Re: Proposal: enable accessibility by default for GNOME
- From: Willie Walker <William Walker Sun COM>
- To: Jan de Groot <jan jgc homeip net>
- Cc: desktop-devel-list gnome org
- Subject: Re: Proposal: enable accessibility by default for GNOME
- Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2008 09:53:53 -0400
Excellent discussion so far. I'm going to write up a summary shortly.
Just to clarify one thing, though, especially since this has come up
more than once (at least in e-mail to me):
The only downside I found when using GNOME with a11y enabled on my
system was that somehow the mousekeys were enabled by default. This is
very irritating when trying to login at my bank. With a single keypress
on your numeric keypad you don't see the mouse moving that much, so you
assume there's something flaky with keyboard setup again (yes, I also
have a very bad experience with XKB).
The AccessX/XKB stuff is different from AT-SPI, and each is enabled
differently. The AccessX/XKB stuff is an X Server extension that gives
you SlowKeys, MouseKeys, etc., whereas AT-SPI is a graphical toolkit and
desktop infrastructure gives you the ability to have higher level
accessibility support for testing and assistive technologies. This
proposal is about enabling AT-SPI support and not AccessX/XKB.
Note that this isn't meant to be a "you stupid dope" note. :-) Like I
mention, it's come up more than once, so there's obviously some mental
conflation going on about accessibility support being one big blob.
That's completely understandable, and I hope this note helps clarify
that AccessX/XKB and AT-SPI are at least different.
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