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The Linux Accessibility Group was created to improve the accessibility of free and open source software.
“When given the choice between an accessible bathroom or a non-accessible one, many people would pick the accessible one: there’s more space, it’s more comfortable, it’s a no-brainer. Digital products are the same. When given the choice, people naturally prefer what’s easier for them to use, to read, or to understand.”
“Accessible design helps everyone. It improves experiences not just for people with disabilities, but for people in temporary situations where their usual way of interacting with your product won’t work — say, if they’re outside and can’t see their screen well or if their mouse runs out of battery and they can only use their keyboard.”
“Accessibility is not a constraint: It is a design philosophy that encourages you to make better choices for your users, and helps you focus on what really matters. Simplicity will always be the most difficult target to reach in a design, and accessibility can be one of the best tools to get you there.”
— Slack Design Blog
Why Support us?There are a lot of reasons to care about accessibility in free and open source software:
- Required by government: In many countries the government hire people with handicap caused by an equality act.
- Your company employs people with handicap and you want to improve the situation for them.
- Public benefit: you want to provide computer access to everyone
- Personal needs: you need the computer by yourself.
How can accessibility improved?As different are the people, as different are the needs.
A good basic recept to wire up a god accessibility are the following points:
- Keyboard only navigation
- good Focus handling
- Screenreader/ ATK integration
- Alternative Input Methods like Voice, Braille, OSK, Dasher or IBus
- Alternative Output Methods like Text To Speach or Braille
- Documentation of Accessibility features
- Contrast and special Fonts
- Magnification/ Zoom
- Adding a section for Accessibility to your Human Interface Guidelines
- Automate accessibility tests
- New accessibility concepts
What we are currently doing?
- KDE Accessibility Project
- Fenrir screen reader for Console and Terminal Emulators
- OCRdesktop makes the screen accessible using OCR techniques
- SOPS is a simple plugin system for the orca UI screen reader
- F123Light is an lightweight operating system for Raspberry Pi with focus for accessibility
- DragonFM is an perfectly accessible text based file manger with an plugin system
- Support other projects like Orca for contentious improvements
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