Announcing Orca v2.24.3

* 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 v2.24.3 release is targeted for the GNOME v2.24.3 release and requires the latest at-spi/pyatspi infrastructure from GNOME v2.24.3.

You can also read more about Orca at

Note: GNOME 2.24.3 is the last of the official release in the GNOME 2.24 series (see Within the next couple of months, however, we hope to make another bug-fix-only Orca 2.24.4 release containing more improvements for the ARIA support. This will be for those operating system vendors that want to continue shipping GNOME 2.24, yet with some upstream bug fixes for Orca.

* What's changed for Orca v2.24.3?

2.24.3 - 12-Jan-2008


* Re-fix for bug #354479 - Automatic presentation of "balloon" type

* The rest of the fix for bug #551891 - Flat review does not always
  start in the correct place when focus is in a tree table.

* Fix for bug #562877 - account for pronunciation dictionary
  when speech-dispatcher backend is used

* Fix for bug #563171 - src/orca/
  should clip zones based on what text is visible

* Fix for bug #564994 - Drop eel dependency


* Fix for bug #562532 - When using Spreadsheet with
  Orca, the cell coordinates are not spoken for all locales.


* Fix for bug #563502 - Need to map "Shiretoko" to the Mozilla

* Fix for bug #565886 - Extraneous caret-moved events emitted by
  FF 3.1 cause unnecessary braille updating.

* Fix for bug #565944 - Missing whitespace when the end of line
  braille indicator is followed by an image in FF 3.x.

* Fix for bug #566073 - Orca provides the "tree level" for items
  in submenus within Firefox 3.x.

* Fix for bug #566180 - Orca inappropriately announces the name
  and role of (un)ordered list items as part of the context in
  Firefox 3.2.

* Fix for bug #566181 - Changes made to Firefox 3.2 caret-moved
  events cause Orca to provide unreliable access during the use
  of the Find toolbar.

* Fix for bug #566361 - Orca inappropriately announces the name
  of table cells as part of the context in Firefox 3.2.

* Fix for bug #566954 - ARIA toggle button state not handled correctly

* Fix for bug #566955 - Need to remove extra whitespace from braille
  output for Firefox 3.x.

* Fix for bug #567167 - Orca sometimes (re)announces that the document
  frame has just received focus in Firefox 3.x.

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

  See also the overall translation status:

    hu       Hungarian            Attila Hammer and Gabor Kelemen

* Where can I get it?

You can obtain Orca v2.24.3 in source code form at the following:


The Orca Team

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