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[New: openFATE 309502] Improve accessibility for disabled users through speech recognition
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  • Date: Wed, 12 May 2010 16:04:12 +0200 (CEST)
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Feature added by: Peter Grasch (bedahr)

Feature #309502, revision 1
Title: Improve accessibility for disabled users through speech recognition

openSUSE-11.3: Unconfirmed
Requester: Important

Requested by: Peter Grasch (bedahr)
Partner organization:

Linux accessibility has always been a bit of an issue.

Recent GNOME releases are already quite good and include essential tools like
the screen reader Orca.

However, while alternative forms of input exist - for example in the form of an
eye tracking controlled dasher, one of the most promising input method has been
neglected: Speech recognition.


I am the co-chairmen of the friendly society simon listens
( and for the past few years we have been working on
an open source speech recognition solution called simon
( .

simon is targeted towards physically disabled people and the elderly.


I propose for Novell to partner with simon listens in a project to implement
the necessary steps to make simon an integral component of the SUSE
accessibility solutions.

Business case (Partner benefit): OpenSUSE Making OpenSUSE accessible through voice control would
make it easily accessible for a wide array of users who were previously
confined to proprietary systems where similar solutions already exist. Suse
Linux Enterprise Edition More and more public institutions are considering
moving to (enterprise) Linux installations. Through professional support and
high quality distributions like SUSE Linux Enterprise Edition many were able to
move from more expensive and unstable proprietary systems to free and open
source software. However, some companies - and especially government
institutions - need to make their systems accessible to a wide array of
disabled users - in some contries this need is even enforced by law. Making
SLES, and on a larger scale GNU/Linux in general, more accessible would open up
these markets.

openSUSE Feature:

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