[macvoiceover] Re: VO, OpenOffice, Tables

Hi Chris,

Iwork is an Apple package with a word processer, spreadsheet and so on, works pretty good.

It would be great if you could find some answers on OO. They have come a long way for the MAC and Voiceover, but, not quite ready for prime time.

Thanks.

Keith Reedy


On Jan 31, 2009, at 9:17 AM, Chris Hofstader wrote:

What is iWork?

It's odd that OO tables do not work with VO as they do with orca and JAWS which get their data from the same accessibility API. VO has a convertor that takes gnome accessibility information and converts it to the Macintosh which should make fixing this problem relatively straight forward. I have only minimal experience hacking Macintosh but might take a look at the source for tables on Windows and/or GNU/Linux and poke around the convertor for Leopard and see if it isn't too hard to deal with on my own.

I need to be cautious that I don't cause too much RSI pain on "hobby" hacking projects like this one as I need to be healthy for my other, full time projects. Reading code, however, shouldn't be too abusive on this crunchy old body and I have lots of hacker friends who I can ask to help if I can narrow the problem set down to a fairly limited number of changes.

Happy Hacking,
cdh


On Jan 30, 2009, at 11:40 AM, Jacob Schmude wrote:

Hi Chris
OO does not have accessibility for tables as of yet. The only application in which we can currently access tables is iWork 09. Hopefully the OO team will get this fixed, though as of the latest RC builds there has been no change in Voiceover access with it. Your document is most likely larger due to default fonts. Windows and Mac do not always have the same fonts installed, and when you don't have a particular font OO will revert to the default. One nice thing iWork will do, when this happens, is notify you of the missing fonts, but as far as I know OO doesn't do this.

On Jan 30, 2009, at 10:02, Chris Hofstader wrote:

Hi,

I received a relatively important document about the Raising the Floor Initiative, my new full time home, which was announced to the general public at ATIA yesterday, that contained a number of tables and had been made in Word. When I get to a table using OO, things start to go strange. I cannot seem to interact with the table in a predictable manner and could not read it without moving it onto a PC and using MS Office. Is there any documentation on OO with VO and tables?

Also, OO made the document a bit larger, moving a one page position paper type document into two pages which I'll assume had something to do with formatting defaults.

Happy Hacking,
cdh

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