Re: Accessible Word Processor

Rosemarie Chavarria

Hi, Quentin,


I take it that Abiword is a mozilla product? I haven't heard of it.




From: [] On Behalf Of Quentin Christensen
Sent: Wednesday, January 18, 2017 3:55 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Accessible Word Processor


Hi everyone,


I tested AbiWord this morning and indeed, it isn't usable as it stands.  I filed a bug on BugZilla as suggested on the AbiWord homepage (here if anyone is interested: and I will advise if I hear anything from the AbiWord developers.


Another word processor I tried recently which again uses a custom edit and isn't readable with NVDA is Atlantis:  I came across Atlantis as a word processor which can also export to ePub.  I sent them an e-mail noting the issues I encountered.

If you do try programs and find them to be inaccessible, then do please feel free to contact the developers to raise the issue with them.  As much as we may find it appalling, many developers simply aren't aware and haven't considered screen reader users when developing their programs.  Please do be polite when advising developers of bugs.  If you vent all your frustrations and are aggressive and rude when you contact them, then the developer will be likely to ignore your request.  The best thing to do is politely advise what you are trying to do, what you expect to happen, and what is actually happening.  Also, the more people who report issues to developers, the more notice they are likely to take.  If you are given a bug or issue number or a link to return to the bug, posting it here may enable others to "upvote" it, or confirm that they are also experiencing the same problems so that the developers know it affects more than one user.


In any case, I'll let you know if I hear from Atlantis or AbiWord.


Kind regards



On Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 11:36 PM, nasrin khaksar <nasrinkhaksar3@...> wrote:

hi david and all.
fortunately both openoffice and libreoffice can save documents as html.
also, abiword, which is not accessible by nvda, supports exporting
documents as html!

On 1/18/17, Ejaz Shah <eashah67@...> wrote:
> I have the demo of JAWS 18 and Run HJ Pad is in Utilities - JAWS 18.
> On 1/16/2017 12:44 PM, Ron Canazzi wrote:
>> Hi Gene,
>> I have a JAWS 16 home edition version.  It is not in that list of
>> tools.  I don't know if the full version demo would have it.
>> On 1/16/2017 2:17 AM, Gene wrote:
>>> It likely still is available.  You can run it whether you are running
>>> JAWS or not.  It is in the JAWS menu which you open in the all
>>> programs menu.  There is an item that says run HJ Pad.  I don't know
>>> how the abilities of H J Pad compare with JARTE.  But H J Pad is
>>> based on the old menu version of Wordpad.  At least it was.  It has a
>>> spell checker, which Word Pad doesn't.
>>> Gene
>>> ----- Original Message -----
>>> *From:* Ron Canazzi <mailto:aa2vm@...>
>>> *Sent:* Monday, January 16, 2017 12:33 AM
>>> *To:* <>
>>> *Subject:* [nvda] Accessible Word Processor
>>> Hi Group,
>>> I started a new thread on this because I accidentally deleted the
>>> original 'accessible word processor' thread.  In any case, I don't know
>>> if this is still valid or not and it also depends on just what you want
>>> to use your slimmed down and very accessible Word Processor software
>>> for.  IN the old days, you used to get a small program with a spell
>>> checker called HJ Pad when you installed a copy of JAWS (yes I know it's
>>> one of our competitors.)  This little package was totally accessible,
>>> had a spell checker and would save in text or RTF as I recall. It used
>>> to be available--even if you only had a demo of JAWS. I don't know
>>> whether this is true any more, but 5 years ago, it was so.  I wonder if
>>> anyone has tried installing the newest demos and seeing if they still
>>> include HJ Pad and seeing if it still works after 40 minutes.
>>> --
>>> They Ask Me If I'm Happy; I say Yes.
>>> They ask: "How Happy are You?"
>>> I Say: "I'm as happy as a stow away chimpanzee on a banana boat!"
>> --
>> They Ask Me If I'm Happy; I say Yes.
>> They ask: "How Happy are You?"
>> I Say: "I'm as happy as a stow away chimpanzee on a banana boat!"

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