Re: Orca and Firefox

Hi Christian,

As Willie suggests, try 'em all and use what works best for you. I would not expect Gnopernicus to be significantly better than Orca. The issue isn't the screen reader so much, as the information that the web browser is (or is not) giving the screen reader. Sun made a branch of Mozilla 1.7, and managed to get into it a number of features that they weren't able to put back into the main CVS repository of Mozilla. That work is now happening, in some new, different, and exciting ways in Firefox 3.0 - where we hope we will see very compelling web access on UNIX/Linux.

Meanwhile, you are welcome to try the Sun branch of Mozilla 1.7. You can find the last builds of that (from April 2005) at:


Peter Korn
Accessibility Architect,
Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Hello Will,
Many thanks for that info. So if I want to use Firefox I have to use either Gnopernicus or textbased Internet?
Many thanks,

On 2006-11-02 at 09:10 Willie Walker wrote:

Hi Christian:

Firefox is not ready for compelling access yet.  You can kind of limp
along many web pages using Orca with Firefox 2, but it's not anything
I'd call great.

We're are currently working closely with the Firefox team and are
targeting the Firefox 3 release as means to provide compelling access to
the web using Orca.  Interim releases will be available between now and
the Firefox 3 release (currently looks like Spring '07).  If all goes
well, this will coincide nicely with the GNOME 2.18 release.

For braille, if you run BrlTTY and have BrlAPI installed on your
machine, Orca should hopefully just find it and use it.  If it doesn't,
you may need to make sure braille support is enabled in the Orca

Hope this helps,


On Thu, 2006-11-02 at 14:53 +0100, Christian wrote:
Hi all,
After all, I decided to go for Ubuntu since I was able to install it
with the help of Orca and also since it is based on Debian which I have
been using a little I know how to use apt and such.
However, how do I use Orca in Firefox or where can I find out more info?
I would also like to use braille, can I use Orca with BRLTTY like
Many thanks,

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