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[openFATE 305267] Installation using Orca (screen reader) to Improve Accessibility
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  • Date: Tue, 10 Aug 2010 23:55:20 +0200 (CEST)
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Feature changed by: jpxviii jpxviii (jpxviii)
Feature #305267, revision 9
Title: Installation using Orca (screen reader) to Improve

openSUSE-11.2: Rejected by Stephan Kulow (coolo)
reject date: 2009-08-12 11:05:29
reject reason: noone volunteered here and the feature is only
desirable, so I reject. My comment is even unanswered, so the interest
in this feature is very low (2 votes only too)
Requester: Desirable
Projectmanager: Desirable

+ openSUSE-11.4: Unconfirmed
+ Priority
+ Requester: Desirable

Requested by: Darragh Ó Héiligh (digitaldarragh)

Original title: Accessibility for installation could be automated with
better results.
Users can currently press F9 at the boot screen to hear the boot
options spoken. THis is a fantastic new feature and is one that
OpenSuSE is the first to add. For this you should be very proud.
However, I would ask that you further build upon this success by
recognising that accessibility at the boot menu has been enabled and
automatically start the Orca screen reader with also setting gnome
accessibility to enabled.
One further consideration should be taken into account. To enable Orca
to access the installation screen, Orca must be run as root. However,
if Orca is run as root, the rest of the desktop is not accessible due
to permissioning issues. Therefore, the installation should be run
automatically if the f9 key si pressed.
Note, a similar feature excluding the accessible boot menu has also
been added to Ubuntu 8.04.
Note that they also have a key press (F5) to automatically enable
assistive technologies for installation on their live CD.

See bnc #417874 (

#1: Stanislav Visnovsky (visnov) (2009-05-28 16:34:28)
The installation is Qt-based. I'm not sure if Qt is able to talk to
Orca. If yes, it might be feasible to use the screen reader enablement
as extend of the installation images (similar to cracklib).

#2: Stephan Kulow (coolo) (2009-06-24 11:08:38)
wouldn't it be a first good start to make the GNOME live cd accessible?
Marco did some tries, but I'm afraid this part is way too little tested
and even less maintained.
Looking for community volunteers for both: maintaining GNOME live cd
accessibility and testing Qt installer orca connection (in theory it
should work fine, they're both using the sun defined API)

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