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RE: [libreoffice-accessibility] Windows LO with JAWS


I've done it before. They didn't seem to care. The guy told me LO needed to be written to use UIA. Very depressing. So, I gave up and started using IBM Lotus Symphony on Windows and only use LibreOffice on Linux ever since.

-----Original Message-----
From: David Goldfield [mailto:dgoldfield1211@gmail.com]
Sent: Friday, May 4, 2018 4:19 PM
To: V Stuart Foote <VStuart.Foote@utsa.edu>; accessibility@global.libreoffice.org
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-accessibility] Windows LO with JAWS

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 support@vfo.com 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 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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References:
[libreoffice-accessibility] Windows LO with JAWSBryen Yunashko <hello@bryen.com>
Re: [libreoffice-accessibility] Windows LO with JAWSV Stuart Foote <VStuart.Foote@utsa.edu>
Re: [libreoffice-accessibility] Windows LO with JAWSDavid Goldfield <dgoldfield1211@gmail.com>
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