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Announcing two open source GNOME assistive technologies (fwd)

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Sat, 10 Nov 2001 07:58:31 -0500 (EST)
To: WAI IG <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.30.0111100752480.8741-100000@tux.w3.org>
Press release factor aside, this is probably interesting news for  those who
are working on Linux or Unix platforms.

There are a number of speech output systems for command-line linux (speakup,
screader, emacspeak are three that spring to mind), and distributions are
avilable using a couple of different ones to provide a speaking installation
process. But as far as I know this is the third project to provide a complete
speech interface to a graphical Linux environment - the project to port the
mercator screen reader from Solaris, and the earlier gspeech project both
lacked major developer invovlvment and appear to have stalled.

For those who are concerned about cost as an access issue, there might be a
solution here - and the more people conributing code the faster the
solution...

cheers

Chaals

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Peter Korn <korn@sun.com>

Greetings,

The Sun Accessibility team is delighted to inform you of two open source
assistive technology projects for the GNOME user environment:

   - The GOK project is developing a virtual keyboard for GNOME

   - The Gnopernicus project is an integrated screen reader and magnifier
     for GNOME


About GNOME
===========

The GNOME project includes a desktop user environment: a graphical desktop
user interface and a set of user-interface libraries.  GNOME is commonly
part of Linux distributions (such as those from RedHat, TurboLinux, VA
Linux, etc.) and it will be the standard graphical desktop for future Sun
Solaris workstations and servers.  Also part of the GNOME project is GNOME
Office - a set of office productivity tools (word processor, spreadsheet,
etc.).  GNOME Office will be based on OpenOffice, which is the open source
project through which Sun Microsystems is releasing the popular StarOffice
productivity suite.

For more information on GNOME, please visit:

  http://www.gnome.org

For more information on OpenOffice, please visit:

  http://openoffice.org

Sun Microsystems is part of GNOME Foundation, and is formally taking the
lead on making GNOME accessible to people with disabilities.  To this end,
Sun is working with the GNOME community in the development of the GNOME
Accessibility architecture, which provides the necessary support for
assistive technologies - and thereby users with disabilities - to use the
GNOME user environment.

For more information about the GNOME Accessibility Project, please visit:

  http://developer.gnome.org/projects/gap


The GOK project
===============

GOK aims to enable users to control their computer without having to rely
on a standard keyboard or mouse. Many individuals have limited voluntary
movements and must control the computer using alternative input methods.
These input methods may be controlled by actions such as blowing and
sipping to activate a pneumatic switch, an eye  blink and/or directed gaze
with an eye tracking system, head movement, muscle contractions or limb
movements.

Using innovative dynamic keyboard strategies, and leveraging Gnome 2's
built-in accessibility framework, the GOK will make control more efficient
for these users, and enable use of the Gnome 2 desktop for some users who
otherwise would have no access to Gnome. With the right hardware support
and the GOK these individuals will have full access to applications that
support the GNOME Accessibility architecture, and therefore, full access
to the functionality these applications provide.

The Adaptive Technology Resource Centre (http://atrc.utoronto.ca/) is
guiding the Gnome Onscreen Keyboard (GOK) project. The University of
Toronto's ATRC research and development lab not only brings strong
leadership to the project with expertise in alternative input devices and
software, but also a sincere passion regarding accessibility issues. (The
team has already produced a full-featured onscreen keyboard for another
platform.)

Additional information on the project will be hosted at:

  http://www.gok.ca

Also please visit the GOK subsection of the GNOME Accessibility project,
at:

  http://developer.gnome.org/projects/gap/AT/GOK


The Gnopernicus project
=======================

The Gnopernicus project will enable users with limited vision, or no
vision, to use the Gnome 2 desktop and Gnome/GTK+-2 applications
effectively. By providing automated focus tracking and full screen
magnification, Gnopernicus will aid low-vision Gnome users, and its screen
reader features will allow low-vision and blind users access to standard
GTK+2 and Java-based GUI applications via speech and braille output. By
leveraging Gnome 2's built-in accessibility framework, Gnopernicus will
make interacting with applications more efficient for these users, and
enable use of the Gnome 2 desktop for some users who otherwise would have
no access to Gnome.

BAUM Retec AG (http://www.baum.de/) is guiding the Gnopernicus project.
BAUM has been developing screen reading and magnification software, as
well as other software and hardware products for the blind, for over 20
years.  Their current products include the POET reading machine, the Vario
40, Vario 80, and DM 80 plus Braille displays, the Galileo screen
magnifier for Windows NT, the Virgo screen reader for Windows & Windows
NT, and the Visio low-vision workstation.

More information about Gnopernicus can be found at:

 http://developer.gnome.org/projects/gap/AT/Gnopernicus
Received on Saturday, 10 November 2001 07:58:31 GMT

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