jaws for linux ?

Andrew Kar akar3d at yahoo.com.au
Sat Feb 4 17:46:03 GMT 2006

On Monday 30 January 2006 07:48, Daniel wrote:
> I think users who are blind would be better-served by a distribution which
> dispensed with the whole GUI idea, altogether, and designed something for
> them, specifically, with a text-based interface that started from their
> needs, first, rather than gloming those concerns onto an existing windowing
> system

That never occurred to me and I bet it didn't to many other people as well. 
Almost all these accessability tools are rubbish and make working with a 
computer a boring complicated task for vision impaired people. A simple OS 
with cut down apps working under an easily modifiable descriptive 
template/task structure would be much more useful. Even years ago linux had a 
superb voice-recognition engine and speech synth from IBM but they have been 
removed for future profitability now that linux is popular. And I dont mean 
crap like Festival; The IBM voice was actually understandable by blind 
people. The only reason we can understand festival is because we can SEE what 
it is saying and the MS stuff is not much better.
To understand what is required put on a mask and turn all the best MS aids on 
and see what a useless pain it really is.

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