Looking for a Programming Project which would really benefit blind people

John J. Boyer director at chpi.org
Wed Feb 25 22:20:14 UTC 2004


There are already lots of screenreaders fro Linux, and they are all free. 
I'm using brltty myself, since i use braille. Others use Speakup or 
Emacspeak. Fedora may already include some of these, but I don't know 
since I haven't messed with it. I'm using Redhat 8.0. Perhaps what is 
needed is an installation disk that will produce braille and/or speech 
immediately, so that a blind person could carry out the installation. 
There are others on this list with experience in this area. I'm looking 
for an actual programming project.


On Wed, 25 Feb 2004 herzog at frontiernet.net wrote:

> Well, I am sighted, and I work with blind people to try and get them going 
> on computers.  So far it has been all win 98 and JAWS, as there is lots of 
> support;, and I can see enough to detect what the problem is when many 
> trouble screens won't read, or go away.  So the sited stuff is useful. I 
> have tried, and use redhat8 myself, but I only know of one blind person who 
> uses Linux, and she has lots of personal help.
> So I think the big need is for Fedora, the new Linux hoopla, to be working 
> with voices, preferably cheap or free.
> The Fedora list is nearly 100 messages per day, a snow job, and not yet 
> ready for prime time players.
> There is where to work!
> Will
> At 05:17 AM 2/25/04, you wrote:
> >Hello,
> >
> >I'm blind myself, and I'm hapiest when I have a good programming project.
> >So I'm looking for suggestions for programs that would really benefit
> >blind people. I think a text-mode program, possibly using the curses
> >library, would be most appropriate. I've tested Gnome and Gnopernicus, but
> >they really aren't ready for normal use by blind persons, at least not for
> >those who use braille displays.
> >
> >On a related subject, I really can't see any inherent advantage to a GUI
> >unless you can actually SEE the screen. All the usability features can be
> >implemented in text mode.
> >
> >Thanks,
> >
> >
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> >John J. Boyer; Executive Director, Chief Software Developer
> >Computers to Help People, Inc.
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