Re: getting orca included in gnome 2.16

Peter Korn wrote:
It has proven very useful to the GNOME accessibility project - and to advancing the support for assistive technologies and the implementation of ATK and AT-SPI - to have a screen reader, screen magnifier, and on-screen keyboard included as a formal part of GNOME. By 'blessing' AT in these categories, it has brought far greater awareness of AT to GNOME developers & UNIX distributions, and has led to a lot of compatibility testing, bug finding, and bug fixing.
We have seen the effects of this esp. in the last release cycle when we have now managed to get a range of accessibility tools into the default install and running from the Live CD. Other developers, such as those specialising in the Live CD, the installer and the Gnome desktop have taken an interest and are helping us solve the problems. For our next development cycle we now have several specifications on the main development track (see:

I think custom distributions like Oralux can focus on adding as much assistive technology as possible to a single CD and let the user explore it all. For a main stream distro though, I think we need to make choices about what we consider to be most suitable at this time, and leave the rest as options. Picking favourites is actually an important part of what we do because it allows us to focus our efforts better on providing support and fixes on those packages.

- Henrik

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