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    Question Accessibility Tips for A New User

    Hello everyone... I've just installed Ubuntu 7.0.4 with some sighted assistance, and got Orca going. I decided to test how usable the desktop and some apps were, and found out that I'm quite limited in what I can do. I wanted to use Ubuntu as a replacement to Windows, but I'm frustrated by the lack of accessibility of the Gnome desktop. Does anyone have any tips or hints for a blind user to get the most out of Ubuntu? I noticed that tutorials are sorely lacking for blind users, and I wonder if I'll ever be able to truly ditch Windows or am I forever cursed by Microsoft. Some tips for configuring Gnome and the most commonly used apps will be greatly appreciated.

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    Re: Accessibility Tips for A New User

    Quote Originally Posted by BeachBoy View Post
    Hello everyone... I've just installed Ubuntu 7.0.4 with some sighted assistance, and got Orca going. I decided to test how usable the desktop and some apps were, and found out that I'm quite limited in what I can do. I wanted to use Ubuntu as a replacement to Windows, but I'm frustrated by the lack of accessibility of the Gnome desktop. Does anyone have any tips or hints for a blind user to get the most out of Ubuntu? I noticed that tutorials are sorely lacking for blind users, and I wonder if I'll ever be able to truly ditch Windows or am I forever cursed by Microsoft. Some tips for configuring Gnome and the most commonly used apps will be greatly appreciated.
    Sorry I can't offer any help, but you could report your frustrations to the Gnome Accessibility Project; I am sure they would like to hear from you;

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

    The only thing I might be able to alert you to is that there is a Festival (which is a text to speech program) plugin for GAIM, which may be of some use to you.

    I hope things improve for you in the future.
    "The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell"
    --Confucius

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    Re: Accessibility Tips for A New User

    Quote Originally Posted by reclusivemonkey View Post
    Sorry I can't offer any help, but you could report your frustrations to the Gnome Accessibility Project; I am sure they would like to hear from you;

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

    The only thing I might be able to alert you to is that there is a Festival (which is a text to speech program) plugin for GAIM, which may be of some use to you.

    I hope things improve for you in the future.


    I would also like to improve the past; however, not likely.


    microsoft access xfce xubuntu


    I wish for a patch that would enable various microsoft features regarding a mouse & a keyboard, including the large arrow pointer [ & various alternative images ], left double click, double click shift, double click control, double click alternate,.......


    I had really liked googledesktop for a few years; I am inept @ getting docfetcher to do literally anything.



    There are many functions that I want to regain.


    Thank You,


    DonFphrnqTaub Persina

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    Re: Accessibility Tips for A New User

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