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A place marker feature for the new virtual buffers #88

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nvaccessAuto opened this issue Jan 1, 2010 · 6 comments

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@nvaccessAuto nvaccessAuto commented Jan 1, 2010

Reported by jkinnunen on 2008-05-12 07:55
It would be nice for the new virtual buffers to have a place marker feature that allows one to mark certain areas of an HTML document, and jump between those areas with a quick navigation key.
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@nvaccessAuto nvaccessAuto commented Jan 1, 2010

Comment 1 by jteh on 2008-05-12 09:17
I understand the usefulness of such a feature, but I don't believe it is a major priority, nor should it block the release of 0.6.
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@nvaccessAuto nvaccessAuto commented Oct 17, 2011

Comment 2 by jteh on 2011-10-17 11:14
We will not implement this due to potential patent concerns.
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@nvaccessAuto nvaccessAuto commented Jan 3, 2012

Comment 3 by parham (in reply to comment 2) on 2012-01-03 07:51
Replying to jteh:

We will not implement this due to potential patent concerns.

I remember hearing that Window-Eyes managed to thwart the legal issues that arose. So, do you mean that it is "impossible" to get around it now, or that NVAccess, being a non-profit organization, is not willing to "take the risk"? The reason I'm asking this question is that I'm not aware of laws since I don't live in either Australia or the US, but I have heard rumours of non-profit organizations not taking the risk of going near patented technologies because of the side-effects.

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Comment 4 by jteh on 2012-01-03 11:11
We're not willing to take the risk. Regardless of what we believe regarding the validity (or lack thereof) of these patents, we do not have the resources to challenge this in court should it become an issue.

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@nvaccessAuto nvaccessAuto commented Mar 6, 2012

Comment 5 by ragb on 2012-03-06 14:36
Just to note that Orca has a similar feature called bookmarks and, until now, nothing bad happened. Anyway this has a potential risk, mainly on the US. The free software Foundation maybe of help if someone really wants to implement this feature, at least on the legal issues side (if they don0t object to a Windows Screen reader, that is).

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@nvaccessAuto nvaccessAuto commented Oct 30, 2012

Comment 6 by erion on 2012-10-30 09:38
Freedom Scientific's patent has been invalidated, see http://www.gwmicro.com/News_&_Events/Latest_News/?newsNo=266
I think this should allow NVDA to officially have such a feature implemented, without complications.

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