Re: [orca-list] FW: Orca - suggestions for the future!

On 02/06/2010 05:42 PM, David E. Price wrote:

Just a couple of thoughts about contacting companies/software development groups regarding accessibility.

First and foremost, make it easy for them. If you are writing to someone requesting that they make their software/hardware/components/tools/widgets/etc. more accessible, you should provide them with links to information that they can use to learn how to make their product more accessible. I believe it was within the last year that Will posted a list of these links to this mailing list. I have a bunch of code to get working by Monday night, so I don't have time at the moment to dig through the archives to find the list of links. But, if no one can get it done by Tuesday, I'll take a look then.

Here is the message that Will sent to the list in early December:

One thing to do is to approach this from the user standpoint.

"I had my friend/wife/husband/son/daughter/cousin/etc. look at the screen for me. There is this component that has a drawing of a flashlight on it and it appears to be the only way to open the search dialog. Since the component doesn't seem to accept keyboard focus, it seems as though the only way for someone to do a search is to use the mouse to click on the flashlight. I'm not able to position the mouse over the flashlight, so I cannot click on it. I *can*, however, use the keyboard.

Please provide a method to open the search dialog from the keyboard. One way to do this might be to make the flashlight object keyboard traversable. If you do that, it would be great, but you should also make sure to provide a textual equivalent for the flashlight icon so that users with visual impairments can use assistive technologies such as orca to have the object presented to them in speech and/or braille. You can find more information about this in the GNOME Accessibility Developer's Guide at If you have any questions, please also feel free to ask on the gnome-accessibility-list mailing list."


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