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July 27th, 2006, 07:17 AM
Hi, Here are some links to the current accessability projects that are being developed right now. I have only added the ones i know of so contact me and we'll build this up with more links and information.

Screen Magnification

1. xmcm - X11 Magnification Composite Manager

Description A desktop screen magnifier. If present, the Point Of Regard (POR) for the magnifier can be driven by a screen reader via the Assistive Technology Service Provider Interface (ATSPI); otherwise, the magnifier is to follow the keyboard or mouse focus.

RequirementsThis magnifier is compatible with operating systems using the latest X Window System having the Composite, Damage, Fixes, and ShapeInput extensions.

2. compiz-mag
requires compiz to be installed.

3. gnome-mag
This version is still being developed. Known to work best with X11R7.1.
The stable version is the default screen reader for GNOME, via gnopernicus.


1. SOK - Simple Onscreen Keyboard

2. Dasher

3. xvkbd

4. GOK

Screen Readers

1. Gnopernicus

Multifunction and Other programs
these (1) have several faatures like screen readers, screen magnifiers etc built into one suite, or (2) don't fit into the general categories above.


Description Orca is a flexible, extensible, and powerful assistive technology for people with visual impairments. Using various combinations of speech synthesis, braille, and magnification, Orca helps provide access to applications and toolkits that support the AT-SPI (e.g., the GNOME desktop).

2. Adriane

Description: implementation of an easy-to-use desktop system, which can be used entirely without vision oriented output devices. Especially access to standard internet services like email, www, chat, and using mobile phone extension services like SMS and MMS (over the users own mobile phone via bluetooth) are supported.

Intended Users Especially blind people, who have no or very few computer skills, and/or have had bad encounters with graphic-focused computer interfaces with a badly designed graphical screenreader audio adapter. But also people with normal vision, who prefer an uncomplicated textual user interface with a step-by-step menu interface, instead of an icon/animation-overloaded and over-complex graphical desktop.

July 27th, 2006, 10:47 AM
Also see:


(I've left out lower level infrastructure like speech dispacher)

October 31st, 2009, 06:07 PM
Well i think that the lover level projects should be included and even higher level information. The greater wealth of information as long as it is sorted, the better.

I am including mine as i think it is a worthwhile project that is not getting any press yet.

http://code.google.com/p/open-sapi/ - A project to create a common speech interface based on Microsoft SAPI to Linux / Mac / Win and other open source operating systems.

http://vinux.org.uk/ - A Customized Version of **Debian for Visually Impaired Users
** (Ubuntu) This I think is a typo on the frontpage.

http://www.rockbox.org/ - Rockbox is an open source firmware for mp3 players, written from scratch. It runs on a wide range of players ( Designed with the Visually Impaired in mind, how refreshing).


November 9th, 2009, 01:49 PM
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