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For the 4.2 release, the LibreOffice ESC elected to keep support of  JRE Java Accessibility API 
using the Java Access Bridge.

The IAccessible2 based Assistive Technology support is activated from Tools --> Options --> 
Advanced Optional (unstable) options  'Enable experimental features' check box.  Navigate to that 
panel and check the box, then restart LibreOffice.

When it comes back up it will be running with IAccessible2 enabled AT support. 

The next LibreOffice release, 4.3 --and the current 'master' builds-- have already removed support 
for Java accessibility bridge based AT support, as has been done for the Apache OpenOffice project 
for their upcomming AOO 4.1 release.

The IAccessible2 AT will interact with current JAWS or NVDA screen reader support.   WindowEyes 8.4 
does not render either projects use of  IAccessible2 correctly.


From: MENGUAL Jean-Philippe <>
Sent: Saturday, March 01, 2014 8:35 PM
Subject: [libreoffice-accessibility] A11y status of libreoffice


New info arrive to me about libreoffice accessibility, but they are
confusing and my tests are not relevant. So I'd like you to make a point
for me about accessibipty in libreoffice 4.2. Does it need Java Access
Bridge? I had understood no, but without it, I cannot access to the
menubar and interact with Writer.

Does it work with Jaws? And NVDA? Is there a mandatory checkbox in
Options menu? Does it make LibreOffice accessible without Java Access

Thanp for all your answers.

Jean-Philippe MENGUAL

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