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Re: Using NVDA for Accessibility/Usability Testing

Gene
 

I didn't see any serious problems but the first time I followed a link to see an item, a popup came up about spending a certain amount to qualify for something.  I'm not sure if blind people can often move around the popup properly.  It seemed to me that with Firefox, I could move properly to the various fiel;lds at first, although after moving around a little, I got stuck and I had to turn browse mode off to move out of where I was.  I'm not sure about using different browsers.  I seemed not to be able to move at all using the Brave browser.  I didn't return and investigate more because the popup didn't come up again when I returned to the page and followed a link to an item.  Others may present their experiences.  I couldn't move to the no thanks button that is supposed to return me to the item I was looking at so I was stuck in the popup.  That happened with both browsers.  I closedd the browser, opened it again, and returned to the home page.  As I said, the popup didn't come up again but the popup appears to present a problems.  Since it didn't come up again, these are my first impressions and others will, I hope, comment further. 


The other question I have, and this isn't a question of accessibility but of orgganization  is that of headers.  Do you want to direct blind users to certain areas?  I don't know how the site looks visually and you may not want to do this, but including more headers may lead people to more things you want them to land on since many blind people move by headings on a page as a fast and easy way to get a certain amount of information about an unfamiliar page.  You might, for example, waht  a heading where you start to have links to specific items on the home page so if someone moves by heading, they will get to that place as they move.  You may also want a heading were the main navigation links begin to different categories of products before the specific items linked to on the page.


Gene

On 2/12/2022 11:20 AM, kitdang@... wrote:

Hi Gene,

Thank you in advance. The site URL is https://www.purecostumes.com


Re: Book Launch for "The Windows Screen Reader Primer: All the Basics and More"

 

I can confirm based on private exchanges that this resource will be offered at no cost to the end consumer.

To anyone who wants it, please await the posting of the direct link, by Mr. Kingsbury, when the book "goes live" on the web in a few days.
--

Brian - Windows 10, 64-Bit, Version 21H2, Build 19044  

Constantly insisting on “my rights” with no consideration of “my responsibilities” isn’t “freedom” — it’s adolescence.

     ~ Commenter, Evangelos, in comments for

        America 2022: Where Everyone Has Rights and No One Has Responsibilities,

        New York Times, February 8, 2022

 


Re: Book Launch for "The Windows Screen Reader Primer: All the Basics and More"

Ron Canazzi
 

To whom it may concern:

I believe the below quote from David's e-mail tells us the price.

Don’t miss this chance to be the first to get a hold of this free resource and join us on Thursday, February 17 at 12:00 P.M.


On 2/12/2022 10:24 AM, David Kingsbury wrote:

Hi all,

If you have time, please register for and attend the launch event for my new book this coming Thursday. See below:

A Window of Opportunity, the virtual book launch for our newest book, is just a week away! The Windows Screen Reader Primer: All the Basics and More is a new book written by David Kingsbury, Assistive Technology Instructor at the Carroll Center, to help JAWS, NVDA, and Windows Narrator users work more effectively with the most important PC applications—like Microsoft Office, email clients, and web browsers. Don’t miss this chance to be the first to get ahold of this free resource and join us on Thursday, February 17 at 12:00 P.M. for a reading of short excerpts, get priority access to download the book and ask the author questions. Register for a Window of Opportunity.

 Regards,

David

 

 


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Re: Using NVDA for Accessibility/Usability Testing

kitdang@...
 

Hi Gene,

Thank you in advance. The site URL is https://www.purecostumes.com


Re: Using NVDA for Accessibility/Usability Testing

Gene
 

If you send the address to the list, people will look at the site.


Gene

On 2/12/2022 10:42 AM, kitdang@... wrote:

Thank you Chris. That's a good idea. Unfortunately, I don't know anyone. Do you know someone that can help? If not maybe someone on this forum? I can compensate if needed. 

Thanks


Re: Using NVDA for Accessibility/Usability Testing

kitdang@...
 

Thank you Chris. That's a good idea. Unfortunately, I don't know anyone. Do you know someone that can help? If not maybe someone on this forum? I can compensate if needed. 

Thanks


Re: Using NVDA for Accessibility/Usability Testing

Chris Smart
 

That’s great you want to make sure it is accessible!

 

My advice would be to have some blind people who use screenreaders check out your site, and report anything they have trouble finding or doing. Automated tests catch many problems, but live human testers can report on their actual experience. Accessible doesn’t always mean most usable. 😊

 

 

From: nvda@nvda.groups.io <nvda@nvda.groups.io> On Behalf Of kitdang@...
Sent: February 12, 2022 11:20 AM
To: nvda@nvda.groups.io
Subject: [nvda] Using NVDA for Accessibility/Usability Testing

 

Hi NVDA user group,

 

I need help. How do I go about setting up/configuring NVDA and show that my website purecostumes.com is compatible with NVDA and that the website is in working order. The website was developed back in 2016 and the theme that was used is fully WCAG 2.0 AA compliant. 

 

 I have downloaded the NVDA version 2021.3.1 to my laptop and able to use it to browse the website. I just want to make sure I am not missing anything else from a usability perspective.

 

Appreciate any help in this matter


Using NVDA for Accessibility/Usability Testing

kitdang@...
 

Hi NVDA user group,
 
I need help. How do I go about setting up/configuring NVDA and show that my website purecostumes.com is compatible with NVDA and that the website is in working order. The website was developed back in 2016 and the theme that was used is fully WCAG 2.0 AA compliant. 
 
 I have downloaded the NVDA version 2021.3.1 to my laptop and able to use it to browse the website. I just want to make sure I am not missing anything else from a usability perspective.
 
Appreciate any help in this matter


Re: Book Launch for "The Windows Screen Reader Primer: All the Basics and More"

Janet Brandly
 

 

Thanks for letting us know about this book. How much will it cost for a digital copy?

 

Janet

From: nvda@nvda.groups.io <nvda@nvda.groups.io> On Behalf Of Dale Leavens
Sent: February 12, 2022 8:44 AM
To: nvda@nvda.groups.io
Subject: Re: [nvda] Book Launch for "The Windows Screen Reader Primer: All the Basics and More"

 

Is this book available in braille?

Dale Leavens

Cochrane Ontario Canada

.

Come visit our polar bears!



On Feb 12, 2022, at 10:24 AM, David Kingsbury <davidkingsbury77@...> wrote:



Hi all,

If you have time, please register for and attend the launch event for my new book this coming Thursday. See below:

A Window of Opportunity, the virtual book launch for our newest book, is just a week away! The Windows Screen Reader Primer: All the Basics and More is a new book written by David Kingsbury, Assistive Technology Instructor at the Carroll Center, to help JAWS, NVDA, and Windows Narrator users work more effectively with the most important PC applications—like Microsoft Office, email clients, and web browsers. Don’t miss this chance to be the first to get ahold of this free resource and join us on Thursday, February 17 at 12:00 P.M. for a reading of short excerpts, get priority access to download the book and ask the author questions. Register for a Window of Opportunity.

 Regards,

David

 

 


Re: Book Launch for "The Windows Screen Reader Primer: All the Basics and More"

Dale Leavens
 

Is this book available in braille?

Dale Leavens
Cochrane Ontario Canada
.
Come visit our polar bears!

On Feb 12, 2022, at 10:24 AM, David Kingsbury <davidkingsbury77@...> wrote:



Hi all,

If you have time, please register for and attend the launch event for my new book this coming Thursday. See below:

A Window of Opportunity, the virtual book launch for our newest book, is just a week away! The Windows Screen Reader Primer: All the Basics and More is a new book written by David Kingsbury, Assistive Technology Instructor at the Carroll Center, to help JAWS, NVDA, and Windows Narrator users work more effectively with the most important PC applications—like Microsoft Office, email clients, and web browsers. Don’t miss this chance to be the first to get ahold of this free resource and join us on Thursday, February 17 at 12:00 P.M. for a reading of short excerpts, get priority access to download the book and ask the author questions. Register for a Window of Opportunity.

 Regards,

David

 

 


Book Launch for "The Windows Screen Reader Primer: All the Basics and More"

David Kingsbury
 

Hi all,

If you have time, please register for and attend the launch event for my new book this coming Thursday. See below:

A Window of Opportunity, the virtual book launch for our newest book, is just a week away! The Windows Screen Reader Primer: All the Basics and More is a new book written by David Kingsbury, Assistive Technology Instructor at the Carroll Center, to help JAWS, NVDA, and Windows Narrator users work more effectively with the most important PC applications—like Microsoft Office, email clients, and web browsers. Don’t miss this chance to be the first to get ahold of this free resource and join us on Thursday, February 17 at 12:00 P.M. for a reading of short excerpts, get priority access to download the book and ask the author questions. Register for a Window of Opportunity.

 Regards,

David

 

 


remote addon

mattias
 

hm?

it says to control another computer press f11

i do so but it dont work!

and when i say it dont work it dont work

the control are still on my local machine

no sound indicator or speech notice

in older releases the speech says controling remote machine..


Re: Anyone used EaseUS data recovery?

David Mehler
 

Hello Brian,

Thanks. I probably should have tightened my question. My goal is to
atempt to use EaseUS data recovery to recover (advanced or deep scan)
a drive that is in the process of failing, and get the data off of it.
I initially wanted to use spinrite for this, so I could get a clean
image prior to imaging, but spinrite won't work on a drive larger than
2.2TB.

Any other suggestions please keep them coming, I would certainly be
interested in a WinPE utility that could help in this as I've got one.

Thanks.
Dave.

On 2/11/22, Héctor Javier Benítez Corredera <hebolah@...> wrote:
Hi, seeing that the subject of backups is being discussed, I want to
contribute my bit.

I used to use macrium and restore from a WinPE.

Well I have been using Drive Snapshot for a year now:

http://www.drivesnapshot.de/en/

This application allows us to easily make backups of a disk either only
the Windows partition, a disk, the entire system, etc..

It also allows us to mount in Windows a virtual unit in case we want to
mount a unit to be able to see its content from the same explorer.

This is great in case we want to recover something from a copy and we do
not want to restore it in its entirety.

In addition it allows to restore from a WinPE and something that can be
done from console, to restore in hot.

This of restoring in warm as long as we have access to Windows goes well
because we will not need a WinPE.

I always have a WinPE amano but a few months ago I do not need to use it
because I restore without the need for it and accessible way except the
restore screen that is all done automatically and there I have to pull
if I want to know the status of an OCR on my mobile.

Well this little application occupies less than a megabyte and has only
one but is valid for 30 days then not let backups but if everything else.

I have made a small add-on with which you can make backups of the system
partition, only the system partition and several other things like
easily mount backup drives, restore hot backups, etc..

Well this little add-on uses command lines to communicate with the Drive
Snapshot application which I remember is paid but every time we install
the add-on it will download the latest version and we will be able to
continue using it.

I advise you to buy it because it is simply great.

I leave the manual of the add-on translated into English, sorry that the
add-on is in Spanish but with TRANSLATE you can use it perfectly.

A warning, this backup is only advisable for people who know what they
are doing and in case something happens know how to recover the
computer. This computer science is not an exact science so something can
always go wrong.

At the end I will leave the Github repository, the link to download the
plugin and if someone wants to translate it I will leave the pot file.

Manual zBackup.

# Manual of zBackup for NVDA.

zBackup will allow us to make backup copies of the partition that
contains the operating system.

This means that the disk or partition containing the Windows
installation can be saved so that it can be restored.

zBackup can make hot backups without the need to stop applications or
stop what we are doing.

[This add-on is based on the Drive Snapshot
application](http://www.drivesnapshot.de/en/index.htm)

zBackup comes to simplify the common and necessary actions so that we
can make a backup and restore it without the need of help or external
tools, such as WinPE.

In addition to making backups, we can restore those backups, mount them
as virtual drives, and all this in an accessible way.

zBackup is based on Drive Snapshot, so it uses an application external
to NVDA. This application weighs less than 500 KB and will be downloaded
from the official website when we start the plug-in for the first time.
At each update of the zBackup plug-in, the application will be
downloaded from its page to always have the latest version.

Drive SnapShot is not a free application and has its limitations. The
application can be used for 30 days in its entirety, but after that time
the only thing it will not let you continue making backups, although it
will let you restore and mount them.

On the application's website you can buy Drive SnapShot for 39 euros in
its most basic license, enough for personal use.

If you buy the license, keep in mind that we must have it on hand and
well saved, because every time we update zBackup, downloading an updated
version of the application, we will have to register it to have
unlimited time.

*** Very important information ***

zBackup has been tested in different environments and situations with
excellent results. However, in the computer world anything can happen,
and there can be failures, so it is a complement only advisable to
people with sufficient knowledge to be able to get out of a bad system
restore. This means knowing how to boot from another medium to be able
to recover the information, install the operating system and, in short,
to be able to have Windows again if something goes wrong.

When using the plug-in, the user is solely responsible for the results,
excluding the author of the application and the plug-in from any
problems that may occur in terms of a bad restore, faulty backup,
partial or complete data loss, and ultimately, the final result of the
use of such a package.

*** Warning for a good usage ***

zBackup incorporates protections to avoid making mistakes, such as
restoring from the same Windows partition, using impermissible symbols
in copy names, protection for lack of space, etc. However, several
considerations must be taken into account.

Backups can only be restored from a partition or disk other than the
Windows partition. Copies can also be restored from external media, but
we will have to take into consideration the reading speed of such media.
A slow media can cause problems when restoring, so it is recommended to
use external SSD disks or some method of high speed USB type C storage.

It should be noted that if we make a backup in non-secure BIOS mode, we
will be able to restore the backup while in this mode. If we switch to
safe mode, the copy made in unsafe mode can no longer be restored. Each
copy has to be restored with the corresponding hardware and the
corresponding hardware configuration.

Likewise, it is recommended not to use zBackup to back up BitLocker
protected disks.

zBackup has been tested on Windows 10 and 11, but is valid on Windows 7
and 8 according to the application documentation.

It is recommended that the directory where we save the backups does not
contain spaces.

zBackup cannot be used from portable copies of NVDA.

## zBackup interface

zBackup pretends to have few options and to be clear, so at all times it
will give us information messages of what it is going to do and steps to
follow.

From the main screen we will be able to make the backup.

To launch the main screen it is necessary to add a gesture in NVDA /
Preferences / Input Gestures / zBackup Category.

Once opened, we will fall into a read-only box that will contain the
directory where we will save the backup. If we tab, we will land on the
Select Directory button, which will allow us to select that directory.

The backups will be saved in subfolders within this directory. It is
recommended that this folder has no spaces.

If we tab again we will fall into an edit box called Name for the
backup. In this box we will put the identifying name of our backup.

In this box spaces and characters not allowed by Windows are not allowed
in folders and files. These characters are the following, included
between the triple quotation marks:

"""\ / : * ? " < > |"""

This identifying name will be used to name the subfolder and the
different files in the backup.

If we tab again, we will fall into a combo box where we will be able to
choose the size of each file in the backup. We will be able to select
from 500 mb to 10 GB.

This means that when you make the backup, the resulting files will be
that size. To give an example: if our Windows partition has a size of
approximately 60 GB, the resulting copy will have a total size of about
20 to 30 GB. If we choose the resulting files to be 10 GB, it will
create approximately 3 files.

If we tab again, we will land on the Start backup button. If all the
data is correctly filled in and the space and location conditions are
met, it will give us the possibility to start the backup, indicating
what it will do at all times.

If we tab back, we will fall on the Menu button. If we press it, a
contextual menu with the following options will be displayed:

* Restore backup: With this option, we will be able to restore a backup
copy. We will be guided with messages. It is important to bear in mind
that, once you have reached the point of choosing the image to restore
and accepting it, the process has no way back and the system will be
restored.

* Mount virtual disk from a backup: With this option, we will have the
possibility of choosing a free unit of our computer and mount virtually
a copy. This is good if we have something specific that we want to
recover from a copy and we do not want to restore completely.

* Unmount virtual drives: This option will unmount all the virtual
drives that we have mounted with zBackup. It is not possible to choose
one by one. This option will run successfully even if we do not have any
mounted.

* Run Drive Snapshot application: With this option, we will launch Drive
Snapshot and we will be able to use the application in its graphical
interface mode. We will also be able to register it with the serial, in
case we have purchased a license.

All controls have keyboard shortcuts, which are reported as we go
through the interface.

## Other

When making a backup, it is necessary that the destination disk or
partition is the size of the system partition. If the system partition
is 60 GB, it is necessary to have 60 GB free in the destination
partition, although later the copy occupies half or less. This is for
security.

It is advisable to have a bootable media in case something goes wrong.
We recommend a WinPE and Drive Snapshot on that media. That way, we
could recover the system from the backup.

zBackup has been tested on unmodified Windows. It is not guaranteed to
work well on certain modified Windows versions circulating on the Internet.

I warn again that zBackup should not be used if you do not have the
knowledge to get out of a bad restore.

## Problems encountered

The add-in has been tested on several computers with different hardware
and configuration, as well as on virtual machines.

When booting to restore, we can have as an indication that the
computer's fans start working and stop when the restore is finished.
Likewise, if we have headphones plugged in, with the clicks in the
headphones we can detect the reboots.

In safe mode, sometimes, once the backup has been restored, the system
does not boot and stays in the manufacturer's logo.

In such cases, it is advisable to wait a few minutes and turn off the
computer.

The next time we start, Windows will ask us if we want to do a disk
check or it will start the disk check by itself, resulting in an
inaccessible screen that tells us to try another option to recover or to
shut down the computer.

If we press enter, it will shut down. The next time we start the
computer, it will boot into Windows.

This is the safe mode protection, which is very fine tuned, but in
reality the restore was done correctly.

Also, sometimes it starts up in Windows, and when we log in, a
notification appears indicating that we have to reboot to repair the
errors. If we reboot and wait a few seconds we will return to Windows,
without any problem.

During the tests, this has happened a few times, being a minority of
times. However, it can happen, so you should know what to do. It is
still advisable to have another recovery media just in case, and to
understand that there are hundreds of machines, configurations and what
may work on one, may not work on another.

Nowadays, we usually have an OCR recognition application on our cell
phones. It is highly recommended to make use of it to know what is
happening on non-accessible screens.

As mentioned above, the author of the application and the plug-in are
exempt from any liability for any problem caused by the plug-in or the
program.

Github:

https://github.com/hxebolax/zBackup-para-NVDA

Download add-on:

https://nvda.es/files/get.php?file=zbackup

File POT:

https://githu
b.com/hxebolax/zBackup-para-NVDA/releases/download/0.1/zBackup.pot

Translation made with DeepL.

Best regards.

El 11/02/2022 a las 15:56, Brian Vogel escribió:
Dave,

I do use EaseUS To Do Backup as my primary backup software and had
been hoping that with the release of To Do Backup 2022 that there
might have been significant increases in accessibility but that has
not been the case.  I'd even say that some of their UI redesign has
made it less user friendly for everyone.

When it comes to full system image backup software for the most part
it's only the backup side of the equation that's accessible, at best.
Recovery relies on changing boot order in BIOS (if we're talking about
recovering from a disk crash) and using Windows PE, so I don't really
even focus on that.  I don't focus on that even for my sighted
clients, most of whom would never think of attempting a recovery on
their own. I just want the system image to have been saved so that I,
or another tech, can recover from it should that day ever arrive.

I wrote the following tutorial several years ago, and when I last
checked afterward it was still accurate.  Macrium Reflect, whether
free or paid, is still one of the very best products in the backup and
recovery space that's out there.  The only reason it's not my primary
choice is because the UI is "a bit much" for quite a few users.  But
as far as doing a backup, it's accessible.

*/Using Macrium Reflect Free with a Screen Reader/*
<https://drive.google.com/uc?export=download&id=1MaK3Pe-eI8P3dRJOS2T9ulY3ykmjKlKD>

If anyone tries this and finds there is any issue in 2022 due to
recent changes, let me know and I'll revisit the tutorial. The backup
part of Reflect remained very stable for a very long time, and I have
no reason to believe it's change significantly recently, but I could
be wrong.
--

Brian -Windows 10, 64-Bit, Version 21H2, Build 19044

/Constantly insisting on “my rights” with no consideration of “my
responsibilities” isn’t “freedom” — it’s adolescence./

     ~ Commenter, *Evangelos*, in comments for

/America 2022: Where Everyone Has Rights and No One Has
Responsibilities
<https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/08/opinion/spotify-joe-rogan-covid-free-speech.html>/,



/New York Times/, February 8, 2022






Re: Anyone used EaseUS data recovery?

Héctor Javier Benítez Corredera
 

Hi, seeing that the subject of backups is being discussed, I want to contribute my bit.

I used to use macrium and restore from a WinPE.

Well I have been using Drive Snapshot for a year now:

http://www.drivesnapshot.de/en/

This application allows us to easily make backups of a disk either only the Windows partition, a disk, the entire system, etc..

It also allows us to mount in Windows a virtual unit in case we want to mount a unit to be able to see its content from the same explorer.

This is great in case we want to recover something from a copy and we do not want to restore it in its entirety.

In addition it allows to restore from a WinPE and something that can be done from console, to restore in hot.

This of restoring in warm as long as we have access to Windows goes well because we will not need a WinPE.

I always have a WinPE amano but a few months ago I do not need to use it because I restore without the need for it and accessible way except the restore screen that is all done automatically and there I have to pull if I want to know the status of an OCR on my mobile.

Well this little application occupies less than a megabyte and has only one but is valid for 30 days then not let backups but if everything else.

I have made a small add-on with which you can make backups of the system partition, only the system partition and several other things like easily mount backup drives, restore hot backups, etc..

Well this little add-on uses command lines to communicate with the Drive Snapshot application which I remember is paid but every time we install the add-on it will download the latest version and we will be able to continue using it.

I advise you to buy it because it is simply great.

I leave the manual of the add-on translated into English, sorry that the add-on is in Spanish but with TRANSLATE you can use it perfectly.

A warning, this backup is only advisable for people who know what they are doing and in case something happens know how to recover the computer. This computer science is not an exact science so something can always go wrong.

At the end I will leave the Github repository, the link to download the plugin and if someone wants to translate it I will leave the pot file.

Manual zBackup.

# Manual of zBackup for NVDA.

zBackup will allow us to make backup copies of the partition that contains the operating system.

This means that the disk or partition containing the Windows installation can be saved so that it can be restored.

zBackup can make hot backups without the need to stop applications or stop what we are doing.

[This add-on is based on the Drive Snapshot application](http://www.drivesnapshot.de/en/index.htm)

zBackup comes to simplify the common and necessary actions so that we can make a backup and restore it without the need of help or external tools, such as WinPE.

In addition to making backups, we can restore those backups, mount them as virtual drives, and all this in an accessible way.

zBackup is based on Drive Snapshot, so it uses an application external to NVDA. This application weighs less than 500 KB and will be downloaded from the official website when we start the plug-in for the first time. At each update of the zBackup plug-in, the application will be downloaded from its page to always have the latest version.

Drive SnapShot is not a free application and has its limitations. The application can be used for 30 days in its entirety, but after that time the only thing it will not let you continue making backups, although it will let you restore and mount them.

On the application's website you can buy Drive SnapShot for 39 euros in its most basic license, enough for personal use.

If you buy the license, keep in mind that we must have it on hand and well saved, because every time we update zBackup, downloading an updated version of the application, we will have to register it to have unlimited time.

*** Very important information ***

zBackup has been tested in different environments and situations with excellent results. However, in the computer world anything can happen, and there can be failures, so it is a complement only advisable to people with sufficient knowledge to be able to get out of a bad system restore. This means knowing how to boot from another medium to be able to recover the information, install the operating system and, in short, to be able to have Windows again if something goes wrong.

When using the plug-in, the user is solely responsible for the results, excluding the author of the application and the plug-in from any problems that may occur in terms of a bad restore, faulty backup, partial or complete data loss, and ultimately, the final result of the use of such a package.

*** Warning for a good usage ***

zBackup incorporates protections to avoid making mistakes, such as restoring from the same Windows partition, using impermissible symbols in copy names, protection for lack of space, etc. However, several considerations must be taken into account.

Backups can only be restored from a partition or disk other than the Windows partition. Copies can also be restored from external media, but we will have to take into consideration the reading speed of such media. A slow media can cause problems when restoring, so it is recommended to use external SSD disks or some method of high speed USB type C storage.

It should be noted that if we make a backup in non-secure BIOS mode, we will be able to restore the backup while in this mode. If we switch to safe mode, the copy made in unsafe mode can no longer be restored. Each copy has to be restored with the corresponding hardware and the corresponding hardware configuration.

Likewise, it is recommended not to use zBackup to back up BitLocker protected disks.

zBackup has been tested on Windows 10 and 11, but is valid on Windows 7 and 8 according to the application documentation.

It is recommended that the directory where we save the backups does not contain spaces.

zBackup cannot be used from portable copies of NVDA.

## zBackup interface

zBackup pretends to have few options and to be clear, so at all times it will give us information messages of what it is going to do and steps to follow.

From the main screen we will be able to make the backup.

To launch the main screen it is necessary to add a gesture in NVDA / Preferences / Input Gestures / zBackup Category.

Once opened, we will fall into a read-only box that will contain the directory where we will save the backup. If we tab, we will land on the Select Directory button, which will allow us to select that directory.

The backups will be saved in subfolders within this directory. It is recommended that this folder has no spaces.

If we tab again we will fall into an edit box called Name for the backup. In this box we will put the identifying name of our backup.

In this box spaces and characters not allowed by Windows are not allowed in folders and files. These characters are the following, included between the triple quotation marks:

"""\ / : * ? " < > |"""

This identifying name will be used to name the subfolder and the different files in the backup.

If we tab again, we will fall into a combo box where we will be able to choose the size of each file in the backup. We will be able to select from 500 mb to 10 GB.

This means that when you make the backup, the resulting files will be that size. To give an example: if our Windows partition has a size of approximately 60 GB, the resulting copy will have a total size of about 20 to 30 GB. If we choose the resulting files to be 10 GB, it will create approximately 3 files.

If we tab again, we will land on the Start backup button. If all the data is correctly filled in and the space and location conditions are met, it will give us the possibility to start the backup, indicating what it will do at all times.

If we tab back, we will fall on the Menu button. If we press it, a contextual menu with the following options will be displayed:

* Restore backup: With this option, we will be able to restore a backup copy. We will be guided with messages. It is important to bear in mind that, once you have reached the point of choosing the image to restore and accepting it, the process has no way back and the system will be restored.

* Mount virtual disk from a backup: With this option, we will have the possibility of choosing a free unit of our computer and mount virtually a copy. This is good if we have something specific that we want to recover from a copy and we do not want to restore completely.

* Unmount virtual drives: This option will unmount all the virtual drives that we have mounted with zBackup. It is not possible to choose one by one. This option will run successfully even if we do not have any mounted.

* Run Drive Snapshot application: With this option, we will launch Drive Snapshot and we will be able to use the application in its graphical interface mode. We will also be able to register it with the serial, in case we have purchased a license.

All controls have keyboard shortcuts, which are reported as we go through the interface.

## Other

When making a backup, it is necessary that the destination disk or partition is the size of the system partition. If the system partition is 60 GB, it is necessary to have 60 GB free in the destination partition, although later the copy occupies half or less. This is for security.

It is advisable to have a bootable media in case something goes wrong. We recommend a WinPE and Drive Snapshot on that media. That way, we could recover the system from the backup.

zBackup has been tested on unmodified Windows. It is not guaranteed to work well on certain modified Windows versions circulating on the Internet.

I warn again that zBackup should not be used if you do not have the knowledge to get out of a bad restore.

## Problems encountered

The add-in has been tested on several computers with different hardware and configuration, as well as on virtual machines.

When booting to restore, we can have as an indication that the computer's fans start working and stop when the restore is finished. Likewise, if we have headphones plugged in, with the clicks in the headphones we can detect the reboots.

In safe mode, sometimes, once the backup has been restored, the system does not boot and stays in the manufacturer's logo.

In such cases, it is advisable to wait a few minutes and turn off the computer.

The next time we start, Windows will ask us if we want to do a disk check or it will start the disk check by itself, resulting in an inaccessible screen that tells us to try another option to recover or to shut down the computer.

If we press enter, it will shut down. The next time we start the computer, it will boot into Windows.

This is the safe mode protection, which is very fine tuned, but in reality the restore was done correctly.

Also, sometimes it starts up in Windows, and when we log in, a notification appears indicating that we have to reboot to repair the errors. If we reboot and wait a few seconds we will return to Windows, without any problem.

During the tests, this has happened a few times, being a minority of times. However, it can happen, so you should know what to do. It is still advisable to have another recovery media just in case, and to understand that there are hundreds of machines, configurations and what may work on one, may not work on another.

Nowadays, we usually have an OCR recognition application on our cell phones. It is highly recommended to make use of it to know what is happening on non-accessible screens.

As mentioned above, the author of the application and the plug-in are exempt from any liability for any problem caused by the plug-in or the program.

Github:

https://github.com/hxebolax/zBackup-para-NVDA

Download add-on:

https://nvda.es/files/get.php?file=zbackup

File POT:

https://github.com/hxebolax/zBackup-para-NVDA/releases/download/0.1/zBackup.pot

Translation made with DeepL.

Best regards.

El 11/02/2022 a las 15:56, Brian Vogel escribió:

Dave,

I do use EaseUS To Do Backup as my primary backup software and had been hoping that with the release of To Do Backup 2022 that there might have been significant increases in accessibility but that has not been the case.  I'd even say that some of their UI redesign has made it less user friendly for everyone.

When it comes to full system image backup software for the most part it's only the backup side of the equation that's accessible, at best.  Recovery relies on changing boot order in BIOS (if we're talking about recovering from a disk crash) and using Windows PE, so I don't really even focus on that.  I don't focus on that even for my sighted clients, most of whom would never think of attempting a recovery on their own. I just want the system image to have been saved so that I, or another tech, can recover from it should that day ever arrive.

I wrote the following tutorial several years ago, and when I last checked afterward it was still accurate.  Macrium Reflect, whether free or paid, is still one of the very best products in the backup and recovery space that's out there.  The only reason it's not my primary choice is because the UI is "a bit much" for quite a few users.  But as far as doing a backup, it's accessible.

Using Macrium Reflect Free with a Screen Reader

If anyone tries this and finds there is any issue in 2022 due to recent changes, let me know and I'll revisit the tutorial.  The backup part of Reflect remained very stable for a very long time, and I have no reason to believe it's change significantly recently, but I could be wrong.
--

Brian - Windows 10, 64-Bit, Version 21H2, Build 19044  

Constantly insisting on “my rights” with no consideration of “my responsibilities” isn’t “freedom” — it’s adolescence.

     ~ Commenter, Evangelos, in comments for

        America 2022: Where Everyone Has Rights and No One Has Responsibilities,

        New York Times, February 8, 2022

 


Re: Is this a Microsoft teams app issue or NVDA?

Khalid Anwar
 

Hi, I typed the persons name into the search box in teams and press down arrow and then enter and the chat with that person opens, before above the persons name there was a little image saying whether they were available, busy, or in a meeting but that seems to have disappeared to be replaced by an annoying toolbar which allows you to react to messages instead.


Re: Is this a Microsoft teams app issue or NVDA?

Khalid Anwar
 

I imagine that can’t be the case for sighted users though, it must just be for screen readers because from what I can tell, my sighted colleagues can always tell if someone is busy or available because of the colour that the person is in, thanks for the other tips, it’s just a shame Microsoft has to keep messing around with something that was working so well couple of days ago and now has just stopped, hopefully they’ll change it back again.


Re: Tagging PDFS

Brian Moore
 

Hi.  At least with acrobat pro, the process is not really accessible.  The tag tree doesn't read very well with any screen reader and I think I have tried all of them to get it to work.


Contact me on skype: brian.moore
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On 2022-02-11 12:18 p.m., Ali Colak wrote:
Hello,
Has any blind person hear tagged untagged PDFS, and is the process accessible?




Tagging PDFS

Ali Colak
 

Hello,
Has any blind person hear tagged untagged PDFS, and is the process accessible?


Re: Is this a Microsoft teams app issue or NVDA?

Marten Post Uiterweer
 

Khalid,

Teams sometimes shows the status, sometimes not:) Seems that during
normal workdays teams is updated by Microsoft to try new features.
You can also press ctrl-shift-f to go to the list of chats and in that
list you can hear the status aswell.
Or: you can open a chat. Shift-tab twice and you will find a popup
button. Press this and the chat is opend in a ceperate window.
Now you canm find the sttatus a few lines under the topline.

Kind regards, marten

On Fri, 11 Feb 2022 06:03:35 -0800 "Khalid Anwar" <anwarkhalid850@...> wrote:

The issue I’m having is that I can no longer tell what status someone is in on Microsoft teams, whether they available busy or in a call.
This was working find a couple of days ago  the status been displayed above the persons name, but now instead of The status  it says tool bar with two buttons collapsed.
Is there anyway to reset this back to how it was before, and do you think it might be a teams issue or a Windows one, I’m using the Microsoft teams app on Windows 10.





Re: strange problem

 

In this case, the original post contains the exact phrase, written out, "NVDA version March 31."  The only logical conclusion would be NVDA 2021.3.1.

Follow the first three diagnostic steps in the tutorial, Creating an Issue in GitHub for NVDA, whether you intend to create a GitHub ticket or not.  You need to eliminate possible factors and this is the way to do that.  If none of those make the issue go away, the easiest first thing to do is to download a fresh copy of the NVDA installer, uninstall your existing NVDA, and then reinstall it using that freshly downloaded installer.
--

Brian - Windows 10, 64-Bit, Version 21H2, Build 19044  

Constantly insisting on “my rights” with no consideration of “my responsibilities” isn’t “freedom” — it’s adolescence.

     ~ Commenter, Evangelos, in comments for

        America 2022: Where Everyone Has Rights and No One Has Responsibilities,

        New York Times, February 8, 2022

 

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