Re: Oracle Meeting - community requests?

  • From: Andreas Stefik <stefika@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2011 19:31:21 -0600

Hey all,

Thanks so much for your feedback. As always, very helpful!


On Tue, Jan 18, 2011 at 7:30 PM, Andreas Stefik <stefika@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Hi Alex,
> We're adding Linux/ORCA support next release into Sodbeans 2.0, which
> will hopefully come out in July or so. We actually have a build
> internally working on both Ubuntu and Vinux using Speech Dispatcher.
> So, I don't know if Oracle officially supports that, but at least
> NetBeans should work fine with it soon,
> Stefik
> On Tue, Jan 18, 2011 at 12:47 PM, Alex Midence <alex.midence@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> Hi, Stefik,
>> Don't know if you are still taking suggestions but, I'd like to
>> suggest that Oracle make sure their Ide is accessible on linux through
>> Gnome 2 and Gnome 3 using Orca.  I too think that oracle should take a
>> more active role in accessibility in Linux as Sun Microsystems before
>> them did.  It is in their interest to do so since they market an
>> Enterprise Linux distribution.  It would be a great selling point to
>> say that their operating system is 508 compliant across the board out
>> of the box.  Their coustomers would therefore not need to spend
>> additional money on buying their employees expensive assistive
>> technology since their oerating system would have such things built
>> in.  It is a good, sound business reason for them to fund improvements
>> to things like Orca and Speakup and, I  imagine, other things like
>> Simon, Dasher and Ghok.
>> Thank you for being willing to pass along our suggestions,
>> Alex M
>> On 1/18/11, Peter Quaiattini <Peter_Quaiattini@xxxxxx> wrote:
>>> Not that you need to hear another 'me too', however, I, for one wholly agree
>>> with Jamal's comments.
>>> Ever since Oracle changed away from Metalink to a JAVA-based presentation,
>>> access to support pages has been very, very painful.
>>> Peter Quaiattini | Information Technology, OPS - Data Hosting Services |
>>> peter_quaiattini@xxxxxx | (403) 319-6579
>>> Canadian Pacific Driving the Digital Railway
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> Date: Mon, 17 Jan 2011 12:02:13 -0500
>>> From: Jamal Mazrui <empower@xxxxxxxxx>
>>> Subject: Re: Oracle Meeting - community requests?
>>> My suggestions to convey to Oracle are as follows:
>>> * Update the Java Access Bridge so that it implements a more complete
>>> and modern accessibility API on Windows, such as IAccessible2 and/or
>>> UIA, and supports 64-bit as well as 32-bit Windows out of the box.
>>> * Implement a strong accessibility API in all non-Java-based GUI
>>> applications, including Oracle database management products.
>>> * Ensure that all web pages on,, and other company
>>> sites are compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0
>>> (AA conformance level), as published by the World Wide Web Consortium,
>>> * Renew the company accessibility team that was largely dismantled.
>>> Developer support of the Orca screen reader was a key contribution by
>>> Sun to the accessibility field.  Completely voluntary efforts cannot
>>> replace that support, so the future Viability of Orca under the
>>> uppcoming Gnone 3 is in jeopardy unless circumstances change
>>> significantly.  I believe that Orca has the corporate strength to
>>> support such an accessibility team, which will also aid the compliance
>>> of its products with Section 508 procurement requirements of the U.S.
>>> federal government.
>>> Regards,
>>> Jamal
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