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ADAPRO: open-source assistive word processor

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Adapro is a customisable multi-user word processor originally geared towards users with a learning disability or developmental disorder, such as dyslexia or autism. Building on its assistive features and emphasis on hiding interface complexities, it aims to cater a wider audience that values ease of use over functionality.

It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose from http://www.sourceforge.net/projects/adapro. Supports English, Spanish and Portuguese. If Java 6 or higher is already present on the computer, it doesn't even require installation.

This project has been part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund under the PCT-MAC 2007-2013 programme.

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ADAPRO: open-source assistive word processor

  1. 1. Tenerife Accesible User Conference 24 October 2012ITER • SINPROMI • UE Héctor Quintero Casanova
  2. 2. Misleading and unreliable
  3. 3. Reliable environment
  4. 4. Adapted to users with learning disabilitiesDyslexia: prevent visual confusion • Sarakanda font.
  5. 5. Adapted to users with learning disabilitiesDyslexia: prevent visual confusion • Sarakanda font. • Contrast for letters p, b, d and q.
  6. 6. Adapted to users with learning disabilitiesDyslexia: prevent visual confusion • Sarakanda font. • Contrast for letters p, b, d and q. • 2 global high-contrast modes.
  7. 7. Adapted to users with learning disabilitiesDyslexia: prevent visual confusion • Sarakanda font. • Contrast for letters p, b, d and q. • 2 global high-contrast modes.Autism: reduce uncertainties • Virtual keypads with(out) context.
  8. 8. Adapted to users with learning disabilitiesDyslexia: prevent visual confusion • Sarakanda font. • Contrast for letters p, b, d and q. • 2 global high-contrast modes.Autism: reduce uncertainties • Virtual keypads with(out) context.Dyslexia and autism: visual learning • 6085 pictograms for 10718 concepts.
  9. 9. Reliable environment
  10. 10. Simplifies user experienceEasier document management • No save button. Done automatically.
  11. 11. Simplifies user experienceEasier document management • No save button. Done automatically. • Underlying file system hidden from view. • Instant document preview. • Pictogram-based identification.
  12. 12. Simplifies user experienceEasier document management • No save button. Done automatically. • Underlying file system hidden from view. • Instant document preview. • Pictogram-based identification. • Only current users documents are listed.
  13. 13. Simplifies user experienceEasier document management • No save button. Done automatically. • Underlying file system hidden from view. • Instant document preview. • Pictogram-based identification. • Only current users documents are listed.Supports multiple users • Avatar-based identification. No password. • Access to config panel requires password.
  14. 14. Reliable environment
  15. 15. Not all buttons areneeded all the time
  16. 16. Other features• Hassle-free: no setup required if Java present.• Portable: can be run from a pen drive.• Compatible: cross-platform and RTF conversion.• Localised: in Spanish and Portuguese too.• Open source: freely available on the internet.
  17. 17. Limitations• In-line multiple-word pictograms not supported.
  18. 18. Limitations• In-line multiple-word pictograms not supported.• Most configurable parameters still hard-coded.• Line spacing within a paragraph is permanent.• Font size limited to fixed range 8-36 points.• Line wrapping is faulty. Eg: random word split.• There may well be bugs we havent spotted yet...
  19. 19. Spread the word!• In 6 months, +300 users have already done it.• Source: 51% are non-English-speaking countries.
  20. 20. Spread the word!• In 6 months, +300 users have already done it.• Source: 51% are non-English-speaking countries.• Download it from the web and try it out. Then tell us your comments, suggestions or complaints.• The Center for Applied Special Technology in Massachusetts has expressed interest.• Users like you can help us keep moving forward.
  21. 21. sourceforge.net/projects/adapro

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