Re: [Kde-accessibility] KDE Accessibility - sorry, off topic.

Chris Jones wrote:
Keyboard are primarily used as text input devices.  Almost all other
functions can be handled by the pointer input including the menus.  If
the menus are too small a target to hit one possible work around would
be to increase the font size.

I think we should start looking at some interesting new solutions to these problems and work with the developers of the lower level code like X and the kernel.

For example, it would be great to have a configurable scanning system with hot-spots on the display/desktop. That way the interface could be navigated using switches in a more efficient way, without using an OSK. That might also involve a much-simplified desktop layout in kiosk mode. Vista has an interesting mouse alternative using speech recognition to zoom in on different parts of the screen. See demo:

Also, someone using an OSK with very large buttons or in scanning mode might be better off without things like the gnome panel or even window decorations. If we make it easy to customise the OSK then they can set up a range of commonly used applications to be launched with macros (or someone can do it on their behalf). If the OSK is scriptable it can 'do the right thing' when other applications are active, such as position the application and itself sensibly on the screen.

Just thinking aloud -- the point is that we shouldn't get trapped in the way of thinking that a few tools have to cover every single use case in their default configuration. It should be possible to adapt both the tools and the environment to the individual.

- Henrik

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