Re: [orca-list] how to access top panel with orca in Ubuntu 10.04

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Interesting. Given gnome-panel's focus lock problems with menus, this is
certainly gonna get bothersome unless those get dealt with.

On 04/25/2010 04:21 AM, Joanmarie Diggs wrote:
Hey Jacob.

Is indicator-applet something Ubuntu-specific or is GNOME in general
adopting it?

Well.... I believe it's Ubuntu-specific. There was an interesting blog
entry a few days ago. [1] In it (under the "Nuke the entire site from
orbit - it's the only way to be sure" heading), it says:

In Ubuntu 10.04, weâve introduced the sound menu, which replaces the
Gnome volume applet; and the âmeâ menu, which replaces the items for
setting your status in various instant messaging programs.

In Ubuntu 10.10, we plan to introduce a power menu, which replaces the
Gnome Power Manager applet; a network menu, which replaces the Network
Manager applet (nm-applet); and a clock menu, or time and date menu,
that replaces the Gnome clock applet. Weâll also be extending the
sound menu, to replace the notification area items for music players.
We will be posting more about these and other menus, and asking for
feedback on our designs, in the coming weeks.

The pattern here is that everything is becoming a menu. And further,
everything is becoming a single set of menus. You can see glimmerings
of this in Ubuntu 10.04: for example, if you click on the messaging
menu by mistake instead of the sound menu, you can just slide straight
over to the sound menu without having to click again. (Currently, this
is implemented using two panel applets, indicator-applet and
indicator-applet-session. Weâll be consolidating this in future Ubuntu

Nowhere in that entry do I see a reference to GNOME incorporating this
or that Canonical is working with upstream to get these changes
included. Although the next paragraph after what I quoted is:

Our roadmap is that in Ubuntu 11.04, one year from now, there will be
no notification area. And in Ubuntu Netbook Edition, weâll remove it
even earlier, in 10.10. So if you develop an application that uses the
notification area, and you want the millions of Ubuntu users to be
able to use it, now is the time to change it.

So there you go....



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