FYI - Command Line Programs for the Blind

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at
Thu Apr 14 06:37:19 UTC 2022


I am Didier Spaier, Slint maintainer and sighted.

I am frustrated not to be able to follow this discussion as I would like, as in
most cases I do not know who speaks, answering to whom and to which message.

This is mostly due to the fact that identities of posters are not displayed in
this list in the "From" field.

For Slint we have a dedicated mailing list hosted by very easy to
use as indicated in the footer added to each message, pasted below:

The Slint mailing list.
To subscribe or unsubscribe, email slint-request at with the subject
'subscribe' or 'unsubscribe', then answer the email you will receive.
More: email slint-request at with as subject 'help' or 'commands'.

So I suggest that we open a list on (it is free) that would
supersede this one.

The lists there have a searchable archive by months, which can be sorted by
date, date reverse and thread and in case of threads it is indented.


1. What do you think of this proposal?
2. Is someone willing to administrate such a list?


Le 14/04/2022 à 04:31, Linux for blind general discussion a écrit :
> I don't have anything against projects specifically targetting blind
> end users, or any other niche for that matter, but I do think its
> better to have accessibility seamlessly integrated into mainstream
> products instead of trying to maintain a separate ecosystem of goods
> and services that cater only to a tiny minority... Sadly, many vendors
> only care about satisfying the lowest common denominator and little
> short of government sanctions will convince them accessibility is even
> worth considering, and even when vendors pay lip service to caring
> about accessibility, it can be hard to even find how to give them
> feedback, so even with the downsides(small development teams,
> extremely low bus factors, small user base to spread development costs
> across, etc.), it's easy to feel like "make our own" is the only
> option.
> Of course, one nice thing about the FOSS model is that one can
> simultaneously be building their own version of something while trying
> to push their contributions upstream... no idea how well any of the
> mentioned projects made any head way in that regard, and I'm sure
> there was some push back for those that tried, but there's at least
> the option to do both... I like the Adriane accessibility suite that
> comes as part of Knoppix, even if I only really use the console screen
> reader it comes with and its script for launching Fiefox+Orca without
> launching a full desktop, and those are the two main reasons my
> installed system is customized from a Knoppix install and not a Debian
> install... Shame Adriane never got upstreamed to Debian, or that when
> Knoppix had its own repository, I couldn't just add it to my
> sources.list and do a sudo apt-get install adriane on a vanilla Debian
> to get the benefits withou the baggage of Knoppix being primarily a
> live distro.
> And to some extent, I do think something needs to be mainstream to
> actually be viable for the disabled. I mean, the Orbit Graffiti sounds
> totally awesome and I'd order one immediately if I had the funds...
> but unless someone develops a tactile-visual display that would appeal
> to the mainstream and could make it's way into a flagship Android or
> iOS device, I think its going to be a very long time before a tactile
> display the average blind person can actually afford becomes a
> reality.
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