Talk on Debian accessibility by Samuel Thibault

Jude DaShiell jdashiel at
Sun Apr 20 05:17:28 UTC 2008

Earlier this year I was able to get what debian calls gnome-orca and a 
desktop environment working on debian for a short time.  Then several 
packages were updated and all of that accessability went away.  The 
updates not only broke gnome accessability, dpkg which is what debian uses 
to install packages has huge trouble if you try to install emacs then 
install any add-ons for emacs.  The errors this is causing aren't even 
categorized so dpkg just loops around and has no error number for them. 
Basicly it can't get a lock on /var/lib/dpkg directory and that breaks the 
emacs install.  Another set of packages I can do this with are lprng and 
lprng-doc.  I ought to put my typescript file up in my web space so anyone 
can read it.  I can do that.  slackware gnome accessability may work or 
may not.  I have an nvidia video card in this computer and slackware and 
nvidia don't exactly get along.  If I switch the card out I may try 
another time and see if I make it all the way.

On Sat, 29 Mar 2008, Samuel Thibault wrote:

> Tony Baechler, le Sat 29 Mar 2008 01:07:04 -0800, a écrit :
>> I haven't listened to the talk but it seems to focus on Braille.
> Well, I mostly know braille stuff so that I've spent some time on it,
> also because people usually don't have _any_ idea of how braille is,
> while speech synthesis is a lot easier to tackle.  That said, the rest
> of my talk was independant of braille, and would apply to speech,
> magnification etc.
>> While the video files have been available since 29 February 2008
>> according to the directory listing, they are very big and not easy to
>> play.  I got CRC errors with the mpeg file in MPlayer and Winamp on
>> Windows would not play the MPEG file at all.
> Note that there are .ogg versions too.
> Samuel
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