Re: 2.6 proposed module: dasher

Peter Korn wrote:

Hi Murray, Bill,

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.

I don't disagree with anything Bill writes (below), but want to add a different perspective for consideration.

The GNOME integration may well be strong enough by the time 2.6 ships, but I think there are still some significant issues to work out to make that more useful. As a standalone application for entering text via an alternate interface for people with severe physical disabilities, it is *very* interesting and the performance numbers from their studies are quite remarkable. As an assistive technology that allows a someone with a severe physical disability to completely control their desktop, I think it has a good ways to go.

So - I have absolutely no objection to it being included with GNOME, and I can't think of a better place for it to live in the default menu structure other than in "Accessibility", but I personally would like to see much more functionality in the roadmap and active development before I would consider it a real alternate user interface for the desktop. Until a user can navigate dialog boxes and toolbars and the like with Dasher, they will be unable to effectively use an application (navigating menus alone isn't enough).

Dasher allows any and everything that is keyboard-navigable to be accessed. I was under the impression that recent Dasher versions allow access to more than just menus; what version did you last test, Peter?

- Bill


Peter Korn
Sun Accessibility team

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