Accessibility of Notepad++
I’m considering using N++ at work, but my employer would require me to certify that the program is accessible to people with disabilities, especially that it’s compatible with screen readers such as JAWS and NVDA and screen magnification programs like ZoomText.
Does anyone how well N++ works with such software? Has there been user testing with such applications?
Just use it…don’t tell anyone…shhhhh!!! …unless YOU are the one with the disabilities…
@Scott-Sumner: Unfortunately, as more employers install Avecto Defendpoint and similar applications to monitor and sometimes prevent software installation and/or execution – Avecto can see every executable that tries to run on my work machine, and can even log or prevent running instances of portable applications – “just using Notepad++” anyway, hoping They don’t notice, is not necessarily a workable solution.
@curtisbryant: What is required for this “certification”? It seems to me that either they would have a standard external clearinghouse (“check accessibility-certification.blah and see if they say it’s compatible”) or an internal process (“submit it a ticket to the Accessibility Verification Group”) if they require “certification”. Do you know of other software that has had to go through your employer’s approval process – if you know who pushed it through, you might be able to ask what qualified for “certification”, and how they went about getting it?
A quick google found me this, https://github.com/freeCodeCamp/freeCodeCamp/issues/12431#issuecomment-274366615, in a discussion about a website whose code-editing panes weren’t compatible with NVDA. The comment I linked to mentions that as a workaround, one could copy from that web-based editor, paste in Notepad++ for screen-reader purposes, then copy/paste it back into the website. That strongly implies that NVDA works with Notepad++.
Hope this helps.
Of course I was kidding…but I would employ my method if I could get away with it. :-)
I like Notepad++ (pretty obvious I suppose) but if I were in I.T. making decisions about what software to allow on user machines, I don’t think N++ would make the cut. I can imagine being contacted by a user complaining that the company’s data is now NUL NUL NUL…