moderated Re: Curiosity: What makes people choose Jaws over NVDA?

Soronel Haetir

I use jaws mostly because NVDA wasn't available when I went blind (so
out of inertia) and when I did try NVDA (last time was 2010 or so) I
got _extremely_ upset with the NVDA development team and their
prevailing attitude toward introductory developer support (that is,
their attitude was that such support isn't needed).

As far as development systems went I actually preferred WindowEyes,
what with everything being based around COM objects and using
ActiveScript (but that was the only thing I liked about WE).

On 6/11/22, Madison Martin <Madison.Martin2000@...> wrote:
Hi James,
I know that you've received lots of responses but I wanted to chime in
anyway. When I first started learning to use a computer I was taught how to
use Jaws; I tried NVDA but never really liked it and I'm not sure it works
as well with braille displays... I think it just comes down to what meets
your needs best and what you feel more comfortable with. I also just use my
computer for basic things so I'm not interested in all of the add-ons that
NVDA has and I like the fact that FS has tech support, even though these
lists are grate they can't fix everything.

-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Glenn / Lenny
Sent: June 11, 2022 10:17 AM
Subject: Re: Curiosity: What makes people choose Jaws over NVDA?

Hi James,
The biggest draw-back with NVDA is that the object navigation, or screen
review cursors don't read the screen as well as the Jaws cursor.
In NVDA the screen review sticks in the wrong window that needs inspection
and I cannot ever seem to get it to where I need focus.
NVDA cannot reliably read where the action is on the screen.
For example, I can use the radio programming software called Chirp in
windows, when others call it inaccessible.
But Chirp isn't easily accessible, and it helps that I've used the program
in Linux so I know the layout, and it's fully accessible there with Orca,
but in windows with Chirp, nothing automatically speaks.
This is where my familiarity with using it in Linux helps me to use it in
Chirp has all the usual pull-down menus and one called "radio"
In windows as well as in Linux, alt R and F and the other menus opens them
up using alt and the associated letter.
But in Linux, at this point after doing alt R, I can do alt D for download
from radio or alt U to upload to radio for example.
These don't work in Windows, and screenreaders aren't reading where the
cursor is.
So here's an example of the difference between Jaws and NVDA.
With Jaws, I can use the jaws cursor to read anywhere on the screen and I
use route jaws to PC.
So if I do alt R, I can route Jaws to PC and I'm then in the menu with Jaws
cursor, I can find download and then route PC to Jaws, and then I know that
pressing enter activates Download.
Then in this program, more of all this needs to be done to select com port,
maker of the radio, and then model of radio.
I also have to route Jaws cursor a few more times to use the left mouse
click on the number pad on some "okay" options and on the number next to
"don't show this again".
Fortunately, with Chirp, the last radio used comes up the next time and all
the settings for that radio are there, so that makes it easier.
So my point in all this is, NVDA just does not offer the same level of
control over what's on the screen and being able to manipulate it.
I'd like to hear a recording tutorial of an experienced NVDA user trying to
get through Chirp.
----- Original Message -----
From: "James Malone" <james.malone93502@...>
To: <>
Sent: Saturday, June 11, 2022 3:03 AM
Subject: Curiosity: What makes people choose Jaws over NVDA?

Hi all,
inspired from an earlier topic, I got to wondering:
What makes people keep coming back to Jaws over NVDA? I also want to
emphasise that this is not a topic trying to bash one or the other, I'd
really like to hear some opinions from the Jaws side. What do you think it
does better? Where do you think it's weakness's are? I've been a long time
NVDA user and occasionally dabbled in Jaws here and there over the past year
or so. Something I commonly see is that Jaws still seems to have better
braille support. I also don't know how many organisations would be super
happy with the idea of putting NVDA on a work computer, so there's that. I
used Jaws growing up, so I have a fair amount of experience in both readers.
Using Jaws recently also told me that the overall look and feel hasn't
really changed either, so there was next to no learning curve when it came
to reacquainting myself. I know NV access have been working on this, but to
my understanding Jaws also seems to have better UIA support, something that
can only be a positive!
Looking forward to hearing from you,

Soronel Haetir

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