NVDA 2017.4 Released

NVAccess has today released an update to the NVDA screen reader, which will be the final version of the year. If you are using an older operating system like Windows Vista or below, please Download NVDA 2017.3.As always, release notes and links to download are below.


2017.4


Highlights of this release include many fixes and enhancements to web support including browse mode for web dialogs by default, better reporting of field group labels in browse mode, support for new Windows 10 technologies such as Windows Defender Application Guard and Windows 10 on ARM64, and automatic reporting of screen orientation and battery status. Please note that this version of NVDA no longer supports Windows XP or Windows Vista. The minimum requirement for NVDA is now windows 7 with Service Pack 1.


New Features


  • In browse mode, it is now possible to skip past/to the start of landmarks using the skip to end/beginning of container commands (comma/shift+comma). (#5482)
  • In Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer, quick navigation to edit fields and form fields now includes editable rich text content (I.e. contentEditable). (#5534)
  • In web browsers, the Elements List can now list form fields and buttons. (#588)
  • Initial support for Windows 10 on ARM64. (#7508)
  • Early support for reading and interactive navigation of mathematical content for Kindle books with accessible math. (#7536)
  • Added support for Azardi e-book reader. (#5848)
  • Version information for add-ons is now reported when being updated. (#5324)
  • Added new command line parameters to create a portable copy of NVDA. (#6329)
  • Support for Microsoft Edge running within Windows Defender Application Guard in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. (#7600)
  • If running on a laptop or tablet, NVDA will now report when a charger is connected/disconnected, and when the screen orientation changes. (#4574, #4612)
  • New language: Macedonian.
  • New braille translation tables: Croatian grade 1, Vietnamese grade 1. (#7518, #7565)
  • Support for the Actilino braille display from Handy Tech has been added. (#7590)
  • Braille input for Handy Tech braille displays is now supported. (#7590)


Changes


  • The minimum supported Operating System for NVDA is now Windows 7 Service Pack 1, or Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1. (#7546)
  • Web dialogs in Firefox and Chrome web browsers now automatically use browse Mode, unless inside of a web application. (#4493)
  • In browse mode, tabbing and moving with quick navigation commands no longer announces jumping out of containers such as lists and tables, which makes navigating more efficient. (#2591)
  • In Browse mode for Firefox and Chrome, the name of form field groups are now announced when moving into them with quick navigation or when tabbing. (#3321)
  • In browse mode, the quick navigation command for embedded objects (o and shift+o) now includes audio and video elements as well as elements with the aria roles application and dialog. (#7239)
  • Espeak-ng has been updated to 1.49.2, resolving some issues with producing release builds. (#7385, #7583)
  • On the third activation of the ‘read status bar’ command, its contents is copied to the clipboard. (#1785)
  • When assigning gestures to keys on a Baum display, you can limit them to the model of the braille display in use (e.g. VarioUltra or Pronto). (#7517)
  • The hotkey for the filter field in the elements list in browse mode has changed from alt+f to alt+e. (#7569)
  • An unbound command has been added for browse mode to toggle the inclusion of layout tables on the fly. You can find this command in the Browse mode category of the Input Gestures dialog. (#7634)
  • Upgraded liblouis braille translator to 3.3.0. (#7565)
  • The hotkey for the regular expression radio button in the dictionary dialog has changed from alt+r to alt+e. (#6782)
  • Voice dictionary files are now versioned and have been moved to the ‘speechDicts/voiceDicts.v1’ directory. (#7592)
  • Versioned files (user configuration, voice dictionaries) modifications are no longer saved when NVDA is run from the launcher. (#7688)
  • The Braillino, Bookworm and Modular (with old firmware) braille displays from Handy Tech are no longer supported out of the box. Install the Handy Tech Universal Driver and NVDA add-on to use these displays. (#7590)


Bug Fixes


  • Links are now indicated in braille in applications such as Microsoft Word. (#6780)
  • NVDA no longer becomes noticeably slower when many tabs are open in either Firefox or Chrome web browsers. (#3138)
  • Cursor routing for the MDV Lilli Braille display no longer incorrectly moves one braille cell ahead of where it should be. (#7469)
  • In Internet Explorer and other MSHTML documents, the HTML5 required attribute is now supported to indicate the required state of a form field. (#7321)
  • Braille displays are now updated when typing Arabic characters in a left-aligned WordPad document. (#511)
  • Accessible labels for controls in Mozilla Firefox are now more readily reported in browse mode when the label does not appear as content itself. (#4773)
  • On windows 10 Creaters Update, NVDA can again access Firefox after a restart of NVDA. (#7269)
  • When restarting NVDA with Mozilla Firefox in focus, browse mode will again be available, though you may need to alt+tab away and back again. (#5758)
  • It is now possible to access math content in Google Chrome on a system with out Mozilla Firefox installed. (#7308)
  • The Operating System and other applications should be more stable directly after installing NVDA before rebooting, as compaired with installs of previous NVDA versions. (#7563)
  • When using a content recognition command (e.g. NVDA+r), NVDA now reports an error message instead of nothing if the navigator object has disappeared. (#7567)
  • Backward scrolling functionality has been fixed for Freedom Scientific braille displays containing a left bumper bar. (#7713)


Changes for Developers


  • “scons tests” now checks that translatable strings have translator comments. You can also run this alone with “scons checkPot”. (#7492)
  • There is now a new extensionPoints module which provides a generic framework to enable code extensibility at specific points in the code. This allows interested parties to register to be notified when some action occurs (extensionPoints.Action), to modify a specific kind of data (extensionPoints.Filter) or to participate in deciding whether something will be done (extensionPoints.Decider). (#3393)
  • You can now register to be notified about configuration profile switches via the config.configProfileSwitched Action. (#3393)
  • Braille display gestures that emulate system keyboard key modifiers (such as control and alt) can now be combined with other emulated system keyboard keys without explicit definition. (#6213) ?For example, if you have a key on your display bound to the alt key and another display key to downArrow, combining these keys will result in the emulation of alt+downArrow.
  • The braille.BrailleDisplayGesture class now has an extra model property. If provided, pressing a key will generate an additional, model specific gesture identifier. This allows a user to bind gestures limited to a specific braille display model. ?See the baum driver as an example for this new functionality.
  • NVDA is now compiled with Visual Studio 2017 and the Windows 10 SDK. (#7568)


Before you Download NVDA


MYVICT is only hosting the mirror link to download NvDA, and therefore it is appreciated if you can support by donating to NV Access to show your support to the one and only free, open-source screen reader for Windows.



Info Penting Bagi Pengguna Mozilla Firefox dan Perisian Pembaca Skrin





Video di atas menunjukkan pelancaran Mozilla Firefox versi baru yang dikenali sebagai Project Quantum. Pelayar web ini menggunakan enjin baru di samping membawa pelbagai perubahan dari segi antaramuka, kecekapan penggunaan memori dan kepantasan melayari laman web. Fungsi pocket yang diperkenalkan juga membolehkan pengguna menyimpan article ataupun laman web untuk dibaca pada kemudian masa.


Walaubagaimanapun, segala perubahan yang dilakukan menyebabkan permasalahan accessibility kepada mereka yang menggunakan pembaca skrin JAWS. Dalam satu kenyataan yang dikeluarkan oleh pihak VFO dalam blog mereka pada 25 Oktober yang lalu menyatakan bahawa disebabkan perubahan yang drastik pada Mozilla Firefox, mereka masih sedang bekerjasama dengan pihak Mozilla untuk membolehkan akses kepada pengguna perisian pembaca skrin. Setakat hari ini, pengguna Firefox dinasihatkan agar menggunakan versi Firefox ESR dan tidak naik taraf ke Firefox versi 57 buat sementara waktu sehingga permasalahan accessibility dengan JAWS dapat diselesaikan. Bagi mereka yang masih hendak menggunakan Firefox versi baru perlulah menggunakan JAWS 18 dan JAWS 2018 yang terkini, tetapi masih akan menghadapi sejumlah masalah pada pelayar web baru tersebut.


Secara ringkasnya, Firefox Extended Support Release For Organization ataupun singkatannya Firefox ESR merupakan versi pelayar yang khusus digunakan pihak organisasi seperti sekolah, universiti, mahupun syarikat. Ia adalah berdasarkan kemaskini versi umum yang mempunyai sokongan sekuriti untuk tempoh masa yang lebih lama, tetapi tidak didatangi dengan fungsi baru seperti pada versi stabil umum. Versi Firefox ESr masih menerima kemaskini sekuriti setiap bulan, tetapi versi firefox dikekalkan sehinggalah versi stabil ESR yang baru diperkenalkan. Hal ini demikian kerana kebanyakan organisasi/syarikat muntkin tidak mempunyai masa untuk melakukan kemaskini secara besar-besaran pada semua server dan komputer mereka setiap kali versi firefox baru diwujudkan, tetapi masih perlu mementingkan keselamatan bagi pengguna pelayar Firefox.


Buat masa ini, Firefox ESR adalah pada versi 52, dan boleh didapati di Laman web ini


Kemaskini: Masalah pada Firefox versi baru juga dihadapi bagi pengguna NVDA, dan dijangka akan diselesaikan secara berperingkat pada Firefox versi 58 dan firefox 59. Pihak developer NVDA masih bekerjasama dengan Mozilla untuk mencari jalan penyelesaian isu accessibility untuk Firefox baru. oleh hal yang demikian, pengguna digalakkan untuk menggunakan Mozilla Firefox versi ESR buat sementara waktu sehingga keadaan kembali seperti biasa.

NVDA 2017.2 Released


Hello everyone, we are glad to announce to you that NVAccess has release version 2017.2 of the free NVDA screen Reader. Kindly read below for the changes in this version as well as links to download a copy of the free screen reader.


What’s New in 2017.2

Highlights of this release include full support for audio ducking in the Windows 10 Creators Update; fixes for several selection issues in browse mode, including problems with select all; significant improvements in Microsoft Edge support; and improvements on the web such as indication of elements marked as current (using aria-current).


New Features

  • Cell border information can now be reported in Microsoft Excel by using NVDA+f. (#3044)
  • In web browsers, NVDA now indicates when an element has been marked as current (specifically, using the aria-current attribute). (#6358)
  • Automatic language switching is now supported in Microsoft Edge. (#6852)
  • Added support for Windows Calculator on Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB (Long-Term Servicing Branch) and Server. (#6914)
  • Performing the read current line command three times quickly spells the line with character descriptions. (#6893)
  • New language: Burmese.
  • Unicode up and down arrows and fraction symbols are now spoken appropriately. (#3805)


Changes

  • When navigating with simple review in applications using UI Automation, more extraneous objects are now ignored, making navigation easier. (#6948, #6950)


Bug Fixes

  • Web page menu items can now be activated while in browse mode. (#6735)
  • Pressing escape while the configuration profile “Confirm Deletion” dialog is active now dismisses the dialog. (#6851)
  • Fixed some crashes in Mozilla Firefox and other Gecko applications where the multi-process feature is enabled. (#6885)
  • Reporting of background color in screen review is now more accurate when text was drawn with a transparent background. (#6467)
  • Improved support for control descriptions provided on web pages in Internet Explorer 11 (specifically, support for aria-describedby within iframes and when multiple IDs are provided). (#5784)
  • In the Windows 10 Creators Update, NVDA’s audio ducking again works as in previous Windows releases; i.e. Duck with speech and sounds, always duck and no ducking are all available. (#6933)
  • NVDA will no longer fail to navigate to or report certain (UIA) controls where a keyboard shortcut is not defined. (#6779)
  • Two empty spaces are no longer added in keyboard shortcut information for certain (UIA) controls. (#6790)
  • Certain combinations of keys on HIMS displays (e.g. space+dot4) no longer fail intermittently. (#3157)
  • Fixed an issue when opening a serial port on systems using certain languages other than English which caused connecting to braille displays to fail in some cases. (#6845)
  • Reduced the chance of the configuration file being corrupted when Windows shuts down. Configuration files are now written to a temporary file before replacing the actual configuration file. (#3165)
  • When performing the read current line command twice quickly to spell the line, the appropriate language is now used for the spelled characters. (#6726)
  • Navigating by line in Microsoft Edge is now up to three times faster in the Windows 10 Creators Update. (#6994)
  • NVDA no longer announces “Web Runtime grouping” when focusing Microsoft Edge documents in the Windows 10 Creators Update. (#6948)
  • All existing versions of SecureCRT are now supported. (#6302)
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader no longer crashes in certain PDF documents (specifically, those containing empty ActualText attributes). (#7021, #7034)
  • In browse mode in Microsoft Edge, interactive tables (ARIA grids) are no longer skipped when navigating to tables with t and shift+t. (#6977)
  • In browse mode, pressing shift+home after selecting forward now unselects to the beginning of the line as expected. (#5746)
  • In browse mode, select all (control+a) no longer fails to select all text if the caret is not at the start of the text. (#6909)
  • Fixed some other rare selection problems in browse mode. (#7131)


Changes for Developers

  • Commandline arguments are now processed with Python’s argparse module, rather than optparse. This allows certain options such as -r and -q to be handled exclusively. (#6865)
  • core.callLater now queues the callback to NVDA’s main queue after the given delay, rather than waking the core and executing it directly. This stops possible freezes due to the core accidentally going to sleep after processing a callback, in the middle of a modal call such as the desplaying of a message box. (#6797)
  • The InputGesture.identifiers property has been changed so that it is no longer normalized. (#6945)
    • Subclasses no longer need to normalize identifiers before returning them from this property.
    • If you want normalized identifiers, there is now an InputGesture.normalizedIdentifiers property which normalizes the identifiers returned by the identifiers property .
  • The InputGesture.logIdentifier property is now deprecated. Callers should use InputGesture.identifiers[0] instead. (#6945)
  • Removed some deprecated code:
    • `speech.REASON_*` constants: `controlTypes.REASON_*` should be used instead. (#6846)
    • `i18nName` for synth settings: `displayName` and `displayNameWithAccelerator` should be used instead. (#6846, #5185)
    • `config.validateConfig`. (#6846, #667)
    • `config.save`: `config.conf.save` should be used instead. (#6846, #667)
  • The list of completions in the autocomplete context menu of the Python Console no longer shows any object path leading up to the final symbol being completed. (#7023)
  • There is now a unit testing framework for NVDA. (#7026)
    • Unit tests and infrastructure are located in the tests/unit directory. See the docstring in the tests\unit\init.py file for details.
    • You can run tests using “scons tests”. See the “Running Tests” section of readme.md for details.
    • If you are submitting a pull request for NVDA, you should first run the tests and ensure they pass.


Before you Download NVDA


The NVDA screen reader can be downloaded free of charge by anyone. This allows some of the world’s poorest blind people access to computers, and a way out of poverty. If you have the means, no matter how big or small, please consider making a donation before downloading NVDA. We rely on donations and grants to continue improving NVDA and to ensure it remains compatible with the world’s rapidly changing technology.


MYVICT is only hosting the mirror link to download NvDA, and therefore it is appreciated if you can support by donating to NV Access to show your support to the one and only free, open-source screen reader for Windows.



NVDA 2017.1 Released


NV Access is pleased to announce that version 2017.1 of NVDA, the free screen reader for Microsoft Windows, has now been released. Highlights of this release include reporting of sections and text columns in Microsoft Word; Support for reading, navigating and annotating books in Kindle for PC; and improved support for Microsoft Edge.


What’s New in NVDA 2017.1

New Features


  • In Microsoft Word, the types of section breaks and section numbers can now be reported. This is enabled with the “Report page numbers” option in the Document Formatting dialog. (#5946)
  • In Microsoft Word, text columns can now be reported. This is enabled with the “Report page numbers” option in the document formatting dialog. (#5946)
  • Automatic language switching is now supported in WordPad. (#6555)
  • The NVDA find command (NVDA+control+f) is now supported in browse mode in Microsoft Edge. (#6580)
  • Quick navigation for buttons in browse mode (b and shift+b) is now supported in Microsoft Edge. (#6577)
  • When copying a sheet in Microsoft Excel, column and row headers are remembered. (#6628)
  • Support for reading and navigating books in Kindle for PC version 1.19, including access to links, footnotes, graphics, highlighted text and user notes. Please see the Kindle for PC section of the NVDA User Guide for further information. (#6247, #6638)
  • Browse mode table navigation is now supported in Microsoft Edge. (#6594)
  • In Microsoft Excel, the report review cursor location command (desktop: NVDA+numpadDelete, laptop: NVDA+delete) now reports the name of the worksheet and the cell location. (#6613)
  • Added an option to the exit dialog to restart with debug level logging. (#6689)


Changes


  • The minimum braille cursor blink rate is now 200 ms. If this was previously set lower, it will be increased to 200 ms. (#6470)
  • A check box has been added to the braille settings dialog to allow enabling/disabling braille cursor blinking. Previously a value of zero was used to achieve this. (#6470)
  • Updated eSpeak NG (commit e095f008, 10 January 2017). (#6717)
  • Due to changes In the Windows 10 Creators Update, the “Always duck” mode is no longer available in NVDA’s Audio ducking settings. It is still available on older windows 10 releases. (#6684)
  • Due to changes in the Windows 10 Creators Update, the “Duck when outputting speech and sounds” mode can no longer ensure audio has ducked fully before starting to speak, nor will it keep audio ducked long enough after speaking to stop rappid bouncing in volume. These changes do not affect older windows 10 releases. (#6684)


Bug Fixes


  • Fixed freeze in Microsoft Word when moving by paragraph through a large document while in browse mode. (#6368)
  • Tables in Microsoft Word that have been copied from Microsoft Excel are no longer treeted as layout tables and therefore are no longer ignored. (#5927)
  • When trying to type in Microsoft Excel while in protected view, NVDA now makes a sound rather than speaking characters that were not actually typed. (#6570)
  • Pressing escape in Microsoft Excel no longer incorrectly switches to browse mode, unless the user has previously switched to browse mode explicitly with NVDA+space and then entered focus mode by pressing enter on a form field. (#6569)
  • NVDA no longer freezes in Microsoft Excel spreadsheets where an entire row or column is merged. (#6216)
  • Reporting of cropped/overflowed text in Microsoft Excel cells should now be more accurate. (#6472)
  • NVDA now reports when a check box is read-only. (#6563)
  • The NVDA launcher will no longer show a warning dialog when it can’t play the logo sound due to no audio device being available. (#6289)
  • Controls in the Microsoft Excel Ribbon that are unavailable are now reported as such. (#6430)
  • NVDA will no longer announce “pane” when minimizing windows. (#6671)
  • Typed characters are now spoken in Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps (including Microsoft Edge) in the Windows 10 Creators Update. (#6017)
  • Mouse tracking now works across all screens on computers with multiple monitors. (#6598)
  • NVDA no longer becomes unusable after exiting Windows Media Player while focused on a slider control. (#5467)


Changes for Developers


  • Profiles and configuration files are now automatically upgraded to meet the requirements of schema modifications. If there is an error during upgrade, a notification is shown, the configuration is reset and the old configuration file is available in the NVDA log at ‘Info’ level. (#6470)


Before you Download NVDA


The NVDA screen reader can be downloaded free of charge by anyone. This allows some of the world’s poorest blind people access to computers, and a way out of poverty. If you have the means, no matter how big or small, please consider making a donation before downloading NVDA. We rely on donations and grants to continue improving NVDA and to ensure it remains compatible with the world’s rapidly changing technology.


MYVICT is only hosting the mirror link to download NvDA, and therefore it is appreciated if you can support by donating to NV Access to show your support to the one and only free, open-source screen reader for Windows.



NVDA 2016.4 Released


What’s New in NVDA 2016.4


Highlights of this release include improved support for Microsoft Edge; browse mode in the Windows 10 Mail app; and significant improvements to NVDA’s dialogs.


New Features

  • NVDA can now indicate line indentation using tones. This can be configured using the “Line indentation reporting” combo box in NVDA’s Document Formatting preferences dialog. (#5906)
  • Support for the Orbit Reader 20 braille display. (#6007)
  • An option to open the speech viewer window on startup has been added. This can be enabled via a check box in the speech viewer window. (#5050)
  • When re-opening the speech viewer window, the location and dimensions will now be restored. (#5050)
  • Cross-reference fields in Microsoft Word are now treated like hyperlinks. They are reported as links and can be activated. (#6102)
  • Support for the Baum SuperVario2, Baum Vario 340 and HumanWare Brailliant2 braille displays. (#6116)
  • Initial support for the Anniversary update of Microsoft Edge. (#6271)
  • Browse mode is now used when reading emails in the Windows 10 mail app. (#6271)


Changes

  • Updated liblouis braille translator to 3.0.0. This includes significant enhancements to Unified English Braille. (#6109, #4194, #6220, #6140)
  • In the Add-ons Manager, the Disable add-on and Enable add-on buttons now have keyboard shortcuts (alt+d and alt+e, respectively). (#6388)
  • Various padding and alignment issues in NVDA’s dialogs have been resolved. (#6317, #5548, #6342, #6343, #6349)
  • The document formatting dialog has been adjusted so that the contents scrolls. (#6348)
  • Adjusted the layout of the Symbol Pronunciation dialog so the full width of the dialog is used for the symbols list. (#6101)
  • In browse mode in web browsers, the edit field (e and shift+e) and form field (f and shift+f) single letter navigation commands can now be used to move to read-only edit fields. (#4164)
  • In NVDA’s Document Formatting settings, “Announce formatting changes after the cursor” has been renamed to “Report formatting changes after the cursor”, as it affects braille as well as speech. (#6336)
  • Adjusted the appearance of the NVDA “Welcome dialog”. (#6350)
  • NVDA dialog boxes now have their “ok” and “cancel” buttons aligned to the right of the dialog. (#6333)
  • Spin Controls are now used for numeric input fields such as the “Capital pitch change percentage” setting in the Voice Settings dialog. You can enter the desired value or use the up and down arrow keys to adjust the value. (#6099)
  • The way IFrames (documents embedded within documents) are reported has been made more consistent across web browsers. IFrames are now reported as “frame” in Firefox. (#6047)


Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a rare error when exiting NVDA while the speech viewer is open. (#5050)
  • Image maps now render as expected in browse mode in Mozilla Firefox. (#6051)
  • While in the dictionary dialog, pressing the enter key now saves any changes you have made and closes the dialog. Previously, pressing enter did nothing. (#6206)
  • Messages are now displayed in braille when changing input modes for an input method (native input/alphanumeric, full shaped/half shaped, etc.). (#5892, #5893)
  • When disabling and then immediately re-enabling an add-on or vice versa, the add-on status now correctly reverts to what it was previously. (#6299)
  • When using Microsoft Word, page number fields in headers can now be read. (#6004)
  • The mouse can now be used to move focus between the symbol list and the edit fields in the symbol pronunciation dialog. (#6312)
  • In browse mode in Microsoft Word, Fixed an issue that stops the elements list from appearing when a document contains an invalid hyperlink. (#5886)
  • After being closed via the task bar or the alt+F4 shortcut, the speech viewer check box in the NVDA menu will now reflect the actual visibility of the window. (#6340)
  • The reload plugins command no longer causes problems for triggered configuration profiles, new documents in web browsers and screen review. (#2892, #5380)
  • In the list of languages in NVDA’s General Settings dialog, languages such as Aragonese are now displayed correctly on Windows 10. (#6259)
  • Emulated system keyboard keys (e.g. a button on a braille display which emulates pressing the tab key) are now presented in the configured NVDA language in input help and the Input Gestures dialog. Previously, they were always presented in English. (#6212)
  • Changing the NVDA language (from the General Settings dialog) now has no effect until NVDA is restarted. (#4561)
  • It is no longer possible to leave the Pattern field blank for a new speech dictionary entry. (#6412)
  • Fixed a rare issue when scanning for serial ports on some systems which made some braille display drivers unusable. (#6462)
  • In Microsoft Word, Numbered bullets in table cells are now read when moving by cell. (#6446)
  • It is now possible to assign gestures to commands for the Handy Tech braille display driver in the NVDA Input Gestures dialog. (#6461)
  • In Microsoft Excel, pressing enter or numpadEnter when navigating a spreadsheet now correctly reports navigation to the next row. (#6500)
  • iTunes no longer intermittently freezes forever when using browse mode for the iTunes Store, Apple Music, etc. (#6502)
  • Fixed crashes in 64 bit Mozilla and Chrome-based applications. (#6497)
  • In Firefox with multi-process enabled, browse mode and editable text fields now function correctly. (#6380)


Changes for Developers

  • It is now possible to provide app modules for executables containing a dot (.) in their names. Dots are replaced with underscores (_). (#5323)
  • The new gui.guiHelper module includes utilities to simplify the creation of wxPython GUIs, including automatic management of spacing. This facilitates better visual appearance and consistency, as well as easing creation of new GUIs for blind developers. (#6287)


Before you Download NVDA


The NVDA screen reader can be downloaded free of charge by anyone. This allows some of the world’s poorest blind people access to computers, and a way out of poverty.
If you have the means, no matter how big or small, please consider making a donation before downloading NVDA. We rely on donations and grants to continue improving NVDA and to ensure it remains compatible with the world’s rapidly changing technology.


Note that myvict.com only hosting the mirror download for NVDA and it is appreciated if you can consider donate to NV Access to show your support and appreciation to the one and only free Windows screen reader for the blind.



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NVDA 2016.3 Released


What’s New in NVDA 2016.3


Highlights of this release include the ability to disable individual add-ons; support for form fields in Microsoft Excel; significant improvements to reporting of colors; fixes and improvements related to several braille displays; and fixes and improvements to support for Microsoft Word.


New Features

  • Browse mode can now be used to read PDF documents in Microsoft Edge in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. (#5740)
  • Strikethrough and double-strikethrough are now reported if appropriate in Microsoft Word. (#5800)
  • In Microsoft Word, the title of a table is now reported if one has been provided. If there is a description, it can be accessed using the open long description command (NVDA+d) in browse mode. (#5943)
  • In Microsoft Word, NVDA now reports position information when moving paragraphs (alt+shift+downArrow and alt+shift+upArrow). (#5945)
  • In Microsoft Word, line spacing is now reported via NVDA’s report formatting command, when changing it with various Microsoft word shortcut keys, and when moving to text with different line spacing if Report Line Spacing is turned on in NVDA’s Document Formatting Settings. (#2961)
  • In Internet Explorer, HTML5 structural elements are now recognised. (#5591)
  • Reporting of comments (such as in Microsoft Word) can now be disabled via a Report Comments checkbox in NVDA’s Document Formatting settings dialog. (#5108)
  • It is now possible to disable individual add-ons in the Add-ons Manager. (#3090)
  • Additional key assignments have been added for ALVA BC640/680 series braille displays. (#5206)
  • There is now a command to move the braille display to the current focus. Currently, only the ALVA BC640/680 series has a key assigned to this command, but it can be assigned manually for other displays in the Input Gestures dialog if desired. (#5250)
  • In Microsoft Excel, you can now interact with form fields. You move to form fields using the Elements List or single letter navigation in browse mode. (#4953)
  • You can now assign an input gesture to toggle simple review mode using the Input Gestures dialog. (#6173)


Changes

  • NVDA now reports colors using a basic well-understood set of 9 color hues and 3 shades, with brightness and paleness variations. This is rather than using more subjective and less understood color names. (#6029)
  • The existing NVDA+F9 then NVDA+F10 behavior has been modified to select text on the first press of F10. When F10 is pressed twice (in quick succession) the text is copied to the clipboard. (#4636)
  • Updated eSpeak NG to version Master 11b1a7b (22 June 2016). (#6037)


Bug Fixes

  • In browse mode in Microsoft Word, copying to the clipboard now preserves formatting. (#5956)
  • In Microsoft Word, NVDA now reports appropriately when using Word’s own table navigation commands (alt+home, alt+end, alt+pageUp and alt+pageDown) and table selection commands (shift added to the navigation commands). (#5961)
  • In Microsoft Word dialog boxes, NVDA’s object navigation has been greatly improved. (#6036)
  • In some applications such as Visual Studio 2015, shortcut keys (e.g. control+c for Copy) are now reported as expected. (#6021)
  • Fixed a rare issue when scanning for serial ports on some systems which made some braille display drivers unusable. (#6015)
  • Reporting colors in Microsoft Word is now more accurate as changes in Microsoft Office Themes are now taken into account. (#5997)
  • Browse mode for Microsoft Edge and support for Start Menu search suggestions is again available on Windows 10 builds after April 2016. (#5955)
  • In Microsoft Word, automatic table header reading works better when dealing with merged cells. (#5926)
  • In the Windows 10 Mail app, NVDA no longer fails to read the content of messages. (#5635)
  • When speak command keys is on, lock keys such as caps lock are no longer announced twice. (#5490)
  • Windows User Account Control dialogs are again read correctly in the Windows 10 Anniversary update. (#5942)
  • In the Web Conference Plugin (such as used on out-of-sight.net) NVDA no longer beeps and speaks progress bar updates related to microphone input. (#5888)
  • Performing a Find Next or Find Previous command in Browse Mode will now correctly do a case sensitive search if the original Find was case sensitive. (#5522)
  • When editing dictionary entries, feedback is now given for invalid regular expressions. NVDA no longer crashes if a dictionary file contains an invalid regular expression. (#4834)
  • If NVDA is unable to communicate with a braille display (e.g. because it has been disconnected), it will automatically disable use of the display. (#1555)
  • Slightly improved performance of filtering in the Browse Mode Elements List in some cases. (#6126)
  • In Microsoft Excel, the background pattern names reported by NVDA now match those used by Excel. (#6092)
  • Improved support for the Windows 10 logon screen, including announcement of alerts and activating of the password field with touch. (#6010)
  • NVDA now correctly detects the secondary routing buttons on ALVA BC640/680 series braille displays. (#5206)
  • NVDA can again report Windows Toast notifications in recent builds of Windows 10. (#6096)
  • NVDA no longer occasionally stops recognising key presses on Baum compatible and HumanWare Brailliant B braille displays. (#6035)
  • If reporting of line numbers is enabled in NVDA’s Document Formatting preferences, line numbers are now shown on a braille display. (#5941)
  • When speech mode is off, reporting objects (such as pressing NVDA+tab to report the focus) now appears in the Speech Viewer as expected. (#6049)
  • In the Outlook 2016 message list, associated draft information is no longer reported. (#6219)
  • In Google Chrome and Chrome-based browsers in a language other than English, browse mode no longer fails to work in many documents. (#6249)


Changes for Developers

  • Logging information directly from a property no longer results in the property being called recursively over and over again. (#6122)


Before you Download NVDA


The NVDA screen reader can be downloaded free of charge by anyone. This allows some of the world’s poorest blind people access to computers, and a way out of poverty.
If you have the means, no matter how big or small, please consider making a donation before downloading NVDA. We rely on donations and grants to continue improving NVDA and to ensure it remains compatible with the world’s rapidly changing technology.


Note that myvict.com only hosting the mirror download for NVDA and it is appreciated if you can consider donate to NV Access to show your support and appreciation to the one and only free Windows screen reader for the blind.



Source: NV Access


Google Talkback 5.0.4.3 official release


Talkback 5.0.4.3 release note


Here is a list of new features and bugs fixed in TalkBack 5.0.4.3.


Web

  • TalkBack now announces when no element of a given type exists on a web page. For example, if the user swipes to the next HTML heading but none is found, a message will be spoken to let them know about this.
  • TalkBack now supports text editing in Chrome. We are aware that copy/cut/paste actions are still missing from the Local Context menu.
  • TalkBack does not repeat the current element when auto-scrolling.


Multi-page Views

  • TalkBack will now announce when the user is in a multi-page view and provide feedback as to what page they are located on (when swiping left and right with two fingers), for example, “page 1 of 3”, along with the name of the page (if provided by a developer via the contentDescription). An example can be seen in the Phone app.


Text Editing

  • TalkBack now reports the text that has been selected, copied, cut or pasted.


Miscellaneous

  • There is a new option in the Global Context Menu called “Copy Last Utterance to Clipboard”. This allows the user to copy the last-spoken phrase to clipboard for further processing, i.e. pasting into another app, etc.
  • The list of custom actions can now be opened with a user-defined gesture, in the “manage gestures” screen. It is “unassigned” by default.
  • The shortcuts in the “default” keyboard map can now be changed by the user.
  • The “pages” navigation settings has been removed from TalkBack.
  • The “speak caller ID” setting has been removed as we have no way of making this work consistently across devices.
  • TalkBack now includes phonetic spelling tables for most of the languages supported by TalkBack.
  • Italian, Czech, German and other translations have been corrected.


Support for N FEATURES specifically:

  • TalkBack notifies the user when entering multi-window mode and identifies window names and their position on the screen (message: Hangouts on top, Messenger on bottom in portrait mode and “on left” and “on right” in landscape mode).
  • In multi-window screen the user can swipe to the screen splitter and move it up or down using custom actions (swipe to the splitter and then access custom actions via the local context menu, swipe up, then right).
  • When using external keyboard, it is possible to switch between opened windows with a shortcut key. In multi-window mode the shortcut key will switch between all active windows, in a single-window mode, the shortcut key will move between navigation bar, main screen and status bar only. Default shortcut key: CTRL+ALT+up/down arrows.
  • Seek controls will now move in increments of 5% when changing their value with volume keys. On pre-N versions the seek bar would only move in increments of 20%.
  • When focused on a seek control, going into the Local Context Menu will allow editing the value of a control discretely, i.e. the user can type in the exact value they want to set the seek bar to. On pre-N devices it is only possible to use volume keys to change the value of seek controls.
  • Richer information about grids and lists will now be spoken, for example, “20 columns and 5 rows”.
  • TalkBack will now soften the volume of another audio stream when, for example, playing a video in Youtube or another app. For this to work, the “focus speech audio” setting should be turned on in TalkBack Settings.
  • TalkBack will now speak the number of characters in password fields, for example, “9 characters”. Previously, TalkBack did not speak anything as if the field was empty.


Enjoy! On behalf of Talkback Team


Kemaskini JAWS 17.0.2619 dikeluarkan



Sehari sebelum kemaskini Windows 10 diperkenalkan, pihak Freedom Scientific telah mengeluarkan kemaskini terbaru JAWS, iaitu JAWS 17.0.2619. Apabila versi JAWS ini digunakan pada versi baru Windows 10 yang bakal dikeluarkan, JAWS berkebolehan untuk memberitahu Windows agar tidak menggunakan Microsoft Edge sebagai pelayar utama apabila Cortana search digunakan. Sebaliknya jika perisian JAWS sedang berjalan, segala carian melalui Cortana pada Windows 10 akan dipaparkan menggunakan pelayar web yang ditetapkan sebagai pelayar asal oleh pengguna Windows 10. Perubahan ini tidak akan berfungsi pada versi Windows 10 yang ada sekarang.


Selain itu, versi terbaru ini turut memperbaiki beberapa masalah yang dialami oleh pengguna JAWS pada aplikasi Windows Live Mail, Microsoft Outlook 2013 dan keatas, serta Internet explorer 11. Berikut merupakan senarai perubahan yang dipetik daripada laman web Freedom Scientific.

Enhancements in JAWS 17.0.2619 (August 2016)


The following is a list of improvements made between the JAWS 17 July 2016 release and the August 2016 update.

  • Beginning with the Windows 10 Anniversary Edition released by Microsoft in August 2016, when JAWS starts, it now tells Windows 10 that you are using JAWS and asks Windows to avoid forcing you into Edge when searching the web using Cortana. As a result, Cortana web searches will instead be done using the default browser you have specified in Windows 10. This JAWS change will have no impact in prior Windows 10 releases.
  • You can now use contracted braille input when typing in the Windows 10 Search edit box as well as in the edit fields in many Modern apps including the Windows 10 Mail app.
  • Resolved a customer reported issue where extraneous information was being spoken by JAWS when opening a message in Windows Live Mail.
  • Addressed a customer reported issue with the SayTaskBar script not working as expected.
  • Resolved a reported issue where JAWS was not correctly reading form fields on certain web pages in Internet Explorer 11.
  • Addressed a reported issue where pressing keys on a braille display were sometimes triggering unexpected actions in various applications.
  • When focused on a calendar appointment in Outlook 2013 and later, pressing INSERT+F1 now displays screen-sensitive help specific to the calendar as expected. In addition, pressing INSERT+CTRL+D now works as expected to announce the current date.
  • When using the ALT+NUMBER ROW keystrokes to read the contents of the various fields in a meeting request in Outlook 2013 and later, resolved an issue where the field content was not matching the prompt.
  • Resolved an issue where the command to move focus to the results field in the Windows 10 calculator (INSERT+CTRL+D) could not be found using the JAWS Command Search.


Kemas Kini JAWS 17 Menyokong Mail App pada Windows 10


Ramai dalam kalangan pengguna perisian pembaca skrin (screen readers) mempunyai pilihan tersendiri apabila hendak mengakses emel. Ada yang lebih gemar menggunakan antaramuka web, dan ada yang gemar menggunakan mail client pada windows. Semenjak dari Windows 8 sehingga sekarang, semua sudah sedia maklum bahawa Mail App yang tersedia pada Windows tidak mesra pengguna screen reader. Hal ini menyebabkan ramai yang menggunakan perisian lain seperti Mozilla Thunderbird, Windows Live Mail, dan beberapa lagi perisian lain untuk mengakses emel.


Namun demikian, sejak kebelakangan ini timbul pelbagai usaha dalam kalangan pembangun perisian screen reader untuk cuba membina sokongan bagi Windows 10 Mail App. Pihak VFO, ataupun lebih dikenali sebagai Freedom Scientific baru sahaja mengeluarkan kemas kini bagi perisian screen reader JAWS. melalui kemas kini terbaru ini, mereka menyatakan bahawa kerjasama dengan pihak Microsoft membolehkan JAWS berfungsi di Mail App pada Windows 10. Selain menyokong Mail App, kemas kini terbaru JAWS juga membawa beberapa penambahbaikan, termasuk pada calculator di Windows 10. Untuk melihat senarai penambahbaikan pada versi terbaru JAWS, sila layari halaman ini.


Sementara itu pula, NVAccess, iaitu pembangun perisian screen reader percuma NVDA yang berasaskan sumber terbuka juga sedang dalam proses membina sokongan untuk Mail App di Windows 10. Ini merupakan suatu perkara yang dinanti-nantikan, kerana apabila perisian Mail pada Windows boleh digunakan dengan perisian pembaca skrin, kita tidak lagi perlu terlalu bergantung kepada perisian pihak ketiga untuk mengakses emel, sekaligus mengurangkan perisian yang perlu dipasang pada Windows.


Bagi pengguna perisian JAWS, bolehlah ke halaman Freedom Scientific untuk muat turun kemas kini yang terbaru dan mencubanya pada perisian Mail pada Windows 10.


NVDA 2016.2.1 Update now available


This release fixes crashes in Microsoft Word:

  • NVDA no longer causes Microsoft Word to crash immediately after it starts in Windows XP. (#6033)
  • Removed reporting of grammar errors, as this causes crashes in Microsoft Word. (#5954, #5877)


Before you Download NVDA


The NVDA screen reader can be downloaded free of charge by anyone. This allows some of the world’s poorest blind people access to computers, and a way out of poverty.
If you have the means, no matter how big or small, please consider making a donation before downloading NVDA. We rely on donations and grants to continue improving NVDA and to ensure it remains compatible with the world’s rapidly changing technology.


Note that myvict.com only hosting the mirror download for NVDA and it is appreciated if you can consider donate to NV Access to show your support and appreciation to the one and only free Windows screen reader for the blind.



Source: NV Access