Jude DaShiell jdashiel at
Sat Feb 13 01:17:02 UTC 2016

I now have irc running here and had tried epic5 earlier but couldn't 
figure which if any of its themes would be good for the command line 
accessibility I'm using.  Another couple environments I tried were erc 
inside of emacs (comes with current emacs already installed), and 
bitchx.  One thing I haven't been able to figure out about irc is how to 
get what included scripts that come with the software running.  The 
epic5 irc client seems to be better in that way.

On Fri, 12 Feb 2016, Tim Chase wrote:

> Date: Fri, 12 Feb 2016 19:00:27
> From: Tim Chase <blinux.list at>
> To: Jude DaShiell <jdashiel at>
> Cc: blinux-list at
> Subject: Re: irc
> On February 12, 2016, Jude DaShiell wrote:
>> For the command line environment and speakup_ng used as a screen
>> reader what is going to be the best irc client to install for
>> accessibility and why?
> Depends on what you're seeking.
> Some such as "centerim", "irssi", "ircii", "ekg2", "finch" (the
> text-mode version of gaim/pidgin), or "f-irc" have full-screen GUIs
> (well, text UIs using curses) and all sorts of hot-keys to make using
> them easier, but at the cost of possibly being less than friendly
> with a screen-reader since they draw all over the screen.
> On the other end of the spectrum, you have things like "tinyirc",
> "sic", or "ii" which are way stripped down in terms of built-in
> functionality, but are pure input/output and work great with a
> terminal screen-reader.  While a bit strange, "ii" also works great
> with other standard command-line utilities.
> I'd be glad to experiment with any of them and report back if you
> have any questions/issues.  I'm not a big IRC user, but can at least
> test things out.
> -tim


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