Re: [orca-list] pidgin 2.6.4 and orca

This is also important to be able to show the different companies that
do GNOME that A11y is an area where a lot of work needs to be done so
they keep or restart funding more work for it.


2009/12/1 Willie Walker <William Walker sun com>:

You need to be part of the movement to help bring about the cultural shift
for mainstream developers to make accessibility part of their every day
design and development practices.  Until we see a cultural shift happen, we
will remain stuck in the unscalable solution of "Joanie and Willie will fix

So, let the product teams know that you have difficulty accessing their user
interfaces. These are all "teachable moments" for the development teams.
Many of them have no clue whatsoever. Let them know specifically what is not
working, what you're trying to do, what you expect to happen, what could be
better. Follow the three C's: clear, concise, and constructive.


Joanmarie Diggs wrote:

Hi Will, Zack.

On Tue, 2009-12-01 at 09:44 -0500, Willie Walker wrote:

I haven't had a chance to test pidgin 2.6.4.  Unlike the stock market,
past performance from the pidgin team is usually a good indicator of future
performance, which means they are likely to break accessibility when they
update the user interface. ;-)

Heheh. In this case, having just built pidgin 2.6.4 in OpenSolaris, it
looks like they may have changed something that we were counting on
w.r.t. the hierarchy and/or events which get emitted. Using Accerciser,
I'm seeing appropriate events and accessible objects. In light of

Zack, I'd ask that you'd hold off on the following:

Can you please log a bug with the Pidgin project and CC me?  I can
certainly do it, but I think the message is much more powerful if it comes
from an end user.

At least until further triage indicates that they really did break

What is helpful when stuff like the following is observed:

Zachary Kline wrote:

Hi All,
I made the rather unpleasant discovery today that ArchLinux upgrading
pidgin to 2.6.4 broke the orca script for it completely.  I have orca
2.28.1 at the moment from the arch repository.

is to file a bug against Orca in GNOME's bugzilla. That ensures it
remains on our radar. I've gone ahead and filed one for you:

The other thing which would be helpful -- phenomenal, even -- is some
community help with bug triage. For instance, if the bug is "Orca no
longer speaks incoming chat messages in Pidgin" (which is what I'm
seeing with 2.6.4), Accerciser's event monitor and/or Orca's debug
output could be used to see if those messages appear in the form of
text-changed events. If they are (and it seems that they are), then it's
likely an Orca bug. If they are not, then it's likely a Pidgin bug.

Where this comes in handy, at least for me, is when a little spare time
presents itself. Today, I took a lunch break from my day job and decided
to look at this issue. The time spent doing the triage, filing the bug
against Orca, and composing this message is about the same amount of
time I suspect it would've taken me to fix a problem of this nature.
Unfortunately, my lunch break is now over, so I didn't actually get to
working on the fix.

The other thing that would come in handy is more specific details about
what has broken. When I saw "broke the orca script for it completely" I
was expecting some serious and disturbing accessibility flaw. In my
testing thus far, that has not proven to be the case. If you're seeing
additional problems with the latest version of Pidgin, please add them
to the above Orca bug.

I wonder if this sort of breakage is reason enough to run orca from the
source repository?

That wouldn't help you with this particular bug -- at least not yet --
because we didn't know about this particular bug. Once we've addressed
this bug, using git master would be the way to get the fix immediately.
Otherwise, it should wind up in the next release of 2.28.

Thanks and take care.

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