Re: AT for LD


I was very surprised reading your message and felt with some emotions.

I am a software programmer , that does not suffer of any disease. I came
on this list in order being able to obtain information regarding the way
for being able supporting accessibility for a program we developped.
Unfortunately, this program has not been developped with gtk but with
another gui toolkit and thus does not have support for accessibility.
I tried finding enough documentation on the way to provide accessibility
support for our application , I only found at library was able doing
this . But nowhere I found a program,tutorial that will demonstrate how
to achieve this in an easy way.....the documentation does not help, the
only way would be hacking it. So, you understand better why there is not
enough apps supporting accessibility if programmers are not able to
integrate it in their softwares.

Furthermore, I also worked a little bit on the florence virtual keyboard
application in order to provide the ability to set it up in a gnome
control panel, that is a very nice linux onboard kbd.


Le 08/01/2012 14:50, Christian Hofstader a écrit :
> I would love to work on a system wide "screen reader" for people with learning disabilities. Something like K3000 (KESI) or WYNN from FS. Using the Gnome accessibility features along with visual effects should be able to do something really innovative.
> On Jan 7, 2012, at 9:42 PM, Bill Cox wrote:
>> On 1/7/12, Mats Lundälv <mats lundalv vgregion se> wrote:
>>> The main show-stopper for suggesting free systems
>>> in general, including Gnome based systems, is the lack of easily available
>>> and well functioning TTS reading support for seing users with a reading
>>> imparment - the by far largest area of a11y needs.
>> I happen to be such a user, suffering from late onset Stargardt's
>> Disease.  What I wonder most days is why am I the guy who has to write
>> so much of the software I need?  I was born with non-functioning red
>> cones, which is probably why the Stargardt's disease has taken so long
>> to damage my central vision.  In addition, I am highly dyslexic, and
>> ADHD.  In my case, there is mud in the tracks between seeing lines on
>> paper and hearing the words they represent.  Having TTS software to
>> speak the words for me is just heavenly.  Even without Stargardt's, I
>> probably qualify for a major reading impairment.  I used to create
>> audio books with the voxin voice using a simple program I had to
>> write, but now I do it with the Open Mary free voices, using one I
>> created, called cmu-rms-hsmm, which I listen to at 4X speed up, using
>> the sonic algorithm I created for this purpose.
>> So, if people like me are the largest group, where the heck are they?
>> I just want to use software to make my life easier, and I find that
>> much of it does not exist.
>> Thanks,
>> Bill
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