[orca-list] Keyboard keys becoming inactive (was Re: Accented letters)

Hi Alexis:

If you can provide the specific list of keys that become inactive, it would really help. In addition, I'm also curious if this is on a laptop or a desktop machine, what kind of keyboard you have, which locale you are using, and if you've selected the laptop or desktop layout for Orca.

In addition, if you could save the output of "xmodmap -pke" when the problem occurs, it might provide a lot of insight.



Alexis Mignon wrote:
Hi Will,

I'll tell my friend to update Ubuntu and will report how things work.

As for the keyboard, it's something like the right half of the keyboard that becomes inactive not the keypad...

thank you


2009/9/11 Willie Walker <William Walker sun com <mailto:William Walker sun com>>

    Hi Alexis:

    Ubuntu Karmic has all the latest GNOME bits, including the fix in
    Orca for accented letters.  That would be the most expedient way to
    get the fix.

    For the keyboard problem, which keys are not functioning?  Is it the
    keypad?  If so, that's because Orca's desktop keyboard layout takes
    over the keypad for flat review:


    Hope this helps!


    Alexis Mignon wrote:

        Hi Will,

        Unless there are packages available for Ubuntu, I fear there
        will be no way to make the tests. I could do it if it was my own
        computer but it is not. Do you know what will be the version of
        Gnome coming with the next Ubuntu release ? Is there any
        workaround for the accent problem ? Is it a general Gnome
        problem or just in orca ?

        There is another bug we have noticed. Sometimes (we've not found
        in what precise circumstances), a part of the keyboard becomes
        inactive and the problem disappears when Orca is shut down. It
        happened several times during our tests.



        2009/9/11 Willie Walker <William Walker sun com
        <mailto:William Walker sun com> <mailto:William Walker sun com
        <mailto:William Walker sun com>>>

           Hi Alexis:

           Thanks!  Unfortunately, GNOME 2.26 development is over and we'll
           need to live with the bug in GNOME 2.26.  The good news,
        however, is
           that this should be fixed for GNOME 2.28.  If you're able to
           build/test with the latest GNOME sources (GNOME 2.27.92 is now
           available), it would be great if you could verify that the fix we
           made fixes the problem you're experiencing.


           Alexis Mignon wrote:

               I confirm that the version of orca is the 2.26.1

               2009/9/10 Willie Walker <William Walker sun com
        <mailto:William Walker sun com>
               <mailto:William Walker sun com
        <mailto:William Walker sun com>> <mailto:William Walker sun com
        <mailto:William Walker sun com>

               <mailto:William Walker sun com
        <mailto:William Walker sun com>>>>

                  Hi Alexis:

                  Which version of orca are you using?  You can
        determine this by
                  running the following command:

                  orca --version

                  The reason I ask is that we did some work for accented
                  for the upcoming GNOME 2.28 release.


                  Alexis Mignon wrote:


                      We are french and we're trying to setup a computer
        for  a
                      person and we have some difficulties.

                      The computer is running  a Ubuntu Jaunty. We've
        installed the
                      mbrola voices.

                      The tests have been made with openoffice and were
                      using gedit. Some accented characters are pronounced
                      (é,ç), others are not (à,ù,è). We've tried to set the
                      pronounciation of the letters in the
        pronounciation tab, e.g.
                      'à' -> 'a'.

                      It seemed to work for the letter 'à' when we put the
               cursor at
                      the begining of the line but not when we use the
                      'KP_Add'. In the first case its pronounced as we
        set in
               the tabn
                      in the second case its not pronounced at all. It
        never worked
                      for letter 'è'...

                      I first thought of an encoding problem but it doesnt
               explain why
                      it works for some letters and doesn't work for
        some others...

                      We have another problem but which is not directly
        related to
                      Orca. But maybe someone had to deal with it.

                      The speech-dispatcher deamon doesn't work properly
        the first
                      time it's started (at boot time). From the logs,
                      seems ok until the first time orca tries to
        connect to it.

                      We have the message saying that sd is litening to the
               usual port
                      and then a message sying "Broken pipe" (I'm sorry
        for not
                      able to show the logs but the computer is not mine
        and the
                      friend who has it doesnt speak english). Then
        there seems
               to be
                      an error message each time Orca tries to connect
        to it saying
                      that no module could be found and not even the
        dummy one

                      When we simply restart the sd deamon, it works
        fine after...

                      Thanks by advice for any solution or hint.




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