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Here is a review about Windows 11. After reading it, my question is,
how many changes are mainly for the conbvenience of sighted users and how many
will have any impact that matters on blind users.
Sent: Friday, December 03, 2021 6:03 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] [jfw-users] FW: Avoid Switching to Windows
11 As Long as Possible!!
Well, problems are in all new operating systems. the
accessibility issues are not excluded from this list.
However, regardless of the cons against the operating system.
What are the pros?
This is my concern. Not the problems because eventually these
problems are going to be fix. What are going to be the advantages that could
convince users to install Windows 11?
This is like the last IO’s updates. No much new. The same
thing just a few appearance changes on the surface.
<main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of John Holcomb
Sent: Friday, December 3, 2021 12:12 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] [jfw-users] FW: Avoid
Switching to Windows 11 As Long as Possible!!
And have they tried different configs from different
I’d think by now the pitch forks would be out if there were
really this many problems across the board.
from a user I believe is technically knowledgeable enough to say this on another
list is to wait three months after a new full release of Windows such as Windows
11 comes out. That’s to avoid bugs which haven’t been worked out yet and
because there may be areas in which screen-readers don’t work as well for a
time. Of course, if people want to have the latest and are willing to put
up with potential problems, that’s up to them but I think that is good advice,
and I’ve seen similar advice over the years, for people who want to use Windows
for getting things done reliably and dependablly and who want to upgrade but who
aren’t particularly experimenters and who can wait to get the newest
from that, I don’t know anything about the organization who wrote the message
but they are generalizing in a manner which appears to be unjustified and makes
me suspicious about their reliability. I’m not saying these things don’t
happen and they may happen enough to be a problem, but if they are happening, as
the message strongly implies to everyone, then why have many people upgraded on
lists like this and we haven’t heard much of anything about these
problems? and why didn;’t we hear anything during beta testing on this
I consider the message to be cautionary, you may have such problems but not as
any sort of proof about how likely it is that you will.
December 03, 2021 8:46 AM
[TechTalk] [jfw-users] FW: Avoid Switching to Windows 11 As Long as
I am using NVDA 2021.2
and I don't experience most of these problems. I am using the latest version of
Microsoft Word from the 365 package and I do notice some sluggishness, but not
as is described in this message from the Jaws-Users list.
The only major
difference is that on my system--which is an HP desktop, I must click on the
show hidden items chevron button and then use left/right arrow keys to highlight
individual items on the system tray. This feature has effectively broken the
NVDA add-on for syst tray list.
On 12/3/2021 7:51
AM, Gerald Levy via groups.io wrote:
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I hope it’s okay
to forward the following message which I received regarding switching to
Windows 11. I know several of you have done so, but this message is so
negative about Windows 11, I really want opinions as to whether it’s okay to
upgrade or not. Here’s the message I received:
The IT Department
at Blind Industries and Services of Maryland distributed the following
I thought everyone
should know about this.
We have been
finding that there is a massive problem with accessibility in Windows 11.
Anyone using a screen-reader in Word, for instance, will find that very often,
the system is slowed so badly it is nearly crippled; this does not affect
people without screen-readers, as far as we've been able to determine. There
are also a great many things broken that have caused screen-reader
accessibility to seriously decrease. At this stage, Microsoft are showing few
or no signs that they intend to fix the situation. Some of you may be offered
the chance to upgrade by your home computers, depending on how new they are
(the system can't be run on an older one), and we very strongly suggest, at
this point, that you refrain from trying it. In some instances, it can render
the system nearly unusable. It has also been known to cause video drivers to
stop working, which means that nothing will appear on the screen, and it can
also cause screen-readers to refuse to start up if you are even one version
out of date. We also know that the alt-tab keystroke has been broken, and we
suspect that a lot of other problems have been incorporated into Windows 11 as
well. Having experienced crashes and mishaps getting the system up and running
ourselves, we are only just experimenting with it and do not believe we've
found all the problems.
In the event that
you would like to try an experiment at home, you absolutely must update your
screen-reader fully before doing so. If you fail to do that, it probably won't
load, leaving you without speech. Using Narrator to attempt to update any
other screen-reader will be slow and might not work. The system has, overall,
taken a rather nasty hit in the speed department that all of you, as
screen-reader users, will notice in particular, and a lot of programs work
erratically at best. Finally, if you do opt to try this update, we suggest
that you do not try it on a computer you depend on for work or important
personal tasks. Downgrading will be difficult or impossible. Again, those of
you in Rehab may wish to let all your students know, and note that if you have
a choice when buying a new computer, try not to purchase it with Windows
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