Re: 2.6 proposed module: dasher

If the GNOME accessibility team say that they need it, and that they plan to
integrate it into the whole set of accessibilty tools, then the release-team
is likely to just say "OK, you're the experts". However, as a sanity check,
I would like to know that somebody is actually getting some benefit from it
already, so it's not just a theoretical thing.
Well, the project has a long history - according to the homepage since 1997.
But dasher+GNOME open up lots of new possibilities for the technology, and the Dasher team has actively been pursuing better GNOME integration - in part as I understand it
because GNOME makes it possible for Dasher to do more than other platforms.

Unlike most assistive technologies, it works well with complex languages like Japanese (GOK can theoretically work with Japanese but for some users Dasher would be a much better option), and it and its documentation are available in multiple languages already. So it comes to GNOME as a well-formed, mature project with lots
of translations and capabilities already.

In terms of how it fits into our overall accessibility 'toolbox', it fills an important gap. It also has potential uses for non-disabled users. I think its areas of overlap with GOK are small, and it's distinctive enough in the way that it works that I wouldn't worry about redundancy. Unless there's something about its footprint (in the packages) that I don't realize, I don't see why it doesn't merit inclusion as one of our accessibility tools.

- Bill

Murray Cumming
murrayc usa net

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