new group owner

September 11th, 2010
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This is to inform the group that I have taken it over. Trenton has handed it off to me. I also have a podcast dealing with screen readers and technology. go into klango media, then go to public favorites then go to jkenn337
and then go to technology and stuff. you’ll see it there. if not go to or to add the feed yourself just add to your podcast downloader or podcatcher. Thanks and enjoy the new group.

NVDA 2010.2, The, “next!” Generation Of Screen Reading

August 12th, 2010
Posted in NVDA

I’m sure you all are wondering, why I didn’t report about NVDA 2010.1 being released this year.
Well folks, if you are brave enough to check out the latest 2010.2 snapshots of NVDA, you will, not! be disappointed.
Jump on over to:

to have a look.

If you don’t wish to dive in to the, “new!” NVDA right now, here’s “What’s New” in NVDA 2010.2, which you can find in the latest snaps.
Please note, the below info can be out of date, just because they are snaps after all, and more info can be added at anytime.
This will give ya a taste though of what you are missing.

*start of NVDA 2010.2 What’s New*
New Features
• Navigating through objects with the review cursor has been greatly simplified. The review cursor now excludes objects which aren’t useful to the user; i.e. objects only used for layout purposes and unavailable objects.
• In applications using the Java Access Bridge (including, formatting can now be reported in text controls. (#358, #463)
• When moving the mouse over cells in Microsoft Excel, NVDA will appropriately announce them.
• In applications using the Java Access Bridge, the text of a dialog is now reported when the dialog appears. (#554)
• A virtualBuffer can now be used to navigate adobe Flash content. Object navigation and interacting with the controls directly (by turning on focus mode) is still supported. (#453)
• Editable text controls in the Eclipse IDE, including the code editor, are now accessible. You must be using Eclipse 3.6 or later. (#256, #641)
• NVDA can now retrieve most text written to the screen. (#40, #643)
• This allows for reading of controls which do not expose information in more direct/reliable ways.
• Controls made accessible by this feature include: some menu items which display icons (e.g. the Open With menu on files in Windows XP) (#151), editable text fields in Windows Live applications (#200), the errors list in Outlook Express (#582), the editable text control in TextPad (#605), lists in Eudora, many controls in Australian E-tax and the formula bar in Microsoft Excel.
• Support for the code editor in Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 and 2008. At least Visual Studio Standard is required; this does not work in the Express editions. (#457)
• Support for IBM Lotus Symphony documents.
• Early experimental support for Google Chrome. Please note that Chrome’s screen reader support is far from complete and additional work may also be required in NVDA. You will need a recent development build of Chrome to try this.
• The state of toggle keys (caps lock, num lock and scroll lock) is now displayed in braille when they are pressed. (#620)
• Help balloons are now displayed in braille when they appear. (#652)
• Added a driver for the MDV Lilli braille display. (#241)
• When selecting an entire row or column in MS Excel with the shortcut keys shift+space and control+space, the new selection is now reported. (#759)
• Table row and column headers can now be reported. This is configurable from the Document Formatting preferences dialog.
• Currently, this is supported in documents in Mozilla applications such as Firefox and Thunderbird. (#361)
• Introduced commands for flat review: (#58)
• NVDA+numpad7 switches to flat review, placing the review cursor at the position of the current object, allowing you to review the screen (or a document if within one) with the text review commands.
• NVDA+numpad1 moves the review cursor into the object represented by the text at the position of the review cursor, allowing you to navigate by object from that point.
• Current NVDA user settings can be copied to be used on the logon/UAC screens, by pressing a button in the General Settings dialog.
• The sayAll by Navigator object (NVDA+numpadAdd), navigator object next in flow (NVDA+shift+numpad6) and navigator object previous in flow (NVDA+shift+numpad4) have been removed for the time being, due to bugginess and to free up the keys for other possible features.
• In the NVDA Synthesizer dialog, only the display name of the synthesizer is now listed. Previously, it was prefixed by the driver’s name, which is only relevant internally.
• When in embedded applications or virtual buffers inside another virtualBuffer (e.g. Flash), you can now press nvda+control+space to move out of the embedded application or virtual buffer, in to the above document. Previously nvda+space was used for this. Now nvda+space is specifically only for toggling brows/focus modes on virtualBuffers.
• If the speech viewer (enabled under the tools menu) is given the focus (e.g. it was clicked in) new text will not appear in the control until focus is moved away. This allows for selecting the text with greater ease (e.g. for copying).
• The Log Viewer and Python Console are maximised when activated.
• When focusing on a worksheet in MS Excel, and there is more than one cell selected, the selection range is announced, rather than just the active cell. (#763)
• Saving configuration, and changing of particular sensitive options, is now disabled when running in secure mode (on the logon/UAC screens).
Bug Fixes
• In µTorrent, the focused item in the torrents list no longer reports repeatedly or steals focus when a menu is open.
• In µTorrent, the names of the files in the Torrent Contents list are now reported.
• In Mozilla applications, focus is now correctly detected when it lands on an empty table or tree.
• In Mozilla applications, “not checked” is now correctly reported for checkable controls such as checkable table cells. (#571)
• In Mozilla applications, the text of correctly implemented ARIA dialogs is no longer ignored and will now be reported when the dialog appears. (#630)
• in Internet Explorer and other MSHTML controls, the ARIA level attribute is now honoured correctly.
• In Internet Explorer and other MSHTML controls, the ARIA role is now chosen over other type information to give a much more correct and predictable ARIA experience.
• Stopped a rare crash in Internet Explorer when navigating through frames or iFrames.
• In Microsoft Word documents, right-to-left lines (such as Arabic text) can be read again. (#627)
• Greatly reduced lag when large amounts of text are displayed in a Windows command console on 64-bit systems. (#622)
• If Skype is already started when NVDA starts, it is no longer necessary to restart Skype to enable accessibility. This may also be true for other applications which check the system screen reader flag.
• In Microsoft Office applications, NVDA no longer crashes when speak foreground (NVDA+b) is pressed or when navigating some objects on toolbars. (#616)
• Fixed incorrect speaking of numbers containing a 0 after a separator; e.g. 1,023. (#593)
• Adobe Acrobat Pro and Reader 9 no longer crash when closing a file or performing certain other tasks. (#613)
• The selection is now announced when control+a is pressed to select all text in some editable text controls such as in Microsoft Word. (#761)
• In Scintilla controls (e.g. Notepad++), text is no longer incorrectly selected when NVDA moves the caret such as during say all. (#746)
• It is again possible to review the contents of cells in MS Excel with the review cursor.
• NVDA can again read by line in certain problematic textArea fields in Internet Explorer 8. (#467)
• Windows Live Messenger 2009 no longer exits immediately after it is started while NVDA is running. (#677)
• In web browsers, It is no longer necessary to press tab to interact with an embedded object (such as Flash content) after pressing enter on the embedded object or returning from another application. (#775)
• In Scintilla controls (e.g. Notepad++), the beginning of long lines is no longer truncated when it scrolls off the screen. Also, these long lines will be correctly displayed in braille when they are selected.

*End Of NVDA 2010.2 What’s New*

A Sneak Peak In To Jaws 12

August 12th, 2010
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The below info can also be found at:

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JAWS 12 Sneak Preview

JAWS version 12 is due out later this year, and we’ve got the latest scoop on its most exciting changes!
The JAWS Configuration Manager is replaced with the Settings Center, where you can search for the setting that you want to change and simply change it, with no need to hunt through a variety of menus to track down where, for instance, you can change the level of punctuation that JAWS speaks or increase the JAWS speech rate. Also, the Settings Center remembers your last 25 changes and displays them at the bottom of the tree view, making it easier for you to fix a setting that you might have adjusted incorrectly or adjust settings that you change frequently.
Braille display users, take note! JAWS 12 lets you operate your computer from the Braille keyboard of any connected refreshable Braille display. Using the Braille keys, you can enter any character that would be entered through a standard QWERTY keyboard, and this includes all JAWS commands, too. If you’re a whiz at Grade II Braille, you’ll also be able to enter text in contracted Braille and have the result reverse-translated to text on the fly.
Finally, if you just can’t seem to make your way around Office 2007 or 2010’s new Office Fluent User Interface (OFUI) without getting frustrated and saying oh phooey!, JAWS 12 lets you choose whether to use the Office ribbon as is or to use a Virtual Ribbon interface that feels more like the old traditional Office menu system.
Stay tuned, and EmpowerTech will bring you the latest details on these and other exciting developments as we receive them.

NVDA 2009.1 Is Here!

November 25th, 2009
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As I finally got more news to share with you all, NVDA, which was going to be v0.6, is now 2009.1!
And it has made a considerably :”huge!” jump in to the blind and VIP market.
To learn more, visit the link below
NVDA 2009.1 Announcement.

Dolphin Guide making change happen!

September 3rd, 2009
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Dolphin Guide making change happen!
Dolphin North Sales Coordinator, Ken Bridge, recently participated in a very special event organised by the Blackpool Fylde and Wyre Society for the Blind.
Johnny Gardener, who has Retinitis Pigmentosa and is registered blind, set himself a goal to climb ‘The Old Man of Coniston’, an 803 metre-high mountain located by the small village of Coniston in the Lake District. Johnny works part time in the Talking News Department, a division of the Blackpool Fylde and Wyre Society for the Blind, and as well as taking on this challenge he thought he would use the opportunity to raise funds for the talking news service.

A photo of Johnny Gardener and Keith Dobson

Photo shows Keith Dobson, team member, guiding Johnny Gardener on the last few metres of the walk.

The event took place on 8 August and proved to be a huge success as Johnny, with 13 other team members, managed to climb The Old Man of Coniston and raise a staggering £500. Ken Bridge, an experienced fell runner, was one of the team that helped guide Johnny to the top and personally guided Johnny most of the way back down again.
To contribute to this fantastic cause, Dolphin has decided to donate 3 free copies of Dolphin Guide software to the Society! This great news was announced to Johnny when he reached the top of the hill. What a fantastic end to a great day!
A photo of Johnny Gardener and Ken Bridge

Photo shows Johnny Gardener (left) with Ken Bridge at the top of the ‘Old Man Coniston’ hill


September 3rd, 2009
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Welcome to the Screen Reader Central web page, where you’ll find the latest news on your screen reader of choice.
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Thank you, and enjoy!