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From: David Poehlman <poehlman1@home.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2001 11:18:10 -0400
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Janina Sajka" <janina@afb.net>
To: "Java Accessibility interest mailing list"
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Sent: Wednesday, July 11, 2001 11:05 AM
Subject: Library Provides Java Access via ncurses

The following showed up some time ago on the blind linux list and may
be of interest to folks not subscribed to that list.

Long live ncurses!

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Hans Zoebelein <hzo@gmx.de>

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Date: Sun, 03 Jun 2001 10:38:55 +0200
From: Rob Pitman <rob.pitman@icon.co.za>
To: hzo@gmx.de
Subject: New software that might be of use to visually impaired users


I came across your "BLINUX FAQ" on the Net, and I would like to tell you
about some software that may be of use to visually impaired computer

I have written and published a library package which allows a Java
application to display a "graphical" user interface on a text terminal
(such as a VT100). The library contains most of the commonly-used
"widgets" such as TextFields, Buttons, Labels, Dialogs, Lists, Tables,
etc.  The library has an API based on that of the Java Foundation
Classes (i.e. AWT and "Swing" classes), and uses the GNU ncurses library
to do the updating of the terminal.

Actually I didn't develop the library with blind users in mind, but
because the Java programming language did not have any interface to
"legacy" text-based terminals. But I have since discovered that
visually-impaired users can interface relatively easily with text-based
terminals. If my software can help them in some way, so much the better.
It could conceivably be useful in displaying Web pages or running Java

I have published the software under the GNU LGPL licence, (i.e. it is
free).  Further information and the source code, screenshots and a test
program are available at http://www.pitman.co.za/projects/charva

Yours sincerely
Rob Pitman

South Africa

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