why using graphics mode for a11y?

Kenny Hitt kenny at hittsjunk.net
Fri Dec 26 14:15:14 GMT 2008

Hi.  The short answer is "the world uses it".  There are more and more apps in Linux that only exist in the GUI.
Web browzing is probably the best example.  True, there are text browzers, but none of them provide the access to web sites available
with Firefox.

On Fri, Dec 26, 2008 at 10:36:06AM +0000, Nuno Donato wrote:
> Hello everyone
> I sent this email for a specific person, but would also like to get your opinions.
> I'm currently working in a computer company, and I would like to start
> helping in the development of accessible solutions for free software users.
> I am a new comer in this area, so I would like to make you a simple
> question:
> What is the advantage of using something so complicated as a graphical
> user interface, instead of using a text-only alternative? To better
> understand the goods and bads of orca, I tried to simulate its use by
> closing my eyes and trying to do tasks in my desktop. Of course it takes
> time for anybody to get used to it... but still, I don't get it very well.
> The graphical interface is interesting and can speed the use of the
> computer. But in case of blind people I feel it slows down even more as
> we have to create a mental image of the interface.
> I know linux has good accessiblity support since years in its text mode
> form.
> Wondering if you ever tried it, or what you think about it.
> take care
> Nuno
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