New version of open source screen reader released

Monday, 28 November 2011 11:54am

A new version of the popular free and open source screen reader NVDA for Microsoft Windows has been released. The technology allows people who are blind to use computers through sound and a keyboard.

The makers of NVDA report on the release and highlight some of the key new features, including automatic speech language switching when reading documents with appropriate language information; support for 64 bit Java Runtime Environments; reporting of text formatting in browse mode in Mozilla applications and better handling of crashes and freezes.

The latest version marks the beginning of NVDA’s work towards supporting the upcoming release of Microsoft Windows 8, with some initial fixes added for better compatibility with the new operating system.

You can download the latest version of NVDA from the NVDA website. Media Access Australia has written a comparison of free and low cost screen readers.

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