[udig-users] Windows Eyes

Matthias Rumitz Matthias.Rumitz at dignum.de
Thu Feb 24 00:34:46 PST 2011

... according to my understanding Windows-Eyes did not support IAccessible2 around 2006 but newer versions (current 7.2) should.


Am 24.02.2011 02:01, schrieb Jody Garnett:
Eclipse makes use of normal Windows widgets; and has some assistance technology hooks on of its own which is a good plus.

I did a quick search and windows eyes gets special mention in the "standard widget toolkit" for not playing nice with this screen reader(http://www.eclipse.org/swt/faq.php):

- Q: Why doesn't my old Windows screen reader work with Eclipse 3.6?
A: JAWS version 8 and 9 and Window-Eyes version 6 no longer work well with Eclipse and other SWT applications. Window-Eyes 6 will cause Eclipse to crash, and JAWS 8 and 9 can cause SWT applications to crash. The reason is that Eclipse 3.6 added support for IAccessible2, and these older screen reader versions contain a partial implementation of IAccessible2 that does not follow the current IAccessible2 specification. The workaround is to launch eclipse or your SWT application using the
VM argument. For more information about this issue see Bug 313182<https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs/show_bug.cgi?id=313182>.

To follow that advice; open up the udig.ini file and add the indicated line. Also I guess encourage Window-Eyes to update their software?


Jody Garnett

On Wednesday, 23 February 2011 at 9:47 PM, Caroline Lindsay wrote:
Hi there

I’m looking for some advice.

I work in a University and I currently have a student who is using JGrass for their course. The student also uses assistive software called Windows Eyes<http://www.gwmicro.com/Window-Eyes/>. The student is experiencing problems when compiling in JGrass (they can’t).

Do you have a fix for this?

Thanks in advance

Caroline Lindsay
Assistive Technology Demonstrator
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