Announcing Orca v2.24.0

* 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 v2.24.0 release is targeted for the GNOME v2.24.0 release and requires the latest at-spi/pyatspi infrastructure from GNOME v2.24.0.

You can also read more about Orca at

* What's changed for Orca v2.24.0?

2.24.0 - 22-Sep-2008

These are the details for changes from the 2.23.92 release.  See the
release notes for the differences from 2.22:


* Fix for bug #363793 - Add the ability to change the color of the
  flat review rectangle.  This support is 'under the covers' for now
  and requires hand-editing of ~/.orca/ or

* Fix for bug #403760 - Emacspeak speech factory doesn't always
  shutdown/restart correctly

* Fix for bug #552344 - tutorial message for desktop not spoken in


* More work toward the fix for bug #356041 - GNOME Help (yelp) is
  inaccessible. Ginn Chen created another patch for Yelp which makes
  things work even better. Thanks Ginn!


* Fix for bug #552350 - Orca doesn't recognize it is in a spreadsheet
  cell in certain builds of OOo Dev 3


* Fix for bug #518945 - Orca has problems with certain imagemaps in

* Fix for bug #535188 - Page-up and page-down not functioning when
  reading messages in Thunderbird

* More work on bug #542833 - Flat review in Thunderbird is largely
  broken. This fix addresses some combo box related issues.

* Fix for bug #546815 - guessLabelFromLine() is guessing text that is
  on other lines in FF3

* Fix for bug #547496 - Cursor navigation does not start from
  insertion carat location in Thunderbird Write window

* Fix for bug #547573 - Orca has problems navigating past a couple of
  links on

* Fix for bug #549128 - Orca should not get stuck on

* Fix for bug #551626 - Storing guessed labels would increase
  performance and decrease repeated speech

* Fix for bug #553075 - Please add comment for string

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

  See also the overall translation status:

    ar      Arabic               Youssef Chahibi and Djihed Afifi
    cs      Czech                Lucas Lommer and Petr Kovar
    da	    Danish		 Kenneth Nielsen
    et      Estonian             Ivar Smolin and Priit Laes
    fr	    French		 Bruno Brouard and Claude Paroz
    hi      Hindi                Rajesh Ranjan
    hu      Hungarian            Atilla Hammer and Gabor Kelemen
    it      Italian              Luca Ferretti
    nb      Norwegian Bokmål     Kjartan Maraas
    nl      Dutch                Wouter Bolsterlee
    pt_BR   Brazilian Portuguese Michel Recondo, Tiago M. Casal and
                                 Leonardo Ferreira Fontenelle
    ru      Russian              Nickolay V. Shmyrev
    ta      Tamil                I. Felix

* Where can I get it?

You can obtain Orca v2.24.0 in source code form at the following:


The Orca Team

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