(In)Accessibility of Unity in current Precise

Alan Bell alanbell at ubuntu.com
Sat Mar 10 13:22:30 UTC 2012

On 10/03/12 13:03, Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 6, 2012 at 4:13 PM, Nolan Darilek<nolan at thewordnerd.info>  wrote:
>> So how do we change this?
> Assistive technology relies on automation UIs.
> Automated testing can use automation UIs.
> End-user scripting can use automation UIs.
> If *nix environments used automation UIs to drive testability and
> scriptability, there'd be a lot less breakage for assistive
> technology.
> --
> Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis
funnily enough they do use the LDTP stuff for testing some bits of 
Ubuntu http://ldtp.freedesktop.org/wiki/FAQ in particular ubiquity the 
installer. This caused a problem last cycle because they dynamically 
changed all the accessibility strings for the convenience of the test 
script and left a load of junk in for the screen reader to read out. 
After we pointed out how rude it was to break things like this a fix was 
quickly provided that allowed both the ldtp script to work and the 
screen reader to read the correct strings. The point being, it is used 
in places, and I would like to encourage more uses of accessibility 
technology like this. I would like to encourage the use of Orca scripts 
as part of the design process, alongside the visual storyboard - it is 
massively easier to write a script than it is to draw a user interface.


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