[orca-list] Orca Key behavior/customization (was Re: More accessibility for orca issue)
- From: Willie Walker <William Walker Sun COM>
- To: Jonathan Chacón <jonathan chacon telefonica net>
- Cc: orca-list gnome org
- Subject: [orca-list] Orca Key behavior/customization (was Re: More accessibility for orca issue)
- Date: Tue, 27 May 2008 09:53:06 -0400
This is a nice discussion and thanks for bringing it up! I'm curious
about the user interface we'd present for the various features. How do
1) Bypass function: press a special key combination once and Orca
ignores all key combinations except one, which is the one to turn
bypass off. For example, Orca+Delete could be used to toggle the
on/off of the bypass feature.
2) Sticky key for Orca key: Perhaps treat the Orca key always as a
specialized sticky key -- press it 2X in a row with no other keys and
the Orca modifier is locked. Press it again and it becomes unlocked.
3) Modification of the Orca key: this one might be tough (but not
impossible) to accomplish if we wanted to allow the user to press *any*
key on the keyboard to define the Orca key. But, we could potentially
limit the choices and present the user with a combobox.
On May 25, 2008, at 2:29 PM, Jonathan Chacón wrote:
I´m working with Orca´s functionality in relation to the keyboard and
comparing them with other screen readers, like Jaws. I notice that it
necessary to establish more functions, so that users of special
such as PDAs with Linux, UMPCs or laptops with limited keyboards, can
and configure their device according to Orca´s needs and
1. “Bypass” function.
Many applications define their keyboard shortcuts trying not to
the keyboard shortcuts of Gnome. This may cause a coincidence between
shorcuts of any application with those of Orca. This function would
facilitate the use of keyboard shortcuts of any application without
to modify Orca´s configuration. It is already implemented in Jaws (
2. Sticky key for Orca key.
Some one-handed users or those with a 60 keys keyboard, or less, where
single key performs several functions ( control key, tab key and
in the same position ), cannot perform keys combination as Orca
One solution would be to implement “insert mode” ( implemented by Jaws
which would facilitate the management of the state of the Orca key as
were a flag, allowing us to realice key combinations with no need of
pressing Orca´s key.
3. Modification of Orca´s key.
I know this can be changed in “Orca customization”, but not all users
about this. Any user should be capable of modifying Orca´s key from the
configuration dialogue of Orca. Nowadays, Orca uses a Read-Only Text
show Orca´s key. This could be the appropriate control to be able to
Orca´s key without having to modify the orca customization.
I guess that including all these changes may be hard and complex, but
this benefits users with different kinds of disabilities, also users
want to buy new mobile devices with Linux ( such as mobile phones,
PDAs, etc. ) and it´s a good way to increase compatibility between
Please tell me your opinion about this.
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