[orca-list] Universal access [was "Re: Indicators [was "Re: Connecting to a wireless network"]"]
- From: Christopher Chaltain <chaltain gmail com>
- To: orca-list gnome org
- Subject: [orca-list] Universal access [was "Re: Indicators [was "Re: Connecting to a wireless network"]"]
- Date: Fri, 12 Aug 2011 12:44:20 -0500
All laudable goals, but let's not lose sight of the gains we've also
made. I switched from Windows to Linux a few months ago, thanks to the
vinux distribution. I tried doing this several times over the last
decade, but I wasn't successful until just now. I think this says a lot
about how far the state of Linux accessibility has come.
Universal access across distributions and operating systems is a
laudable goal, but how realistic is it really? Is this a situation where
we'd just be tilting at windmills? I mean if everyone could agree then
we wouldn't have so many distributions and operating systems in the
Finally, I don't consider these questions to be trivial. I have a job
right now that requires I have access to Linux, I can access wireless
networks, I can use IRC, I can read email and so on. I need answers to
these questions now if I'm going to keep my job. I can't wait for these
questions to be answered or these issues to be addressed until after we
have universal access across distributions and operating systems. I just
can't wait that long.
On 12/08/11 10:30, Frost wrote:
Sure would be nice if some of these accessibility functions
could be added to the LSB the way the filesystem is. We have Alt+F2 and
type orca, Mickeysoft has Windows+U...dunno what Apple has. Because it
sure as hell be nice to press a certain keystroke and get the accessible
installation, plus it sure would save a hell of a lot of posts on, "How
do I install Ubuntu, or GRML, or Arch, or Debian, etc., etc., etc.
Universal Access isn't very universal at all with no standards from one
distribution to another, let alone from one operating system to another.
When are we going to make universal Access universal? When will
we be able to press a key, no matter which LSB compliant distro and get
an accessible installation, or have a screen reader/magnifier start up?
When are we going to stop monkeying around with the trivial crap and
actually do something intelligent for ourselves? When are we
handicapped going to become part of the Linux Standards Base?
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