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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.

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 2012 ITER • SINPROMI • UE Héctor Quintero Casanova
  2. 2. Misleading and unreliable
  3. 3. Reliable environment
  4. 4. Adapted to users with learning disabilities Dyslexia: prevent visual confusion • Sarakanda font.
  5. 5. Adapted to users with learning disabilities Dyslexia: prevent visual confusion • Sarakanda font. • Contrast for letters p, b, d and q.
  6. 6. Adapted to users with learning disabilities Dyslexia: 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 disabilities Dyslexia: 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 disabilities Dyslexia: 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 experience Easier document management • No save button. Done automatically.
  11. 11. Simplifies user experience Easier document management • No save button. Done automatically. • Underlying file system hidden from view. • Instant document preview. • Pictogram-based identification.
  12. 12. Simplifies user experience Easier document management • No save button. Done automatically. • Underlying file system hidden from view. • Instant document preview. • Pictogram-based identification. • Only current user's documents are listed.
  13. 13. Simplifies user experience Easier document management • No save button. Done automatically. • Underlying file system hidden from view. • Instant document preview. • Pictogram-based identification. • Only current user's 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 are needed 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 haven't 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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