Re: Proposal: enable accessibility by default for GNOME

On Thu, Jul 31, 2008 at 4:52 PM, Fernando Herrera <fherrera onirica com> wrote:
> Hi,
> On Thu, Jul 31, 2008 at 5:32 PM, Willie Walker <William Walker sun com> wrote:
> [...]
>> 2) The a11y infrastructure can be used for more things than just a11y.
>> Consider, for example, an on screen keyboard for devices w/o physical
>> keyboards.
> I'd add scripting features here.
> With python dogtail bindings is quick and easy to write powerful
> scripts for your desktop. This is not an end-user feature at all, but
> is not an advanced-hacker-only one. So not having a11y enabled by
> default limits scripts creating/deployment to those users that enable
> a11y themselves and write their own scripts.
> Having a11y enabled by default would allow people to write and
> distribute those scripts for normal users.

An issue would be that with this facility it is possible for user apps
to capture keys, including passwords.

a. Enable Assistive Technologies
b. Install python-dogtail
c. Run dogtail-recorder, and keep it running
d. Start System/Administration/Synaptic
In Ubuntu it will ask you for your password. In other distros, select
an appropriate program that asks a password.
e. dogtail-recorder manages to capture the password entered.

Is it possible to disable the capturing of keys when a textbox is set
to show ●●●●●●● (instead of the actual characters)?

Is there a way to disable the capturing of keys in a textbox in a
non-reversible way once you requested it to show ●●●●●●●?
In Windows, you can change back and forth by sending events, which
allows to capture passwords.


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