Comments Regarding Gnome Accessibility

Steve Holmes steve at
Tue Aug 5 10:18:22 EDT 2008

Hash: RIPEMD160

I too find Gnome/Orca to be not nearly as snappy as Speakup here.  I
like using it and I especially like using firefox on those web sites
that don't work with the text browsers.  Face it, the lynx and elinks
browsers just don't cut it anymore.  They work with some stuff but
more and more, you have to support java script, ajax and that kind of
stuff.  I found Open Office to be pretty responsive but it seems to
take a long time to open up.  You're right about file list browsing;
nautilus takes forever on a directory containing 500 files.  MS
windows never takes that long to open the same list.

Also, I've been using the gnome terminal for quite a while with mutt
to read the mail and now I'm back in here on a speakup console and the
performance is night and day better with speakup.  I seem to have a
lot of screen bleeding with gnome terminal and orca and emacs seems to
be much clearer to work with under speakup as I am now typing.

On Mon, Aug 04, 2008 at 11:08:34PM -0400, Robert Spangler wrote:
> Hello all,
> For the last day or so, I have mostly been using Gnome and Orca from the 
> unstable branch of Debian.  OK it's good but overall I'm not extremely 
> impressed.  Orca tends to be laggy, and it becomes even more so after being 
> run for a while or after opening like two or three programs.  Web 
> navigation using Firefox 3.0.1 is sluggish at best.  Try pressing tab very 
> fast through a page of links or arrowing through.  There is nothing snappy 
> about Orca's performance.  Opening directories results in a slight freeze 
> if there is more than just a few files.
> I checked my memory and it appears as though most of it is being used...I 
> believe I only have about 40MB or so left out of 512MB.  Is this low for 
> what I'm trying to do?  I would have thought that these problems were only 
> on my end but I had a friend who experimented with it for a while and came 
> to the same conclusion - that it is slow, unresponsive, and sluggish.   
> Would you guys agree that this is general?  Is this a problem with the 
> design methods - perhaps that it is coded in Python instead of a 
> higher-performing language like C/C++?  What are your experiences?
> Thanks,
> Robby
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