slingshooter at valkyrie.net
Mon Mar 17 03:40:08 EST 2003
Hi, Dannie. Well, in theory we can use Star Office 6.0 or Open Office
1.0 for Linux, but Star
Office accessability is still in it's infancy.
For you and everyone else who is interested in X-windows accessability and
Star Office 6 accessability I'll outline what I know, what current state
is, and and where this is going.
First, you'll need an updated distribution of Linux that will have the
Gnome 2.2 desktop, or update your Linux system, libraries, etc to gnome
2.2. I know for a fact that Red Hat 8.1 and Mandrake 9.1 will be shipping
sometime this spring with Gnome 2.2.
After obtaining Gnome 2.2 you will need to check out gnome common,
gnome-speech libraries, and gnopernicus from cvs, and build them. This
often the most frustrating step.
If you are using Star office 6 you will need the Java virtual machine in
jre 1.4 or better, install it, and then install the Java accessability
bridge for Linux.
At last you will need to install Star Office 6. Fortunately, I did not
have to buy it because it ships with Mandrake Linux Delux already.
After all this accessability wasn't all that fantastic, or anything I
could write home about. However, future versions may improve as
development continues. I assume since Sun is pushing the development of
gnopernicus, and are also the creators of Star office accessability will
improve over time, and when they have more time to deal on specific
applications and not have to worry about the core which is still under
I will also inform everyone here that this information is a couple of
months old. I haven't been able to get the vary latest gnopernicus
compiled yet, and I have not updated the java access, etc.
I'm waiting for Mandrake 9.1 to be released before I attempt to upgrade
gnopernicus, the java access, etc.
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