Orca:
Screen Reading
and Magnification
for GNOME
Willie Walker
Sun Microsystems, Inc.
william.walker@sun.com
GNOME.Asia
Oc...
2
Agenda
• What is Orca?
• Demo
• Why is Orca important?
• How does Orca work?
• Closing thoughts
3
What is Orca?
• Screen Reader
> Speech
> Braille
> Magnification
• Open Source
> Thriving community
of happy users and
d...
4
What is Orca?
• Screen Reader
> Speech
> Braille
> Magnification
• Open Source
> Thriving community
of happy users and
d...
5
What is Orca?
• Screen Reader
> Speech
> Braille
> Magnification
• Open Source
> Thriving community
of happy users and
d...
6
What is Orca?
• Screen Reader
> Speech
> Braille
> Magnification
• Open Source
> Thriving community
of happy users and
d...
7
Compelling accessibility!
• Screen Reader
> Speech
> Braille
> Magnification
• Open Source
> Thriving community
of happy...
8
Compelling accessibility!
Let the user
requirements drive
the architecture,
not the other way
around.
9
Demo
10
Why is Orca important?
Free Open Source SoftwareFree Open Source Software
Those that need it the most are often those w...
11
How does Orca work?
• AT-SPI
> Assistive Technology
Service Provider Interface
> “Built-in, not bolted on”
12
How does Orca work?
13
How does Orca work?
Apps and
Toolkits
Accessibility
Infrastructure (AT-SPI)
Orca
14
How does Orca work?
Apps and
Toolkits
Accessibility
Infrastructure (AT-SPI)
Orca
FOCUS!
15
How does Orca work?
Apps and
Toolkits
Accessibility
Infrastructure (AT-SPI)
Orca
FOCUS! Name?
16
How does Orca work?
Apps and
Toolkits
Accessibility
Infrastructure (AT-SPI)
Orca
FOCUS! Name? “OK”
17
How does Orca work?
Apps and
Toolkits
Accessibility
Infrastructure (AT-SPI)
Orca
FOCUS! Name? “OK”
OK Button
18
How does Orca work? (Scripting)
Apps and
Toolkits
Accessibility
Infrastructure (AT-SPI)
Orca
19
Closing thoughts
• Accessibility in GNOME is built-in, powerful, free
• Orca rivals commercial products
• Being used wo...
Orca:
Screen Reading
and Magnification
for GNOME
Willie Walker
Sun Microsystems, Inc.
william.walker@sun.com
GNOME.Asia
Oc...
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  1. 1. Orca: Screen Reading and Magnification for GNOME Willie Walker Sun Microsystems, Inc. william.walker@sun.com GNOME.Asia October 2008
  2. 2. 2 Agenda • What is Orca? • Demo • Why is Orca important? • How does Orca work? • Closing thoughts
  3. 3. 3 What is Orca? • Screen Reader > Speech > Braille > Magnification • Open Source > Thriving community of happy users and developers
  4. 4. 4 What is Orca? • Screen Reader > Speech > Braille > Magnification • Open Source > Thriving community of happy users and developers “... if you don't save, changes from the last 19 seconds will be permanently lost ...”
  5. 5. 5 What is Orca? • Screen Reader > Speech > Braille > Magnification • Open Source > Thriving community of happy users and developers
  6. 6. 6 What is Orca? • Screen Reader > Speech > Braille > Magnification • Open Source > Thriving community of happy users and developers
  7. 7. 7 Compelling accessibility! • Screen Reader > Speech > Braille > Magnification • Open Source > Thriving community of happy users and developers http://live.gnome.org/Orca “I am ... the beneficiary of this wonderful work. FF3 is the application I use most frequently on the desktop, and it's helping meet my needs where I no longer have good alternative options.” -- Orca User
  8. 8. 8 Compelling accessibility! Let the user requirements drive the architecture, not the other way around.
  9. 9. 9 Demo
  10. 10. 10 Why is Orca important? Free Open Source SoftwareFree Open Source Software Those that need it the most are often those who cannot afford it. Contributions and ideas come directly from end users. Source code changes are used and tested immediately.
  11. 11. 11 How does Orca work? • AT-SPI > Assistive Technology Service Provider Interface > “Built-in, not bolted on”
  12. 12. 12 How does Orca work?
  13. 13. 13 How does Orca work? Apps and Toolkits Accessibility Infrastructure (AT-SPI) Orca
  14. 14. 14 How does Orca work? Apps and Toolkits Accessibility Infrastructure (AT-SPI) Orca FOCUS!
  15. 15. 15 How does Orca work? Apps and Toolkits Accessibility Infrastructure (AT-SPI) Orca FOCUS! Name?
  16. 16. 16 How does Orca work? Apps and Toolkits Accessibility Infrastructure (AT-SPI) Orca FOCUS! Name? “OK”
  17. 17. 17 How does Orca work? Apps and Toolkits Accessibility Infrastructure (AT-SPI) Orca FOCUS! Name? “OK” OK Button
  18. 18. 18 How does Orca work? (Scripting) Apps and Toolkits Accessibility Infrastructure (AT-SPI) Orca
  19. 19. 19 Closing thoughts • Accessibility in GNOME is built-in, powerful, free • Orca rivals commercial products • Being used world wide + a11y = “GNOME with accessibility provides universal access”
  20. 20. Orca: Screen Reading and Magnification for GNOME Willie Walker Sun Microsystems, Inc. william.walker@sun.com GNOME.Asia October 2008
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