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Re: focus 14 blue controls

Rui Fontes
 

In the Commands Quick Reference do a NVDA find for Freedom, and you will be placed in the first table with commands for the Freedom Braille displays...


Rui Fontes

NVDA portuguese team


Às 11:41 de 26/05/2020, Darren Harris via groups.io escreveu:

Hi, yes I did try looking for the manual. So far, I have only found stuff for touchscreens and hardware keyboards such as a QUE RTY keyboard.


On 26 May 2020, at 11:15, Rui Fontes <rui.fontes@...> wrote:



Have you tried to read the NVDA manual? Or the Command quick guide?


Both are present in the Help menu of NVDA...


Rui Fontes

NVDA portuguese team




Às 09:27 de 26/05/2020, Darren Harris via groups.io escreveu:

Hi all,

 

My partner has very kindly I might add given me her focus 14 blue braille display. She’s gone and bought a braillant 14 but the 14 blue is still in perfect working order.

 

Anyway I’ve been looking around and I’ve found it’s list of commands etc on the fs website. But they are saying in that document that for third party screen readers which from their perspective NVDA is, the commands may be somewhat different.

 

So my question is, are there any differences in how the display works commands wise and if so can someone point me to the correct documentation? This isn’t the focus 14 5th gen display this is the focus 14 blue.

 

 


Re: focus 14 blue controls

Darren Harris
 

Hi, yes I did try looking for the manual. So far, I have only found stuff for touchscreens and hardware keyboards such as a QUE RTY keyboard.


On 26 May 2020, at 11:15, Rui Fontes <rui.fontes@...> wrote:



Have you tried to read the NVDA manual? Or the Command quick guide?


Both are present in the Help menu of NVDA...


Rui Fontes

NVDA portuguese team




Às 09:27 de 26/05/2020, Darren Harris via groups.io escreveu:

Hi all,

 

My partner has very kindly I might add given me her focus 14 blue braille display. She’s gone and bought a braillant 14 but the 14 blue is still in perfect working order.

 

Anyway I’ve been looking around and I’ve found it’s list of commands etc on the fs website. But they are saying in that document that for third party screen readers which from their perspective NVDA is, the commands may be somewhat different.

 

So my question is, are there any differences in how the display works commands wise and if so can someone point me to the correct documentation? This isn’t the focus 14 5th gen display this is the focus 14 blue.

 

 


Re: NVDA remote host

Ralf Kefferpuetz
 

Hello, it is also available for Windows as a compiled package under:

https://github.com/jmdaweb/NVDARemoteServer

 

cheers,

  Ralf

From: nvda@nvda.groups.io <nvda@nvda.groups.io> On Behalf Of Socheat Muth
Sent: Dienstag, 26. Mai 2020 10:28
To: nvda@nvda.groups.io
Subject: Re: [nvda] NVDA remote host

 

Hi

 

Yes, it is possible to host a NVDA remote server on your own, if you own a linux server. I've done it before, and it's quite interesting, but it also breaks the system at the same time if you don't know what you're doing.

 

On 5/26/2020 12:17 PM, bhanu computer wrote:

hey every one, as you all know in NVDA remote lots of people use host field we enter nvdaremote.com. but what is this for and can we host an nvda remote thing? if so, how.
please help me in this thing friends.


Re: Question about NVDA reading documents or pages containing text in multiple languages

 

hi shaun.
do you mean that automatic language switching is not good for people
who use only espeak?
but, its good for people who use two synthesizers one espeak and one
for example ivona, microsoft voices etc for reading documents in
different languages?

On 5/26/20, Shaun Everiss <@smeveriss> wrote:
Well I just turn off auto language switching.

Its really no good doing other language speech unless you don't use
espeak in anything other than english.

I am sorry but while I like the clear and robotic fast nature of espeak
I don't find other languages clear at all.



On 26/05/2020 10:21 am, Laurie Mehta via groups.io wrote:
Hello,
I have stumbled upon a strange thing and hope someone has some helpful
advice for this problem.
When I receive a document that is 99% in English with a small portion in
another language NVDA reads that entire document (Word or pdf) as if it is
entirely in that other language (not English.) What I mean is that NVDA is
pronouncing the words as if in that other language and even going over a
word character by character, NVDA spells in that other language's
alphabet.
This has happened before and for short documents copying into notepad
yields an entirely readable text. A notepad file is less practical for a
long document, though, and I think that NVDA ought to be able to read a
document in a language even if it has a line or two in a second language.

For example, I recently downloaded a document that is in English with only
a line or so in Italian from a Vatican website. Saved in either Word or as
pdf, the whole document reads as if NVDA is trying to read it in Italian--
even using the Italian alphabet when I move character by character. If I
copy and paste the document into notepad, it reads in English with no
problem.

I think that I must have some setting set in NVDA which is causing this
issue but I don't know where to look for setting things right.
It seems that NVDA is recognizing some trigger to adjust to a particular
language for reading, but I don't know how or where to find that trigger
to possibly remove it.
Obviously I could just make a very long txt file for the document to read
it, but if I can retain the headings and other formatting of the almost
200 page original I would prefer that.

Do any of you have some helpful advice for this issue?
Thanks!

Laurie M.




--
By God,
were I given all the seven heavens
with all they contain
in order that
I may disobey God
by depriving an ant
from the husk of a grain of barley,
I would not do it.
imam ali


Re: focus 14 blue controls

Rui Fontes
 

Have you tried to read the NVDA manual? Or the Command quick guide?


Both are present in the Help menu of NVDA...


Rui Fontes

NVDA portuguese team




Às 09:27 de 26/05/2020, Darren Harris via groups.io escreveu:

Hi all,

 

My partner has very kindly I might add given me her focus 14 blue braille display. She’s gone and bought a braillant 14 but the 14 blue is still in perfect working order.

 

Anyway I’ve been looking around and I’ve found it’s list of commands etc on the fs website. But they are saying in that document that for third party screen readers which from their perspective NVDA is, the commands may be somewhat different.

 

So my question is, are there any differences in how the display works commands wise and if so can someone point me to the correct documentation? This isn’t the focus 14 5th gen display this is the focus 14 blue.

 

 


ESET Antivirus accessibility

Iván Novegil
 

Hi all.


A Spanish-speaking user has just contacted us via Twitter to ask about Eset antivirus's accessibility with NVDA. He says that it works fine both with JAWS and Narrator, but despite being listed as supported on Eset's website with NVDA he's finding many issues (no more details about them).

what is you experience with this?


Thanks! Regards.

--

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Re: NVDA remote host

Socheat Muth
 

Hi


Yes, it is possible to host a NVDA remote server on your own, if you own a linux server. I've done it before, and it's quite interesting, but it also breaks the system at the same time if you don't know what you're doing.


On 5/26/2020 12:17 PM, bhanu computer wrote:
hey every one, as you all know in NVDA remote lots of people use host field we enter nvdaremote.com. but what is this for and can we host an nvda remote thing? if so, how.
please help me in this thing friends.


focus 14 blue controls

Darren Harris
 

Hi all,

 

My partner has very kindly I might add given me her focus 14 blue braille display. She’s gone and bought a braillant 14 but the 14 blue is still in perfect working order.

 

Anyway I’ve been looking around and I’ve found it’s list of commands etc on the fs website. But they are saying in that document that for third party screen readers which from their perspective NVDA is, the commands may be somewhat different.

 

So my question is, are there any differences in how the display works commands wise and if so can someone point me to the correct documentation? This isn’t the focus 14 5th gen display this is the focus 14 blue.

 

 


Re: Cursor Announcement

Gene
 

This is a long explanation, but, as you will see, knowing what I am going to say will help you work in certain kinds of dialogs more efficiently.  And if you don't know how to move through these dialogs, knowing what I will describe will help you look around unfamiliar programs, which is a valuable skill.
 
You hear over and over that you should press apply, then ok. in dialogs where both are present for any time you change something.  That is a minor misconception, but it is perhaps the most widespread one I've seen regarding Windows use.  This widespread belief also shows how people don't use logic in figuring out computer operations.  Why are both available if the first is simply redundant?  This question arises, or it should,  when you hear this constant misconception stated. 
 
It does no harm to do this when there is no need, but apply usually doesn't have to be pressed if you make a change and then you want to leave the dialog and save the change.
 
In a multipage dialog, where one of the items is a sort of bar you move through with the arrow keys, where you might hear things like general, options, advanced and where every item you move to changes what you see in the dialog to let you work with those settings, you can make changes in one part of the dialog, general, for example, then press apply to save them, stay in the dialog, move to advanced, for example, make changes, and if you are finished, press ok to save and leave the dialog in one step.
 
Control tab and control shift tab may also move you from one part of such a dialog to another and at times, using both control tab will move you and using the right and left arrow keys will move you, at times you can only move using control tab and shift control tab, in other dialogs, only the left and right arrow will move you.  it depends on how the dialog is constructed.
 
The NVDA settings dialog is that kind of dialog.  But instead of the left and right arrow, you use the up and down arrows to move through categories. 
Open the NVDA menu, control n, then open preferences.  In preferences, open settings.
You are now in a dialog where you can move to categories and then tab through the dialog and make changes in that category.  if you use the apply button, you are taken to the categories list again and the settings have been saved while you remain in the dialog, ready to make other changes in other categories.  Wen you make the last change you want to make anywhere in the dialog, if you use ok, your last settings or setting whatever you did in the category you just worked in, will be saved and the dialog will close.  All your previous settings were already saved.  It’s a convenience feature to allow you to make as many changes as you like in a category, apply them, make changes in a new category, apply them, etc. without having to use ok, leave the dialog every time you want to save changes and work in a new category.
 
Also, if you use apply, cancel won't revert what you changed.  Apply is just that, apply, it does what ok does but it doesn't close the dialogue.  So when you make changes, don't use apply unless you are sure, just as you wouldn't use ok unless you are sure.
 
Gene

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, May 25, 2020 10:18 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Cursor Announcement

Well Gene, so far so good.  I haven’t heard it since I followed your directions.  Can you tell me what the difference is between pressing the OK and the apply one?

 

Thanks so much.

Maarilyn

 

From: nvda@nvda.groups.io <nvda@nvda.groups.io> On Behalf Of Gene
Sent: Monday, May 25, 2020 8:01 PM
To: nvda@nvda.groups.io
Subject: Re: [nvda] Curser

 

It's probably report mouse shape changes setting.

Open mouse settings, control NVDA m, Then read the current line.  I think you are on the setting to turn this on and off.  if it is checked, uncheck it with the space bar.

Tab to and activate the o.k. button.

 

Gene

----- Original Message -----

Sent: Monday, May 25, 2020 9:50 PM

Subject: [nvda] Curser

 

I don’t know what caused this but today my computer has started saying “edit curser”, app star curser and normal curser.  However it got there, How do I get it to stop?  Marilyn

Windows 10, N V D A and Outlook 2019


Re: NVDA remote host

Tyaseta Rabita Nugraeni Sardjono <tyasetarabita@...>
 

Yes, we can host n this for server to remote other computer


On Tue, May 26, 2020, 12:17 bhanu computer <bhanuponguru@...> wrote:
hey every one, as you all know in NVDA remote lots of people use host field we enter nvdaremote.com. but what is this for and can we host an nvda remote thing? if so, how.
please help me in this thing friends.


NVDA remote host

bhanu computer
 

hey every one, as you all know in NVDA remote lots of people use host field we enter nvdaremote.com. but what is this for and can we host an nvda remote thing? if so, how.
please help me in this thing friends.


Re: Cursor Announcement

Marilyn and Don Bilderback
 

After all these years, why didn’t I know that already.  That proves I am never too old to learn.  Thanks a bunch.  Marilyn

 

From: nvda@nvda.groups.io <nvda@nvda.groups.io> On Behalf Of Brian Vogel
Sent: Monday, May 25, 2020 8:24 PM
To: nvda@nvda.groups.io
Subject: Re: [nvda] Cursor Announcement

 

On Mon, May 25, 2020 at 11:18 PM, Marilyn and Don Bilderback wrote:

Can you tell me what the difference is between pressing the OK and the apply one?

I'm not Gene, but the generic answer to that when working under Windows is that Apply does what it says, applies the changes you've made, but it does not close the dialog in which you made them.  This can be very handy if you are in the midst of a cycle of tweaking various things and need to keep tweaking to reach whatever result it is you're seeking.

OK applies the changes and closes the dialog.  If you want to go back in, you need to repeat whatever steps were taken to open the dialog in the first place.
 
--

Brian - Windows 10 Pro, 64-Bit, Version 1909, Build 18363  

Science has become just another voice in the room; it has lost its platform.  Now, you simply declare your own truth.

      ~ Dr. Paul A. Offit, in New York Times article, How Anti-Vaccine Sentiment Took Hold in the United States, September 23, 2019

 

 


Re: Cursor Announcement

 

On Mon, May 25, 2020 at 11:18 PM, Marilyn and Don Bilderback wrote:
Can you tell me what the difference is between pressing the OK and the apply one?
I'm not Gene, but the generic answer to that when working under Windows is that Apply does what it says, applies the changes you've made, but it does not close the dialog in which you made them.  This can be very handy if you are in the midst of a cycle of tweaking various things and need to keep tweaking to reach whatever result it is you're seeking.

OK applies the changes and closes the dialog.  If you want to go back in, you need to repeat whatever steps were taken to open the dialog in the first place.
 
--

Brian - Windows 10 Pro, 64-Bit, Version 1909, Build 18363  

Science has become just another voice in the room; it has lost its platform.  Now, you simply declare your own truth.

      ~ Dr. Paul A. Offit, in New York Times article, How Anti-Vaccine Sentiment Took Hold in the United States, September 23, 2019

 

 


Re: Cursor Announcement

Marilyn and Don Bilderback
 

Well Gene, so far so good.  I haven’t heard it since I followed your directions.  Can you tell me what the difference is between pressing the OK and the apply one?

 

Thanks so much.

Maarilyn

 

From: nvda@nvda.groups.io <nvda@nvda.groups.io> On Behalf Of Gene
Sent: Monday, May 25, 2020 8:01 PM
To: nvda@nvda.groups.io
Subject: Re: [nvda] Curser

 

It's probably report mouse shape changes setting.

Open mouse settings, control NVDA m, Then read the current line.  I think you are on the setting to turn this on and off.  if it is checked, uncheck it with the space bar.

Tab to and activate the o.k. button.

 

Gene

----- Original Message -----

Sent: Monday, May 25, 2020 9:50 PM

Subject: [nvda] Curser

 

I don’t know what caused this but today my computer has started saying “edit curser”, app star curser and normal curser.  However it got there, How do I get it to stop?  Marilyn

Windows 10, N V D A and Outlook 2019


Re: Tony's addons - updates

Mary Otten
 

Hi Tony,
This is a whole lot of work that you have done. I wonder why your add-ons are not available on the NVDA community site. That way they could be automatically updated with an app. Why do you have us going to a separate site to get these?
Mary



On May 25, 2020, at 2:17 PM, Tony Malykh <anton.malykh@...> wrote:



Hello NVDA community,

I have implemented a lot of new features in my add-ons since my last announcement here more than a year ago, so I would like to share all these new features – hopefully you guys will find some of them useful. I present my new add-ons: Phonetic punctuation and Tony’s enhancements, as well as I added many new features to BrowserNav. In the end of this email I also mention my other add-ons, just in case someone hasn’t heard of them, they have only been updated with bugfixes. This is a pretty long email, so I structured it with headings.

Please download latest versions of my add-ons directly from their respective github pages – the links are provided in this email.

Phonetic punctuation

·       Github page  

·       Short audio demo  

·       Download latest version

This add-on allows you to substitute punctuation marks, and any other part of speech configured by a regular expression with an auditory icon (custom sound). Most common use of phonetic punctuation would be for writing code, where it is essential to know all the punctuation marks, but other uses can include: replacing the word “blank” with a sound, replacing timestamps or other frequently repeated text with a sound, etc. Configuring phonetic punctuation requires knowledge of regular expressions.

Thanks to Kara Goldfinch for contributing auditory icons for some punctuation marks!

BrowserNav

·       Github page

·       Download latest version

BrowserNav is a collection of improvements to user experience in browsers. I added quite a few new features to it since last release.

Horizontal indentation using tones

You can configure BrowserNav to express horizontal indentation of a currently focused element using tone – similar to a built in NVDA feature of reporting indentation with tones in text documents. This allows you to better understand the layout of the page. For example, it allows you to hear malformed HTML tables, that is when NVDA doesn’t see a table as a real table, yet the elements are still aligned in a tabular fashion on the screen. It also greatly simplifies browsing hierarchical trees of comments on websites such as reddit, facebook, hacker news – now the tone would indicate the level of the comment.

Please note that there are also commands to find next/previous element with the same horizontal indentation, which you might find handy.

Crackling for QuickNav commands

In all my add-ons crackling is an indicator of how far we have just jumped in the document when some navigational keystroke is pressed. I implemented this feature for built-in NVDA QuickNav commands as well. Now when you press H for next heading, you can hear crackling, and judging by the length of such crackling you can quickly and intuitively figure out whether the next heading was close by or you just jumped over a lot of text.

Browser marks

Think of this feature as regular expression enabled bookmarks for browser. You can configure a single regular expression, that can be arbitrary largeand include all the potential   bookmarks on all your webpages, and then you can quickly jump to next/previous browser mark using J or Shift+J commands in browse mode. For example, as a frequent Amazon shopper, I like to be able to quickly jump to things like “5 items in cart” and “your orders”. So I have configured my browser mark regular expression to be:

(^\d+ items? in cart$|^Your orders$)

Please note that the regular expression must match the whole paragraph exactly, hence be careful with ^ and $ regular expression qualifiers. Please also note that this regular expression will apply to all web pages and all browsers, so be as specific as possible.

Accessibility for semi-accessible edit boxes

Many web pages these days are using a fancy HTML text edit component called Monaco – it provides syntax highlighting for sighted people, but it has one major flaw: it is not accessible, that is the edit box appears empty. For example Jupyter and hacker rank use such a text editor among others. You can still retrieve the contents of the edit box by pressing Control+A Control+C and then pasting it to the editor of your choice. However, repeating this every time is tedious, therefore I automated this process. Now you can navigate to said edit box and simply press NVDA+e to view or edit it.

Tony’s enhancements

·       Github page

·       Download latest version

This is a hodgepodge of small improvements to various parts of NVDA, not logically connected in any way. All the options are disabled by default and need to be enabled manually in the preferences window.

NVDA volume

Allows to adjust the volume of all the NVDA sounds, including beeps and speech.

Automatic language switching

Some languages use non-Latin script, e.g. Russian, Arabic, Chinese, etc. There is no reason why NVDA wouldn’t be able to automatically switch synthesizer language between English and those foreign languages. Now I bring this feature to live. Automatically switching between two Latin-based languages is not supported at this time. Please note that your synthesizer must support all these languages for this feature to be effective.

Enhanced table navigation commands

I added commands like Control+Alt+Home/End/PageUp/PageDown to jump to first or last row or column. I also added keystrokes to jump to 1..10th row or column, please check add-on documentation for these shortcuts.

Enhanced move by word commands

Most text editors support Control+LeftArrow/RightArrow commands for word navigation. However the definition of the word changes from one program to another. This is especially true of modern web-based text editors, such as Monaco. NVDA should know the definition of word in given program in order to speak words correctly. If NVDA doesn't know the exact definition, then either words are going to be skipped, or pronounced multiple times. Moreover, some web-based text editors position the cursor in the end of the word, instead of the beginning, making editing much harder for visually impaired users. In order to combat this problem I have created enhanced word navigation commands, that take the word definition from Notepad++ and they do not rely on program's definition of words, but rather parse lines into words on NVDA's side. The Control+LeftArrow/RightArrow gesture is not even sent to the program, thus ensuring the consistency of the speech.

This option overrides default Control+LeftArrow/RightArrow commands in NVDA.

Real-time console output

If you work with command line applications that print out a lot of logs, it might be not the best behavior for NVDA to read out all these logs line by line, since NVDA can be speaking much slower than those lines are being printed, thus NVDA might be speaking some lines that were printed a minute ago. I modified the way NVDA speaks command line output to be more realtime. The basic logic is like this: if a new line appears on the screen and NVDA is currently speaking something that was shown on the screen more than a second ago, then we interrupt current utterance and speak the most recent line. Speaking output this way better represents what’s going on in command line window in real time. There is also an option to beep on every update in command line.

Dynamic keystrokes

I call a keystroke dynamic if it changes the state of an application. Often times we’d want NVDA to speak the updated change automatically, but NVDA does nothing for keystrokes that it’s not aware of. An example of such a keystroke would be F2 in Notepad++ that jumps to the next bookmark – you would want NVDA to speak the current line automatically. Many other editors have such keystrokes as well. Now you can configure the list of keystrokes and NVDA will automatically speak current line after them. Please check github page for more information.

Suppressing unwanted “unselected” messages

If certain text is selected in a text editor, and in the next moment no longer selected, NVDA would say “unselected” and then the original text that was selected. In certain situations this is not a desirable behavior. For example if you have some text selected, and then you press Control+Home, to go to the very beginning of the document, NVDA would first speak the first line of the document, then “unselected”, then the original selection. I felt this was annoying, so I found a way to suppress this message, while still keeping the “unselected” message when you indeed unselect your selection by character, or word, etc

Preventing double insert keystroke

If you press insert key twice accidentally, it would trigger insert mode in your application. Since Insert is a special key in NVDA, this behavior cannot be disabled using input gestures dialog in NVDA, yet this was happening too often to me, so I wrote a function to disable double insert key backstroke. If you still would like to toggle insert mode, you can do so by pressing NVDA+F2, and then insert key.

Insert mode detector

As another layer of defense against accidental insert mode I implemented this feature. It monitors current line of text and looks at how it changes when you type alphanumeric keys. If it seems like characters are being overwritten, it will beep on every character. Similar to built-in caps lock on warning beep.

Fixing a bug when focus gets stuck in the taskbar when pressing Windows+Numbers

There is a bug in Windows 10, and possibly in other versions. When switching between applications using Windows+number shortcut sometimes the focus gets stuck in the taskbar area instead of jumping to the window being switched to. So I implemented a workaround. The add-on detects this situation and plays a short low-pitch beep when this situation is detected, then the add-on fixes it automatically by bringing focus to the desired application.

TextNav

·       Github page

·       Audio demo

·       Download latest version

TextNav allows you to quickly find the beginning of article on a web page, and also skip over junk HTML elements, such as menus, images, ads, etc.

SentenceNav

·       Github page

·       Download latest version

Allows you to navigate text sentence-by-sentence or phrase-by-phrase, as opposed to by word, character or line.

IndentNav

·       Github page

·       Download latest version

This add-on improves navigation around source code files for programming by allowing to find lines with the same/greater/smaller indentation level. But it also can be used for structured text files, where structure is expressed by the indentation level.

Bluetooth Audio

·       Github page

·       Download latest version

Improves sound quality for those who use NVDA with Bluetooth or other wireless audio devices by constantly playing silent sound.

AudioChart

·       Github page

·       Download latest version

AudioChart allows you to sonify time series in Microsoft Excel.

 

Thanks for reading this! Let me know what you think about these new features!

--Tony



StationPlaylist add-on 20.06.1 #addonrelease

 

Hi all,

 

StationPlaylist add-on 20.06.1 is now available. This release fixes how NVDA manages new broadcast profiles. Specifically, if you create new broadcast profiles, switch to these and attempt to save add-on settings, NVDA may say “configuration saved” while not saving add-on settings.

 

As always the new update is just an add-on update check away.

Cheers,

Joseph


Re: Cursor Announcement

 

Just an FYI, I retitled this topic to make later searching easier.

--

Brian - Windows 10 Pro, 64-Bit, Version 1909, Build 18363  

Science has become just another voice in the room; it has lost its platform.  Now, you simply declare your own truth.

      ~ Dr. Paul A. Offit, in New York Times article, How Anti-Vaccine Sentiment Took Hold in the United States, September 23, 2019

 

 


Re: Cursor Announcement

Gene
 

It's probably report mouse shape changes setting.
Open mouse settings, control NVDA m, Then read the current line.  I think you are on the setting to turn this on and off.  if it is checked, uncheck it with the space bar.
Tab to and activate the o.k. button.
 
Gene

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, May 25, 2020 9:50 PM
Subject: [nvda] Curser

I don’t know what caused this but today my computer has started saying “edit curser”, app star curser and normal curser.  However it got there, How do I get it to stop?  Marilyn

Windows 10, N V D A and Outlook 2019


Cursor Announcement

Marilyn and Don Bilderback
 
Edited

I don’t know what caused this but today my computer has started saying “edit cursor”, app star cursor and normal cursor.  However it got there, How do I get it to stop?  Marilyn

Windows 10, N V D A and Outlook 2019


Re: Tony's addons - updates

Kenny <kwashingtonbox@...>
 

Tony’, let me say your work on these excellent add-ons is very much appreciated.


I really love this Phonetic punctuation add-on· Like knowing when text is wrapped within parenthesis or brackets, but didn't want to keep hearing NVDA saying the word left paren, right paren etc. Now with your cool add-on there's a nice audio cue that plays whenever these punctuation marks are encountered. Allows me to really visualize the layout of a document being read by NVDA.


Nice job on the auditory icons Kara. Really love them!


Going to spend some time learning the others. The Browser add-on can be quite useful for me when accessing frequently visited pages.


Keep up the GREAT work Tony, your add-ons are making an already great screen reader in NVDA even more flexible.

On 5/25/2020 5:17 PM, Tony Malykh wrote:
Hello NVDA community,

I have implemented a lot of new features in my add-ons since my last announcement here more than a year ago, so I would like to share all these new features – hopefully you guys will find some of them useful. I present my new add-ons: Phonetic punctuation and Tony’s enhancements, as well as I added many new features to BrowserNav. In the end of this email I also mention my other add-ons, just in case someone hasn’t heard of them, they have only been updated with bugfixes. This is a pretty long email, so I structured it with headings.

Please download latest versions of my add-ons directly from their respective github pages – the links are provided in this email.


   Phonetic punctuation

·Github page <https://github.com/mltony/nvda-phonetic-punctuation/>

·Short audio demo <https://soundcloud.com/user-977282820/nvda-phonetic-punctuation-demo>

·Download latest version <https://github.com/mltony/nvda-phonetic-punctuation/releases/latest/download/phoneticPunctuation.nvda-addon>

This add-on allows you to substitute punctuation marks, and any other part of speech configured by a regular expression with an auditory icon (custom sound). Most common use of phonetic punctuation would be for writing code, where it is essential to know all the punctuation marks, but other uses can include: replacing the word “blank” with a sound, replacing timestamps or other frequently repeated text with a sound, etc. Configuring phonetic punctuation requires knowledge of regular expressions.

Thanks to Kara Goldfinch for contributing auditory icons for some punctuation marks!


   BrowserNav

·Github page <https://github.com/mltony/nvda-browser-nav/>

·Download latest version <https://github.com/mltony/nvda-browser-nav/releases/latest/download/browsernav.nvda-addon>

BrowserNav is a collection of improvements to user experience in browsers. I added quite a few new features to it since last release.


     Horizontal indentation using tones

You can configure BrowserNav to express horizontal indentation of a currently focused element using tone – similar to a built in NVDA feature of reporting indentation with tones in text documents. This allows you to better understand the layout of the page. For example, it allows you to hear malformed HTML tables, that is when NVDA doesn’t see a table as a real table, yet the elements are still aligned in a tabular fashion on the screen. It also greatly simplifies browsing hierarchical trees of comments on websites such as reddit, facebook, hacker news – now the tone would indicate the level of the comment.

Please note that there are also commands to find next/previous element with the same horizontal indentation, which you might find handy.


     Crackling for QuickNav commands

In all my add-ons crackling is an indicator of how far we have just jumped in the document when some navigational keystroke is pressed. I implemented this feature for built-in NVDA QuickNav commands as well. Now when you press H for next heading, you can hear crackling, and judging by the length of such crackling you can quickly and intuitively figure out whether the next heading was close by or you just jumped over a lot of text.


     Browser marks

Think of this feature as regular expression enabled bookmarks for browser. You can configure a single regular expression, that can be arbitrary largeand include all the potential bookmarks on all your webpages, and then you can quickly jump to next/previous browser mark using J or Shift+J commands in browse mode. For example, as a frequent Amazon shopper, I like to be able to quickly jump to things like “5 items in cart” and “your orders”. So I have configured my browser mark regular expression to be:

(^\d+ items? in cart$|^Your orders$)

Please note that the regular expression must match the whole paragraph exactly, hence be careful with ^ and $ regular expression qualifiers. Please also note that this regular expression will apply to all web pages and all browsers, so be as specific as possible.


     Accessibility for semi-accessible edit boxes

Many web pages these days are using a fancy HTML text edit component called Monaco – it provides syntax highlighting for sighted people, but it has one major flaw: it is not accessible, that is the edit box appears empty. For example Jupyter and hacker rank use such a text editor among others. You can still retrieve the contents of the edit box by pressing Control+A Control+C and then pasting it to the editor of your choice. However, repeating this every time is tedious, therefore I automated this process. Now you can navigate to said edit box and simply press NVDA+e to view or edit it.


   Tony’s enhancements

·Github page <https://github.com/mltony/nvda-tonys-enhancements/>

·Download latest version <https://github.com/mltony/nvda-tonys-enhancements/releases/latest/download/tonysEnhancements.nvda-addon>

This is a hodgepodge of small improvements to various parts of NVDA, not logically connected in any way. All the options are disabled by default and need to be enabled manually in the preferences window.


     NVDA volume

Allows to adjust the volume of all the NVDA sounds, including beeps and speech.


     Automatic language switching

Some languages use non-Latin script, e.g. Russian, Arabic, Chinese, etc. There is no reason why NVDA wouldn’t be able to automatically switch synthesizer language between English and those foreign languages. Now I bring this feature to live. Automatically switching between two Latin-based languages is not supported at this time. Please note that your synthesizer must support all these languages for this feature to be effective.


     Enhanced table navigation commands

I added commands like Control+Alt+Home/End/PageUp/PageDown to jump to first or last row or column. I also added keystrokes to jump to 1..10^th row or column, please check add-on documentation for these shortcuts.


     Enhanced move by word commands

Most text editors support Control+LeftArrow/RightArrow commands for word navigation. However the definition of the word changes from one program to another. This is especially true of modern web-based text editors, such as Monaco. NVDA should know the definition of word in given program in order to speak words correctly. If NVDA doesn't know the exact definition, then either words are going to be skipped, or pronounced multiple times. Moreover, some web-based text editors position the cursor in the end of the word, instead of the beginning, making editing much harder for visually impaired users. In order to combat this problem I have created enhanced word navigation commands, that take the word definition from Notepad++ and they do not rely on program's definition of words, but rather parse lines into words on NVDA's side. The Control+LeftArrow/RightArrow gesture is not even sent to the program, thus ensuring the consistency of the speech.

This option overrides default Control+LeftArrow/RightArrow commands in NVDA.


     Real-time console output

If you work with command line applications that print out a lot of logs, it might be not the best behavior for NVDA to read out all these logs line by line, since NVDA can be speaking much slower than those lines are being printed, thus NVDA might be speaking some lines that were printed a minute ago. I modified the way NVDA speaks command line output to be more realtime. The basic logic is like this: if a new line appears on the screen and NVDA is currently speaking something that was shown on the screen more than a second ago, then we interrupt current utterance and speak the most recent line. Speaking output this way better represents what’s going on in command line window in real time. There is also an option to beep on every update in command line.


     Dynamic keystrokes

I call a keystroke dynamic if it changes the state of an application. Often times we’d want NVDA to speak the updated change automatically, but NVDA does nothing for keystrokes that it’s not aware of. An example of such a keystroke would be F2 in Notepad++ that jumps to the next bookmark – you would want NVDA to speak the current line automatically. Many other editors have such keystrokes as well. Now you can configure the list of keystrokes and NVDA will automatically speak current line after them. Please check github page for more information.


     Suppressing unwanted “unselected” messages

If certain text is selected in a text editor, and in the next moment no longer selected, NVDA would say “unselected” and then the original text that was selected. In certain situations this is not a desirable behavior. For example if you have some text selected, and then you press Control+Home, to go to the very beginning of the document, NVDA would first speak the first line of the document, then “unselected”, then the original selection. I felt this was annoying, so I found a way to suppress this message, while still keeping the “unselected” message when you indeed unselect your selection by character, or word, etc


     Preventing double insert keystroke

If you press insert key twice accidentally, it would trigger insert mode in your application. Since Insert is a special key in NVDA, this behavior cannot be disabled using input gestures dialog in NVDA, yet this was happening too often to me, so I wrote a function to disable double insert key backstroke. If you still would like to toggle insert mode, you can do so by pressing NVDA+F2, and then insert key.


     Insert mode detector

As another layer of defense against accidental insert mode I implemented this feature. It monitors current line of text and looks at how it changes when you type alphanumeric keys. If it seems like characters are being overwritten, it will beep on every character. Similar to built-in caps lock on warning beep.


     Fixing a bug when focus gets stuck in the taskbar when pressing
     Windows+Numbers

There is a bug in Windows 10, and possibly in other versions. When switching between applications using Windows+number shortcut sometimes the focus gets stuck in the taskbar area instead of jumping to the window being switched to. So I implemented a workaround. The add-on detects this situation and plays a short low-pitch beep when this situation is detected, then the add-on fixes it automatically by bringing focus to the desired application.


   TextNav

·Github page <https://github.com/mltony/nvda-text-nav/>

·Audio demo <https://soundcloud.com/user-977282820/textnav-promo>

·Download latest version <https://github.com/mltony/nvda-text-nav/releases/latest/download/textnav.nvda-addon>

TextNav allows you to quickly find the beginning of article on a web page, and also skip over junk HTML elements, such as menus, images, ads, etc.


   SentenceNav

·Github page <https://github.com/mltony/nvda-sentence-nav>

·Download latest version <https://github.com/mltony/nvda-sentence-nav/releases/latest/download/SentenceNav.nvda-addon>

Allows you to navigate text sentence-by-sentence or phrase-by-phrase, as opposed to by word, character or line.


   IndentNav

·Github page <https://github.com/mltony/nvda-indent-nav/>

·Download latest version <https://github.com/mltony/nvda-indent-nav/releases/latest/download/IndentNav.nvda-addon>

This add-on improves navigation around source code files for programming by allowing to find lines with the same/greater/smaller indentation level. But it also can be used for structured text files, where structure is expressed by the indentation level.


   Bluetooth Audio

·Github page <https://github.com/mltony/nvda-bluetooth-audio/>

·Download latest version <https://github.com/mltony/nvda-bluetooth-audio/releases/latest/download/bluetoothaudio.nvda-addon>

Improves sound quality for those who use NVDA with Bluetooth or other wireless audio devices by constantly playing silent sound.


   AudioChart

·Github page <https://github.com/mltony/nvda-audio-chart/>

·Download latest version <https://github.com/mltony/nvda-audio-chart/releases/latest/download/audioChart.nvda-addon>

AudioChart allows you to sonify time series in Microsoft Excel.

Thanks for reading this! Let me know what you think about these new features!

--Tony