Re: using Abiword with a screen reader

From: Dom Lachowicz (
Date: Thu May 09 2002 - 10:24:25 EDT

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    Hi Ryan,

    First of all, thank you for trying out AbiWord. The problem with AbiWord
    and Windows screen readers is already known to us, and we will make a
    strong effort to try to correct this problem in the next major release
    of Abi.

    The bug is 3124:

    We do not use the windows system cursor, nor is it possible for you to
    do so. We will work out something in the next major release to fix this.


    On Thu, 2002-05-09 at 03:12, Ryan Shugart wrote:
    > Hi all:
    > First off, let me appologise in advance if this is a redundant
    > question, or one that is already answered somewhere else. However, I
    > found absolutely no reference to my particular situation in the FAQ or
    > other documentation, so I thought I'd bring it up here and see what other
    > users said. Also I am a newcommer to Abiword, so I also apologise if what
    > I'm asking is right in front of my nose, so to speak.
    > Because I am blind, I need to use a screen reader program in order
    > to access a computer. The screen reader translates the onscreen
    > information into speech. My computer itself is running Windows XP Home
    > Edition. For the most part, I am having no problem using Abiword, but
    > there are a few rather glaring issues which make it difficult to use the
    > program. As I said, I'm not sure if this is me missing something, or an
    > actual bug in the program, so that's why I'm asking.
    > Perhaps the biggest issue is caret tracking. This, in fact, makes
    > it simply impossible for me to use Abiword for any real work. Basicly, my
    > screen reader needs to be able to track where the caret is in order to
    > give me proper feedback. In most programs, such as Microsoft Word,
    > Wordpad and even Notepad, this is not a problem. However, it cannot find
    > the caret in Abiword. It would appear that Abiword does not by default
    > use the standard system caret. Is this true, and if so, is there a way to
    > change this to make it use the standard system caret?
    > The next two issues are related. It is not possible to navigate
    > the preferences dialog with the tab key. I can go between the "save"
    > "default" "OK" and "cansel" buttons. However, none of the other controls
    > in the dialog seem to be accessible from the keyboard. This is rather
    > strange, as the rest of Abiword seems to have very good keyboard access,
    > so again is there something Ineed to change in order to make the
    > preferences dialog work?
    > Thanks for your help. If it helps, the specific screen reading solution
    > I'm using is Windoweyes from
    > Ryan
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