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Audio Recordings with NVDA


From: Peter Shikli
Date: Sep 29, 2019 10:57AM

Our accessibility analysts expect me to plague them with brain teasers,
usually including an aspect that perfects their craft.  So it is that I
came up with one to push the envelope regarding their use of screen
readers, say NVDA.  I could use tips on how to get the most out of this

The world is full of interesting text such as Wikipedia articles, white
papers, and website content of all kinds.  I don't have the time to read
all that, but my job does give me plenty of dead traveling time. 
Today's lightbulb popped up and asked, "What if I used NVDA to read the
text, along with syntactic content like headers, tables, and ALT
descriptions, and recorded it for later listening in my mp3 player?"

My plan is to assign one of our analysts the production of an audio
recording of The Uncertainty Principle
<https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/qt-uncertainty/>, selected because
it has some equations and images that are not essential to its
conclusions, and because the topic interests me.  Her first task will be
to make the page accessible, but only in the limited sense of an mp3
recording, and perhaps to strip away unusable content like command buttons.

Then will come some NVDA experimenting such as voice and speed
selection.  This is where I could particularly use tips from the WebAIM
community.  I have a cable that can pipe audio output into the PC's
microphone port where Audacity can record it into an mp3 -- unless you
guys have a better way.

If anyone knows of this having been done or attempted, Google seems
silent, I'd like to know about it.

Peter Shikli
Prison inmates helping the internet become accessible