Bug#616397: release-notes: Add an essential note for accessibility issues with charset different than UTF8 on Gnome
I'm not a gnome-orca maintainer, Debian Member, or even a GNOME user,
but I noticed this bug being logged on the debian-doc mailinglist.
See below for an edited version of your proposed addendum, which I
nevertheless don't really recommend adding to the release-notes.
Jean-Philippe MENGUAL wrote:
> "18.104.22.168. gnome-orca (accessibility section)
> gnome-orca is a screen reader which allows sight impaired users to
> access to the GUI interface and the GNOME desktop environment.
> The users of this package should be aware of the fact that there is
> an important change between gnome suite release 2.22 and 2.30.
Making them aware of exact release numbers for the GNOME suite
wouldn't help them; all they need to know is that the issue is with
post-oldstable versions of gnome-orca.
> Indeed, gnome-orca is unable to read and analysing the desktop and
> the window manager window (i.e. nautilus or gnome-panel) if you do
> not use a UTF-8 charset. It means that if you are not using the
> UTF-8 charset, gnome-orca will not read at all the menu at which you
> access to via alt-F1 or the desktop (alt-ctrl-d), or the Run bar
> (alt-F2). It can read other applications such as iceweasel or
> gnome-terminal, but it is not perfectly optimal (e.g. alt-tab is
> very slow with gnome-orca).
I'd recommend leaving out most of these detailed symptoms. In
particular it's unclear whether this Alt-Tab slowness is part of the
issue that needs to be documented in the release-notes or whether it's
just a well-known problem with gnome-orca...
> To workaround the issue, you must do, as root user, dpkg-reconfigure
> locale and choose the locale for your language which handles UTF-8
> by default. Then, reboot the system so that the change would produce
> an effect."
Not so much a workaround, more a fix that's also a long-overdue piece
of general maintenance. You shouldn't need to do a reboot just for
this, but you can't complete a Lenny-to-Squeeze dist-upgrade without
> Hope it will help. I submitted a bug about this, documented by a11y team.
#613086 "orca has issues with a non-UTF-8 gnome desktop".
> I repeat, but it's very important, because before this, I considered
> squeeze unusable for blind people in graphic interface.
Only for the ones who persist in using legacy locales, ignoring the
existing warning in Appendix A3!
So my revised version would look like this:
The gnome-orca screen reader grants sight-impaired users access to
the GNOME desktop environment. Unfortunately the version in Squeeze
requires a UTF-8 locale; under a legacy characterset, it will be
unable to read out window information for desktop elements such as
Nautilus/GNOME Panel or the Alt-F1 menu.
The recommended fix for this issue is to upgrade to a UTF-8 locale,
as described in Appendix A3.
JBR with qualifications in linguistics, experience as a Debian
sysadmin, and probably no clue about this particular package