Announcing Orca v2.19.2

* 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

NOTE ON FIREFOX 3.0 SUPPORT: we know many of you are anxiously
awaiting compelling access to the web via Orca and Firefox.  We're
making steady progress on this front, both in Orca and with the
Firefox team.  We're getting there step by step, and we're receiving
positive comments from people who are having good success with where
we are today.  We'll keep going -- join us on the Orca list and share
your comments, suggestions, and questions.

* What's changed for Orca v2.19.2?

Lots!  We constantly listen to what are users are saying on the Orca
mailing list and we also took notes on what people had to say at the
CSUN conference.  We're still working hard and fast.  For those who
have not joined yet, please join us on the Orca mailing list and we'll
listen to you, too.  :-)

General Orca:

* Typo fixes from Mario Lang (thanks Mario!)

* Updates to the specification

* Additions to the regression tests

* Fix for bug 368640 - Allow user to optionally ignore or be notified
  of tool tips

* Fix for bug 372273 - Add ability to configure app-specific settings
  via GUI. NOTE: Adjusted ORCA_MODIFIER+Control+Space to now bring
  up the application-specific preferences dialog. The previous usage
  (reload user settings) is now gone.

* Fix for bug 400716 - sayAll should be done by sentences

* Fix for bug 432674 - In password entries, Orca should respect key
  echo settings and say "star" for the inserted characters
* Fix for bug 432685 - Using brltty can consume all the CPU

* Fix for bug 433146 - Add ability to configure app-unique settings
  via GUI

* Fix for bug 434394 - orca -t causes traceback

* Fix for bug 434948 - KP_Insert+Shift cannot be used as modifiers in
  an entry

* Fix for bug 435223 - Where-am-I doesn't correctly identify multiple
  selected objects in Nautilus
* Fix for bug 435577 - Orca does not speak labels of embedded
  components in gnome-panel

* Fix for bug 437004 - Add in hooks for allowing
  activation/deactivation script methods


* Fix for bug 407663 - Support the "Find" operation in Firefox
  better.  Requires Firefox 3 from at least May 9, 2007.

* Fix for bug 412677 - Navigation to links with 
  { overflow:hidden } stylesheet results in bad behavior

* Partial fix for bug 420540 - Firefox keyboard control wish list.
  ORCA_MODIFIER+Z will now toggle the structural navigation keys

* Fix for bug 422924 - Add more support for accessing HTML tables in
  Firefox.  Orca now supports non-uniform
  tables: When you navigate to a non-uniform table using T or
  Shift+T, Orca will indicate that this is a non-uniform table.
  When using structual navigation by cell, if the cell you navigate
  to has multiple headers that apply to it such as "week 2" and
  "Thursday", Orca will speak those headers if they are different from
  the headers from your previous location.  Orca also announces cell
  coordinates when navigating using structural navigation among cells.
  And, finally, Orca announces cells that span more than one row or
  column.  Of course, depending on your preferences, that's a lot
  of verbiage.  Therefore, these are all customizable settings.

* Fix for bug 423427 - Need to add form field structural navigation in
  Firefox.  ORCA_MODIFIER+Tab should move you to the next form field
  and ORCA_MODIFIER+Shift+Tab should move you to the previous form

* Fix for bug 423435 - Orca is too chatty when loading a page in

* Fix for bug 428114 - Orca should attempt to detect
  erroneously-marked combo box labels in Firefox

* Fix for bug 436718 - Navigating in focusable lists in FF 7 May build
  hangs Orca


* Fix for bug 363804 - Add ability to turn off coordinate announcement
  when navigating in Calc

* Fix for bug 433398 - Orca does not provide access to the state of
  checked menu items in OOo

* Fix for bug 435201 - Orca is too chatty when navigating by
  paragraph in OOo Writer

* Fix for bug 435307 - OOo Calc output traceback for
  UnboundLocalError: local variable 'focusRegion' referenced before

* Fix for bug 435852 - Orca and OpenOffice Calc have a memory lovefest

Java platform:

* Pending fix for bug 436674 - flat-review only visits right-most tree
  nodes in SwingSet2 JTree demo

* Fix for bug 437049 - Orca does not speak Java Control Panel spinbox

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

    en_GB   English/British      David Lodge

* Where can I get it?

You can obtain Orca v2.19.2 in source code form at the following:


The Orca Team

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