OpenOffice.org supports some assistive technology tools like screen magnification software, screen readers, and on-screen keyboards. Most of these tools communicate with OpenOffice.org by means of the Java(TM) Access Bridge software, that uses the Java Accessibility API, a part of the Java runtime environment.
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Requirements to use assistive tools in OpenOffice.org
Java Runtime Environment (JRE) version 1.4.1_01 and higher, or version 1.4.0_02 with the locale set to "en_us".
Most recent version of the software for your assistive tool
On Windows systems, Java Access Bridge software version 1.0.3 or higher
On UNIX(R) systems, the GNOME 2 desktop environment with the Java Access Bridge software for GNOME
Supported Assistive Tools
On Windows systems, OpenOffice.org directly supports most on-screen keyboard software. Additional support for assistive tools is provided by the Java Access Bridge software. The following is a list of some assistive tools that use the Java Access Bridge software to exchange data with OpenOffice.org:
ZoomText Screen Magnifier (version 7.11 or higher)(Windows)
Gnopernicus Screen Reader and Magnifier, using GNOME Assistive Technology Service Provider Interface (at-spi) and Java Accessibility API software
GNOME On Screen Keyboard (GOK), using GNOME at-spi and Java Accessibility API software
Supported Input Devices
OpenOffice.org provides the ability to use alternative input devices for access to all functions of OpenOffice.org.
Screen magnification software allow users with low vision to work in OpenOffice.org with caret and focus tracking.
On-screen keyboards enable users to perform almost all data input and commands with a mouse.
Screen readers allow visually impaired users to access OpenOffice.org with text-to-speech and Braille displays.
|When accessibility support in OpenOffice.org is enabled, the Java Runtime Environment is loaded, and increases the startup time for OpenOffice.org.|
This help text for MS Windows , published from the OpenOffice.org Help files Release 2.1 under the Public Documentation License 1.0.