NVDA

What is NVDA?

NVDA or NonVisual Desktop Access is a Python-based screen reader. Open-source and usable at no cost, it is capable of converting visual elements on a computer screen into audio and Braille output, the former through a speech synthesizer and the latter through a refreshable Braille display. Screen displays of this type—as well as screen readers—are generally used by the vision-impaired.

Not all computer applications are completely navigable through NVDA, but many of the more common computer operations can be managed through the program. For example, users can easily navigate and use the Microsoft Office programs using the software, and can make use of Outlook with its help. The same goes for some of the more popular free office suites going around, including OpenOffice. Users can browse the Web and manage their email accounts via Mozilla too. Newer versions of the program even work with Windows 8 to give users touchscreen compatibility.

NVDA has an active user and developer community and is still being developed. It can run on both 32-bit and 64-bit environments. More than 40 languages are already supported by the program, although it is usable only on Windows systems.

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File types supported by NVDA

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About file types supported by NVDA

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