Posted: Tue Aug 23, 2022 8:26 am Post subject: VoiceOver testers: Calc speedup and more show menu actions
In our last couple of test patches, NeoOffice would slow to a crawl when using VoiceOver in a Calc document with millions of cells.
We finally found the cause of this slowness and it was due to an unnecessary accessibility call that we added during our implementation of Apple's latest NSAccessibility protocol. Removing this unncessary call has signicantly reduced the amount of time that NeoOffice spends in accessibility calls when navigating through a Calc document.
We have also added support for the "show menu" action when the VoiceOver cursor is over toolbar buttons with dropdown menus. If a toolbar button has a dropdown menu, pressing the VoiceOver-Shift-M keys will click the focused toolbar button's down arrow.
You do not need to wait until the next release to get these VoiceOver changes. You can get these changes now by downloading and installing one of the following test patches:
Important warning: This feature is still in the experimental stage. We have made significant changes to LibreOffice's code to run within NeoOffice's multithreaded event dispatching code so we expect that there are still undiscovered hanging or crashing bugs.
If you experience a hanging or crashing bug while using VoiceOver or any other macOS accessibility features, feel free to create a bug report in NeoOffice's issue tracker. It would be very helpful if you can attach a crash log or, for hangs, a sample from the Activity Monitor application to your bug report.
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