question about accessibility

Jonathan Nadeau j.nadeau at
Sat Nov 27 15:47:37 CET 2010

Sorry if this is a stupid question but how do you Export a environment
variable GTK_MODULES=gail:atk-bridge

On Sat, 2010-11-27 at 09:36 +0100, Nick Schermer wrote:
> On Sun, Nov 21, 2010 at 12:51 AM, Jonathan Nadeau <j.nadeau at> wrote:
> > Hello list,
> >
> > I'm a blind linux user that uses the orca screen reader. I was wondering
> > would it be possible to get orca in order to work on xfce? I know with
> > some modifacation some people have been able to get orca working on
> > xfce. Has anyone looked into this? It would be great if something could
> > be done about this because xfce would be great for a blind person to use
> > due to the light weight features of xfce. It is great that gnome is
> > accessible but as a blind person I don't even need 75% of what gnome
> > offers. I think xfce would be a great addition to the blind community if
> > it were accessible. Please let me know if this would be a possibility
> > and I'm willing to do any testing that would be nessasary for this to be
> > done. Thanks for your time and help.
> To enable this in the toolkit you can do 2 things:
> 1) Create a .gtkrc-2.0 file in your home-directory and add the line:
> gtk-modules="gail:atk-bridge"
> 2) Export a environment variable GTK_MODULES=gail:atk-bridge (or put
> it in bash config)
> If you did this, restart the X server and gtk should send all its
> information through Orca.
> Nick
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