Announcing Orca v2.21.90

As usual, great job by everyone on this release. My favorite new community member is "Jon Orcauser". He's been on a tear with testing patches and providing feedback. I love seeing this!

* 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
generous contributions from the Mozilla Foundation and wonderful community members.

The Orca v2.21.90 release is targeted for the GNOME v2.21.90 development release and requires the latest at-spi/pyatspi infrastructure from GNOME v2.21.90, including atk and gail.

You can also read more about Orca at

* What's changed for Orca v2.21.90?

2.21.90 - 28-Jan-2008


* Workaround for blocked bug #432308 - Problem with Evolution and
  threads always speaking "expanded 0 items". Adding in code to no
  longer speak the "0 items" if this is a table cell in the mail
  message header list with an expanded state.

* Fix for bug #482294 - Contextual information for gnome-terminal
  should only be shown in braille when you're on the first line.
  Orca now automatically enters flat review mode when you pan left
  past the beginning of the line containing the cursor.

* Fix for bug #503874 - Read by row in Evolution reads cell
  information incorrectly

* Fix for bug #506874 - Flat review should support status bars that
  have accessible text and children

* Fix for bug #508682 - Orca speak combobox item three time in Pidgin

* Fix for bug #510019 - Orca can continue trying to dequeue events
  when queue is empty (thanks to Mike Gorse for this fix!)

* Fix for bug #511447 - Orca speaks passwords when they are been typed


* Fix for bug #510207 - key echo by word is broken in OOo Writer.


* Updates to the regression tests.

* Fix for bug #483023 - Orca should give the user the ability to
  move between objects in order.  You can now use Orca+Left and
  Orca+Right to move from object to object.  This should come
  in handy for "escaping" combo boxes and lists in forms after
  making your selection.  Because these new commands treat each
  object as if it were on a line by itself, users who have
  requested this type of line navigation will hopefully find that
  this new functionality also addresses some of those needs.

* Fix for bug #505742, Accommodate no ARIA markup for live regions

* Work on bug #506360 - find{Next,Previous}Line() should be more

* Fix for bug #509394 - First focusable item in document frame not
  always spoken in FF3

* Fix for bug #509482 - Line navigation in FF wraps from top of file
  to bottom

* Fix for bug #509588 - Header information disappearing in ff3 on
  minefield page

* Fix for bug #509731 - braille for collapsed html combo boxes is not
  updating correctly

* Fix for bug #509809 - We should try to do a better job of guessing
  labels in poorly-coded forms

* Fix for bug #510478 - Character navigation in FF wraps from bottom
  of file to top

* Fix for bug #511118 - We sometimes get stuck on images that are also

* Partial fix for bug #511893 - Live region performance
  enhancements. Fix for navigation performance issue.

* Fix for bug #512270 - orca crash on visiting after login

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

    es      Spanish              Francisco Javier Dorado Martinez and
                                 Jorge Gonzalez
    nb      Norwegian Bokmã¥L    Kjartan Maraas
    sv      Swedish              Daniel Nylander

* Where can I get it ?

You can obtain Orca v2.21.90 in source code form at the following:


The Orca Team

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