FYI - The Yggdrasil Screen Reader Project

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at
Tue Nov 2 10:11:18 UTC 2021

Just going to chime in and say that the team acknowledge it's a 
prototype but I've questions abou t what they're doing/how they are 
going to get there:

Start here with this topic, and let's compare questions shall we?

That post answers a why do they use home grown bindings question, but 
the whole topic is worth a read though.

On 11/2/21 09:22, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:
> Hello,
> well, a quick look into the code shows that this is curently far away from being a screenreader but more a very early prototyping. Lets see what happens.
>> Am 02.11.2021 um 09:41 schrieb Linux for blind general discussion <blinux-list at>:
>> Hello,
>>> Accessibility on Linux has historically been under-developed, under-maintained,
>> And thus let's split the effort instead of joining? Ew.
>>> Members of the Rust community are reimplementing a number of C-based programs, making the argument that they can improve on the current state of the art.
>> That is right for various C-based programs that are a pain to maintain
>> because of C. Orca is not a pain to maintain because of Python, it's a
>> pain to develop because the problem itself is complex. Rewriting in Rust
>> won't change that.
>>> On the other hand, choices are good.
>> Choices are good when there are enough people to work on the various
>> choices. Split the community, and instead of having one good software,
>> you have two poor software.
>>> not a tremendous amount of development occurring on either.
>> That's just a matter of people joining in.
>>> Does Orca have object navigation? No flat review is not the same thing.
>> Where is the feature request for object navigation?  Where is the pull
>> request to propose an implementation?
>>> Also, I can't remember which, but other the Orca dev or someone on Mastodon
>>> reviewing Orca's code said that, I believe the Terminal-access code is
>>> "black magic".
>> For terminal access, it'll be much more interesting to run brltty, which
>> has decades of experience.
>> brltty -b ba -x a2 -N
>> Note that the "black magic" inserted in Orca is most often because it's
>> the application itself which exposes bogus information.
>> Samuel
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