2019 program and schedule

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session types

Forum
A forum is a session consisting of moderated open discussion between NVDA users.
Keynote
The keynote is the highlight of NVDACon.
Lightning
A lightning talk is a session consisting of about 20 minutes of content and 10 minutes of questions. Lightning talks usually are grouped into multiple talks in one block of time.
Full
Full sessions are usually 45 minutes or more. They may last as long as two hours.

forum: Opening forum 1

The opening forum is a place for NVDA users to chat amongst themselves. This session simply allows users to speak with other users about NVDA in a free form style. Questions are welcome, answers are offered, and we encourage the NVDA community to have fun and kindle friendship amongst each other.

time:

2019-11-15T21:00+0000

full: Accessibility features in Chrome

Learn about new and exciting accessibility improvements in Google Chrome, including automatic image descriptions on websites. We will also highlight general accessibility improvements in the browser, including to the tab-strip.

time:

2019-11-15T23:00+0000

Author

(Nektarios Paisios) Google

informal: User meeting

Since 2012, community add-ons by various NVDA contributors have made the difference in making NVDA what it is today. By adding new features, making apps usable, and bringing favorite speech synthesizers to the NVDA community, these add-ons allowed NVDA to go everywhere. As one of the celebrated contributors to the NVDA screen reader, Joseph Lee believes add-ons are crucial to lives of NVDA users, more so when developers and users work together on planning the next add-on adventure. Join Joseph and users of his add-ons as they discuss various add-ons, including Add-on Updater, StationPlaylist, Enhanced Touch Gestures, and Windows 10 App Essentials, along with a chance to provide feedback and suggestions. Plus, Joseph will make important announcements about his add-ons as the NVDA community prepares for the future such as upcoming NVDA 2019.3.

time:

2019-11-16T00:00+0000

Author

Joseph Lee

forum: Opening forum 2

The opening forum is a place for NVDA users to chat amongst themselves. This session simply allows users to speak with other users about NVDA in a free form style. Questions are welcome, answers are offered, and we encourage the NVDA community to have fun and kindle friendship amongst each other.

time:

2019-11-16T09:00+0000

lightning: Orbit reader with NVDA, live demo

Demonstration of the low cost braille display Orbit Reader with NVDA

time:

2019-11-16T11:00+0000

Author

野々垣美名子 (Minako Nonogaki)

lightning: NVDA at work

starting NVDA at work and other corporate environment aspects.

time:

2019-11-16T11:30+0000

Author

Tetsuro Okane

lightning: New braille patterns for undefined unicode characters

Undefined unicode characters can take a lot of space on a braille display when reading multilingual texts or file names. I.e. using the english 8. computer braille table will not contain asian characters. When an asian character appears, it will be shown on a braille display as an undefined unicode character which could take more than 6 braille cells. In this session you will see a brand new braille pattern system developed by Daniel Mayr. The new braille patterns require at most 4 braille cells to display an undefined unicode character. The best thing about it is that it works with all possible unicode characters, including unicode characters that do not exist yet.

time:

2019-11-16T19:00+0000

Author

Daniel Mayr

lightning: Learning new languages and reading in other languages

changing to an international keyboard, setting up Windows one-core for different languages, using the SwitchSynth and the Braille Extender add-ons to assist in language learning and how to mark up a document to read properly in another language.

time:

2019-11-16T19:30+0000

Author

Deborah Armstrong

full: Phonetics and Syntax reading with NVDA

Demonstrates how we can read phonetic symbols by using the Char Info addon, and how to add them to the punctuation / symbols dictionary. That way, synthesizers which don't support them can speak them when they occur. Additionally, a discussion about a method to create syntax trees in Microsoft Excel in an accessible way, by merging cells to show both constituency and hierarchy of nodes in an accessible and readable way for both blind and sighted people. More info on reading phonetics and creating accessible hierarchies can be found on the speaker'sblog at https://www.sukiletxe.eu

time:

2019-11-16T20:00+0000

Author

Sukil Etxenike

full: Nav and other productivity add-ons

NVDA has a great ecosystem of add-ons that can enhance your productivity. Tony Malykh will present his *Nav and other add-ons, that will allow you to turbocharge your screenreader! These add-ons contain features that can ease web browsing experience, working with text, writing code as well as many other small improvements. The following add-ons will be covered: SentenceNav, TextNav, BrowserNav, BluetoothAudio, Tony's enhancements, IndentNav, Phonetic punctuation, AudioChart.

time:

2019-11-16T21:00+0000

Author

Tony Malykh

full: Accessibility improvements and features in Firefox

Come and learn about accessibility improvements and features in the Mozilla Firefox browser, including toolbar keyboard navigation, Reader View and efficient tab management. The session will also outline recent fixes which improve the browsing experience. Finally, an overview of the Firefox Developer Tools will also be given, including the Accessibility panel.

time:

2019-11-16T23:00+0000

Author

James Teh (Mozilla)

keynote: Keynote by NV Access

Once a year at NVDACon, NV Access assembles in front of the community to offer a keynote. This year presents the largest changes to the NVDA development landscape the project has ever seen, and thus NVDACon once again welcomes NV Access to the stage to talk about what this means for the project, and how we are future proofing NVDA! This year, the keynote will be delivered live, and then 8 hours later, will be played again, allowing European and Asian listeners to tune in. At the end of this, a second q&a session will take place for those who couldn't make it to the live event.

time:

2019-11-17T01:00+0000

Author

NV Access

forum: Closing Forum

The closing forum aims to bring all users, developers and presenters one last time together to reflect all new ideas and thoughts gained throughout the conference. It is the forum where you can give feedback to NVDACon organizers and suggest improvements we should consider for next years NVDACon. And last but not least, it is a place where new leadership is welcomed to express interest in the organization and next steps are discussed.

time:

2019-11-17T03:00+0000

keynote: Keynote by NV Access

Once a year at NVDACon, NV Access assembles in front of the community to offer a keynote. This year presents the largest changes to the NVDA development landscape the project has ever seen, and thus NVDACon once again welcomes NV Access to the stage to talk about what this means for the project, and how we are future proofing NVDA! This year, the keynote will be delivered live, and then 8 hours later, will be played again, allowing European and Asian listeners to tune in. At the end of this, a second q&a session will take place for those who couldn't make it to the live event.

time:

2019-11-17T10:00+0000

Author

NV Access

forum: Closing Forum

Closing forum for other time zones.

time:

2019-11-17T13:00+0000