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Support retrieving the status bar of Windows File Explorer (#6769) taken over after abandoned #12371 #12845

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First of all many thanks to @JulienCochuyt for most of this work.

Link to issue number:

Fixes #6769
Superseedes #12371

Summary of the issue:

Currently, the Window File Explorer cannot be retrieved using the reportStatusLine global command.

Description of how this pull request fixes the issue:

Testing strategy:

@JulienCochuyt 's testing:

  • Ran from source under Windows 10 20H2 19042.928 & 19042.964 both with a French locale.
  • Ensured expected result whether files are actually selected or not.

Additionally I've tested under Windows 7, Server 2012, Windows 10 1511, 1809 and latest preview of Windows 11 - in all cases status bar has been retrieved successfully.

Known issues with pull request:

May possibly not work under some version of Windows not described in the testing above, but since this code works from Server 2012 up to Windows 11 without any changes I consider this pretty unlikely.

Change log entries:


  • In Windows 8 and later , the File Explorer status bar can now be retrieved using the standard gesture NVDA+end (desktop) / NVDA+shift+end (laptop).

For Developers

  • Status bar text retrieval may now be customized by an AppModule.

Code Review Checklist:

  • Pull Request description is up to date.
  • Unit tests.
  • System (end to end) tests.
  • Manual testing.
  • API is compatible with existing addons.
  • User Documentation.
  • Change log entry.
  • Context sensitive help for GUI changes.
  • UX of all users considered:
    • Speech
    • Braille
    • Low Vision
    • Different web browsers

Changes from #12371 :

@lukaszgo1 lukaszgo1 requested a review from a team as a code owner September 14, 2021 09:12
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@michaelDCurran Since you're already familiar with the code from #12371 would you be able to review this? I believe I've addressed all your concerns from the review on that PR.

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Tested on Windows 10 20H2 (64-bit) build 19042.1165.
I confirm that it is working on this version of Windows.

I hope to see it in NVDA 2021.3 for my own usage. This has also been requested many times in the French community.

@michaelDCurran do you think this PR could be added in 2021.3 milestone? Thanks.

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@michaelDCurran Given there is clearly a community demand for this, and that you've explained on #12371 what needs to happen for this being approved and all of these are addressed may I ask what stops this from being looked at?

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Also CCing @feerrenrut to set a release milestone for this PR.

@feerrenrut feerrenrut added this to the 2022.1 milestone Oct 7, 2021
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There has been several request for this on the users list recently.

@michaelDCurran michaelDCurran merged commit 2695499 into nvaccess:master Nov 24, 2021
@lukaszgo1 lukaszgo1 deleted the pr12371OldWindowsVers branch November 24, 2021 08:54
seanbudd pushed a commit that referenced this pull request Dec 5, 2021
…me (#13135)

Fix-up of PR #12845

Summary of the issue:
PR #12845 added additional type hints to methods on appModuleHandler.AppModule. Unfortunately presence of these annotations can cause a crash when uninstalling add-ons importing gui in their installTasks module.

Description of how this pull request fixes the issue:
This PR takes advantage of Postponed Evaluation of Annotations introduced in PEP 563 to avoid type hints in appModuleHandler being evaluated at import time.
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Can't read status bar in File Explorer (Windows 10)
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