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This is distressing. Several years ago, JAWS was working reasonably well with LibreOffice, if my memory is correct, but I have also encountered the same problem with more recent versions. As you say, NVDA offers much better support. While NVDA has been my screen reader of choice for nine years I would encourage users of JAWS to contact VFO at to let them know your feelings regarding the lack of support being offered by JAWS for this excellent suite.

David Goldfield, Assistive Technology Specialist WWW.David-Goldfield.Com
On 5/4/2018 2:59 PM, V Stuart Foote wrote:
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

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,

Is this a known problem?
Completely normal...

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


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:

Let us know how you make out.

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