Fwd: Re: accessibility misfeatures

Scott Wheeler wheeler at kde.org
Sun Jan 9 11:31:56 GMT 2005

Alright -- doing the only sensible thing and forwarding this on to the devel 
lists of those projects.

Guys -- it seems that both MPlayer and Xine use the shift key events to keep 
the screen saver from kicking in, though as is mentioned below, pressing the 
shift key 5 times in a row is an X-defined accessibility shortcut, so there's 
a conflict...

Would it be possible to use another key, say control or something for the same 
purposes in the media players?


----------  Forwarded Message  ----------

Subject: Re: accessibility misfeatures
Date: Sunday 09 January 2005 12:21
From: Olaf Schmidt <ojschmidt at kde.org>
To: kde-core-devel at kde.org
Cc: kde-accessibility at kde.org

[Scott Wheeler, Samstag, 8. Januar 2005 19:57]

> On Saturday 08 January 2005 16:02, Gunnar Schmi Dt wrote:
> > Sticky Keys: Usefull if you cannot press two keys simultaneously.
> > Basicly the modifier keys work like lock keys. (Keyboard gesture:
> > press Shift 5 consecutive times)


> MPlayer and Xine, to prevent the screensaver from being activated, send
> a shift key press every few seconds.


> Would it perhaps be possible to use a different key?

The key gesture is defined by X, not be KDE, so we cannot change it
easily. By using the shift key, MPlayer and Xine are broken for every X
user that has these gestures activated. This includes GNOME users, so the
only sensible way is to fix the applications.

I am cc'ing kde-accessibility, as this is the proper list for
accessibility topics.


KDE Accessibility Project


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