Interfacing with Orca to read terminal output

Sean Normoyle stn825 at
Tue Nov 15 15:22:09 CET 2011

We were thinking of having a small program that would be executed by its
corresponding command, which would then parse the terminal history
(.bash_history?) file in order to organize the text before sending it off
to Orca.

--Sean N.

On Mon, Nov 14, 2011 at 3:38 AM, Nick Schermer <nickschermer at>wrote:

> On Thu, Nov 10, 2011 at 8:51 PM, Sean Normoyle <stn825 at> wrote:
> > Hey everybody,
> > As some are aware I am working with a couple other senior CS majors on a
> > project to read the text from the terminal out loud via Orca, per the
> specs
> > listed under "Terminal" on the 4.10 accessibility
> > roadmap:
> > I'm working on interfacing with Orca, a piece of software I've never used
> > before. I'm just wondering if anyone knows how to do this or has any
> advice.
> > Our program needs to be able to send Orca a string that will be read
> aloud.
> You mean a program running in the terminal or an extension of the
> terminal application? The first is handled by a script in Orca (Joanie
> knows how that works, but I guess it's more or less a dup of
> gnome-terminal), for the latter you probably need to create your own
> event through at-spi I think.
> Nick
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