Ubuntu phones and accessibility for the blind

Michael Pozhidaev michael.pozhidaev at gmail.com
Tue Mar 1 07:20:18 UTC 2016

Hi Luke,

Luke Yelavich writes:

> There is much to be done to get this off the ground. Given that
> Canonical is writing its own display server Mir, the first requirement
> is to properly tie in the accessibility infrastructure, mainly at-spi,
> into working properly with Mir to intercept input events, and extend
> at-spi itself to support touch. It would then be a matter of extending
> Orca to work with touch, and not requiring Gtk support. In addition,
> Qt's own linux accessibility support would likely need much work,
> particularly the QML accessibility components. Ubuntu's QML based SDk
> would also need much accessibility work.

Yes, really a plenty of work to do. Could it be reasonable to try
first getting some features for basic phone functions (just to have
something for the beginning), and, after that try the work you have

I know a bit about AT-SPI internals (Mike Gorse helped me a lot with
that), and agree that this work is worthy enough to do, but will it let
us get an accessible phone  in observable future? 

Is Ubuntu phone already on Mir or it still uses ordinary X.org? I am
really impatient to try something (although don't have this phone
yet). I am ready to try getting this phone, but I need to be sure
that I will be able to have access to its internals. Otherwise,
apparently , I will be unable to do anything at all.

I am planning to be in London from April 10th till 18th (and completely
unaware when could get next chance to come to London). May I ask
somebody to meet and let me know about this phone more please? If I get
first understanding, I will purchase it for further experiments. I
support everything what you have write and would be happy to participate
in this development, but just want to have something to use as soon as
possible. Just because I don't see nothing suitable arount instead. I
don't trust Android, Tizen is completely unclear with its accessibility
features, but Ubuntu phone is very inspirable also as a thing which I
can improve myself.

Thank you very much!

Michael Pozhidaev. Tomsk, Russia.
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English info page: http://www.marigostra.com/

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