Announcing Orca v2.24.1

* 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 v2.24.1 release is targeted for the GNOME v2.24.1 release and
requires the latest at-spi/pyatspi infrastructure from GNOME v2.24.1.

You can also read more about Orca at

* What's changed for Orca v2.24.1?

2.24.1 - 15-Oct-2008


* Fix for bug #552088 - Add Utility to desktop categories.
  Thanks Patryk Zawadzki!

* Fix for bug #552343 - Quoting special characters in and other changes. Thanks Dmitri Paduchikh!

* For for bug #553413 - Orca can be double-started on login.
  NOTE: this method eliminates the ~/.config method for starting
  Orca.  You might need to clean our your ~/.config directory
  if you're currently autostarting Orca.

* Partial fix for bug #554002 - Orca App-Preferences dialog page tabs
  are "off" by one in speech and braille. (This fixes them for focus
  tracking. It turns out they are "off" in flat review as well.)

* Fix for bug #554111 - Orca doesn't speak the Rhythmbox rating
  widget. Please note: At the moment, this functionality requires
  getting the latest patch by Jonathan Matthew on bug #368641 and
  building Rhythmbox from svn trunk. Many thanks Jonathan!!

* Fix for bug #554673 - 80 cells Brailledisplay not usable because of
  contextual braille Information.  Thanks Halim Sahin!

* Fix for bug #556049 - Orca restarts when user logs out from session.

* Fix for bug #556321 - Setting an adjustment with non-zero page size
  is deprecated.


* Fix for bug #546941 - Extraneous focus: events issued by OOo Writer
  lists cause excessive chattiness and braille issues.


* Fix for bug #553877 - Need to implement FF find functionality for


* More work on bug #535178 - In Gecko, we should get the needed text
  for the speech and braille contexts while building up the line.

* Fix for bug #527022 - updateBraille() has significant whitespace
  issues, should use braille generators when possible, and fails to
  underline links.
* Fix for bug #552887 - Orca gets stuck in graphical boxes on websites.

* Started work on bug #554831 - Google calendar unusable with
  orca. Please note that Google calendar is still unusable with
  Orca. This part of the fix just prevents a hang.
* Workaround for bug #555466 - Orca should attempt to correct
  the Firefox breakage introduced by bug 535827 via script mapping.

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

  See also the overall translation status:

    da	    Danish		 Kenneth Nielsen
    it      Italian              Luca Ferretti
    pt_BR   Brazilian Portuguese Vladimir Melo and Og Maciel

* Where can I get it?

You can obtain Orca v2.24.1 in source code form at the following:


The Orca Team

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