moderated Re: Free word processors

Glenn / Lenny

Yeah, I've never experienced sluggishness either, and I haven't made any changes with it.
Maybe it's something in the most recent Libra, as mine is not updated.

----- Original Message -----
From: Chris Hill
Sent: Wednesday, December 02, 2020 10:15 AM
Subject: Re: Free word processors

You might want to check to make sure accessibility is set right in libre-ofice.  I'm not having the issues you mention about sluggishness or something strange being spoken after character movement.  There is an accessibility section under tools/options, the first checkbox probably needs checked.

On 12/2/2020 09:53, Richard Turner wrote:

Two things.

I’m pasting the link to the help documentation online so you can read through its offerings.


Also, it is very sluggish with both Jaws and NVDA.  There is a dealy after each character when you arrow over it or when you type.

If I had to depend on this for all my Office type needs, I think this would get frustrating.


Are there scripts or settings that can be changed to help this?

Here is the help link:

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From: <> On Behalf Of Marie
Sent: Wednesday, December 2, 2020 7:45 AM
Subject: Re: Free word processors


I went to the Libreoffice site but could not find out just what is included in this suite. I know it has word processing but what other aps are included?

Thanks, Marie



From: David Goldfield

Sent: Wednesday, December 2, 2020 5:25 AM

Subject: Re: Free word processors


Hi. OpenOffice and LibreOffice are very similar and they may appear identical on the surface, especially for users of screen readers. However, OpenOffice has a very slow development cycle. LibreOffice receives many more updates and feature additions and should offer even better compatibility with more complex Office files. Therefore, I highly recommend LibreOffice over OpenOffice.

David Goldfield,
Blindness Assistive Technology Specialist
JAWS Certified, 2019

On 12/2/2020 8:18 AM, Richard Turner wrote:

I would not depend on Google Docs. Open Office works fine until someone can get Word.I am not sure about the other one that has been mentioned Libre or something like that.



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On Dec 2, 2020, at 2:02 AM, David Griffith mailto:daj.griffith@... wrote:

I have never used Google Docs precisely because of this problem but apparently checking on Google last week there are instructions for using Google docs offline. As far as I can see though this is certainly not the default and ironically you need to be online to make this setting change. So I imagine that if, for example, your Wi-Fi suddenly goes down you may indeed be locked out of all your documents.

Someone  who actually uses Google Docs may be able to comment definitely  on this though.

David G.


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From: Jasmine Kotsay
Sent: 02 December 2020 09:20
Subject: Re: Free word processors


Hi, Ann,

This was such a great question. I know someone who needs a different wordprocessor until they can get MS Word again.

Someone suggested Google Docs. A month or two ago, I would not have recommended it. However, this was because I never had any luck with it. I was wondering, what if someone is not always near a WI-FI connection, will Google Docs still work, or would another program work better? I'm just curious.





-----Original Message-----

From: On Behalf Of ann

Sent: Saturday, November 28, 2020 2:59 AM


Subject: Free word processors


                Hi everyone,


With all the latest talk about Jarte, and how it may be going away eventually due to lack of development, I was wondering what other free word processors work well with Jaws? How about Open Office or Libre Office?


Any other suggestions?















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