Modifying Warty for blind/vision impaired use.
themuso at themuso.com
Wed Oct 20 07:51:59 CDT 2004
As some of you may have noticed, there is now an accessibility
documentation area on the Ubuntu wiki. From discussion with various
Ubuntu developers, I understand that accessibility for Ubuntu is going
to be worked on for future Ubuntu releases.
What I would like to do for the present however, is create a small
derivitive of the official Warty ISO, with a few accessibility
modifications, such as console screen reading support. This certainly
doesn't require a lot of work. as the majority of the modification
involves patching the kernels with the Speakup screen reader. Other
blind people have done the same thing for Debian CD images in the past,
and the screen reader doesn't modify any part of the kernel, say the
build files to allow Speakup to be built either into the kernel, or as
I want to do this, to allow my blind and partially sighted peers to
enjoy what Ubuntu has to offer, even if they can't entirely access X. I
am mainly referring to things like laptop support configured off the
bat, automatic mounting of removable media, etc.
With a little more work, it would even be possible to offer a working
Gnopernicus out of the box, which to date, no distro has done properly,
however I feel this is not as important at this stage.
I intend to go ahead and do what I have outlined above, and make it
available to the blind/vision impaired community. I am wondering if
the Ubuntu developers and management are interested in my work, as it
could certainly be a basis from which a truely accessible derivitive of
Ubuntu could be developed.
If any developers are interested in helping me, I would also appreciate
Thanks for creating such a wonderful Linux distribution and good luck
with the final release.
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