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With regard to checking the option "Support assisitve technology tools" by default:
Should we make a feature request to include this checkbox in the installer?
Or is the installer insufficiently accessible to make this useful?

Best regards,


At 11:07 4-8-2011, Christophe Strobbe wrote:
Hi Jean-Philippe,

At 15:16 3-8-2011, Jean-Philippe MENGUAL wrote:
>(...) Here's what reported an user of Windows
>Vista, with the screen reader NVDA.
>At the 1st starting of LibreOffice, NVDA doesn't work. In options menu,
>accessibility tab, NVDA says the tabs but then, doesn't read anymore the
>dialogue. The user checks then the checkbox "support software for
>disabled people". He asks now: couldn't this checkbox checked by
>default? If not, it'd be important to give a way to a blind people to do
>the above process with some audio help, as NVDA doesn't speak until this
>checkbox is checked.

I once read or heard that the option "Support assisitve technology tools" was not checked by default because if affects performance. Unfortunately, I can't retrieve the source of that statement anymore.

>Finally, note that libreoffice isn't accessible on XP, whereas it works
>with Vista. I don't understand well why.

I have not heard of this before. How did you determine this? Is this based on inspection with Java accessibility tools (Ferret, etcetera) or on testing with specific screen readers? If it was based on testing with screen readers, were the same screen readers and versions used on both Windows XP and Vista? Was the Java Access Bridge installed on both systems? (I suppose you'll say: "Of course!") Did you have the same versions of Java on both systems?

Best regards,

>Thanks for your answer, especially on the 1st point (the checkbox
>checked by default).
>Jean-Philippe MENGUAL

Christophe Strobbe

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