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Thread: Installing for the Blind?

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    Installing for the Blind?

    I believe this actually belongs in both the installation and accessibility forums, but has more to do with accessibility in installation.

    Is there any way for a member of the blind community to install Ubuntu with a screenreader already set to run? This would allow users who are blind to independently set up an Ubuntu distribution on their computers.

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    Re: Installing for the Blind?

    I have not tried it but if you use the alternate cd there are accessibility options I think it is F5. you would have to boot the Cd up and take a look

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    Re: Installing for the Blind?

    It is better to use the LiveCD, because I think it has a screenreader as a boot option:

    https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Accessibilit...cessibility%29

    Once in the LiveCD environment, it is possible to start the installation from there. However, I don't know whether every step in the installation process already is accessible.

    Have a nice day.

    Francesco

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    Re: Installing for the Blind?

    There is a fairly detailed step-by-step guide here: http://www.ubuntu.com/access/livecd

    But clearly it's not discoverable enough.
    Henrik Nilsen OmmaUbuntu QA Team Lead

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    Re: Installing for the Blind?

    Thank you, Henrich. I was just looking for this, and couldn't remember for the life of me where I'd seen it before.

    Teresa

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    Re: Installing for the Blind?

    I've just been playing with feisty and orca and I don't think it's quite good enough yet. If orca and gksudo can get along nicely, we might have something..

    With the screen on I figured out the magic sequence of keys I need; F5, down three times, enter twice. This will start feisty with the orca screenreader enabled. I guess there's no way grub can provide any audio feedback so we're just going to have to tell our blind user the magic key sequence to get him started.

    I managed to repeat this with the screen off and get feisty live CD to boot.

    I also managed to navigate the orca configuration (the defaults seem sensible enough), minimise it and navigate the livecd desktop, with the screen still off. Looking good so far.

    Next I launched the installer program and everything went quiet, so after giving it a few minutes I turned the screen back on to see what had happened. It's sitting in the installer waiting for me to choose install language and not uttering a word.


    I have the same problem with using orca on a preinstalled system. As soon as I run any administrative commands the screen reader stops working.

    This is going to seriously limit what a blind user can do with their computer, they'll have to phone me for help every time they want to install a program, add a peripheral, change a network setting..

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