The Open Source Screen Reader SUE – Access for the Blind by means of Training Materials.

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The Open Source Screen Reader SUE – Access for the Blind by means of Training Materials.

  1. 1. The Open Source Screen Reader SUE - Access for the blind by means of training materials - Ramona Bunk, Andrea Gaal, Gerhard Jaworek, Joachim Klaus AEGIS Conference, Sevilla, 7-8 October 2010
  2. 2. Screen Reader & Usability Extensions Funded by the German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs 01/2007 – 06/2010 Study Centre for the Visually Impaired Students AEGIS Conference, Sevilla, 7-8 October 2010 2
  3. 3. Aims of the Project • Development of a free and open source screen reader for graphical user interfaces on Linux supporting typical office tasks • Special training course instructing teachers and students at institutions for the visually impaired in using the screen reader AEGIS Conference, Sevilla, 7-8 October 2010 3
  4. 4. Linux distributions • Developed for Ubuntu 8.04 – 9.04 • Ubuntu – „the Linux for all“ • Can run under other distributions as well • Requirements: GNOME desktop with its accessibility infrastructure AEGIS Conference, Sevilla, 7-8 October 2010 4
  5. 5. Technical Details • Profiting from the great accessibility infrastructure under the GNOME desktop • Using ATK/AT-SPI to gain information from the running applications AEGIS Conference, Sevilla, 7-8 October 2010 5
  6. 6. Supported Software ● GNOME desktop ● OpenOffice.org Writer ● OpenOffice.org Calc ● Evolution ● Firefox (partly) AEGIS Conference, Sevilla, 7-8 October 2010 6
  7. 7. Additional functions and features • Extensive Braille output (BrlTTY) • Enjoyable audio interface (SpeechDispatcher, different TTS) • Magnification support (Compiz) • Flexible, individual key commands AEGIS Conference, Sevilla, 7-8 October 2010
  8. 8. SUE in various languages • English 100 % • Swedish 59 % • German 100 % • French 53 % • Hungarian 96 % • Portugese 47 % • Romanian 96 % • Czech 12 % • Dutch 68 % AEGIS Conference, Sevilla, 7-8 October 2010
  9. 9. Modular training programme – based on the ECDL • Using IT systems • Using the computer and managing files: Linux • Word processing: OpenOffice.org Writer • Spread sheets: OpenOffic.org Calc • Information & communication: Evolution + Firefox AEGIS Conference, Sevilla, 7-8 October 2010 9
  10. 10. Download of training materials in English • training script for handling SUE and ORCA • Workshop script with guided exercises for SUE and OpenOffice.org Download: http://service.it-science- center.de/mediawiki/index.php/4.4.3_Download AEGIS Conference, Sevilla, 7-8 October 2010 10
  11. 11. Latest state of the project • SUE release 1.0 • Support Ubuntu 10.04 • Gnome desktop • OpenOffice.org Writer + Calc • Basic functions Evolution + Firefox AEGIS Conference, Sevilla, 7-8 October 2010 11
  12. 12. Future steps • Adaption to the latest Ubuntu version • Support Gnome 3.0 • Adaption to new accessibility interfaces • Revision of the magnification support • Completion of OpenOffice.org support • Firefox access • Change from Evolution to Thunderbird AEGIS Conference, Sevilla, 7-8 October 2010 12
  13. 13. Sustainability / building up a community We need: • Persons for programming and developing SUE • Screenreader testers • Fundraisers • Companies to take over the project • AT companies for testing devices • Educational institutions to teach and develop training materials AEGIS Conference, Sevilla, 7-8 October 2010 13
  14. 14. SUE Wiki: www.sue-projekt.de SourceForge: http://sourceforge.net/projects/sue/ Mailing list: sue-list@lists.sourceforge.net Contact: info@szs.kit.edu AEGIS Conference, Sevilla, 7-8 October 2010

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