Announcing Orca v2.17.91

* What is Orca?

Orca is a free, open source, flexible, and extensible screen reader that provides access to the graphical desktop via user-customizable combinations of speech, braille, and/or magnification.  Orca development has been led by the Sun Microsystems, Inc., Accessibility Program Office via continued engagement with its end users and contributions from wonderful community members.

You can also read more about Orca at

The Orca 2.17.x series are designated for the GNOME 2.17.x releases, but should also work well on the GNOME 2.16.x releases.

NOTE ON FIREFOX 3.0 SUPPORT: we know many of you are anxiously awaiting compelling access to the web via Orca and Firefox.  As of v2.17.91, the support is still under development and both the Orca and Firefox teams are working feverishly to get it there for Firefox 3.0.

* What's changed for Orca v2.17.91?

* Fix for bug 385949: Better handling of comboboxes in Firefox 3.0.
 (Thanks for the fix, Joanie!)

* Work on bug 363830: announce when bold, underline, italics, and
 the various alignment toggle buttons change state in OpenOffice.
 (Thanks for the fix, Joanie!)

* Fix for bug 397787: Orca now handles if OpenOffice recovery mode

* Fix for bug 405541: provide better handle brailling of message
 summaries in Thunderbird message summary list.

* Fix for bugs 403767 and 405562: provide better support for
 autocompletion components in Thunderbird.

* Fix for bug 398531: handle the speech preferences tab page better.

* Fix for bug 380050: Orca windows are now focused after user
 presses "Quit" or "Preferences" button in Orca Preferences
 window.  (Thanks for testing, Joanie!)

* Work on bug 400763: much improvement to the responsiveness after
 starting an update from the update manager.

* Fix for bugs 400766 and 348464: better handling of autocomplete
 entries in GTK widgets as used by the "Run..." dialog and Evolution.

* Continued work on script for Firefox 3.0.  We're getting
 there step by step, and it requires work both inside Firefox 3.0
 and inside Orca.

* Updated to support latest BrlAPI.  Orca should now work various
 versions of BrlTTY and BrlAPI.

* New and updated translations (THANKS EVERYONE!!!):

   ar      Arabic               Djihed Afifi and Khaled Hosny
   ca      Catalan              Gil Forcada and Josep Puigdemont i Casamajó
   en_GB   English/British      David Lodge
   fr      French               Stéphane Raimbault, Robert-André Mauchin
                                and Jonathan Ernst
   it      Italian              Luca Ferretti
   nb      Norwegian Bokmål     Kjartan Maraas
   sv      Swedish              Daniel Nylander
   th      Thai                 Supranee Thirawatthanasuk and
                                Theppitak Karoonboonyanan
   zh_HK   Traditional Chinese  Chao-Hsiung Liao
   zh_TW   Traditional Chinese  Chao-Hsiung Liao

* Where can I get it?

You can obtain Orca v2.17.91 in source code form at the following:


The Orca Team

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