Mandriva 2008 and accessibility?

Rob Harris robh at
Tue Jan 1 09:03:01 UTC 2008

Ok, thanks for this.  I'm fascinated by the real dedicated screen readers
(and these tend to be the more efficient solution), but I was first
intrigued just how useful or useable the in-built features were so that it
could offer some access right out of the box so to speak.

I was on someone else's XP machine only yesterday and only then wished I'd
known more about Narrator so I had a modicum of feedback as the owner was
not so hot at it. They learn more having to do it, but they struggle to keep
up and find it stressful, so their attention span is thus reduced.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "krishnakant Mane" <krmane at>
To: "Linux for blind general discussion" <blinux-list at>
Sent: Tuesday, January 01, 2008 8:17 AM
Subject: Re: Mandriva 2008 and accessibility?

not tried though.
but I am sure you can at least build orca and use it with espeak.
if you are not aware of orca then please mail back.
I use orca on a ubuntu 7.10 distro and I know it works with fedora
too.  now firstly do you want to stay with command line or gui is to
be understood.
in the command line, emacs and emacspeak is like an entire world.
and if you want to use the gnome desktop which I do personally as
well, you can use orca which is a very feature rich and easy to use
powerful screen reader, which is some what even better than jaws or
any other screen reader on the windows platform.
On 01/01/2008, Rob Harris <robh at> wrote:
> Anyone using the talking accessibility features of Mandriva 2008?  Mrs has
> it installed here and she mentioned it has some such functions, in the
> of Narrator in XP/2k I think, but open to anything anyone can tell about
> I've not upgraded since SW9 cli and Speakup on an old P3.
> Tia, RobH.
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