Question on Using Orca

Willie Walker William.Walker at Sun.COM
Wed Jan 21 14:26:53 GMT 2009

Hi Pete:

You can find documentation on Orca at

Keep in mind that we designed flat review as an escape mode for 
ill-behaved applications.  The primary operating mode of Orca is "focus 
tracking mode", which is where you interact with the application using 
the built-in keyboard navigation techniques of GNOME (e.g., Tab, 
Shift+Tab to move between components).

Hope this helps,


On Jan 20, 2009, at 4:13 PM, Peter Torpey wrote:

> I loaded up Ubuntu with Orca recently.  Since I’m still getting used 
> to understanding the Orca speech synthesizer (I’m a JAWS/Eloquence 
> user), I’ve been trying to read as much of the on-line documentation 
> on how to use Orca as possible before I run Ubuntu (or Vinux) much 
> more.
> I’ve seen references to using Orca with the “flat screen” mode, but I 
> haven’t been able to figure out which keystrokes get into and out of 
> this mode.  I assume that this mode is similar to navigating around 
> the screen using the JAWS cursor so that one can review what is on the 
> screen without the navigation keys affecting what happens.
> Anyway, is there such a screen review mode with Orca?  If so, how does 
> one pop in and out of this mode?
> Thanks.
> n  Pete
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