[Kde-accessibility] Information about orca
Peter.Korn at Sun.COM
Thu Jun 1 21:33:24 UTC 2006
> I'd like to know if I can use orca in both kde and gnome?
> Can i use every kind of software based on x with it?
> How can I install that screen reader?
> thank in advance for all information.
Briefly: not quite yet today, no, and see the Orca web site.
Screen readers for graphical UNIX systems like KDE and GNOME work by
interrogating the applications and user interface elements directly -
rather than by replacing the video driver or inserting themselves in the
X protocol and building an Off-Screen Model of the text and semantic
objects on the screen. As such, they only work with applications that
expose their information via standard API calls. The standard we
developed as part of the GNOME Accessibility Project is the Assistive
Technology Service Provider Interface (or AT-SPI). This is implemented
by the GNOME desktop, the GTK+ graphics library, the Java/Swing library,
the UNO library of StarOffice, and the XUL library of Firefox/Mozilla.
Applications written with these graphical libraries, or which otherwise
implement AT-SPI (like Adobe Reader 7 for Linux and Solaris), should
work with Orca. Orca is still in fairly early development (version
0.2.4), and works better with some apps and some graphical libraries
than others. KDE 4 (and Qt4) plan to support AT-SPI, at which time Orca
should work with KDE as well.
Information on installing Orca, and on most other things Orca related,
are on the main Orca website: http://live.gnome.org/Orca There, in
addition to general installation instructions, you will find information
on installing Orca on Fedora Core 5, Ubuntu Dapper Drake, and Sun
You might also join the Orca mailing list: <orca-list at gnome.org>. You
can subscribe via the web interface at:
Sun Microsystems, Inc.
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