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Bug 97794 - Incompatibility between Voiceover in MacOs and Libreoffice writer resulting in voiceover thinking that each new line is a separate edit box.
Summary: Incompatibility between Voiceover in MacOs and Libreoffice writer resulting i...
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
3.3.0 release
Hardware: x86-64 (AMD64) Mac OS X (All)
: medium normal
Assignee: Not Assigned
Keywords: accessibility
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Blocks: a11y-macOS
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Reported: 2016-02-12 11:17 UTC by Krister Ekström
Modified: 2019-06-18 02:46 UTC (History)
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Description Krister Ekström 2016-02-12 11:17:57 UTC
Voiceover, the screen reading tool for the blind and visually impaired built-in to MacOs has problems reading in Writer. As soon as a line break is inserted or a new paragraph is inserted, it thinks it has encountered a new edit box resulting in, among other things that Voiceover is incapable of reading one whole document and that editing in a multiline document is impossible. This is a deal breaker for blind and visually impaired Voiceover users.
Steps to reproduce:
1, load a multi line document such as a news paper article or a text with many lines and paragraphs into Writer.
2; make sure Voiceover is running, voiceover is toggled on and off by hitting cmd+f5.
3 using arrow keys, (not voiceover commands) read the text line by line.
4, observe that for every new line or paragraph break Voiceover says "edit box". Now try having voiceover read a whole document by pressing control+option+a. Note that Voiceover stops reading after the first line instead of reading the whole document.
Expected results:
Voiceover should treat the whole document as one single edit box instead of multiple edit boxes.
Current behaviour: Voiceover treats a document as if it contains multiple edit boxes, one for each line and paragraph break it encounters.
Comment 1 Alex Thurgood 2016-06-13 14:31:36 UTC
On 10.11.5, with LO 5132 :

I can only get each line to be read by VoiceOver if I click on each one with the mouse. The combo keys do not work to move the VoiceOver box downwards from the top of my test document, and only the first line gets read.

Comment 2 Alex Thurgood 2016-06-13 14:33:30 UTC
Accessibility support is pretty bad on Mac as far as LO and VoiceOver is concerned and progress in this department is unfortunately slow.
Comment 3 QA Administrators 2017-09-01 11:20:28 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 4 Krister Ekström 2017-09-01 12:40:22 UTC
This bug is still there in all its glory. Possibly it has been even worse. Now you can't move the focus by using only arrow keys but only with voiceover commands and even then Voiceover thinks that new lines or paragraphs are new edit boxes.
Comment 5 QA Administrators 2019-06-18 02:46:34 UTC
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