RE: 2.6 proposed module: dasher

So, could the accessibility team please give us a collective decision? Do
you need dasher in GNOME 2.6, or do you think it should wait until GNOME 2.8
when it has integrated a bit more into GNOME?

Murray Cumming
murrayc usa net

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Matthew Garrett [mailto:mjg59-gap srcf ucam org] 
> Sent: Dienstag, 13. Januar 2004 00:14
> To: Peter Korn
> Cc: Bill Haneman; Murray Cumming comneon com; 
> gnome-accessibility-list gnome org; release-team gnome org
> Subject: Re: 2.6 proposed module: dasher
> On Mon, Jan 12, 2004 at 11:16:21AM -0800, Peter Korn wrote:
> > 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.
> We targetted menus firstly since they lend themselves best to 
> a tree-like representation. Adding the other widgets is in 
> itself fairly trivial (we just build a similar tree with the 
> other widgets in it), but find a reasonable way to present 
> that to the user may be harder - a menu tree is obviously a 
> tree, but toolbars get arranged a little more, uh, 
> "interestingly" :) If it's felt that it would be useful, then 
> I ought to be able to code this up for tomorrow.
> Regarding documentation - the combination of the manpage and 
> the Windows 
> help docs ought to be enough (ie, the text /exists/, it just 
> needs to be 
> cut and pasted into a file of the appropriate format), and the only 
> reason it hasn't happened is that I know absolutely nothing about 
> Docbook :) I'll sort this out ASAP.
> (Actually, work's been held up a bit since my 2.5 setup seems 
> to cause 
> Dasher to segfault in spi_init(). I'm not sure what's going 
> on in there 
> yet)
> -- 
> Matthew Garrett | mjg59 srcf ucam org

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