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Re: Accessible Alternatives to Microsoft Office

Hettie <woehler.hettie@...>
 

Doesn't work. I enter on Uninstall and the program seems to be reinstalled instead of uninstalled. I tried it again and received the message "Another program is being installed. Wait until it is finished and try again."

No other program was installed at that times.

Never had this type of uninstall messages before.


Hettie


On 3/26/2021 3:39 PM, Brian Vogel wrote:
On Fri, Mar 26, 2021 at 06:56 AM, Hettie wrote:
How do I uninstall the program?
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Using Control Panel, Programs & Features Item.

Open that, find Softmaker Free Office in the list and select it, then activate the Uninstall control.
 
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Re: Accessible Alternatives to Microsoft Office

tim
 

I was thinking none of the add ons are working right.
When I got the last version of NVDA. All my add ons stated there and working.
However, NVDA was acting very strange. So I reinstalled all add ons and now everything was work how it should.

On 3/25/2021 5:54 PM, Brian Vogel wrote:
On Thu, Mar 25, 2021 at 02:49 PM, Rui Fontes wrote:
Here is very different...
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Which suggests, at first blush, that something is likely amiss with one of the add-ons you use.  If you want to try to determine whether that's the case, try again with add-ons disabled.
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Re: Information that's essential when asking about suspected NVDA issues . . .

 

On Fri, Mar 26, 2021 at 02:14 PM, Louise Pfau wrote:
I wasn’t sure where to look in the dialog, because it wasn’t with the version number.
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Requests for clarifications are welcome!
 
Microsoft, if they'd had a lick of common sense about this, should have composed the Version line with the edition noted immediately after "Windows 10."  But, alas, no.
 
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Re: Information that's essential when asking about suspected NVDA issues . . .

Louise Pfau
 

Hi.  It looks like I’m using “Pro” then.  I wasn’t sure where to look in the dialog, because it wasn’t with the version number.
 
Thanks,
 
Louise


Re: Accessible Alternatives to Microsoft Office

Sarah k Alawami
 

Can you try all of that in focus mode? I can with the google suite of products.

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On 25 Mar 2021, at 8:17, Rui Fontes wrote:

Sorry...

I have installed the suite.

In first launching I have choosen Menu driven.

Program restarted and no accessibility at all...


I can't access the menus with Alt+F, Alt+E and so on.

I can't access the menus using object navegation...


Rui


Às 13:34 de 25/03/2021, Brian Vogel escreveu:
Lanie,

          Here's the link to the main page (which includes a download button) for SoftMaker FreeOffice.  I am fairly certain that I discussed installing it either on the Chat Subgroup or Windows 10 for Screen Reader Users group.  What's truly perversely funny is that everything in the setup is accessible except the screen where you choose menu versus ribbon driven interface.  And the interface is switchable in the programs themselves, but if you initially go with ribbon that makes even the switching a nightmare.  But it's easy enough to work through that screen once you know what it looks like just by tabbing a couple of times then hitting enter.  If you need me to look this up, please send me a private message.
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Re: OK, great regex and NVDA Dictionary Gurus

 

On Fri, Mar 26, 2021 at 12:47 PM, Giles Turnbull wrote:
Brian, thanks for continuing to investigate this reg expression angle
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For others looking at the regex angle, what follows is a direct copy of a pertinent line that is shown when I "de-space" the tinyurl previously given by Giles:

Somewhere on the subway side ′′ Long Live Belarus!" from the amp.

I intentionally pasted this into Word, first, and have used a greatly enlarged font size for the Boldoni MT font since some here may have residual vision and when it's pasted in the default font used by the Groups.io web interface it's visually impossible to see exactly what's going on.

It is clear, particularly when selecting character by character, that two prime marks are used, with a leading space before and a trailing space afterward, before the actual text: Long Live Belarus!

The punctuation afterward is an actual single character which is the double quotation mark character.

Giles, try the following regex:
′′(.*)"
with a replacement string of:
quote \1 quote

and see what that gets you.

I can't for the life of me figure out what would actually create this strange punctuation situation.  It's definitely more work to type three characters, prime prime space, than it is to hit SHIFT along with the quote key for a double quote.  It's even weirder since the double quote is the closer.
 
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Re: OK, great regex and NVDA Dictionary Gurus

 

On Fri, Mar 26, 2021 at 12:47 PM, Giles Turnbull wrote:
My Belarussian friend's name is Julia Sharova and she lives in Minsk. Most of her posts on Facebook are public
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They do not appear to be so, at least not if you aren't a friend.  I've tried looking at all of 2021 and all of 2020 and all I can get back is an updated profile picture post.

Now, mind you, I am about as Facebook Ignorant as they come, but have looked at other pages before and more posts were visible.  I avoid Facebook (all social media, really) like the plague.
 
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Re: OK, great regex and NVDA Dictionary Gurus

Giles Turnbull
 

Brian, thanks for continuing to investigate this reg expression angle. Tyler, the ALT+2032 keypad doesn't produce a character that NVDA describes as "prime" ... I just tried it with the NVDA speech viewer running and, with Num Lock on, it produces something that sounds like "latin letter thorn" and with Num Lock off, it produces a soft hyphen. It does not produce a character that NVDA describes as prime.

I used to have a VBA macro used in an Excel spreadsheet that would generate the ALT codes for specific characters typed into an Excel form I'd created, but sadly I don't have that spreadsheet anymore and, since I created it in my sighted days, I didn't give any thought to being able to access it if I lost my sight!

My Belarussian friend's name is Julia Sharova and she lives in Minsk. Most of her posts on Facebook are public so you're able to view them to see the use of the prime character in place of a quote mark. As I replied in my latest comment on my question that Brian alludes to at the start of this question, because the post is originally written in Belarussian, Facebook runs it through its own translation service, and I have a suspicion that maybe it is running it through optical character recognition and thinking the single quotation mark is a pair of prime symbols, rather than prime symbols being typed by my friend Julia in her original post.

I have already asked Julia a question about what characters she typed in one of her original posts, and she hasn't replied yet, so please don't ask her any questions directly. This is the link to one such example:
https:// is. gd/ 7Svlxw

I have added spaces after the slashes and the dots because I've never had much luck posting links in this forum!

Thanks all :)

Giles


Re: Accessible Alternatives to Microsoft Office

Gene
 

I hope it is true and true in general because when I move up one level and read without using OCR, I don't have the information read in all the child objects.

Having all the information read in all the child objects and all the child objects of those objects might be important.
Perhaps someone can give a command to do that as well.
Gene

-----Original Message-----
From: Rui Fontes
Sent: Friday, March 26, 2021 10:55 AM
To: nvda@nvda.groups.io
Subject: Re: [nvda] Accessible Alternatives to Microsoft Office

Sorry, but if I go a level up untill find the parent object of the
installer, OCR is done to all window...


Rui Fontes


Às 15:48 de 26/03/2021, Gene escreveu:
I'm not sure OCR would reveal such text. The description of the feature using the input gestures describer for the Windows 10 OCR is that it recognizes the content of the current navigator object. It appears to me that you won't be in a navigator object where this content exists if you tab around an installer that isn't properly accessible. You may be able to find the object by looking around and seeing if you can open another navigator object in every object you can find, or maybe by moving up one level and seeing if there are other objects there, but that appears to me to be a problem with some or many of these kinds of dialogs. It isn't at all easy to find, if you can at all, the content even looking through all navigator objects.

Gene
-----Original Message----- From: Gene via groups.io
Sent: Friday, March 26, 2021 10:31 AM
To: nvda@nvda.groups.io
Subject: Re: [nvda] Accessible Alternatives to Microsoft Office

Not having used the program, it sounds as though the installer doesn't show
the information to a screen-reader. I've seen installers not show
information such as potentially unwanted programs and the method to indicate
you don't want them when installing free software. What I'm saying is that
you can't assume information is all displayed if most or almost all is by an
installer. Usually it all is or that which is needed is but you can't
assume.

Gene
-----Original Message----- From: Brian Vogel
Sent: Friday, March 26, 2021 10:15 AM
To: nvda@nvda.groups.io
Subject: Re: [nvda] Accessible Alternatives to Microsoft Office

On Fri, Mar 26, 2021 at 11:02 AM, Rui Fontes wrote:
No way to choose that in the installer...-
Rui,

Yes, there is. I've done it on more than one occasion. It is part and
parcel of the installer and a dialog.


Re: Accessible Alternatives to Microsoft Office

Francis Leadley
 

On Fri, Mar 26, 2021 at 11:54 AM Francis Leadley via groups.io <leadleyfrancis0=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Open Office is another


On Thu, Mar 25, 2021 at 12:25 AM Lanie Molinar <laniemolinar91@...> wrote:
Hi all. I hope this is the right place to post this. I'm looking for
free alternatives to Microsoft Office that work with NVDA and Windows
10. I had access to Microsoft Office for years through my university,
but I had to quit school recently because my health wouldn't allow me to
continue. I doubt I could afford a subscription to Microsoft 365. My
school account hasn't been canceled, so I could still technically use
Microsoft Office free through them, but I'm not sure I should do that,
and I don't want to continue using, and getting more familiar with,
software that I'll eventually have to give up. I know there's
LibreOffice. Is that the best free alternative, or are there others I
should try? Thanks.







Re: Accessible Alternatives to Microsoft Office

Rui Fontes
 

Sorry, but if I go a level up untill find the parent object of the installer, OCR is done to all window...


Rui Fontes


Às 15:48 de 26/03/2021, Gene escreveu:

I'm not sure OCR would reveal such text.  The description of the feature using the input gestures describer for the Windows 10 OCR is that it recognizes the content of the current navigator object.  It appears to me that you won't be in a navigator object where this content exists if you tab around an installer that isn't properly accessible.  You may be able to find the object by looking around and seeing if you can open another navigator object in every object you can find, or maybe by moving up one level and seeing if there are other objects there, but that appears to me to be a problem with some or many of these kinds of dialogs.  It isn't at all easy to find, if you can at all, the content even looking through all navigator objects.

Gene
-----Original Message----- From: Gene via groups.io
Sent: Friday, March 26, 2021 10:31 AM
To: nvda@nvda.groups.io
Subject: Re: [nvda] Accessible Alternatives to Microsoft Office

Not having used the program, it sounds as though the installer doesn't show
the information to a screen-reader.  I've seen installers not show
information such as potentially unwanted programs and the method to indicate
you don't want them when installing free software.  What I'm saying is that
you can't assume information is all displayed if most or almost all is by an
installer.  Usually it all is or that which is needed is but you can't
assume.

Gene
-----Original Message----- From: Brian Vogel
Sent: Friday, March 26, 2021 10:15 AM
To: nvda@nvda.groups.io
Subject: Re: [nvda] Accessible Alternatives to Microsoft Office

On Fri, Mar 26, 2021 at 11:02 AM, Rui Fontes wrote:
No way to choose that in the installer...-
Rui,

Yes, there is.  I've done it on more than one occasion.  It is part and
parcel of the installer and a dialog.


Re: Accessible Alternatives to Microsoft Office

Francis Leadley
 

Open Office is another


On Thu, Mar 25, 2021 at 12:25 AM Lanie Molinar <laniemolinar91@...> wrote:
Hi all. I hope this is the right place to post this. I'm looking for
free alternatives to Microsoft Office that work with NVDA and Windows
10. I had access to Microsoft Office for years through my university,
but I had to quit school recently because my health wouldn't allow me to
continue. I doubt I could afford a subscription to Microsoft 365. My
school account hasn't been canceled, so I could still technically use
Microsoft Office free through them, but I'm not sure I should do that,
and I don't want to continue using, and getting more familiar with,
software that I'll eventually have to give up. I know there's
LibreOffice. Is that the best free alternative, or are there others I
should try? Thanks.







Re: Accessible Alternatives to Microsoft Office

Gene
 

I'm not sure OCR would reveal such text. The description of the feature using the input gestures describer for the Windows 10 OCR is that it recognizes the content of the current navigator object. It appears to me that you won't be in a navigator object where this content exists if you tab around an installer that isn't properly accessible. You may be able to find the object by looking around and seeing if you can open another navigator object in every object you can find, or maybe by moving up one level and seeing if there are other objects there, but that appears to me to be a problem with some or many of these kinds of dialogs. It isn't at all easy to find, if you can at all, the content even looking through all navigator objects.

Gene

-----Original Message-----
From: Gene via groups.io
Sent: Friday, March 26, 2021 10:31 AM
To: nvda@nvda.groups.io
Subject: Re: [nvda] Accessible Alternatives to Microsoft Office

Not having used the program, it sounds as though the installer doesn't show
the information to a screen-reader. I've seen installers not show
information such as potentially unwanted programs and the method to indicate
you don't want them when installing free software. What I'm saying is that
you can't assume information is all displayed if most or almost all is by an
installer. Usually it all is or that which is needed is but you can't
assume.

Gene
-----Original Message-----
From: Brian Vogel
Sent: Friday, March 26, 2021 10:15 AM
To: nvda@nvda.groups.io
Subject: Re: [nvda] Accessible Alternatives to Microsoft Office

On Fri, Mar 26, 2021 at 11:02 AM, Rui Fontes wrote:
No way to choose that in the installer...-
Rui,

Yes, there is. I've done it on more than one occasion. It is part and
parcel of the installer and a dialog.

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Re: Accessible Alternatives to Microsoft Office

 

On Fri, Mar 26, 2021 at 11:31 AM, Gene wrote:
Usually it all is or that which is needed is but you can't assume.
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Gene, we agree on this, but in my case, it's not an assumption.  I have even mentioned on several instances in the past that the dialog where you pick ribbon versus menu driven is not 100% accessible, and someone else actually came up with the workaround to allow the selection to be made.

Installers, regardless of their exact behavior, are not, in my experience, ever inconsistent in what they present.  Whether those things are accessible is an entirely different matter, but if someone can show me an installer that differs radically from location to location at install, I'd like to see it.  I expect that language choices will be based on locality, but that's the only difference I expect.

I will also note, again, and not just in reference to installers, that when you (any you, including me) are the "odd man out" when it comes to behavior the probability is that there is an issue idiosyncratic to your own machine/environment.  We just saw that, writ large, with regard to the regex discussion where I had not cleaned out another experiment from earlier that was interfering with the latest one.

If a standard save dialog is not being spoken by a screen reader, something's way off, and it's not likely to be in the software the screen reader's running over since save dialogs are put up by system calls to Windows.

Rui appears to be having a chain of peculiarities that I'm at a loss to explain, but they are not the norm.  And even one or two other people having similar doesn't make them the norm.
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Re: Accessible Alternatives to Microsoft Office

V Stuart Foote
 

Launch the Programs & Features directly.

Use WindowsKey  + R   for the Run dialog

enter "appwiz.cpl"

After dialog opens onto the "uninstall or change a program" panel, focus into the list of programs, and locate "Softmaker FreeOffice 2018"

If you have a mouse, right button click for context menu; or use alt-gr keyboard menu button to expose context menu.

Select the uninstall.

Alternatively, once selected you can advance through the UI to the Uninstall button--crummy sequence though.

Deal with UAC (provide an administrator credential if needed).

Uninstall will proceed with NVDA sounding progress bar.

At the end of uninstall a Softmaker survey web page will open with focus.

Finish that as you prefer, then relocate the Programs and Features panel and close it out--not a good idea to leave it running.


Re: Accessible Alternatives to Microsoft Office

Gene
 

Not having used the program, it sounds as though the installer doesn't show the information to a screen-reader. I've seen installers not show information such as potentially unwanted programs and the method to indicate you don't want them when installing free software. What I'm saying is that you can't assume information is all displayed if most or almost all is by an installer. Usually it all is or that which is needed is but you can't assume.

Gene

-----Original Message-----
From: Brian Vogel
Sent: Friday, March 26, 2021 10:15 AM
To: nvda@nvda.groups.io
Subject: Re: [nvda] Accessible Alternatives to Microsoft Office

On Fri, Mar 26, 2021 at 11:02 AM, Rui Fontes wrote:
No way to choose that in the installer...-
Rui,

Yes, there is. I've done it on more than one occasion. It is part and parcel of the installer and a dialog.

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Re: Accessible Alternatives to Microsoft Office

Rui Fontes
 

Sorry, but it is not, at least here!

I have inspected all installation dialogs with screen review and OCR...


Rui Fontes


Às 15:15 de 26/03/2021, Brian Vogel escreveu:

On Fri, Mar 26, 2021 at 11:02 AM, Rui Fontes wrote:
No way to choose that in the installer...
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Rui,

Yes, there is.  I've done it on more than one occasion.  It is part and parcel of the installer and a dialog.
 
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Re: Accessible Alternatives to Microsoft Office

 

On Fri, Mar 26, 2021 at 11:02 AM, Rui Fontes wrote:
No way to choose that in the installer...
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Rui,

Yes, there is.  I've done it on more than one occasion.  It is part and parcel of the installer and a dialog.
 
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Re: Accessible Alternatives to Microsoft Office

Rui Fontes
 

No way to choose that in the installer...

It only appears on the first run of one of the programs...


Rui Fontes


Às 03:11 de 26/03/2021, Brian Vogel escreveu:

On Thu, Mar 25, 2021 at 10:32 PM, Rui Fontes wrote:
Using screen revision, OCR and some luck...
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Hence the reason I emphasize that every effort should be made to choose the menu driven interface in the installer.

I need to see if the beta of 2021 I have will still install and see if there have been improvements in the installer and in the ribbon interface in this product.

But I cannot replicate any of the issues with any of the dialog boxes in the 2018 version of SoftMaker Free Office.  Since these are not really "a part of" any individual program, but are calls to Windows system functions, passing them the parameters like name of the program you want on the Save dialog, they should be the same pretty much across the board, even if other aspects of a given program were to be 100% inaccessible.

For those interested in how the various sorts of dialog boxes work, see:  

Dialog Boxes Overview - WPF .NET Framework | Microsoft Docs

 
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Re: problems with a punctuation mark

Giles Turnbull
 

Hi to those who have replied. I normally use SAPI5 voice Zira, and occasionally Hazel. I just tried using the eSpeak synthesiser and the result is the same.

I did wonder if it might be the fact that I have the NVDA Speech settings option for automatic language switching toggled on, but I just toggled it off and that hasn't made any difference. I've noticed this in one friend posting from Minsk in Belarus, and another in Germany. The only comparable thing I've ever encountered is when viewing Word documents written in English by somebody in Germany, when a full stop gets spoken as "punkt", which is the German full stop punctuation mark. But, like others have noted, I can't imagine why somebody would use two single apostrophes as opposed to a double quote mark.

I did try the regular expression entry that Brian suggested, with no effect. I also tried changing the tick marks in the search and replacement fields (the tick / apostrophe does not seem to be not the same as a ′ symbol since NVDA says "tick" for the apostrophe but "prime" for the symbol) ... and there is still no change to NVDA saying "prime".

My only other thought is that I've only noticed this on Facebook and I know the Belarussian friend's posts reach me via Facebook's translation service. I cannot remember whether the German case had been translated. Much in the same way that OCR can render punctuation symbols as letters, maybe it is interpretting a double quote mark as being two prime symbols .. in fact, I'd go as far as to say that's highly likely! I will make enquiries about it :)

Thanks all

Giles .

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