Orca does not speak

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at redhat.com
Tue Jan 15 17:47:31 UTC 2019

Well, and let me note where we do commonly use the term replace in

If I've been using mutt to read email and then suddently start using
Thunderbird instead, we would say I replaced my email application.

If I've been using bash and decided to switch to zsh, we would say I
replaced bash with zsh, I replaced my shell.


Linux for blind general discussion writes:
> Maybe there's some subtle distinction I'm not catching, but saying it
> kills the running process and replaces it with a new one sounds like a
> convoluted way of saying it restarts the process, and I think most who
> aren't trying to justify the wording of the switch would say it
> restarts the program. Actually, if I remember correctly, the original
> answer to what the --replace switch does was "it restarts orca" or
> something to that effect, and the more detailed answer only came up
> when someone pointed out the odd wording.
> --replace might be technically correct, but it still strikes me as
> using a word in an unusual context most won't understand without
> explanation when a different word would get the meaning across without
> explanation. Kind of reminds me of how Americans sometimes have
> trouble understanding Brits because of common words that vary greatly
> in their common definition on opposite sides of the pond(and for all I
> know, replace might be commonly understood in this context in some
> part of the anglosphere other than my own).
> I understand the explanation for why the switch is --replace, but I'd
> probably still call it --restart if I was going to include such
> functionality in a program I wrote myself.
> On a more humorous note, without the context that orca -r restarts
> orca, I'd probably be wondering what a screen reader could possibly
> reverse or recurse since those are the most common things a -r or -R
> switch do.
> --Jeff
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Janina Sajka

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