Folks should understand that the "Java Accessibility Bridge" foundation for LibreOffice Assistive Technology and Accessibility Tools is one of the primary components entirely dependent on a functional JRE? Java is going to be with us in LibreOffice long after JRE 1.6 has been dropped from Oracle support. Dealing with JRE 1.7 configuration is necessary now and in the future.
So, JRE 1.6u34 is the latest release of that branch and JRE 1.7u06 is the latest of that branch. But, both are completely functional with LibreOffice when properly configured, and both support Java Accessibility Bridge and Assistive Technology and the Accessibility Tools in LibreOffice. The problem is when they are not configured correctly. Java Access Bridge, LibreOffice AT, and LibreOffice in general require use of a 32-bit JRE to work seamlessly. Users on 64-bit Windows are tripped up by the Oracle JRE installers (or Ninite installer packaging) that generically install the 64-bit JRE. It is the generic Windows centric installation--of executables copied into the C:\Windows\System32 and C:\Windows\SysWOW64 folders that causes most problems for LibreOffice Java Access Bridge dependent users of LO Accessibility Tools. Simply put, the wrong version of the JRE gets called. To avoid that for JRE, JAB and LibreOffice AT users, forcing a proper configuration requires removal of the generic executables and inclusion of the JRE into system PATH variable. Convention says use a JAVA_HOME variable, but the full path to the JRE bin directory is just as effective, e.g. append ";C:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jre7\bin" to the PATH variable. Sounds simplistic, but if you start with a solid 32-bit JRE install, the JAB will go on cleanly (use the JWin tool). Follow that with NVDA or commercial screen reader, and then a LibreOffice 3.6.1 installation. Which now offers Accessibility support during installation and startup. Additionally, for users that had a JRE 1.6 installation and had problems following a JRE 1.7 upgrade. Doing an "upgrade" to JRE 1.7 does not clear the JRE 1.6 configuration that LibreOffice had been using--and suspect there are JAB and other assistive technologies that will also have broken configurations. The most reliable way is to remove it all and start from the JRE installation. But for certain, with LibreOffice the configuration has to be manually cleared--and allowed to rebuild with correct JRE 1.7 details. A JRE 1.6 installation would be just as trouble prone if it were not configured correctly. Stuart -----Original Message----- From: Bob McDonald [mailto:bob.mcdon...@pcn-inc.com] Sent: Monday, August 27, 2012 12:07 PM To: Tom Randall; email@example.com Subject: RE: [libreoffice-users] Libreoffice and Java It seems to work fine if you take JRE 1.7 off the machine and install JRE 1.6... Once they take Java out of the equation, it'll be fixed. Until they do, however, take 1.7 off and Install 1.6. That seems to fix the problem. YMMV, Bob Bob McDonald Sr. IPAM Engineer (P) 267-236-0145 (F) 267-236-0016 (C) 215-370-3411 bob.mcdon...@pcn-inc.com PCN Technical Expertise. Tangible Results. www.PCN-Inc.com -- For unsubscribe instructions e-mail to: users+h...@global.libreoffice.org Problems? http://www.libreoffice.org/get-help/mailing-lists/how-to-unsubscribe/ Posting guidelines + more: http://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Netiquette List archive: http://listarchives.libreoffice.org/global/users/ All messages sent to this list will be publicly archived and cannot be deleted