Text Attributes Preferences

The term "text attributes" refers to all of the font, style, alignment, and other formatting associated with a given character or series of characters. Orca's Text Attributes page allows you to customize which text attributes Orca will present in speech, along with the order in which they should be presented, and which ones Orca will indicate in braille.

The text attributes table

The text attributes table is where you specify what attributes will and will not be presented and under what conditions. Each row consists of four columns.

  • Attribute Name: The name of the text attribute.

  • Speak: Check this checkbox if you would like Orca to speak this attribute when you press Orca+F.

  • Mark in braille: Check this checkbox if you would like Orca to "underline" this attribute on your braille display.

  • Present Unless: This editable field allows you to specify when an enabled attribute is not of interest.

    For example, by default the "underline" text attribute has a value of "none". This causes Orca to inform you about underlined text as long as the text is actually underlined. If you always want this attribute to be spoken irrespective of whether or not the text is underlined, the Present unless column should be empty for underline. In addition, you should be sure that the Speak column for underline is checked.

Undoing changes

Beneath the list of text attributes, there is a Reset button (Alt+R) which will restore the values of the table to what they were when the dialog was first displayed.

Rearranging the order of presentation

When you initially display the text attribute page, all of your enabled attributes are placed at the top of the table in the order in which they will be spoken. There are four buttons which can be used to rearrange the order of presentation.

  • Move to top (Alt+T): moves the selected attribute to the top of the list.

  • Move up one (Alt+U): moves the selected attribute up one row.

  • Move down one (Alt+D): moves the selected attribute down one row.

  • Move to bottom (Alt+B): moves the selected attribute to the bottom of the list.

Options for Configuring Braille "Underlining" for Formatting

Beneath the push buttons is the Braille Indicator group of radio buttons. Here you can select the cell or cells to be used to indicate text which has at least one of the specified attributes.

  • None: Do not underline text attributes in braille (the default)

  • Dot 7: Underline text attributes with only Dot 7

  • Dot 8: Underline text attributes with only Dot 8

  • Dots 7 and 8: Underline text attributes with both Dots 7 and Dots 8