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* 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

* What's changed for Orca v2.19.0?

* Fix for bug 410302 to provide support for the gnome-mud application.
 (Thanks to community member Javier for this contribution!!!).

* Fix for bug 349394 to roll in experimental speech dispatcher
 AT THIS TIME.  USE AT YOUR OWN RISK.  (Thanks to community member
 Tomas Cerha for this contribution!!!).

* Fix for bug 395548 to refactor into  This allows
 subclasses to more easily provide specialized behavior.

* Fix for bug 402494 to refactor how 'for' statements are used.

* Fix for bug 419089 to refactor speech and braille generators in script to use self._script.

* Fix for bug 419006 to refactor to remove global methods.
 This also takes care of a side effect of the refactoring work done
 in bug 395548.

* Work on bug 423011 to refactor the where_am_I module to know about
 the script that is using it.

* Fix for bug 319778 to remove hierarchical_presenter (we'll rely on
 an external utility, such as Accerciser, to provide this functionality).
* Fix for bug 420173 to prevent the Escape key from becoming bound
 when exiting learn mode.

* Fix for bug 423009 to prevent Orca from speaking the role name
 "list item" on web pages.

* Fix for bug 418430 to handle empty sections in Firefox.
* Fix for bug 423214 to use 1 through 6 and Shift+1 through Shift+6 to
 navigate among headings by level.

* Work on bug 414926 to speak heading levels in Firefox (still need
 to add braille).

* Fix for bug 422924 to add table navigation in Firefox.  T and
 Shift+T move you among tables.  Alt+Shift+{Left,Right,Up,Down} will
 move you among table cells. Alt+Shift+{Home,End} will move you to
 the{top,bottom} of the current table.

* Fix for bug 417001 to add link structural navigation. U moves you to
 the next unvisited link; Shift U to the previous unvisited link; V
 to the next visited link; Shift V to the previous visited link.

* Fix for bug 416853 to prevent structural navigation keys from
 interfering with shortcuts. Ctrl+o and Ctrl+h now work as expected.

* Fix for bug 416908 to add list structural navigation.  L moves you
 to the next list; Shift L moves you to the previous list.

* Fix for bug 423537 to add list item structural navigtion.  I and
 Shift I move you among list items.

* Fix for bug 416857 to reposition caret better in HTML content after
 leaving and returning to the content (e.g., opening a separate
 dialog and then closing it).
* Fix for bug 423531 so O and Shift O do not stop on images and now
 say "large objects" instead of "chunks".

* Fix problem with SayAll where the speech engine might not give us a
 callback if we pass it nothing or text that is just whitespace.
* Fix for bug 416964 to account for "no break space" character in word

* Fix for bug 404052 to let the user know the Preferences dialog is

* Fix for bug 402192 to speak text that is pasted in by a middle mouse

* Fix for bug 392939 so that the dash character ("-") is spoken when
 used as a negative sign at "some" punctuation.

* Fix for bug 350674 to announce when a new folder is opened and
 announce number of items.

* Work on bug 415061 to help make regression test results repeatable.

* Work on bug 412837 and bug 416332 to measure and increase testing

* Updates to the specification.

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

   ca      Catalan              Gil Forcada and Josep Puigdemont i Casamajó
   da      Danish               Peter Bach
   de      German               Hendrik Richter and Jochen Skulj
   en_GB   English/British      David Lodge and Gareth Owen
   nb      Norwegian Bokmål     Kjartan Maraas and Sigurd Gartmann

* Where can I get it ?

You can obtain Orca v2.19.0 in source code form at the following:


The Orca Team

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