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Re: [libreoffice-accessibility] Windows LO with JAWS


Bryen Yunashko wrote
> ... A couple of months ago, I installed LibreOffice and had great
> difficulty because often when I started up LO, Jaws would stop working and
> then restart itself.
>
> A number of buttons and fields didn't work either. So, I put it aside
> for a while. This week I decided to try again and asked someone to
> update the latest LO as the inplace update button wasn't accessible for
> me.
>
> Now, when I start LO, it does not even speak anything. It is completely
> "hidden." But I know LO is actually running because I will randomly type
> some text, then press Alt+F4 to close the program and I get a prompt to
> save or discard my file.
>
> But while LO is open, nothing works. No menu button, tabs, arrow keys,
> nothing.
>
> Is this a known problem?

Completely normal...

LibreOffice implements a native Windows accessibility bridge based on the
opensource IAccessible2 API

Reference:
http://accessibility.linuxfoundation.org/a11yspecs/ia2/docs/html/

Unfortunately for JAWS users Freedom Scientific has never seen fit to
implement modular support for IA2, so the short answer is it is known and
JAWS willl not work with LibreOffice.

You will need to install NVDA as a free and open source Windows backup to
JAWS. The screen reader navigation is a bit different--but fidelity of IA2
accessible content is much better. LibreOffice accessible event based
support is pretty complete--and its screen review/Graphics API "screen
scraping" rounds things out.

Available here:
https://www.nvaccess.org/

Let us know how you make out.





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Follow-Ups:
Re: [libreoffice-accessibility] Windows LO with JAWSDavid Goldfield <dgoldfield1211@gmail.com>
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