Enabling braille on the live CD for non-USB displays.

Luke Yelavich themuso at ubuntu.com
Fri Nov 27 05:30:22 GMT 2009

Hi all
I have been thinking for a while now about how Ubuntu currently allows the user to configure their non-USB Braille display. At the moment, when you select the Braille profile on the Ubuntu live CD, you get prompted with an inaccessible texzt mode prompt as to how your display is connected, and what port/address it is connected to. I am thinking that this is not optimal, and should be changed for Lucid.

So I am asking for feedback on how people would like to see this happen. My thoughts are as follows:
 * We do not ask anything when the user boots the live CD with the Braille profile activated.
 * If the system boots and BrlTTY is not loaded to be used with a USB display, we then somehow ask the user how their display is connected.
 * BrlTTY is then configured, and launched for use with Orca/console.

The only question is, how do we prompt the user, and where abouts in the boot process, bearing in mind that:
 1) BrlTTY runs as a system level daemon.
2) Any prompting will likely have to be done with speech, either in a GUI, or from a script written to speak every action a user chooses.

I am of course open to other suggestions.

So plesae speak up, and make your thoughts heard. I will not be around for the next couple of weeks, as I am taking a short break from Ubuntu work, but I'll be back to read and think about your suggestions, and make a choice as to which one I'll implement.

Thanks in advance.


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