Squeak Accessibility for the blind
Thomas A Petersen
tpeterse at csc.com
Thu Dec 9 16:30:03 UTC 2004
Greetings fellow Squeakers,
I am legally blind. I see about five percent of "normal". I use speach
software to read large volumes of text on the computer screen.
I use Squeak effectively by changing the colors and using the excellent
font support to support glyphs I can read. For the less cooperative
windows there is always the screen reader.
Strangely enough, I've been using Squeak primarily for design graphics and
to design a photo catalog that cares less about what OS it's running on.
Jacaranda, connecters, and the graphics system are extremely useful.
As for having to use stegnographic techniques (obvescated letters in a
bitmap) to ensure that evil little minds don't ruin our space, I'm all for
it. I have ways of dealing with bitmaps, in and out of Squeak.
I agree that there are accessibility issues in Squeak. However, the true
thinker will see them as opportunities to improve the universe.
squeak is seriously cool!
Thanks much to you all,
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