Re: [orca-list] FW: Orca - suggestions for the future!
- From: "David E. Price" <deprice cs utah edu>
- To: orca-list gnome org
- Cc: deprice cs utah edu
- Subject: Re: [orca-list] FW: Orca - suggestions for the future!
- Date: Tue, 09 Feb 2010 09:17:22 -0700
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
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
you have any questions, please also feel free to ask on the
gnome-accessibility-list mailing list."
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