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Hi Wes,

Dependence on Java for certain things is a long standing issue. The devs are working to reduce and eventually eliminate this dependency, but it takes time.

One suggestion would be for you to get him set up with a free LogMeIn account (, then you could provide remote assistance for him (for this and any other potential issues down the road)... this way you could install things for him as if you were sitting in front of his computer. I've been using the free version of LogMeIn to provide support for family/friends for many years...

Sorry, but thats the best you can do for now...

Libreoffice can not legally 'integrate' java due to licensing issues (nor can any other software, commercial or free).

On 2013-02-20 2:33 AM, Wes Will <> wrote:
So I start looking, and I find that there is a REQUIRED additional JAVA
API that must be installed.  Roadblock ONE.  It's on an Oracle site,
which ISN'T all that 'blind friendly' and requires license acceptance
via a bloody MOUSE CLICK on the web page.  "MOUSE" and "BLIND" do NOT go
together.  I can get him by that, eventually, by downloading it myself
(done) and sending it to him, but then it goes to roadblock TWO.  The
API installer is NOT 'blind friendly' either, requiring that he unzip
the package, find the correct file for his OS, start it, and then answer
(BY MOUSE-CLICKS AGAIN!!) several pages of information.  I cannot walk
him through this, as I do NOT use Microsoft ANYTHING.  I cannot simply
do it for him - he is in California and I am in Illinois.  There is a
3000 kilometer gap between his keyboard and my hand.

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