Speech Preferences

Enable speech

The Enable speech check box controls whether or not Orca will make use of a speech synthesizer. Braille-only users will likely want to uncheck this checkbox.

Default value: checked

Verbosity

The Verbosity setting determines the amount of information that will be spoken in various situations. For example, if it is set to verbose, and you arrow into a word that is misspelled, Orca will announce that the word is misspelled. When the level is set to brief, this announcement will not be made.

Default value: Verbose

Punctuation Level

The Punctuation Level radio button group is used to adjust the amount of punctuation spoken by the synthesizer. The available levels are None, Some, Most, and All.

Default value: Most

None

Choosing a punctuation level of None would, as you expect, cause no punctuation to be spoken. Note, however, that special symbols such as subscripted and superscripted numbers, unicode fractions, and bullets are still spoken at this level, even though some might consider these types of symbols punctuation.

Some

Choosing a punctuation level of Some causes all of the previously-mentioned symbols to be spoken. In addition, Orca will speak known mathematical symbols, currency symbols, and "^", "@", "/", "&", "#".

Most

Choosing a punctuation level of Most causes all of the previous-mentioned symbols to be spoken. In addition, Orca will speak all other known punctuation symbols other than "!", "'", ",", ".", "?".

All

Choosing a punctuation level of All, as expected, causes Orca to speak all known punctuation symbols.

Spoken Context

The following items control the presentation of a variety of supplemental, "system" information about the item with focus. Because the associated text does not appear on screen, this information is presented in Orca's System voice.

Only speak displayed text

Checking this checkbox causes Orca to only speak actual text displayed on screen. This option is intended primarily for low vision users and users with a visual learning disability.

Default value: not checked

The follow items will not be available for configuration if the Only speak displayed text checkbox is checked.

Speak blank lines

If the Speak blank lines checkbox is checked, Orca will say "blank" each time you arrow to a blank line. If it is unchecked, Orca will say nothing when you move to a blank line.

Default value: checked

Speak indentation and justification

When working with code or editing other documents it is often desirable to be aware of justification and indentation. Checking the Speak indentation and justification checkbox will cause Orca to announce this information.

Default value: not checked

Speak misspelled-word indicator

The misspelled-word indicator is the red squiggly line that appears underneath misspelled words in editable text fields. If Speak misspelled-word indicator is checked, when you navigate into a word with this indicator, or type a word incorrectly causing this indicator to appear, Orca will speak "misspelled."

Default value: checked

Speak object mnemonics

If the Speak object mnemonics checkbox is checked, Orca will announce the mnemonic associated with the object with focus (such as Alt+O for an OK button).

Default value: not checked

Speak child position

Checking the Speak child position checkbox will cause Orca to announce the position of the focused item in menus, lists, and trees (e.g. "9 of 16").

Default value: not checked

Speak tutorial messages

If the Speak tutorial messages checkbox is checked, as you move amongst objects in an interface, Orca will provide additional information, such as how to interact with the currently-focused object.

Default value: not checked

Speak description

If the Speak description checkbox is checked, as you move amongst objects in an interface, Orca will speak the accessible description in addition to the accessible name of the object.

Default value: checked

System messages are detailed

If System messages are detailed is checked, Orca will present detailed messages to you in speech. For instance, if you use Orca's command to change key echo, Orca might speak "Key echo set to word." If you would prefer shorter messages, such as simply "word," you should uncheck this checkbox.

Default value: checked

Speak colors as names

If Speak colors as names is checked, Orca will describe colors, looking for the closest approximate. For instance, RGB 0, 27, 51 would be spoken as "midnight blue." If you would prefer to hear the exact RGB value, you should uncheck this checkbox.

Default value: checked

Announce blockquotes during navigation

If Announce blockquotes during navigation is checked, Orca will tell you when you navigate into or out of a blockquote. Note that this setting is independent of whether or not this announcement is made during Say All. See Announce Contextual Information in Say All for more information.

Default value: checked

Announce forms during navigation

If Announce forms during navigation is checked, Orca will tell you when you navigate into or out of a form. Note that this setting is specific to forms which are not ARIA landmarks. You can configure the presentation of ARIA landmarks through the Announce landmarks during navigation checkbox. In addition, note that this setting is independent of whether or not this announcement is made during Say All. See Announce Contextual Information in Say All for more information.

Default value: checked

Announce landmarks during navigation

If Announce landmarks during navigation is checked, Orca will tell you when you navigate into or out of an ARIA landmark. Note that this setting is independent of whether or not this announcement is made during Say All. See Announce Contextual Information in Say All for more information.

Default value: checked

Announce lists during navigation

If Announce lists during navigation is checked, Orca will tell you when you navigate into or out of a list. Note that this setting is independent of whether or not this announcement is made during Say All. See Announce Contextual Information in Say All for more information.

Default value: checked

Announce panels during navigation

If Announce panels during navigation is checked, Orca will tell you when you navigate into or out of a panel. Note that this setting is independent of whether or not this announcement is made during Say All. See Announce Contextual Information in Say All for more information.

Default value: checked

Announce tables during navigation

If Announce tables during navigation is checked, Orca will tell you when you navigate into or out of a table. Note that this setting is independent of whether or not this announcement is made during Say All. See Announce Contextual Information in Say All for more information.

Default value: checked

Read full row in GUI tables

If Read full row in GUI tables is checked, as you arrow up and down in application tables such as the list of messages in your Inbox, Orca will speak the entire row. If you would prefer to hear only the cell with focus, you should uncheck this checkbox.

Default value: checked

Read full row in document tables

If Read full row in document tables is checked, as you arrow up and down in tables such as those found in Writer and web documents, Orca will speak the entire row. If you would prefer to hear only the cell with focus, you should uncheck this checkbox.

Default value: checked

Read full row in spreadsheets

If Read full row in spreadsheets is checked, as you arrow up and down in spreadsheets, Orca will speak the entire row. If you would prefer to hear only the cell with focus, you should uncheck this checkbox.

Default value: not checked