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I appreciate the recommendation. I may give this program a try. I'm
wondering if NVDA's object navigation commands can be used to select
the user interface. I'll report back with findings although, for me,
I'm fairly content with LibreOffice as an Office alternative for the
things I use it for.
Blindness Assistive Technology Specialist
JAWS Certified, 2019
On 12/10/2020 4:53 PM, Brian Vogel
By the way, I am
back to strongly recommending SoftMaker
Free Office as an alternative to Microsoft Office for those
who need only a word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation
manager. It has the added bonus of running under Windows, Linux,
and on the Mac.
Now, this strong recommendation comes with several provisos:
1. When you first start any one of the programs, you are asked
what user interface style you want, but nothing is announced for
each of the three choices for ribbon options nor for each of the
two options for menu-driven options.
2. The ribbon interface is absolutely, positively NOT accessible
with NVDA. I presume this is a problem with SoftMaker's software.
3. From the testing I've done, the menu-driven user interface
(UI) is 100% accessible with NVDA, which is what makes this suite
You would want a sighted assistant right after install so that
when you fire up any one of the three programs, TextMaker (word
processor), PlanMaker (spreadsheet), or Presentations (equivalent
of PowerPoint) as that's the point at which the user interface
choice is made. Making it for any one of the three makes that
choice apply to the other two as well, or at least it did for me.
This suite is the most like MS-Word of any that I have worked
with, and now that it appears it is accessible if the menu-driven
UI is chosen, it's worth another look. If anyone tries it, and
finds accessibility stumbling blocks with the menu-driven UI,
please report back on where it is/they are occurring. There's no
way I can get beyond basic testing and dig in to each and every
option in each and every menu.
You can have SoftMaker Office save the files it creates in
Microsoft document formats and set this up as the default. But
the initial default is not the Microsoft formats, but it's own.
Brian - Windows
10 Pro, 64-Bit, Version 20H2, Build 19042
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you can think about a thing, inextricably attached to
something else, without thinking of the thing it is
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