Monday Aug 20, 2007

Accessibility on Linux via Orca - OpenOffice.org and other...

Darragh Ó Héiligh, a blind Linux user in Ireland, has just posted an audio introduction of Fedora Linux with Orca.

My colleague Peter Korn has a nice summary of this in his blog.

Orca Screen Reader Symbol 

I especially like the final comment. After noting the responsiveness of Orca with TTSynth and OpenOffice.org: "It's just getting the job done faster than it is in Windows."

I like it for many reasons

  • Orca is e great screen reader - and it is open source!
  • It shows that it was worth spending some extra time in the  native UAA/ATK bridge, which we have introduced with OpenOffice.org 2.0.1.
  • It shows that a good accessibility architecture, like available with GNOME, pays off

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