Re: LibreOffice and NVDA

David Goldfield

Hi. Office Home and Student normally sells for just under $150.00 but it's currently still on sale for a little under $100.00. Comes with Word, Excel and Powerpoint.

David Goldfield,
Blindness Assistive Technology Specialist
JAWS Certified, 2019
On 12/10/2020 5:50 PM, Shaun Everiss wrote:

Hmmm I could be interested in softmaker office as an alternitive.

I don't need office as such but I may need it later on.

The more I think about it, the only addition I would really need would be the home and student addition which while a little steap in price at 250 is at least affordable as long as thats all I ever need.

There are software places like which are supposed to be selling legal recycled software, but it really doesn't matter to much as long as I get something that works for dolphin converter.

Which needs 2010 or higher.

Crazy thing is that if I handle upgrades right I may be able to get an old 2007 office install disk with 3 keys on it but thats really old.

I have been contemplating office 360, the only reason I am not for that as such is I don't really need or use office on a daily type deal.

I have jarte pro for most things.

I wander if softmaker have been approached on the interface type ddeals.

On 11/12/2020 10:53 am, Brian Vogel wrote:
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 an option.

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  

If you think that you can think about a thing, inextricably attached to something else, without thinking of the thing it is attached to, then you have a legal mind.

        ~ Thomas Reed Powell


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