why using graphics mode for a11y?

Andre Nuno Soares ans at meo.pt
Sun Dec 28 17:11:30 GMT 2008

Hello Nuno,

I agree with the reasons given so far (broader base of developers /
users, some kinds of apps you can only find in X, employability, etc).

The most important reason, however (IMHO), is that I don't want a
browser for the blind, I want all browsers to be accessible to everyone,
including, for instance, people with motor disabilities who can't use a
normal keyboard, but who see perfectly ok.


On Fri, 2008-12-26 at 10:36 +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
> -- 
> Nuno Donato
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