RMLL 2015

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This page describes a concept for a "hackathon" or "implementers workshop" for potential open source implementers of GPII. The page was originally prepared with an eye on the Rencontres Mondiales du Logiciel Libre (RMLL) / Libre Software Meetings (LSM), Montpellier, France, 5-11 July 2014, but the workshop will be held at a later date that is still to be determined, e.g. at RMLL 2015 (Beauvais, France, 4-10 July 2015). A call for presentations on accessibility was published on 15 February 2015.

In order to reach out to the open-source community (or communities), it would be nice to submit a proposal for a hackathon to an open-source conference such as RMLL or FOSDEM. In such a hackathon, open-source developers would be taught how to integrate their projects into GPII. Ideally, we should find and contact projects with accessibility features and a community that would be willing to work on GPII integration. Add your ideas to the table below. (We can get some ideas from osalt.com and the open source accessibility repository created by the AEGIS project.)

Conferences to consider:

  • Since 2010, Rencontres Mondiales du Logiciel Libre (RMLL) / Libre Software Meetings (LSM) has always had an accessibility track, so all that is required is timely submission of a proposal. RMLL always takes place in a French-speaking part of Europe in July.
  • FOSDEM does not usually have an accessibility devroom (let alone a track), so getting in a workshop on GPII would probably require that we propose and organise a devroom ourselves. FOSDEM always takes place in Brussels in early February. Call for main tracks and devrooms are announced on the FOSDEM mailing list. (The call for FOSDEM 2014 was published on 6 August 2013.)

Open Source Projects and Their Settings

Open-source projects
Project (with link) Developer(s) to be invited Settings file format and location User group (if AT) and example settings Platform(s)
LibreOffice and Apache OpenOffice TBD See LibreOffice user profile.
  • enable the setting "Support assistive technology tools (program restart required)" (see Options > LibreOffice > Accessibility)
  • Set UI scaling (see Options > LibreOffice > View)
  • Set Icon size and scale (see Options > LibreOffice > View)
  • UI language (only in LibreOffice; depends on installed language packs) (see Options > Language Settings > Languages)
Linux, Windows, Mac OS, ...
NegativeScreen: Windows application with 11 colour inversion schemes TODO: Find out through the contact form. ? The colour inversion scheme. Windows
AMIS (Old site on SourceForge) (DAISY player) Marisa DeMeglio (DAISY Consortium) CSS, XML and INI; on Windows 7: in the folder C:\ProgramData\AMIS\settings (see customisation documentation)
  • Enable "Use self-voicing"
  • TTS voice
  • "Highlight text as it is read aloud"
  • "Disable the screensaver while reading"
  • reading speed
  • volume
Evince, Evince wiki (document viewer for PDF, Postscript etc)? TBD (see Evince team) ? ? Linux, Windows
Ekiga (VoIP client) ? Using GConf? (Not documented on the wiki.) ? Linux, Windows
Weboob (Weboob wiki) Romain Bignon? (most active patch submitter listed on the home page) ? TBD (perhaps mostly about launching console apps instead of GUIs for blind persons; see this message to Liberte0). Also need to figure out whether settings are defined on a per-app (or per-module) basis. Linux
Emacspeak T. V. Raman (who else?!) ? TBD (check links on project site and on Wikipedia) Linux
Sonar GNU/Linux TBD Activating built-in AT with specific settings. Screen reader users, magnifier users, on-screen keyboard users, dyslexics. Linux
Screen Brightness Tool to version 2.1 Patrick Bader ? Anyone who needs/wants to adapt screen brightness on Windows. Windows (relies on WmiMonitorBrightness class in the Windows Management Infrastructure (WMI))
Virtual Magnifying Glass (see GPII-1054) (INI files) Persons with visual impairments (magnifier users) Windows, Linux, FreeBSD and Mac OS X
Kolibre TBD ? Users of digital talking books (e.g. visually impaired and dyslexic persons) Linux for the server (Kolibre KADOS); Raspberry Pi for the client (DAISY player Kolibre Vadelma).
Mail2Voice V1.1 beta 2 (Mail2Voice on GitHub) Matthieu Hazon ? Users with cognitive impairments or low computer literacy.

Adaptations might include the language of the user interface and the TTS.

MathEOS François Billioud (see his message to April Accessibilité) ? School children with dyspraxia Java
HandyLinux contact (at) handylinux.org ?
  • beginners,
  • elderly people
  • anyone who needs simplicity.

Has a minimalistic magnifier, virtual keyboard and speech synthesis.

GNU/Linux distribution based on Debian Jessie with XFCE
OpenOffice4Kids? (no files on SourceForge) (See also StarOffice4Kids: not updated since 2005) Ricardo Soares Guimarães ? TBD StarOffice4Kids: Linux, Solaris, Windows

Other Open Source Projects to Investigate

See also the applications included in AccessApps:

Perhaps also look at the applications included in OpenDisc:


  • Video players whose settings can be changed programmatically to display captions.