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
|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.||
||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
|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||?||
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:
- Power Reader, dyslexic text reader/learning tool.
- PowerTalk, "program that automatically speaks any presentation or slide show running in Microsoft PowerPoint for Windows".
- Mozilla Lightning Calendar (formerly known as Sunbird).
- TypeFaster Typing Tutor.
Perhaps also look at the applications included in OpenDisc:
- Dia (diagram creation program for GNU/Linux, MacOS X, Unix, and Windows).
- GanttProject, a cross-platform desktop tool for project scheduling and management.
- GnuCash (available for Linux, Windows and Mac OS).
- Maxima, a "computer algebra system".
- Miro, open-source music and video player.
- Pidgin, chat client.
- RSSOwl, news feed reader.
- Scribus, desktop publishing.
- Stellarium, "free open source planetarium for your computer".
- Sumatra PDF.
- Mozilla Thunderbird.
- TightVNC, remote control software package.
- TuxMath (Tux4kids), "arcade game that helps kids practice their math facts".
- VLC media player (e.g. settings for subtitles ad on-screen display, hotkeys, ).
- Video players whose settings can be changed programmatically to display captions.