Re: Commodo

  • From: "Octavian Rasnita" <orasnita@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 19:52:32 +0200

I've made some Jaws scripts for some programs in the past, but I've stopped creating scripts, because I think it would be easier to find programs that don't require scripts.

I haven't found helpful things in Commodo that can't be done in TextPad, but I found very many helpful things that can be done in TextPad but can't be done in Commodo, and TextPad is faster and it doesn't require any Jaws scripts. So why should I make the effort of creating scripts for a program like Commodo?

It could be more perl-oriented than TextPad, but it has very few features that could help a little which cannot be found in other editors, so I prefer to wait and see if it will become better or if Jaws would work better with it.

But anyway, it is still very slow and I don't like this at all.
I think this is an important negative point of development environments like Eclipse and and Commodo also has it.

I have a Core 2 Duo at 3 GHz processor, but it starts still slow. What could I do to make it start as fast as TextPad?


----- Original Message ----- From: "Jamal Mazrui" <empower@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, November 14, 2007 6:45 PM
Subject: Re: Commodo

It sounds like some improvements are needed in the keyboard interface.
The problems you describe do not make Komodo a horrible editor.
Evidently, it is a frustrating one for you so far, but it deserves an
appreciation of its beneficial features as well before condemning it as
you do because of some hot key and focus issues.  These issues are
probably the kinds of things that a set of JAWS scripts could resolve --
just as scripts smoothed some rough edges with Visual Studio, which was
mostly accessible out of the box.

Here is a revolutionary concept:  how about starting an open source JAWS
scripting project for Komodo?  Feel free to ask questions if you need
tips on the JAWS scripting language, such as how to assign focus to a
control or add a hot key.  I'm sure you'll be able to pick up the
language quickly with a little effort.

On Wed, 14 Nov 2007, Octavian
Rasnita wrote:

Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 17:39:08 +0200
From: Octavian Rasnita <orasnita@xxxxxxxxx>
Reply-To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: Commodo

I've seen that I can use the virtual PC cursor, however if I want to click
on the tab title, I cannot do it with it.
And I need this because I cannot select that tab in other way.

Here is what I've tried:

Opened Commodo, chosen File menu/New/File then chosen perl and pressed
Then I've modified something in the file, and pressed control+S to save it.
The "Save as..." dialog appeared, and I wanted to cancel it by pressing

In that moment the focus was lost. It didn't went to the textarea where it
was before pressing control+S.
So I was trying to put it back there. I've tried pressing Control+Home but
Jaws (8) just spoken some words, possibly the titles of some tabs, or
toolbar elements... I don't know, but the focus was not moved to any program

So I've tried pressing Control+Tab for more times, but nothing happend.
After switching to another application then back to Commodo, and a few other
control+Tab and tab keys, I've seen that I could move from a tab title to
another, but those tab titles were for something else, not for selecting the
currently open document.

I couldn't get to those tabs, and even if I could do it, I think that
Commodo has big bugs, because otherwise it wouldn't lose the focus that way. (If some list members say that it is great and that only Jaws 6 has problems
accessing it).

That's why I try to move the focus to the wanted tab title by clicking on it
with the Jaws cursor.
But finally I was able to move the focus to the currently opened file tab
title using F6 for more times. It was ok, however I couldn't move the focus
from that tab title to the textarea using Control+Tab, or just tab...

I've seen that if I have chosen to close it without saving the file, it
asked what I wanted to do, but it didn't even offered a hotkey for choosing
"Don't save any file"
I think that most editors allow us to just press "N" in order to choose a
"No", and we don't need to tab for more times in order to be able to press
that button.

So it is not a great editor, not even with Jaws 8. Maybe 9?? Or 19? :-)

I like some of the ActiveState's programs if they are good, like ActivePerl
and Perl Developer Kit, but not their inaccessible GUI ppm or Commodo.


----- Original Message -----
From: "James Panes" <jimpanes@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, November 14, 2007 3:53 PM
Subject: Re: Commodo

> Hi Teddy,
> If you have not already been told by 10 other list members. . .
> Try using the invisible cursor. It can read objects on the screen > without
> triggering them the way the JAWS cursor does.
> Regards,
> Jim
> jimpanes@xxxxxxxxx
> jimpanes@xxxxxxxxxxxx
> "Everything is easy when you know how."
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Octavian Rasnita" <orasnita@xxxxxxxxx>
> To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Tuesday, November 13, 2007 12:25 PM
> Subject: Commodo
> Hi,
> I've installed again Jaws 8 because I heard from many of the list > members
> that it works very well with Commodo.
> However, I found that it works not as bad as Jaws 6, but horrible > enough.
> I told you about that issue that I cannot read the title of the > currently
> opened perl file with the Jaws cursor on the tab title, because Commodo
> seems to pop-up a menu when I move the Jaws cursor.
> Well, it seems that this problem is the same with Jaws 8 as with Jaws > 6.
> What were you doing to be able to do that?
> Thanks.
> Octavian
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