Edgy Accessibility features

Christian christian08 at runbox.com
Fri Apr 21 19:37:29 BST 2006

Hi Henrik and all,
Sorry for this question, but since i am new here and little newbie to Linux I have to ask!
Is the installer talking now if I arrow down to the option when booting the CD?
Many thanks,

On 2006-04-21 at 18:27 Henrik wrote:

>Hi all,
>The beta for 6.06 has just been released and the plans for the next 
>version 'Edgy Eft' were announced just a few days ago. Edgy will take 
>some risks, introducing new technologies like XGL rendering even if they 
>are not completely mature. I think we in the accessibility team should 
>think along the same lines and get to work on some exiting new assistive 
>technology opportunities.
>This is the time to start floating some ambitious new ideas. Let's do 
>some brainstorming on this and get some of the doable things on the wiki 
>as specifications. Let's think beyond what Windows or OS X has (each 
>with it's proprietary add-ons) and think about what users really need.
>So, some ideas:
>Orca User Interface -- I've been talking a bit with the Orca team about 
>working on the configuration UI. We in Ubuntu have a good community that 
>can provide valuable ideas and testing for this and Orca seems to run 
>quite happily on the Ubuntu platform. Orca has been put forward for 
>inclusion in gnome 2.16, which IMO is the right move, but for that to 
>happen it probably needs a config UI (be it GUI or not).
>General AT config UI -- I feel that the AT settings in gnome are handled 
>a bit awkwardly and could do with a rethink and some centralisation. 
>This should be seen in context with the point above. I'd like to see an 
>extensible config utility where different apps could plug in.
>XGL-based screen magnifier -- The new desktop rendering technologies 
>using the 3D rendering hardware hold great promise for screen 
>magnification. We already see the zoom features demoed on XGL systems 
>magnifying faster and smoother and with better clarity than the existing 
>magnifiers like kmag or Gnopernicus. However, in order to be useful for 
>low vision users features like cursor tracking will be needed along with 
>general configuration tools.
>Speech dispatcher -- According to their website the SD gnome-speech 
>driver will soon be shipped with gnome-speech. How mature is this? 
>Should we standardise on SD for speech output in Ubuntu? What else is 
>needed, configuration interfaces? (as you can read I don't know very 
>much about this technology, so others please fill in the blanks.)
>KDE -- What's cooking in KDE 4? We have seen talk about gnome and KDE 
>using the same AT infrastructure. What is the state of this and is there 
>anything ubuntu/ubuntu can do to help? The idea is that KDE4 apps will 
>use AT-SPI, right? So will they simply work with Orca and GOK or will 
>new KDE AT apps be written?
>On screen Keyboard -- My critical view of GOK is no secret [1]. I think 
>we can do much better, but it will probably require a new approach. 
>Perhaps it could be made more modular so that different use cases don't 
>get in each other's way. [1]: http://www.osnews.com/story.php?news_id=12942
>Mouse Tweaks - We have a large cursor set going into dapper now, but it 
>could IMO be sharper and more complete. There are also gains to be made 
>in tweaking the pointer motion, such as making it less sensitive to hand 
>tremors (with adjustable settings of course).
>Ubuntu will be participating in Google's Summer of Code project again 
>this year which is generally a good place to start small new development 
>projects. I've written up some basic abstracts for some possible 
>projects, but I would also like to make some progress on fleshing out 
>some specs. The more detail we can work out now, the quicker the 
>students can get cracking on the code. Please suggest areas I might have 
>overlooked where we should focus as well or instead. See: 
>- Henrik
>Ubuntu-accessibility mailing list
>Ubuntu-accessibility at lists.ubuntu.com

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