Announcing Orca v2.23.2

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

The Orca v2.23.2 release is targeted for the GNOME v2.23.2 development release and requires the latest at-spi/pyatspi infrastructure from GNOME v2.23.2, including atk and gail.

You can also read more about Orca at

* What's changed for Orca v2.23.2?

2.23.2 - 12-May-2008

+ = means it's also part of the gnome-2-22 branch


* Fix for bug #426010 - Implement Verbalized Links.

* Fix for bug #517127 - Orca doesn't always speak expected message
  when selecting all.

+ Fix for bug #517387 - Orca should not read password out in gdm login
  window.  This just turns off key echo when the login window is up.
  The real fix belongs in gdm (see bug #529145).

+ Fix for bug #517736 - whereAmI does not handle text with embedded
  object characters.

+ Fix for bug #522797 - Orca should not speak false "inaccessible"
  messages when switching applications.

+ Additional fix for bug #525831 - isn't properly handling SIGTERM.
  Needed to fix this so orca_console_prefs would work again.

* Fix for bug #528147 - Broke up multi-class scripts into packages.

+ Fix for bug #528507 - Escape doesn't exit "learn mode" if the active
  script changes.

+ Fix for bug #528797 - gnome-speech inappropriately uses
  g_return_if_fail.  Only set "punctuation mode" if we can.

* Fix for bug #530541 - Suspending Orca in terminal screws up session.

* Fix for bug #531378 - FSF address has changed.  Also updated
  copyright messages to 2008.

* Fix for bug #532376 - Running pylint can potentially overwrite
  previous results.


* Fix for bug #474673 - Add option to have chatroom-specific message
  histories in Pidgin.

+ Fix for bug #523731 - Pidgin events interfere with app-specific
  Prefs dialog.


* Fix for bug #529784 - Speech cannot always be interrupted with flat

+ Fix for bug #530766 - (ff3) split headings not fully read when nav
  by structure.

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

    es      Spanish              Francisco Javier Dorado Martinez
    hu      Hungarian            Attila Hammer and Gabor Kelemen
    nb      Norwegian Bokmål     Kjartan Maraas

* Where can I get it ?

You can obtain Orca v2.23.2 in source code form at the following:


The Orca Team

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