Eclipse Access Issues with SN

  • From: Veli-Pekka Tätilä <vtatila@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 14 Oct 2007 14:54:27 +0300

Hi list,
Now that there's been a fair amount of ttalk on development, let me slip
in a question about Eclipse. I'm trying to learn SymbianOs programming
using Nokia's Carbide C++ environment that's based on Eclipse. The
screen reader and magnifier is dolphin Supernova.

1. When there's a compile error, I have problems with three operations:
a. Giving the error log window the focus, maximizing it and soorting the
errors by location. how do you people do this from the keyboard? Doing
it magnified is doable but slow.
b. Reading the eronious line. Eclipse seems to format the line somehow
which makes Supernova only read bits of the line to me. It also makes it
very hard to read the line magnified, in fact, I would like to kill all
formatting and syntax highlighting if at all possible. Now I copy paste
temporarily to my text editor, NoteTab Pro, but that's less than ideal.
c. Finding out what members Eclipse tries to show me in the auto
complete list. I like auto completion, in principle. But never got it
working all right in visual Studio, either.

2. My second question is debugging.  I have a hard time understanding
the perspective based thinking in Eclipse. How do I achieve these basics
with the keyboard and screen reader:
a. Setting or deleting a break point and finding out there's one.
b. Runing to the line with the cursor.
c. Tabbing to a view with the currently scoped variables and examining
their contents from the keyboard. And finally 
d. Affter having closed my maximized code view to show the error log
window, how do I get the code view back?

Simple questions, I know, but switching from Visual Studio 6 the
environment seems quite different. Is Eclipse MSAA based i.e. might I
benefit by using the MSAA map file?

I'd appreciate step by step instructions as well as any clever
work-arounds you're able to give me.

With kind regards Veli-Pekka Tätilä (vtatila@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx)
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