Re: [orca-list] Flag day for Orca

thanks, i'll give it a go.

----- Original Message ----- From: "Willie Walker" <William Walker Sun COM>
To: "ashley" <ash cox talktalk net>
Cc: <orca-list gnome org>
Sent: Friday, May 29, 2009 9:26 PM
Subject: Re: [orca-list] Flag day for Orca

Hi Ashely:

We currently don't have the resources to make nightly binary packages available. However, you can pull and build the Orca sources by following the directions at

The one change I would make would be to run with the following option:

./ --prefix=`pwd`/bld

This will tell things to install Orca under the 'bld' directory of your workspace. You can then run Orca using ./bld/bin/orca when you're sitting in the directory where you ran the command.

If none of the above makes sense, then you might be better off waiting for a binary release to hit the streets.


ashley wrote:
Hi Will:

I think this is a great idea. Is there any chance you could provide a .deb package of the release of orca with the changes? I'm not a programer (yet) but i'm happy to test.

thanks very much.

----- Original Message ----- From: "Willie Walker" <William Walker Sun COM>
To: <Orca-list gnome org>
Sent: Friday, May 29, 2009 6:49 PM
Subject: [orca-list] Flag day for Orca

Hi All:

We're making some needed structural changes to the Orca code base that
will have an impact on the speech generators, the braille generators,
and the where am I code.

Ideally, this will not have an immediate impact on you as a user. That
is, Orca should continue to provide you with the same presentation of
information that you were getting before these changes.  These changes,
however, enable users to change the contents and ordering of what Orca
presents, and also allows users to specify different voices to be used
for different content with very fine granularity.  This also opens the
door for adding audio cues down the road.  We plan on using this to
improve the performance of Orca as well.

So...what does this mean to you?

1) These changes are for the current development release.  They will not
be backported to any stable releases.  So, that means you will only see
them on the master branch and they will only go into GNOME 2.27.x
releases and beyond.  They will not be put into GNOME 2.26.x releases or

2) We're still very early in the GNOME 2.27/2.28 release cycle, so this
is the appropriate time for us to make these kinds of changes.  As we
make these changes, we do lots of testing.  These are substantial
changes, however, so breakages may have accidentally snuck in.  My
apologies in advance for those issues.  With your patient testing and
constructive feedback, we will identify and fix the problems before the
GNOME 2.28 release this fall.

3) The first phase (the speech generator refactor) was checked in to the
master branch less than an hour ago.  This means that those of you
pulling from git will see the changes the next time you pull.  If you
are someone who pulls from git and uses the master branch, please help
us by testing with the latest code and providing your constructive
feedback. Ideally, you should notice NO DIFFERENCES.

4) We're not ready to write docs or teach you how to modify the
formatting yet.  When we're done with all the phases, we hope to write
something up for you to use.  Please don't ask us how to customize your
environment until we are done with all the phases.

For the Orca team,

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