How's Karmic these days?

Bill Cox waywardgeek at
Wed Oct 21 23:25:06 BST 2009

Hi, Luke.

Thanks for working on accessibility.  I feel really rotten about
complaining about the bugs without putting in effort into debugging.
However, my boss is all over me at the moment to get another project
back on schedule.  I'm sure you know what that's like.

However, over the next year, I promise to find some time to nail a bug
or two, like the crash in speech dispatcher.  In the meantime, we
should probably set expectations for users, and let them know it will
be a while before Orca is working in a stable manner in the latest
Ubuntu.  It's an unfortunate situation, but blind users are simply not
able to chip in and fix things when accessibility is broken, so it
will be up to the very few of us interested in accessibility who still
have decent vision to pull it off.

Best regards,

On Wed, Oct 21, 2009 at 5:59 PM, Luke Yelavich <themuso at> wrote:
> On Thu, Oct 22, 2009 at 08:46:26AM EST, Bill Cox wrote:
>> Sorry guys, I know there's some of you out there who actually work on
>> Ubuntu accessibility, but the current state sucks.  I certainly hope
>> Ubuntu decides at some point to make accessibility a priority.
> I can understand why, as a user, you feel that way. Unfortunately I am the only one so far as I know of, actively working on improving Ubuntu's accessibility, and while I do as much as I can to make things work as well as they can, I have other matters that I need to attend to, due to working for Canonical and being responsible for other parts of the desktop as well, so I can only do so much in the time I allocate for accessibility work.
> Unfortunately the speech-dispatcher crasher is at the moment, somewhat beyond my current skills to debug, although learning valgrind will likely help me get better with sed debugging, and hopefully get rid of the speech-dispatcher crash.
> So if you really want Ubuntu's accessibility to get better, I urge you to consider helping out in whatever way you can, even if its only filing and triaging bugs, thats something. The more bugs that are in a triaged state, the less work I have to do, and the more bugs I can attempt to fix.
> I hope you all understand, and will do what you can to help.
> Regards
> Luke
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