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From the Authors:
NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access) is a free “screen reader” which enables blind and vision impaired people to use computers. It reads the text on the screen in a computerised voice. You can control what is read to you by moving the cursor to the relevant area of text with a mouse or the arrows on your keyboard.
NVDA can also convert the text into braille if the computer user owns a device called a “braille display”.
NVDA provides the key to education and employment for many blind people. It also provides access to social networking, online shopping, banking and news.
Normally screen readers are expensive, making them unaffordable for many blind people. NVDA is free. It’s been downloaded 70,000+ times, in 43 languages.
Here is a snapshot of just some of NVDA’s features.
- Support for popular applications including web browsers, email, internet chatting, and office programs including Word and Excel.
- NVDA can be installed directly on to your computer, but it has the ability to run entirely from a USB stick or other portable media.
- Built-in speech synthesiser for English and more than 43 other languages.
- Reporting of textual formatting where available, such as font name and size, style and spelling errors.
- Automatic announcement of text under the mouse and optional audible indication of the mouse position.
- Support for many refreshable braille displays.
- Easy to use talking installer.
- Support for common accessibility interfaces including Java Access Bridge.
- Support for Windows command prompt and console applications.
NVDA has over the years developed into the full-featured free alternative to the main proprietary screen reader products for the MS Windows platform.