>>>         (sometimes
>>>>
>>>>         biennial) survey, which, as its name implies, attempts to
>>>>         gather
>>>>
>>>>         statistics about the usage share of different screen readers,
>>>>
>>>>         technology (particularly Internet) accessibility trends,
>>>>         etc. so as to
>>>>
>>>>         aid analysts, researchers, accessibility consultants, sighted
>>>>
>>>>         developers, and mainstream companies to get a quantified
>>>>         picture of
>>>>
>>>>         the state of the AT industry.
>>>>
>>>>         While this survey features participation from varied
>>>>         geographies,
>>>>
>>>>         NVDA’s user base, at least in my personal view, has always been
>>>>
>>>>         understated. While 8% respondents of the first December
>>>>         2008 WebAim
>>>>
>>>>         survey reported to be NVDA users, this figure has only
>>>>         increased to
>>>>
>>>>         14% of respondents in its 2015 counterpart claiming to use
>>>>         NVDA as
>>>>
>>>>         their primary screen reader and 41% using it commonly, a
>>>>         usage share
>>>>
>>>>         substantially lower than NVDA’s commercial and more
>>>>         expensive screen
>>>>
>>>>         reading alternatives.
>>>>
>>>>         I think it would be a great way of playing our tiny part in
>>>>         getting
>>>>
>>>>         the word out about NVDA’s viability and competency  if all NVDA
>>>>
>>>>         community members, users, testers and other related parties,
>>>>
>>>>         particularly from second and third world developing regions
>>>>         which
>>>>
>>>>         often remain silent for such surveys but where free and
>>>>         open source
>>>>
>>>>         NVDA makes a prominent impact, take this survey and
>>>>         contribute to
>>>>
>>>>         letting the world know about the size and standing of the
>>>>         NVDA user
>>>>
>>>>         base.
>>>>
>>>>         The URL of said survey is
>>>>         https://webaim.org/projects/screenreadersurvey7/
>>>>
>>>>         .
>>>>
>>>>         It took me about ten minutes to fill this survey and the
>>>>         form was
>>>>
>>>>         extremely accessible. Not only from an NVDA angle, but
>>>>         filling such
>>>>
>>>>         surveys always brings out useful and reflective data,
>>>>         which, in turn,
>>>>
>>>>         betters AT as a whole. Therefore, I urge everyone to take
>>>>         some time
>>>>
>>>>         out for this survey so that we can make the data truly
>>>>         reflective of
>>>>
>>>>         the actualities.
>>>>
>>>>         Thanks.
>>>>
>>>>         P.S. I am in no way affiliated to WebAim nor is my
>>>>         intention to merely
>>>>
>>>>         promote this survey.
>>>>
>>>>     --
>>>>     Image NVDA certified expert
>>>>
>>>>     Check out my website for NVDA tutorials and other blindness
>>>>     related material at http://www.accessibilitycentral.net
>>>>     <http://www.accessibilitycentral.net/> Regardless of where you
>>>>     are in New Zealand if you are near one of the APNK sites you
>>>>     can use a copy of the NVDA screen reader on one of their
>>>>     computers. To find out which locations (or location) is near to
>>>>     you please visit
>>>>     http://www.aotearoapeoplesnetwork.org/content/partner-libraries
>>>>     (Aotearoa People's Network Kaharoa). To find an NVDA certified
>>>>     expert near you, please visit the following link
>>>>     https://certification.nvaccess.org/. The certification page
>>>>     contains the official list of NVDA certified individuals from
>>>>     around the world, who have sat and successfully passed the NVDA
>>>>     expert exam.
>>>>
>
>

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Re: WebAim Screen Reader User Survey #7: Getting The Word Out About NVDA

Sally Kiebdaj
 

Whole-heartedly agree here! I was raised in Indiana which is probably the only reason I was offered Window-Eyes by my Voc Rehab office. Many others I met out of state a guide dog school and college had never heard of Window-Eyes let alone been given the chance to test it before being provided JAWS. In the case that they had heard of it, they assumed it was incomplete or inferior because it had never been recommended or offered to them.


Too often, the able-bodied powers that be --for a variety of reasons including lack of interest or bandwidth-- learn 1 version of adaptive technology for a given disability and recommend only that one for ever after. Even if their job is to advise or help those new to the disability, they do not take the time to research and present all options. Government funding and contracts may be a large part of this but so is ignorance. I worked for a few years at a prominent eye hospital that had a rehab department and no one in the building knew about window-eyes or that android devices were used by the blind. In this case, I know that there were no contracts or government funding--- only the common mental shorthand of stereotyping the outgroup. Because they ad seen more than one blind person with an iPhone or had heard of JAWS, clearly all people used iPhones and JAWS because that was all they had. Funnily enough they didn't even realize that VoiceOver existed on Mac OSX since the JAWS stereotype predated iOS.


I am grateful for the choice I had early on and the fact that I knew that the most common option wasn't the only and wasn't necessarily the best for me. In my case and at that time, my simultaneous use of ZoomText made Window-Eyes a much better option.


Cheers,

Sally


On 10/5/2017 6:44 PM, Travis Siegel wrote:

The only statement in this thread I have to take exception to is the statement that jaws was providing access before anyone else.  This statement is completely false.

The very first screen reader ever for windows was windowbridge.  Windowbridge had a lot of firsts when it comes to screen reader functionality, including some things that still don't exist in any screen reader available today, such as mouse navigation via locking vertical or horizontal movement so you could find things on the screen easier.

It also was the first screen reader to use the caps lock key as a modifier, (something each and every screen reader has copied since), and it had a lot of other firsts.  Just because a program is the most popular doesn't make it either the best, or the most advanced, or even the one with the most features.  Jaws is popular yes, but a lot of that popularity is due to the fact that state agencies and other government organizations use it and their clients use it, it isn't the mostpopular because it outstrips every other screen reader in the market with it's feature set, capabilities and it's usability.  Folks really should keep that in mind when deiscussing screen readers.  There's a reason there are multiple (and always have been) multiple screen readers.  Everyone knows, there is no such thing as one size fits all when it comes to screen readers, no program can be everything to everyone, and the screen reader market is no exception.  Each screen reader has it's pros and it's cons, and what eacyh user uses should be up to that user, only that usually isn't the case.  When I worked for a rather large computer company as a programmer and a tech support person, I did not get to choose what screen reader I wanted to use, I was told that I was going to use jaws, and that I was going to like it, because that's the only option I had.  As it turns out, the copy of jaws I got was an illegal install that wasn't registered to me, and I had to spend my own money to purchase a program I didn't want, just so I wouldn't be liable if some sort of audit came through.  Of course, said audit never did come through, but the point is, you never know what can/will happen, and if you aren't prepared, you could get in a lot of trouble, even for things you didn't do.  Had I had my choice of screen reader, it would have been window-eyes, but I wasn't asked, and I wasn't even consulted about the question.  Shortly afterwords, my case was closed by the visual services department, and I never got a single piece of help from them, even though it's their job to provide assistance with this very thing. 

This message has strayed way off topic, and even into topics I didn't intend to bring up, but it all goes together, so there it is, make of it what you like.

The point though, is that whatever the screen reader is, it really should be up to the user to choose what they want to use.  If they don't know, then showing them the options and allowing them to choose would be nice, but often times, that isn't what ahppens, and because of that, there is a false impression created that the program of choice (or the device of choice for that matter) is the best/first/what have you, when it could very just as easily be the bottom of the barrel, but nobody knows, because there is no option given.


On 10/4/2017 8:50 AM, erik burggraaf wrote:

Hi Randy,

On October 3, 2017 11:54:34 PM "Randy Barnett" <randy@...> wrote:

Jaws has gone down in price over the years.


I'll give you this.  Looking at the freedom scientific website, I can see that the home edition stands at $900, and the professional stands at $1100.  These prices are about 2 or 3 hundred dollars cheeper than when I last had ocasion to keep track some four years ago.  I guess that's about a 20% nock off.  If it doesn't seem like much, that's because 9 c's is far out of reach of the home user.  IE, government is still the primary target market for this product and I believe all my former arguments to retain validity. 
FS has been fairly competative on hardware pricing I will give them that.  I don't like most of their hardware, but I know many people who do and the price points make it attractive to both those who use it and those who pay.  Of course, people who use fs hardware naturally tend to gravitate to fs software and vice versa.  This is certainly not always the case, but I see it often. 

Even more if you figure in
inflation. It has not gone up at all. Nor is it likely too.

No, I don't buy the inflation bit either, not considering the take home of the top brass at VFO.  The pricing includes all overhead including reasonable inflation, so no.  Plus, we're still debunking the research and development argument.  Each release of jaws does not require the scratch construction of a new speech synthesizer, video display chain driver, and accessibility api among other core functions.  Programmers are talented people who diserve to be paid accordingly, but the scale of the research required to maintain jaws now is nowhere near on the scale it would have been in the late 90's when there were no such things as accessibility standards.

Also, Gene touched on it and others may have too.  They're not just selling jaws.  They're selling training at a premium.  I've seen quotes for scripting ranging from $150 per work hour, to $150 per code line.  I'm working on a human rights employment case right now and just to get an audit of what needs to be fixed in this one company from an accessibility consultant is going to cost $15000.  Just to find out what's wrong.  Now, VFO owns one of the supposed leading consulting firms in this area, which means they can test with only jaws, and tout scripting at a premium.  Also, you notice, they don't tell you how much it costs for remote access anymore?  The ominous, "call for pricing".  Let's not waste any clean-x on VFO's proffit margin shall we.

I am not a


big fan of VFO and criticize it often but they are like any other
specialized software. Have you ever price CAD, Audio design, CNC
mapping  and other similar software? they far exceed the cost of Jaws.

Nop, Gene tried this one too, and I didn't have the time to address it but lets just say... No.  If I buy jaws,  it's money spent playing catch up.  There is no doubt the benefits of hiring blind employees.  It's the law, and I need to comply.  There are lots of perripheral benefits, but no direct cost recovery.  I mearly pay to supplement what I already have.  IE, I have a great employee and an inaccessible workplace and jaws glues the two together.  But I might be able to find another great employee who doesn't need jaws, and unless I'm planning to start a sideline in some area of accessibility work, I'm not seeing  a direct return on my jaws or ansilary services like scripting.

The argument holds less water in the case of retirees who go blind later in life or other home based use cases.  How many regular people have autocad in their house in case they want to doodle?

If I'm an engineer, I buy autocad.  It is crutial to my job.  It accellerates my workflow and directly earnes me money.  If I had a professional recording studio, I'd pay top dollar for protools.  Thousands or 10's of thousands of dollars for a licence is nothing, because knowledge and use of these tools generates direct return on investment in the millians or greater.  Jaws does not offer anything close to that, so there's no comparison to be made at all.

Do I want cheaper Jaws? Of course who wants to pay more for anything!
Dont forget Jaws was providing access long before anyone else and it was
very good access at that. It has taken over 20years for someone to
provide a no cost alternative for the PC.
On 10/3/2017 7:58 PM, Gene wrote:
> It should be pointed out that System Access isn't at all equivalent to
> JAWS or Window-eyes. It cost less because it was much less capable and
> didn't have to work with nearly as many programs.  And it was often
> purchased, not as a standalone product, but with the SAM Network.  I
> don't know if I have the name just right.  But it could be purchased
> either alone or as an integrated product and I wouldn't be surprised
> if a lot or most purchasers purchased the whole package, which may
> have further led to lowering costs.  Agencies wouldn't have purchased
> it in general because their thrust was employment and System Access
> wasn't intended as an employment product.
> It was intended to give Internet Access, access to certain e-mail
> programs and to simple word processing.  It cost about half as much as
> JAWS and Window-eyes and it was perhaps one-third as powerful.
> Around 2000, whoever owned JAWS at that time attempted to address the
> affordability problem by making a product, Connect Outloud.  I believe
> you could buy it and it also came, bundled for free with Openbook. 
> What I heard when it was discontinued after perhaps two or three years
> was that there wasn't enough demand to justify continuing it.
> It provided Internet access, access to Winamp, Outlook Express,
> Wordpad, and it may have provided access to one or two other programs.
> I'm not sure why it wasn't popular at the time, given the number of
> home users who didn't need a powerful screen-reader and the price of
> JAWS and Window-eyes and, as I recall, it was before System Access.
> But those who insist on viewing whoever owns JAWS throughout its
> history as predators, perhaps they should consider this information.
> As far as whether HJAWs developers do enough work to justify the price
> currently, I don't know.
> Gene
> ----- Original Message -----
> *From:* Lino Morales <mailto:linomorales001@...>
> *Sent:* Tuesday, October 03, 2017 6:08 PM
> *To:* nvda@nvda.groups.io <mailto:nvda@nvda.groups.io>
> *Subject:* Re: [nvda] WebAim Screen Reader User Survey #7: Getting The
> Word Out About NVDA
>
> Great post Eric. I wasn't around in the 70's or didn't know jack horse
> maneur about AT. Viva la NVDA!
>
>
> On 10/2/2017 5:50 PM, erik burggraaf wrote:
>>
>> Lots of for proffit companies made free or low cost screen readers.
>> Serotek for one.  Apple for another.  I'd say both companies were
>> successful to one degree or another.  So, why didn't we see
>> governments lining up to pay for system access?  Well, to a lesser
>> extent some did, but if screen readers cost less, then the funding
>> becomes less and the portfoleos of nondisabled people making big
>> money from accessibility legislation shrink.  We certainly don't want
>> that.  But even at that, system access and the system access network
>> lasted for a very long time, largely on consumer driven support.
>>
>> NVDA didn't succeed because it was not for proffit.  It succeded
>> because of the dedication of the people who started it, and the
>> following those founders were able to inspire. It's sustainable
>> because of the people who work on it. The fact that it is non for
>> proffit gives it certain advantages such as the fact that it can't be
>> subsumed by a for proffit.  Lots of free windows screen readers
>> entered and left the market in the past 10 years.  NVDA is the only
>> one to thrive, much less survive, and it's because of the talendt,
>> and the management.
>>
>> Then again, the fact that NVDA itself is non for proffit hasn't
>> prevented the organization from accepting grants and sponsorships
>> from for proffit companies, and whatever I may think of those
>> companies individually, the output from those grants contributed to
>> the general effectiveness of NVDA, which lead to more adoption which
>> lead to donation revinue, which lead to more improvements until we
>> have the body of work which now is viable enough to stand up to a
>> commercial product in the vast majority of situations.
>>
>> So, we'll have to agree to disagree on this.  I've heard all the
>> arguments for nearly as long as you have.  I'll allow there was a
>> time when they may have made sense to one degree or another. 
>> Certainly the first opticon and kurzweil reading machine costed
>> enormously more in terms of research and development than say the
>> knfb reader mobile app.  In fact, vast commercial uses for scanning,
>> ocr, text to speech, dictation, and other technologies developed for
>> disability communities are prevailant and highly intergrated into
>> modern society.  Accessibility legislation is between 25 and 50 years
>> old.  Commercial standards for developing things to be accessible are
>> well established and supported by legislation.  Time and talent still
>> cost money, but we stand on the shoulders of giants.  It's not what
>> it was in the late 70's and early 80's.  Completely different situation.
>>
>> Best,
>>
>> Erik
>>
>> On October 2, 2017 5:25:39 PM "Gene" <gsasner@...> wrote:
>>
>>> That is not correct and I've seen that argument many times.  JAWS is
>>> expensive because it is a specialized product with a tiny market. 
>>> If Windows had the number of users JAWS has, it would be 
>>> exorbitantly expensive as well.  It's mass production with enormous
>>> customer bases that makes most manufactured products we use
>>> inexpensive. You can argue about whether institutions could cause
>>> the price of JAWS to be lower by negotiating, I don't know if the
>>> owners of JAWS charge more than they need to to make a product.  But
>>> anyone on this list who purchases or has purchased a sophisticated
>>> computer program that sells to a very small audience will confirm
>>> that such products are very expensive. Institutions may be
>>> bureaucratic but they aren't fools.  Entrepreneurs are creative and
>>> inventive.  If it were possible to have a screen-reader with the
>>> power and sophistication of JAWS for significantly less, someone
>>> would have entered the market at a cheaper price.  They've had more
>>> than two decades to do so in the case of Windows screen-readers. 
>>> Where are they, or even one?
>>> The only way a powerful screen-reader has been developed that is
>>> within the reach of a lot of blind people is to completely work
>>> outside of the for profit model.  NVDA is free because it is not a
>>> for profit product and relies on people working for about minimum
>>> wage, grants, and volunteers to develop and create add ons.  Which
>>> proves my point.  Someone else did fill the need for a screen-reader
>>> for people who can't afford a for profit screen--reader but it was
>>> outside of the for profit model.  Entrepreneurs are creative and
>>> motivated enough that, as I said, if a for profit screen-reader
>>> could be developed  for a significantly cheaper price, it would have
>>> been long ago.
>>> Gene
>>> ----- Original Message -----
>>> *From:* erik burggraaf <mailto:erik@...>
>>> *Sent:* Monday, October 02, 2017 4:03 PM
>>> *To:* nvda@nvda.groups.io <mailto:nvda@nvda.groups.io>
>>> *Subject:* Re: [nvda] WebAim Screen Reader User Survey #7: Getting
>>> The Word Out About NVDA
>>>
>>> Accessibility laws change the game.  The market for jaws is
>>> different from the market of most other products. The primary target
>>> market doesn't actually use the product.  The reason commercial
>>> screen readers are sustainable is that governments in developed
>>> countrys have legislated that the government must accept the
>>> financial cost of communication aids for people with print
>>> disabilities as a means of leveling the playing field.  That is why
>>> the cost of the tecchnologies has always been out of reach for most
>>> blind consumers, and very little to do with the development cost and
>>> comparitive small size of the market as most commercial access
>>> technologists claim.
>>>
>>> So, there's no evidence to suggest that vfo or any company is
>>> planning to jack up prices even higher than they already are, but
>>> there are legislative hooks that might allow them to if they wanted.
>>>
>>> I really think though that they are battoning down and preparing to
>>> ride out the end times with what they have.  The consolidation has
>>> pretty much taken place.  A few straglers haven't bought in or bowed
>>> out, but they have unique markets of their own.
>>>
>>> The government funding that constitutes the primary support for
>>> products like jaws is on the severe decline as the use cases for the
>>> products over cheeper less specialized alternatives growes less and
>>> less by the day.  If the size of the market dictated the price as
>>> they always claimed, then considering the dwindling share of the
>>> market controlled by commercial AT, it makes sense that the price
>>> would go up, especially in the case of VFO's new exclusivity
>>> agreements in geographic regions that were either not controlled or
>>> controlled by companies that are no more.  The odd thing is, with
>>> NVDA distributed free as a noncommercial product, I doubt it falls
>>> under the commercial exclusivity agreements anyhow.
>>>
>>> Best,
>>>
>>> Erik
>>>
>>> On October 2, 2017 4:24:22 PM "Gene" <gsasner@...> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Why would the owners of JAWS commit suicide or strongly encourage
>>>> purchasers not to use their product by doing something ridiculous,
>>>> as you suggest? They won't.  I don't know if they will try
>>>> different prices as time goes on to get the most profit from the
>>>> most or optimum number of sales, but that is different from
>>>> behaving irrationally.  Is this part of the JAWS is greedy and can
>>>> charge anything it wants argument?  It doesn't matter in the
>>>> context of this argument, that I've heard for two decades with no
>>>> meaningful proof given, whether JAWS is greedy or not.  What
>>>> matters is that JAWS doesn't exist in a vacuum.  It may charge what
>>>> the market will bear but it still operates in a market.  If
>>>> institutions are willing to pay a price, JAWS may decide to charge
>>>> it.  But that doesn't mean that institutions are irrational. They
>>>> aren't going to accept a thousand percent price rise of a product
>>>> just because JAWS owners decide to try to charge it.
>>>> Gene
>>>> ----- Original Message -----
>>>> *From:* Sky Mundell <mailto:skyt@...>
>>>> *Sent:* Monday, October 02, 2017 3:00 PM
>>>> *To:* nvda@nvda.groups.io <mailto:nvda@nvda.groups.io>
>>>> *Subject:* Re: [nvda] WebAim Screen Reader User Survey #7: Getting
>>>> The Word Out About NVDA
>>>>
>>>> I totally agree with you Erick. The education institutions that
>>>> deliver equipment to students in Vancouver and around BC and here
>>>> in Victoria haven’t really embraced NVDA but I can see them
>>>> embracing NVDA sooner rather than later. Remember, FS always saw
>>>> its main competition, Window-Eyes as a threat. Since the main
>>>> competition is now gone, , eventually VFO could raise the price of
>>>> JAWS a lot higher, say, to $10000 or so, and that would force
>>>> educational institutions to go with NVDA.
>>>>
>>>> *From:*nvda@nvda.groups.io [mailto:nvda@nvda.groups.io] *On Behalf
>>>> Of *erik burggraaf
>>>> *Sent:* Monday, October 02, 2017 10:12 AM
>>>> *To:* nvda@nvda.groups.io
>>>> *Subject:* Re: [nvda] WebAim Screen Reader User Survey #7: Getting
>>>> The Word Out About NVDA
>>>>
>>>> The sample size is very small in these surveys,  but they
>>>> definitely show the paradigm shift and I won't be surprised at all
>>>> to see mobile, mac voiceover, and nvda useage up, and jaws useage
>>>> down.  Window-eyes use should fall right off the charts since the
>>>> product is discontinued.  This will help slow the skid of jaws, but
>>>> I think at least as many window-eyes switchers made it to NVDA as
>>>> to jaws, despite the fact that jaws 18 was a free upgrade for Many
>>>> window-eyes users.
>>>>
>>>> Since the new paradigm puts the blind more or less on an equal
>>>> playing field, and social, legal and economic trends all support
>>>> moving in that direction it shouldn't be too surprising that blind
>>>> users want it more and more.  I have thought for years that 2021 is
>>>> about the final stopping point for old paradigm designs,
>>>> particularly the personal computer, but I can see a lot of
>>>> tradition going by the board by then.  This is all good for us, and
>>>> it's nice to have something concreet to demonstrate the trend we
>>>> can all see happening around us.
>>>>
>>>> Have fun,
>>>>
>>>> Erik
>>>>
>>>> On October 2, 2017 12:57:37 AM "Sarah k Alawami"
>>>> <marrie12@... <mailto:marrie12@...>> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>     Wow, interesting. I'm not surprised. I wonder what we'll see
>>>>     this year now that a lot of us are switching to nvda and or
>>>>     android and or voiceover.
>>>>
>>>>     Take care
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>     On Oct 1, 2017, at 9:34 PM, Gene New Zealand
>>>>     <hurrikennyandopo@...
>>>>     <mailto:hurrikennyandopo@...>> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>     hi Bhavya
>>>>
>>>>     I have been following the surveys after they  survey  has finished.
>>>>
>>>>     I have also been noticing that the number of jaws users have
>>>>     been dropping along with a few of the commercial screen users
>>>>     and magnifiers etc.
>>>>
>>>>     Also the use of mobile units starting to rise as in the use of
>>>>     android and apple devices that can go portable.
>>>>
>>>>     For me mostly home use is nvda 100 percent of the time and if
>>>>     mobile a android device.
>>>>
>>>>     Gene nz
>>>>
>>>>     On 10/1/2017 2:20 AM, Bhavya shah wrote:
>>>>
>>>>         Dear all,
>>>>
>>>>         Since almost a decade, WebAim, a non-profit web accessibility
>>>>
>>>>         consultancy organisation, has been conducting an annual
>>>>         (sometimes
>>>>
>>>>         biennial) survey, which, as its name implies, attempts to
>>>>         gather
>>>>
>>>>         statistics about the usage share of different screen readers,
>>>>
>>>>         technology (particularly Internet) accessibility trends,
>>>>         etc. so as to
>>>>
>>>>         aid analysts, researchers, accessibility consultants, sighted
>>>>
>>>>         developers, and mainstream companies to get a quantified
>>>>         picture of
>>>>
>>>>         the state of the AT industry.
>>>>
>>>>         While this survey features participation from varied
>>>>         geographies,
>>>>
>>>>         NVDA’s user base, at least in my personal view, has always been
>>>>
>>>>         understated. While 8% respondents of the first December
>>>>         2008 WebAim
>>>>
>>>>         survey reported to be NVDA users, this figure has only
>>>>         increased to
>>>>
>>>>         14% of respondents in its 2015 counterpart claiming to use
>>>>         NVDA as
>>>>
>>>>         their primary screen reader and 41% using it commonly, a
>>>>         usage share
>>>>
>>>>         substantially lower than NVDA’s commercial and more
>>>>         expensive screen
>>>>
>>>>         reading alternatives.
>>>>
>>>>         I think it would be a great way of playing our tiny part in
>>>>         getting
>>>>
>>>>         the word out about NVDA’s viability and competency  if all NVDA
>>>>
>>>>         community members, users, testers and other related parties,
>>>>
>>>>         particularly from second and third world developing regions
>>>>         which
>>>>
>>>>         often remain silent for such surveys but where free and
>>>>         open source
>>>>
>>>>         NVDA makes a prominent impact, take this survey and
>>>>         contribute to
>>>>
>>>>         letting the world know about the size and standing of the
>>>>         NVDA user
>>>>
>>>>         base.
>>>>
>>>>         The URL of said survey is
>>>>         https://webaim.org/projects/screenreadersurvey7/
>>>>
>>>>         .
>>>>
>>>>         It took me about ten minutes to fill this survey and the
>>>>         form was
>>>>
>>>>         extremely accessible. Not only from an NVDA angle, but
>>>>         filling such
>>>>
>>>>         surveys always brings out useful and reflective data,
>>>>         which, in turn,
>>>>
>>>>         betters AT as a whole. Therefore, I urge everyone to take
>>>>         some time
>>>>
>>>>         out for this survey so that we can make the data truly
>>>>         reflective of
>>>>
>>>>         the actualities.
>>>>
>>>>         Thanks.
>>>>
>>>>         P.S. I am in no way affiliated to WebAim nor is my
>>>>         intention to merely
>>>>
>>>>         promote this survey.
>>>>
>>>>     --
>>>>     Image NVDA certified expert
>>>>
>>>>     Check out my website for NVDA tutorials and other blindness
>>>>     related material at http://www.accessibilitycentral.net
>>>>     <http://www.accessibilitycentral.net/> Regardless of where you
>>>>     are in New Zealand if you are near one of the APNK sites you
>>>>     can use a copy of the NVDA screen reader on one of their
>>>>     computers. To find out which locations (or location) is near to
>>>>     you please visit
>>>>     http://www.aotearoapeoplesnetwork.org/content/partner-libraries
>>>>     (Aotearoa People's Network Kaharoa). To find an NVDA certified
>>>>     expert near you, please visit the following link
>>>>     https://certification.nvaccess.org/. The certification page
>>>>     contains the official list of NVDA certified individuals from
>>>>     around the world, who have sat and successfully passed the NVDA
>>>>     expert exam.
>>>>
>
>

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Re: Issues with Windows 10 upgrades

Austin Pinto <austinpinto.xaviers@...>
 

i would first suggest you to join the win10 list on groups.io
if you havent already done that.
next.
can you give a full specification of your computer?
include which cpu, video card, hard drive size, which screen readers
are installed.
next.
try this before replying.
1. go to run box.
2. type services.msc
3. once it opens press tab and find windows update service and go to
its properties.
4. change type to disabled.
remember the type it was set before you did this as we need to set it
back after you do the next steps.
5. click on stop.
6. once stops click on apply and ok.
7. go to c:\windows\SoftwareDistribution\downloads.
empty this folder.
8. go to properties of c drive and do a disk cleanup.
select to clean system files.
check all the boxes and select clean.
9. if you use a 3rd party antivirus then write down the product key
and uninstall it.
10. reboot your computer.
11. go to services.msc and change the type of the windows update
service to the type it was setup and start the service.
12. check for update and hopefully it should install now.
13. if doesnt install then update all drivers including bios from hp site.
reply on how it goes.

On 10/6/17, Mallard <mallard@kimabe.eu> wrote:
Gene,


that's the very first page I found too, and the very first thing we did,
with my husband, but to no avail...


Goodness knows what is causing this thing.

The funny thing is, that my little, old packard Bell netbook from 2010
upgraded to 1703 without any issues whatsoever, even using my smartphone
as a hotspot...


Ciao,

Ollie





Il 05/10/2017 22:36, Gene New Zealand ha scritto:

Hi


As long as i entered in the right error code and did not leave any
thing else i done a quick search and came up with this page at
http://www.errorlive.com/error-code-0x8007001f

Hopefully i copied the whole error code but it if it is this one looks
like you need to update your audio driver or try some of the steps there.


Usually at times it is usually to do with a usb device.


Gene nz



On 10/6/2017 9:14 AM, Mallard wrote:
Well, I think we tried all possible troubleshooting tools and fixes
available. Every time we were back to square one. A sort of "catch
22" situation. We were advised to restoer, but restore wouldn't work.
we were advised to use a cd, but that told us there was an error
(always the same error code!).

I'll try with the newer version as soon as it appears, but I'm afraid
I'll have to stay on this 1607 thingy, unless I want to format the
machine...


Ciao, thanks!

Ollie





Il 05/10/2017 19:16, Randy Barnett ha scritto:
I have and it is a serious pain. Try the windows update
troubleshooting tool. Just google it and then install it from MS.
If that dowsnt fix it there are some more advanced workarounds but
Sometimes it is easier to just reinstall windows with the latest
version.
On 10/5/2017 6:23 AM, Mallard wrote:
Hello all,

My machine (a desktop from HP, which was bought refurbished, and
has 12GB of ram at the moment) doesn't seem to want to upgrade to
Creator.
It has been attempiting to do the updates, but every time it says
there's an error, and can't complete the procedure.

It gives me the following error:

Error: 0x8007001f

I searched for the code on teh web, and so did my husband, but we
didn't come up with anything viable.

Has anyone, by any chance, experienced somehting like this, and how
did you solve it, if you did at all?

Thanks, ciao,
Ollie




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Check out my website for NVDA tutorials and other blindness related
material at http://www.accessibilitycentral.net Regardless of where
you are in New Zealand if you are near one of the APNK sites you can
use a copy of the NVDA screen reader on one of their computers. To
find out which locations (or location) is near to you please visit
http://www.aotearoapeoplesnetwork.org/content/partner-libraries
(Aotearoa People's Network Kaharoa). To find an NVDA certified expert
near you, please visit the following link
https://certification.nvaccess.org/. The certification page contains
the official list of NVDA certified individuals from around the world,
who have sat and successfully passed the NVDA expert exam.



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Re: question about comparison between current versions of nvda since 2017.1 about stability

 

thanks so much brian.
do you mean that the best version of nvda without issues and hangs is
2017.3 except outlook which i read previously?
God bless you.

On 10/6/17, Brian's Mail list account via Groups.Io
<bglists=blueyonder.co.uk@groups.io> wrote:
Use Firefox 55 or before and all seems pretty good. Indeed the only gripe I

have about 55 and some earlier ones is that when first launched it often
complains that the page cannot be found. However try again normally finds
it. its trying to be too swift of its marks i think before the address is
resolved.
Brian

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----- Original Message -----
From: "zahra" <nasrinkhaksar3@gmail.com>
To: <nvda@nvda.groups.io>
Sent: Friday, October 06, 2017 7:18 AM
Subject: [nvda] question about comparison between current versions of nvda
since 2017.1 about stability


hello every one.
firefox browser is the most important program for me after nvda
currently.
i wish that know between versions 2017.1, 2017.2 and 2017.3 of nvda
which one is the most compatible version using browsers specially
firefox in stability, not hang or crash without causing the problem
(not responding) for both nvda and browser?
i read nvda 17.2 hanged many times and some people requested link for
return to 17.1 after releasing 17.2
but i even heard that 17.3 hangs using browsers.
could you please share your experience with me in this regard?
i appreciate any help, specially from nvda expert users and developers.
God bless you and i sincerely pray for you every day.

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holy quran, chapter 21, verse 107.
in the very authentic narration from prophet Mohammad is:
indeed, imam husayn is the beacon of guidance and the ark of salvation.
best website for studying islamic book in different languages
www.al-islam.org


Re: Windows 10 is Very, Very Broken

Brian's Mail list account <bglists@...>
 

Yes I said this, but it depends on what the system called 'good' of course, if its drive corruption it would not realise anything was wrong until too late.
Brian

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----- Original Message -----
From: "Gene" <gsasner@ripco.com>
To: <nvda@nvda.groups.io>
Sent: Friday, October 06, 2017 2:46 AM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Windows 10 is Very, Very Broken


I would think it would be much faster and easier to try the last good configuration option. List members should be able to tell you how to do it.

Gene
----- Original Message -----

From: Noah Carver via Groups.Io
Sent: Thursday, October 05, 2017 7:18 PM
To: nvda@nvda.groups.io
Subject: Re: [nvda] Windows 10 is Very, Very Broken


Sorry for the late reply. Unfortunately, I do have school, and as such I am not able to check my email for mailing lists. Now that I am home and can work on this, I actually can write.
My plan is to run a Windows 10 ISO from my flash drive, and repair my system using that. I have some instructions on doing this. Unfortunately, I am unable to access safe mode, and can do nothing with my Windows partition of this machine.
So that’s where things stand as of now.


NoahOn Oct 5, 2017, at 19:18, Gene <gsasner@ripco.com> wrote:


Now that we have more information, you have a much better chance of getting help. Are you receiving mail as a digest? You said you needed help fast so I wonder why you didn't respond for a day or more after your first message. I would suggest not using digest delivery if you want informnation in a timely manner, if you are using digest delivery now.

I don't know what caused the hang, but the problem you are discussing doesn't appear to be a hardware problem.

Windows used to have a way of having it use the last good configuration. If Windows 10 still has that option, that might be the best thing to try first.

Gene
----- Original Message -----


From: Noah Carver via Groups.Io
Sent: Thursday, October 05, 2017 6:10 PM
To: nvda@nvda.groups.io
Subject: Re: [nvda] Windows 10 is Very, Very Broken


OK, so here’s some more in-depth explanation. When does does boot. Boots all the way up until the lock screen. The lock screen appears, showing a lovely photo that Microsoft auto generate. But then I press control to bring up the password entry field, nothing happens. It’s basically locked on the lock screen. That’s my problem. I don’t believe that this is a hardware issue, as windows boot fine. I’m more inclined to believe it has something to do with windows it’s self.

> On Oct 5, 2017, at 15:04, Shaun Everiss <sm.everiss@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> Well a system hang could be many things.
>
> The fact that it just did without warning suggests hardware.
>
> But if a small fan failed you wouldn't know.
>
> If a drive failed you may or may not hear it.
>
> Chances are though that all you need do is hit enter to get things back.
>
> One thing that the user should try.
>
> if you use delete or whatever key that goes to the cmos does it do it.
>
> If it does, if you use a live cd with linux or something does it load.
>
> If the latter then I'll accept the windows issue.
>
> Does the pc even turn on.
>
> I had a server box I was working with, that had been hanging for ages, I turned it on to transfer all data to new hardware and it didn't power, I tried again, and it still didn't power.
>
> Later on the shop confirmed the raid boards and more importantly the boards that were the keys to all the data on the drives were on fire.
>
> We had to pay recovery to get the data.
>
> However to be honest there is a good chance your data is still in tact.
>
> Since windows manages drivers if it hangs you see something and it would restart.
>
> I had a display card do this, run the system suddenly it hangs.
>
> I did a restart, windows detected the display had hung the system, the error was intercepted by the driver software and sent to the right places, I was ordered to update the driver in fact was told how or rathr that there was a firmware bug and asked to patch it.
>
> Chances are most stuff like that well who knows.
>
> A sudden hang without any warning suggests that you have one of the following 3 failiers.
>
> 1. psu or main power pack that can happen.
>
> Less commen is a bad cord though you would notice internal cords failing or something before that.
>
> The processer failed.
>
> That would actually smell if it did, the main fan needs to jam on a pc and you would hear that happening before it did.
>
> The performance would go nuts same with a pc being full of dust.
>
> I had a pc fail on me for that reason it had been racing with fans up to the max all day long and I had wandered about it I did clear it out but not before some stuff died in it and I had to replace it.
>
> If a small fan failed well yeah I admit if that or your sync failed you wouldn't know about that till you actually noticed dammage.
>
> A video card or other card failed, yeah they actually do fail.
>
> You have bad ram, could happen like that ram does fail.
>
> Your board could fail, this is less likely.
>
> Your firmware has an issue.
>
> This is not a problem if you can get it updated or reflashed and stuff.
>
> Its unlikely you could have a virus or malware or any major software issue unless something is covered up that is.
>
> Software could generated a critical stop so could drivers do of 0x000 which basically means something it did went beyond the capabilities of the processer like an overflow or something dumb, but there are so many checks thats almost nonexistant now.
>
> If you didn't see smoke that doesn't mean the supply didn't just die.
>
> I once had the main system fail, and hang then die, the only thing I heard was a small pop like when I get a fax.
>
> If I was not in the same room as it I wouldn't have noticed.
>
>
>
>
>> On 6/10/2017 7:04 a.m., Gene wrote:
>> Consider what happened. With no previous report of problems, the system completely hung. It didn't reboot. We don't know what, if any errors were on screen. All this is pure speculation as to causes, corrupted files, the registry, whatever people want to speculate about. Why would a properly functioning system suddently completely hang and then not reboot? Until we find out what, if any error messages are on screen and if Windows even tries to boot, this is all speculation. I suspect a hardware problem. Others suspect other causes. I consider it premature to advise any course of action without more information.
>>
>> Gene
>> -----
>>
>> From: Brian's Mail list account via Groups.Io
>> Sent: Thursday, October 05, 2017 11:36 AM
>> To: nvda@nvda.groups.io
>> Subject: Re: [nvda] Windows 10 is Very, Very Broken
>>
>>
>> The opposite can also be true, Most software messes with the registry, it
>> can cock it up on install, or on uninstall if it does not remember to
>> reregister any dll files it has changed or altered the classification of in
>> either case. Been there, done that got the T Shirt during xp days.
>> Its normally the dll files associated with the vearious access APIs that get
>> clobbered as the original developer probably never tested if screenreaders
>> wworked before passing the code for distribution. Brian
>>
>> bglists@blueyonder.co.uk
>> Sent via blueyonder.
>> Please address personal email to:-
>> briang1@blueyonder.co.uk, putting 'Brian Gaff'
>> in the display name field.
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Mallard" <mallard@kimabe.eu>
>> To: <nvda@nvda.groups.io>
>> Sent: Thursday, October 05, 2017 2:17 PM
>> Subject: Re: [nvda] Windows 10 is Very, Very Broken
>>
>>
>> Hello Noah,
>>
>>
>> I wenth through a very similar ordeal during the summer.
>>
>> Sighted people could use the pc, but I couldn't. My husband tried fixing
>> Windows in all possible ways, with all possible tools. Nothing doing. We
>> couldn't even restore the pc.
>>
>> We were two seconds away from formatting, when all of a sudden he
>> mentioned a couple of programmes that I said I didn't want to be
>> reinstalled. He removed one, and nothing happened. But when he removed
>> the other one (a Bible app I needed for a translation I was doing for
>> our church group), all got back to normal.
>>
>>
>> Make sure you haven't installed any software recently, which might have
>> interfered with NVDA, before you do anything dramatic like reformatting.
>>
>>
>> This is probably not your case, but better be safe than sorry, so I
>> shared it. It might help someone.
>>
>> Ciao,
>>
>> Ollie
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> Il 04/10/2017 23:26, Noah Carver via Groups.Io ha scritto:
>>> Hello List,
>>>
>>> So, my Windows 10 is really pitching a fit! This all started when I had to
>>> forse shut down my win10 machine using the power butten, because of a
>>> total system hang. Then, I turned the machine back on. But NVDA did not
>>> come back to life. I tried turning on Narrator, and it wouldn't talk.
>>> So I asked my dad to come and look at my screen. According to him, even
>>> when I pressed keys on the keyboard, the log in box wouldn't appear.
>>> I've tried ctrl alt del, I’ve tried rebooting, nothing works. Any help
>>> would be greatly appreciated. I have a radio show in two days, and I have
>>> no backup machine.
>>>
>>> Cheers,
>>>
>>> Noah Carver
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>
>
>
>


Re: Windows 10 is Very, Very Broken

Brian's Mail list account <bglists@...>
 

As an aside this particular message gave me an alert that an active x vcontrol was on the email, and could be dangerous. I'm mentioning this just in case its something infecting your machine. It read ok without it being allowed to run.
Brian

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----- Original Message -----
From: "Randy Barnett" <randy@soundtique.net>
To: <nvda@nvda.groups.io>
Sent: Friday, October 06, 2017 4:44 AM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Windows 10 is Very, Very Broken


Try ctrl +alt + delete. If secure log in got enabled due to corruption
you wont get a password field no matter what you do until you use the
afore memtioned key combo.

On 10/5/2017 5:50 PM, Noah Carver via Groups.Io wrote:
There is no sound what so ever. I tried several reboots with the same
result. NO, I can’t get to the password section, but I can tab and
shift tab around. The password box literally does not exist on the screen.
On Oct 5, 2017, at 20:48, Gene New Zealand
<hurrikennyandopo@outlook.co.nz
<mailto:hurrikennyandopo@outlook.co.nz>> wrote:

hi can you tab around the screen there? or shift/tab or get nvda to
focus on the password section? Can it be shut down from that screen?
maybe a reboot after that might fix it. Is there any thing in one of
the usb holes like a usb stick? i do not mean like printrs etc.


Are you getting any beeps when it boots up? even to that screen?


Gene nz



On 10/6/2017 12:10 PM, Noah Carver via Groups.Io wrote:
OK, so here’s some more in-depth explanation. When does does boot. Boots all the way up until the lock screen. The lock screen appears, showing a lovely photo that Microsoft auto generate. But then I press control to bring up the password entry field, nothing happens. It’s basically locked on the lock screen. That’s my problem. I don’t believe that this is a hardware issue, as windows boot fine. I’m more inclined to believe it has something to do with windows it’s self.

On Oct 5, 2017, at 15:04, Shaun Everiss<sm.everiss@gmail.com> wrote:

Well a system hang could be many things.

The fact that it just did without warning suggests hardware.

But if a small fan failed you wouldn't know.

If a drive failed you may or may not hear it.

Chances are though that all you need do is hit enter to get things back.

One thing that the user should try.

if you use delete or whatever key that goes to the cmos does it do it.

If it does, if you use a live cd with linux or something does it load.

If the latter then I'll accept the windows issue.

Does the pc even turn on.

I had a server box I was working with, that had been hanging for ages, I turned it on to transfer all data to new hardware and it didn't power, I tried again, and it still didn't power.

Later on the shop confirmed the raid boards and more importantly the boards that were the keys to all the data on the drives were on fire.

We had to pay recovery to get the data.

However to be honest there is a good chance your data is still in tact.

Since windows manages drivers if it hangs you see something and it would restart.

I had a display card do this, run the system suddenly it hangs.

I did a restart, windows detected the display had hung the system, the error was intercepted by the driver software and sent to the right places, I was ordered to update the driver in fact was told how or rathr that there was a firmware bug and asked to patch it.

Chances are most stuff like that well who knows.

A sudden hang without any warning suggests that you have one of the following 3 failiers.

1. psu or main power pack that can happen.

Less commen is a bad cord though you would notice internal cords failing or something before that.

The processer failed.

That would actually smell if it did, the main fan needs to jam on a pc and you would hear that happening before it did.

The performance would go nuts same with a pc being full of dust.

I had a pc fail on me for that reason it had been racing with fans up to the max all day long and I had wandered about it I did clear it out but not before some stuff died in it and I had to replace it.

If a small fan failed well yeah I admit if that or your sync failed you wouldn't know about that till you actually noticed dammage.

A video card or other card failed, yeah they actually do fail.

You have bad ram, could happen like that ram does fail.

Your board could fail, this is less likely.

Your firmware has an issue.

This is not a problem if you can get it updated or reflashed and stuff.

Its unlikely you could have a virus or malware or any major software issue unless something is covered up that is.

Software could generated a critical stop so could drivers do of 0x000 which basically means something it did went beyond the capabilities of the processer like an overflow or something dumb, but there are so many checks thats almost nonexistant now.

If you didn't see smoke that doesn't mean the supply didn't just die.

I once had the main system fail, and hang then die, the only thing I heard was a small pop like when I get a fax.

If I was not in the same room as it I wouldn't have noticed.




On 6/10/2017 7:04 a.m., Gene wrote:
Consider what happened. With no previous report of problems, the system completely hung. It didn't reboot. We don't know what, if any errors were on screen. All this is pure speculation as to causes, corrupted files, the registry, whatever people want to speculate about. Why would a properly functioning system suddently completely hang and then not reboot? Until we find out what, if any error messages are on screen and if Windows even tries to boot, this is all speculation. I suspect a hardware problem. Others suspect other causes. I consider it premature to advise any course of action without more information.

Gene
-----

From: Brian's Mail list account via Groups.Io
Sent: Thursday, October 05, 2017 11:36 AM
To:nvda@nvda.groups.io
Subject: Re: [nvda] Windows 10 is Very, Very Broken


The opposite can also be true, Most software messes with the registry, it
can cock it up on install, or on uninstall if it does not remember to
reregister any dll files it has changed or altered the classification of in
either case. Been there, done that got the T Shirt during xp days.
Its normally the dll files associated with the vearious access APIs that get
clobbered as the original developer probably never tested if screenreaders
wworked before passing the code for distribution. Brian

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Sent via blueyonder.
Please address personal email to:-
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Mallard"<mallard@kimabe.eu>
To:<nvda@nvda.groups.io>
Sent: Thursday, October 05, 2017 2:17 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Windows 10 is Very, Very Broken


Hello Noah,


I wenth through a very similar ordeal during the summer.

Sighted people could use the pc, but I couldn't. My husband tried fixing
Windows in all possible ways, with all possible tools. Nothing doing. We
couldn't even restore the pc.

We were two seconds away from formatting, when all of a sudden he
mentioned a couple of programmes that I said I didn't want to be
reinstalled. He removed one, and nothing happened. But when he removed
the other one (a Bible app I needed for a translation I was doing for
our church group), all got back to normal.


Make sure you haven't installed any software recently, which might have
interfered with NVDA, before you do anything dramatic like reformatting.


This is probably not your case, but better be safe than sorry, so I
shared it. It might help someone.

Ciao,

Ollie





Il 04/10/2017 23:26, Noah Carver via Groups.Io ha scritto:
Hello List,

So, my Windows 10 is really pitching a fit! This all started when I had to
forse shut down my win10 machine using the power butten, because of a
total system hang. Then, I turned the machine back on. But NVDA did not
come back to life. I tried turning on Narrator, and it wouldn't talk.
So I asked my dad to come and look at my screen. According to him, even
when I pressed keys on the keyboard, the log in box wouldn't appear.
I've tried ctrl alt del, I’ve tried rebooting, nothing works. Any help
would be greatly appreciated. I have a radio show in two days, and I have
no backup machine.

Cheers,

Noah Carver




--
Check out my website for NVDA tutorials and other blindness related
material at http://www.accessibilitycentral.net
<http://www.accessibilitycentral.net/> Regardless of where you are in
New Zealand if you are near one of the APNK sites you can use a copy
of the NVDA screen reader on one of their computers. To find out
which locations (or location) is near to you please visit
http://www.aotearoapeoplesnetwork.org/content/partner-libraries
(Aotearoa People's Network Kaharoa). To find an NVDA certified expert
near you, please visit the following link
https://certification.nvaccess.org/. The certification page contains
the official list of NVDA certified individuals from around the
world, who have sat and successfully passed the NVDA expert exam.

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707-502-5575
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