Published on December 2, 2016 by Chrome

Read the “Using NVDA to Evaluate Web Accessibility” article: goo.gl/eGPDp

Watch the “Testing for Accessibility with the NVDA Screen Reader on Windows” video on Egghead.io: goo.gl/Umv8UX

If you’re on a Windows machine and would like to get started with screen readers, NVDA is a great option. The project is open source and funded by donations (please consider giving if you actually end up using it for work!). Today on the show I’ll cover the basics of navigating a page with NVDA, and share some useful keyboard shortcuts to make you more efficient. If you’ve had a nagging feeling like maybe your site could use better accessibility, but you haven’t known where to start with screen readers, check out today’s episode!

Watch all A11ycasts episodes: goo.gl/06qEUW

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16 Comments on "Screen Reader Basics: NVDA — A11ycasts #09"

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Casey Neinstat
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Casey Neinstat
1 year 5 months ago

Why d fok re u using mozila Firefox when yu re chrom developers

Rob Dodson
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Rob Dodson
1 year 3 months ago

Because most NVDA users use Firefox

Alvar Lagerlof
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Alvar Lagerlof
1 year 5 months ago

Google! Help them with the voice!

Visovan Iuliu
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Visovan Iuliu
1 year 5 months ago

I only have a question. Why Firefox?

Rob Dodson
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Rob Dodson
1 year 5 months ago

Sorry forgot to explain that! According to the web aim survey on screen reader usage (webaim.org/projects/screenreadersurvey6/) NVDA is most commonly used with Firefox.

Yarmo Mackenbach
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Yarmo Mackenbach
1 year 5 months ago

Visovan Iuliu why not Firefox?

Jonas Drotleff
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Jonas Drotleff
1 year 5 months ago

I'm surprised to see Firefox used on the Google Chrome Developers channel.

ALZlper
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ALZlper
1 year 5 months ago

I love Chrome DEV

Good Parts
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Good Parts
1 year 5 months ago

IE6-10+ and Firefox. Yes, but why? Any assumptions?

Rob Dodson
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Rob Dodson
1 year 5 months ago

Ah good question, I should have explained that 🙂 According to the web aim survey on screen reader usage (webaim.org/projects/screenreadersurvey6/) NVDA is most commonly used with Firefox.

ALZlper
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ALZlper
1 year 5 months ago

Jonas Drotleff me too! I think google is the most open company 😉

Good Parts
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Good Parts
1 year 5 months ago

Why does it sound such… Robotic? Could an author use Web Speech API or… Microsoft Zira, hmm.

Thomas Knott
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Thomas Knott
1 year 3 months ago

Good Parts NVDA supports tons of different voices. from what I get from the literature and my experience with people that use such software the "robotic" has the main advantage to speed it up once you are used to it.

sKopheK
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sKopheK
1 year 5 months ago

yeah, combine voice from M$ Win's built-in Narrator and NVDA functionality please 🙂 EDIT: under Windows, you can change synthesizer settings in the program to MS Speech API or even download addons for more options

EndgAmer
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EndgAmer
1 year 5 months ago

First

ALZlper
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ALZlper
1 year 5 months ago

EndgAmer 👍

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