RE: Jaws and OpenOffice 3.2

Wow, when did that go PD?  At least they didn't abandon the program, as
they did DisplayWrite in the early '90's.  I've always found it ironic
that the company that took personal computing to a new level never
seemed to know how to handle its good fortune.  They were like the dog
that chased the automobile, and did not know what to do when he caught
it.  They always gave great tech support though--the real platinum
standard.

Ted

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From: jfw-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:jfw-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
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Sent: Thursday, May 27, 2010 1:44 PM
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Subject: Re: Jaws and OpenOffice 3.2

I am trying IBM Lotus Symphony and it appears to work well. It's based 
currently on Open Office 1, however the next major release will be based

on Open Office 3. The website is http://symphony.lotus.com. Note this 
program, like OpenOffice, is free.


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On 27/05/2010 14:27, Alex Midence wrote:
> Hi, folks,
>
> Has anyone on this list ever messed around with OpenOffice?
> Http://www.openoffice.org  It's a free, open source office suite made
> by the same people that make Oracle.  It has a word processor, a
> spreadsheet, data base software, a graphics design software (not sure
> about that one actually(, presentation softwre and a web design
> feature.  Saves stuff in all sorts of formats.  Anyway, it apears to
> have some hang-ups with Jaws even when the Java Access Bridge is
> downloaded and the "use assistive technology with OpenOffice" function
> is turned on in the accessibility tab.
>
> Dialog boxes aren't readily apparent when you opoen them in any of the
> apps, you have to use the Jaws cursor.  Buttons in toolbars are not
> labeled at all and don't seem to have tooltips to help you label them.
>   The spread sheet gives you virtually no information at all with
> regard to what cell you are on.  Tables and things don't seem to read
> very well either.  About all that does seem to read ok is the basic
> editing and navigation of the word processor.  You can read what
> you've typed but, that's pretty much it.
>
> Has anyone here had better luck with Jaws and this software?  If so,
> how did you configure Jaws to work better?  Do you, perhaps have any
> script files you may be willing to share or know where I might obtain
> them?
>
> Reason I'm messing around with this software is that we have MS Office
> 2002 at home and were talking about upgrading to something.  Open
> Office is free and saves into enough file formats that, if I could get
> it to work, would eliminate the need to spend the five or seven
> hundred bucks or so it takes to buy Office 2007.
>
> Thanks all,
> Alex
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