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I'm new to the list, fairly new to the product, a blind user utilising the NVDA screen reader and
this is my first post.
As a former Excel user, I cannot help but draw comparisons between the two products in the way they
interact with NVDA and for the fairly simplistic spreadsheet requirements I have, there is not much
to choose between them. I do have a couple of issues which are annoying but not show-stoppers and
they may arguably be down to my ignorance of the way Calc works or a problem with how NVDA and Calc
interact, rather than accessibility issues but to me, the distinction is blurred.
In Excel, the cell in focus is always selected (highlighted) and if I use Control+c to copy it's
value to the clipboard, NVDA will announceCopied to clipboard. If I do the same thing in Calc,
NVDA will announceNo Selectionhowever, the cell value will be copied to the clipboard. This is
also the case if I use Control+Shift+Space toSelect all, all cells are copied to the clipboard but
NVDA announcesNo Selectionwhen I press Control+c.
The most annoying issue is how NVDA voices numbers. I formatted a column as Currency, 2 decimal
places, currency symbol £ and leading minus signs on negative numbers. NVDA does not voice the
currency symbol at all, even with symbol verbosity set toAlland trailing zeroes on the fractional
side of the decimal point are truncated.
My sighted wife tells me the currency symbols and trailing zeroes are present on screen and numbers
in the column conform to the specified display format. Examples -£273.40 is voiced by NVDA as
-273.4 and £40.00 is voiced as 40. The issue with trailing zeroes being truncated is also
prevalent in numbers formatted with decimal places.
I don't know what work has been done on the NVDA side to make Libra Office Calc accessible but for
the 2 issues described above, NVDA and Calc do not seem to be talking to each other correctly.
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