New version of NVDA released

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Tuesday, 8 March 2011 16:50pm

A new version of the free and open source screen reader NVDA for Microsoft Windows was released today.

The official NVDA blog of NVDA 2011.1 reports on the release and highlights some of the key new features which include but are not limited to:

  • announcement of bullets and numbering in Microsoft Word
  • including keys to move to the next and previous line
  • reporting of colours for some controls, including IBM Lotus Symphony text controls

Just last week, WebAIM released the results from its third screen reader user survey. It found there has been a dramatic increase of nearly 300% in the number of people using NVDA as their primary screen reader in the past 14 months.

The survey also revealed that respondents are far more receptive to using free or low-cost screen readers as reasonable substitutes to commercial screen readers.

You can download the latest version of NVDA from the NVDA website.

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