NVDACon 2017 Program and Schedule

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Opening Forum

Abstract

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.

Details

  • This session will occur at 19 May 2017 18:00:00 -0000
  • Presenter: Open Chat
  • Type: Open Forum

Google and Google Chrome

Abstract

In this talk we’ll explain the primary pillars on which Chrome is built — speed, security and simplicity — and then explore some of the more innovative features of Chrome, such as cross-device syncing and user profiles. For the enthusiasts, we’ll talk about how to debug and file actionable accessibility bugs. For developers, we’ll dive a little into Chrome’s accessibility architecture. Bring your questions and feedback! 

Details

  • This session will occur at 19 May 2017 22:00:00 -0000
  • Presenter: Nektarios Paisios
  • Type: Full Session

A discussion of how the NVDA community can make non-code contributions.

Abstract

As a popular screen reader with wide ranging support of 3rd party applications, naturally new github issues are raised frequently. These maybe requests to support new applications, features of existing application, bug reports, and other kinds of requests. NV Access tries to triage these issues as they are raised, in order to prioritise and define the requirements for development. NVaccess is a small team with limited resources, and it is difficult (or impossible) to keep up with this task. This talk aims to help the community to understand what our aims are during triage, and to guide the community on how they can contribute to this process. Since much of this process only requires a user level understanding of NVDA, this work can be done by non-programmers.

  • This will include a discussion of “why do we prioritise?” and what does it mean for an issue to be “well defined”.
  • Discussion / explanation of user stories.
  • Discussion of the common “types” of issues.
  • Discussion of exactly how the community can help.

Details

  • This session will occur at 20 May 2017 01:00:00 -0000
  • Presenter: Reef Turner, James Teh
  • Type: Full Session

Note: The following sessions are Lightning talks. They all occur back to back.


An objective comparison of NVDA to other screen readers

Abstract

NVDA is getting more and more widely used all over the world. Many people embraced NVDA as their first screen reader, while another significant group of people found in NVDA an excellent alternative for their former screen reader. However, there is also a group of people who still prefer JAWS, SuperNova or WindowEyes as their primary screen reader. What makes them prefer paid software over a free screen reader? Is NVDA missing the boat somewhere?

In this lightning talk, Leonard de Ruijter will discuss the similarities and differences between NVDA and the other frequently used Windows screen readers. Leonard is working at Babbage (the Netherlands), an assistive technologies supplier. As a trainer in screen reading software, he has gained wide insight into the highlights, quirks and glitches of the major Windows screen readers. You are more than welcome to share your ideas and thoughts about your experiences with NVDA and its competitors.

Details

  • This session will occur at 20 May 2017 16:00:00 -0000
  • Presenter: Leonard de Ruijter
  • Type: Lightning talk I

Introducing Advanced Access to Audio Production with REAPER and OSARA

Abstract

OSARA is an extension developed by NV Access for the REAPER digital audio workstation software which provides advanced access to REAPER for screen reader users. This enables NVDA users to record, produce and collaborate on music, podcasts and much more, right from simple, amateur productions to professional work. This talk, presented by OSARA’s creator, will provide a high level outline and demonstration of some of the major features of REAPER and OSARA, including multi-track production, how audio is split into “items”, working with multiple “takes”, altering sound using “effects”, changing sound over time using “envelopes” and working with musical notation directly using the “MIDI Editor”.

Details

  • This session will occur at 20 May 2017 16:40:00 -0000
  • Presenter: James Teh
  • Type: Lightning talk II

Dictationbridge, a year later

Abstract

last year Dictationbridge presented at NVDACon 2016. Dictationbridge is a free, open source, and crowd funded dictation solution which aims to give screen reader users the ability to use dictation products with any screen reader they choose. In the past year, after the successful crowd funding campaign, Dictationbridge is near release. Lucy and Derek will demo Dictationbridge, and explain the motivation behind a free and open source dictation solution. They will show how to use the product, and engage the audience in offering feedback and questions.

Details

  • This session will occur at 20 May 2017 17:20:00 -0000
  • Presenter: Derek Riemer, lucia greco
  • Type: Lightning Talk III

Windows ten with NVDA

Abstract

Windows 8 introduced modern apps, which are quite different from traditional apps in terms of user interface, experience and level of accessibility. This was enhanced in Windows 10 to become Universal Windows Platform (UWP), with the aim of making the resulting universal app available on all devices running Windows 10 regardless of whether on a PC, smartphone or so forth. Given that these apps require different strategies for navigation and usage, how can and do screen reader users use these apps effectively? In this presentation, Joseph Lee, a seasoned NVDA expert, Windows Insider and author of the Windows 10 App Essentials add-on, will guide you through how to install, navigate, and use universal apps with NVDA, including Windows Store, object navigation, and working with web-based apps, as well as how to spot accessibility issues and provide feedback to developers.

Details

  • This session will occur at 20 May 2017 21:00:00 -0000
  • Presenter: Joseph Lee
  • Type: Full Session

Keynote with NVAccess

Abstract

Once a year at NVDACon, NV Access assembles in front of the community to offer a keynote. Come listen to James Teh, Michael Curran, Reef Turner, and Quentin Christensen talk about the current status of NVDA. They will also talk about the future of NVDA, and will engage with the community directly via teamtalk.

Details

  • This session will occur at 21 May 2017 22:00:00 -0000
  • Presenter: NV Access
  • Type: Keynote

Closing Forum

Abstract

The closing forum is a place for NVDA users to chat amongst themselves. This session simply encourages users to reflect on NVDACon, offer testimonials, and celebrate the closing of another NVDACon.

Details

  • This session will occur at 21 May 2017 23:00:00 -0000 or after the Keynote
  • Presenter: Open Chat
  • Type: Open Forum