MAR
13
2017

New life in Simon speech recognition

As my blog as FSFE Fellow No. 1 is temporarily not aggregated on planet.kde.org and my private blog about woodwork (German only) currently only tells about a wooden staircase (but soon again about wooden jewelry) I'm building I found a new place for my KDE (non-Randa) related stuff: KDE Blogs. Thanks to the KDE Sysadmin team for the quick setup!

NOV
19
2012

New icon theme for KDE: Awesome

Font Awesome is an iconic font designed for web UIs. It's a full open source suite of pictographic icons available with examples and documentation.

During the QML network lecture at QtDD, Jeremy Lainé has noted that icons based on Fonts Awesome are useful for optimizing network usage, especially ones with high latency. While I have never used them I knew the technique which seems to be quite popular among web developers.

So I came to related idea. How about adaptation of the Font Awesome icons for KDE? Obviously number of icons expected by KDE themes is much larger, but there's a way to start. It would be awesome (!) if someone implements that to show power of QIconEngine...

Of course the adaptation would only be semi-automatic because mapping is needed between Font Awesome naming and freedesktop.org naming.

SEP
8
2012

Accessibility in KDE 4.10 and beyond

The history

The first tries to join forces with GNOME to build up one common accessibility stack for our beloved desktops pre-date back to 10 years ago.

A year later the solution became more concrete and finally made it as the QAccessible framework into Qt 4.0 in ~2004.

SEP
8
2012

Accessibility in KDE 4.10 and beyond

The history

The first tries to join forces with GNOME to build up one common accessibility stack for our beloved desktops pre-date back to 10 years ago.

A year later the solution became more concrete and finally made it as the QAccessible framework into Qt 4.0 in ~2004.

JUL
20
2010

Cursor focus tracking using QAccessible

KMag used to zoom into part of the screen got just today an additional mode: Follow Focus Mode. That means that kmag can now follow either the mouse pointer or the keyboard cursor.

Video of KMag with 'Follow Focus' mode

Extending for example KWin's full-screen zoom plugin can be done with something like;

QDBusConnection::sessionBus().connect("org.kde.kaccessibleapp",
    "/Adaptor", "org.kde.kaccessibleapp.Adaptor", "focusChanged",
NOV
25
2008

AT-SPI backend for Qt-Accessibility

For the case you, dear reader, are not subscribed to the KDE-accessibility mailinglist (tststs), we received a rather interesting mail just yesterday; Project Announce: AT-SPI D-Bus

JAN
17
2007

Orca screen reader

One year ago, some people from linaccess, barrierefrei kommunizieren, KDE Accessibility and Usability (including myself) passed a weekend on testing the usability of FLOSS accessibility solutions - you might remember our reports from the Accessibility meets Usability weekend. Among others, the Gnopernicus screen reader was usability tested by two blind users.

NOV
7
2006

Zoom widgets

In a small poll (or sorta), Albert asks what kind of values are better in the zoom combobox for oKular.

JUL
5
2006

Accessibility at work in Trysil

I get so seldom to blog about such an important topic as Accessibility, but I think this is worth noting:

Gunnar's IRC client is reading incoming messages alound using kttsd and it's puzzling the first time you hear it, but after some time you notice how much fun is related to it. Just see here (slightly edited)

JUN
27
2006

Akregator feature of the day: PlanetKDE podcast in 10 seconds

As Roberto blogged about how he converted his blog into a blog/podcast hybrid using Talkr, I thought I should tell you about a well-hidden, half-finished feature in Akregator: Basic Text-to-Speech support.

To use it, you need kttsd installed and set up, which does all the heavy lifting for Akregator.

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