accessibility profiles, what is it and how it works?

B. Henry burt1iband at
Wed Mar 30 22:28:59 UTC 2016

This does indeed sound very good, and of course leads one to wonder about sharing custom profiles.
Is there now, or will there in the planned future be an easy way to export and import accessiblity profiles?
Thanks much to you and anyone who has worked on enhancing this functionality.

   Registerd Linux User 521886

  Luke Yelavich wrote:
Wed, Mar 30, 2016 at 04:03:16PM +1100

> On Fri, Mar 25, 2016 at 09:31:46PM AEDT, Pavel Vlček wrote:
> > Hi,
> > after today's update, when I press alt f10 key, I get accessibility
> > profiles menu. I am using Orca normally, but no profile was selected.
> > I changed it to screen reader witch speech. What changet? I am using
> > Ubuntu daily, to install the Ubuntu, I used live dvd from 10th March.
> Accessibility profiles are a way to facilitate the configuration of the
> Ubuntu desktop for people with disabilities. An accessibility profile
> contains settings that improve the usage of the desktop environment for
> particular assistive technologies.
> Accessibility profiles have been around for many years now, I think as early
> as Ubuntu 8.04, if not earlier, however until now, they have not been as easy
> to work with. For one, they were only available in the live session or the
> installer, and for another, they were not available post install, and were
> hard coded in a shell script, that was only present in the live environment.
> As of Ubuntu 16.04, the accessibility profile system has been much
> improved. The profiles are available on the live session, and during
> installation, and also available post install. So for example, you can now
> create a new user, log into that user, and enable a particular accessibility
> profile for them, without having to manually tweak a bunch of settings.
> What you are seeing is the new accessibility profiles indicator. By default,
> the indicator is enabled when any accessibility profile is enabled,
> to allow the switching between profiles if the user so desires. The
> indicator can be turned off from the universal access control panel,
> under the accessibility profiles tab.
> One other advantage of the new accessibility profile system is you can now
> create your own profiles, and they will appear in the indicator alongside
> other profiles. The profile system allows for any gsettings key to be
> changed when a profile is enabled. Creating a profile is not yet documented,
> and thats something I have to work on, and it will likely be put on the
> Ubuntu wiki under the accessibility section.
> Unfortunately due to time constraints, I was not able to implement this
> support for all Gtk/GNOME based flavours of Ubuntu. Doing so would require
> adding UI to the various desktop environments to allow the profiles
> indicator or equivalent to be enabled/disabled. I would also have to
> code extra modules to properly support GNOME shell, and Mate's own panel
> applet system. Once this work is done however, the design is such that it
> would then be possible for profiles to contain settings specifically for a
> particular desktop environment, so you could have settings for mate that
> would be applied when the profile is enabled, and those settings would
> not be enabled under Unity or GNOME shell.
> Luke
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