The Orca open-source screen reader and magnifier software used by default in numerous GNU/Linux operating systems has been updated today, May 16, 2016, to version 3.20.2.

As usual, we’ve managed to fetch the internal changelog to tell you what’s new in this release, which is being distributed as part of the recently announced GNOME 3.20.2 desktop environment.

As such, Orca 3.20.2 arrives today with various performance improvements, such as support for cache results for the shouldInferLabelFor() function, as well as the ability to verify setting before attempting to generate spoken indentation information.

Moreover, the findObjectInContents() function now receives smarts for embedded children, the application can cache results during filtering contents for the presentation, and it takes interfaces into account before attempting to search for non-descendable descendants.

A workaround for a GNOME Shell issue has been added

Orca 3.20.2 also contains various small, yet important improvements, among which we can mention the addition of an explicit handling for tree items, a workaround for the broken text interface for word echo in GNOME Shell, and another workaround for duplicated accessible objects created by apps.

Last but not least, double presentation of inferred labels are now being eliminated, an issue with Slovenian translated desktop file keywords has been addressed, and Orca is now capable of handling apps that become unresponsive. The Polish translation has been updated. Check out the changelog below for more details.

As mentioned, Orca 3.20.2 is being distributed as part of the GNOME 3.20.2 desktop environment, so we recommend updating as soon as possible if the new version is live in the main software repositories of your GNU/Linux operating system. Otherwise, you can download the Orca 3.20.2 sources right now via our website.

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