Why isn't Open Office on Windows Accessible?

  • From: Kerneels Roos <kerneels@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: programmingblind <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 13 Aug 2010 09:30:24 +0200

Hi List,

Sorry if this question has been raised before and dealt with. Does anyone
know exactly why the Windows version of Open Office is only partly
accessible with a screen reader, while the Linux version is streets ahead?
Because Open Office is written in Java I assume the code base is 98%
identical across platforms. Is the problem mainly with the JAB (Java Access
Bridge) or with the screen readers themselves? Could the JAB not be open
sourced so it can be updated to bridge Java, MSAA, UIA and any other access
middle ware standard?

NVDA works the best with Open Office, so I would assume it makes the best
use of the JAB. Is there other Java to access technology middle ware in
common use today?

I can remember a really long thread that in part had some info on Java
accessibility, but I just can't justify going through all that to possibly
find out more.

Keep well

Kerneels Roos
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