[texhax] LyX for Windows screen reader usability

Paul Stanley paulrichardstanley at gmail.com
Wed Nov 10 01:22:09 CET 2010

I must admit Windows programming isn't something I'm very familiar with.
Is this a necessary part of designing a LaTeX editor?
At 23:50 09/11/2010, you wrote:
>On 9 November 2010 Paul Stanley wrote:
>  > Hi folks
>  > I appreciate this may not be strictly on-topic but I think it's
>  > useful information to others in my position.
>  > LyX-1.6 (for Windows) is, in short, unusable with a screen reader.
>Hi Paul,
>I suppose that screen readers can gather the text only if font
>rendering is done by operating system facilities which provide a hook
>for them.
>If a program is using its own font rendering library, I suppose that
>there is no such hook, i.e. the text is only visible to the program
>itself, which then creates bitmaps of the glyphs in order to display
>them on screen.
>I fear that most free programs are using free libraries like freetype
>but screen readers on Windows hook into libraries provided by Microsoft.
>   Reinhard
>Reinhard Kotucha                                      Phone: +49-511-3373112
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>Microsoft isn't the answer. Microsoft is the question, and the answer is NO.

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