From:  Alexander Surkov <>
Date:  08 Oct 2012 07:46:12 Hong Kong Time

Re: firefox accessibility


CC'ing Trevor hoping he has an answer.

On Mon, Oct 8, 2012 at 1:15 AM, Jonathan Nadeau
> Hello List,
> I'm a blind linux user running Ubuntu and the gnome desktop. Both firefox
> and thunderbird run great when I'm using the Gnome desktop. Here is my
> problem...
> I've managed to get the XFCE desktop accessible with the Orca screen reader
> in Ubuntu. The entire desktop and almost all of the programs in XFCE are
> accessible. The problem I'm having is when I open either Firefox or
> Thunderbird Orca stops working. But when I close these programs then Orca
> starts to work again just fine. I can log out of using the XFCE desktop and
> log into the Gnome desktop and Firefox and Thunderbird are accessible to
> Orca. But when I log out of Gnome and back into XFCE both Firefox and
> Thunderbird become inaccessible again. I'm not sure what I'm missing in the
> XFCE desktop that the Gnome desktop has that is making Firefox and
> Thunderbird accessible. Something is not getting passed to the accesibility
> stack in XFCE that is in Gnome i'm assuming. But I don't really know. Any
> help would be greatly appreciated. I'm working on building accessible Linux
> distro using Ubuntu for blind and low vision people and this problem is the
> last hurdle preventing me from finishing this project. Thanks for your time
> and help.
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