Josh----- Original Message ----- From: "Tony Broome" <tb777@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <nvda@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Tuesday, May 01, 2007 11:20 PM Subject: [nvda] Keep It Free And Keep It Good!
I can't help but chuckle while reading some of the messages today. I must admit that the list has been busier today than usual. However, I wish those jumping off ship would stay onboard. Perhaps, we all might be a little more sensitive as to not demand what we want personally in NVDA. Yes, user input will always be vital; but seeing that NVDA is an open-source screen reader for Windows, it is essential that the major Windows apps be supported first. There has been a long thread today about voices. You must remember that NVDA should be able to work with the free voices which are readily at hand. AT&T voices cost a lot of money in the US and for many countries, they would never be able to afford such. We need to remember that many people who will be using NVDA in the coming years have not been nor will probably ever be Jaws or Window Eyes users. Some of you on here are very high tech power users and programmers. You have worked hard to get what you have and to be where you are. However, to demand a synth which would have over 300 words per minute response and to think that the average user would require such is simply for us to not be in reality and or to hide our heads in the sand. Smile! How many of you have sat for hours and have done search after search trying to find a free or low cost screen reader for Windows 95 or 98? Probably, we all have. And, to think that this is actually being developed as a free open-source screen reader for Windows is absolutely fantastic and a dream come true! The fact that ESpeak has been put into a Windows and sapi 5 format and works well with NVDA, as well as JFW, Window Eyes, and even with FreedomBox System Access I might add, is nothing but an added blessing. Most folks who don't have the big boy screen readers don't even have ScanSoft NeoSpeech or other commercial voices on their machine. Well, I certainly don't have anything against anyone and know that when it's all behind us we can look back and laugh on it all. I'm not a programmer; but, a pastor and pc helper for the blind and disabled. I have a situation right now where a whole batch of computers will probably be at my disposal from a company near here. If they aren't too old, I can put NVDA on them and, set them up and give them to blind people who need to get online but who cannot afford a new computer. And, since that's a great place to stop; I hope this is well-balanced and will be taken in good taste.Blessings, Tony --Email services by FreedomBox. Surf the Net at the sound of your voice. www.freedombox.infoTo post messages to the list send email to nvda@xxxxxxxxxxxxx To modify your NVDA Email settings go to: http://www.freelists.org/list/nvdaThank you for your continued support of Nonvisual Desktop Access, an open source free screen reader for Microsoft Windows:http://www.nvda-project.org/ Report bugs or make feature requests at: http://trac.nvda-project.org/ Message Archive:http://www.freelists.org/archives/nvda
To post messages to the list send email to nvda@xxxxxxxxxxxxx To modify your NVDA Email settings go to: http://www.freelists.org/list/nvda Thank you for your continued support of Nonvisual Desktop Access, an open source free screen reader for Microsoft Windows: http://www.nvda-project.org/ Report bugs or make feature requests at: http://trac.nvda-project.org/ Message Archive: http://www.freelists.org/archives/nvda