Proposal to add Orca to GNOME 2.16


I'm writing this to propose that Orca becomes an official module of
GNOME 2.16.

Orca is a scriptable, extensible, AT-SPI-based screen reader that
provides access to the graphical desktop for people with visual
impairments.  Orca has been part of the GNOME CVS repository for over
two years, and has undergone a substantial overhaul in the past 10
months, with blind people being involved in the design each step of the

The Orca team recently "outed" Orca at CSUN '06, which is the California
State University Northridge, Center on Disabilities, Annual
International Conference on Technology and Persons with Disabilities.
The response to Orca at CSUN was outstanding, and the activity and
comments on the orca-list gnome org (archives at have been very positive.

More information on Orca can be found here:


Willie Walker,
Project Lead, Orca

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