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Jacob Merrill

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FOSS Pecs system in the works for nonverbal kids.

having a hard time getting pyTTSx to run in blender python interpreter though*
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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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We'd like to invite presentation and workshop proposals for systemd.conf 2016! The conference will consist of three parts: One day of workshops, consisting of in-depth (2-3hr) training and learning-by-doing sessions (Sept. 28th); Two days of regular talks (Sept. 29th-30th) ...
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Aimee Maree

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for a11y auditing your site gets taken through W3C Jigsaw validation but SCSS does not validate correctly even pre complied I have had no problem with LESS etc but it seems with SCSS there is alot more linting etc that needs to get done to get it to read it right? anyone know anything aka validation for SCSS? any quick tips etc seeing some big issues on a site that I doing web a11y engineering for
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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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One of those new features lets you control an Android device with just your voice.
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Spencer Hunley
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Wondering how this will affect future open-source accessibility and AT devices; thoughts?
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Jacob Merrill

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Saw something about flexible electronics, and it appeared they were able to get joint angles from 'stick on' sensors, but it made me wonder if you could make a glove that did it, and use it as a input device , and run it against some GPU based posing solver that recognizes the sign.... Just a thought.
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This is one of the great things about technology today. Someday, a suit will be fully connected and able to help the disabled express themselves without the translator standing next to them.
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Anyone planning on making FLOCK? This is a chance to keep accessibility out front.
Flock 2016 planning is under way, and the deadline for talk submissions is April 8th, 2016. If you have been thinking of submitting a talk, now is the time!
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Lol yeah, that won't be on my schedule
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Aimee Maree

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SAN JOSE, CALIF.: Toyota is working on a wearable device that will make it easier for people who are blind or have low vision to navigate around building and indoor spaces, filling the gap between…
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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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My email to Amazon requesting better contrast on the Kindle e-reader got an answer, of sorts.

My email:

Being visually disabled, I am experiencing problems reading on my
Amazon Kindle PaperWhite. I used to be able to read about 120 books a
year, now I can not seem to get through one a month. I have to zoom the
fonts quite big, but they seem to be getting harder and harder to read.
As much as I appreciate the difficulty in trying to satisfy everyone, I
would really like to see the font darkness/contrast adjustable. Even
one font that is heavy would really help.

Can you tell me if Amazon will provide all-text boldfacing,
either through an on/off switch or a font-weight adjuster? That would
really help.

Kobo has a font weight adjuster, via a slider, in its E Ink devices.
Why doesn’t Amazon? Believe me, it would really help.

Perhaps if Amazon could give me a font I can read easier, I could
increase my ebook purchases. I would also be willing to buy a new
paperwhite, since mine is a couple of years old now. I really can't
read with the screen backlit, so a Kindle Fire is not going to be in my
future. If I can not read on my Kindle, I will have to consider a Kobo
instead.

--
Charlie Kravetz

My answer received today:

I'm ?????? from Amazon.com. Jeff Bezos received your email and asked me to respond on his behalf.

Thanks for taking the time to write us about Kindle Paperwhite.

At this time, all-text boldfacing is not available on Kindle Paperwhite.

Please do understand that Some books offer a font specified by the publisher.

Charlie, We’re always looking for ways to improve the service we provide, so I've forwarded your comments to the Kindle team.

In the future, if you'd like to share any thoughts you have about Kindle with the Kindle team directly, please feel free to send them to kindle-feedback@amazon.com.

Please feel free to continue to send us any suggestions for improvement as your opinion and participation is valuable to us.

We look forward to serving you again soon.
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I asked for as many as possible to email Amazon about this issue. Please see
https://plus.google.com/+CharlieKravetz/posts/MsT5DbT1xcK

Yes, one company, Amazon, makes the Kindle ereader. Yes, one company, Amazon, controls the fonts on the Kindle. It is impossible for any author to use a font not allowed by Amazon.

The Kobo ereader does allow for more contrast and full bold fonts. Unfortunately, it is not compatible with Amazon ebook format.
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Not sure how this one's going to play out for people with hand precision issues.
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Tablets are going to be big in the classroom I hope,

and end all the tree murder each year for 5 tiny changes.
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CFP: +Opensource.com  Diversity in Open Source series proposals are due by Feb. 5. (Accepted drafts will be due by March 7).
A few brainstorming ideas for you: 
* How did you increase diversity in your project and community?
* Tell us about your open source-related grants or scholarship opportunities.
* Do you have tips for attracting a more diverse pool of contributors?
* How has increasing diversity in your community helped?
Let us know if you have questions: open@opensource.com
The Opensource.com publishing calendar includes our monthly themes and community columns.
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Discussion about needs of Linux and FOSS users with various disabilities, and how to meet them. Make Linux and FOSS the genuinely universal computing platform. Make accessibility a fundamental Linux subsystem, as fundamental as keyboards and mice, audio, and video.

Spencer Hunley
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This is a fair point when discussing advancements in technology and the assumptions that what is good for the optimum consumer is good for everyone.
 
New voice recognition technology cannot be used by more than 9 million people in the U.S. with voice disabilities http://owl.li/AxYD300WAPM
Speech-recognition systems promise the world. But for more than nine million people with voice ailments, that world is out of reach
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My sister is in that group. She has nerve damage that causes her voice to change throughout the day.
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Anyone going to this? Good chance for a presentation.
 
Good news for procrastinators: Texas Linux Fest CFP extended until May 10 http://ow.ly/Jzxw3002zmY #TXLF #linux
We are proud to officially announce Texas Linux Fest 2016, scheduled for July 8 and 9 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas. 2016 marks seven years of Texas Linux Fest, the annual Linux and open source software event for Texas and the surrounding region. We are assembling a one day ...
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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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CFP closes April 15. This conference is in Nürnberg, Germany, June 22 - 26, 2016. Any speakers going to be there?

via +Bryan Lunduke 
 
This years +openSUSE conference is in conjunction with +SUSE, ARM, SoftIron, +SaltStack +ownCloud, +Kolab Systems AG , +MySQL, +OSBA ev , Invis Server, +Monster Energy and +Coca-Cola

Yes..that's quite a list! Come to oSC 16 in Nuremberg, June 22-26

If you've got something cool you want to talk about to do with Linux, DevOps, ARM, or anything related, then the Call for Papers is still taking submissions :)

And there's more big announcements about oSC to come...watch this space..
The openSUSE Conference is the annual openSUSE community event that brings people from around the world together to meet and collaborate. The organized talks, workshops, and BoF sessions provide a framework around more casual meet ups and hack sessions. A party here and there provides the time ...
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Jacob Merrill

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The OpenSTT project is aimed at creating an open source speech-to-text model that can be used by individuals and company to allow for high accuracy, low-latency conversion of speech into text. Currently there are no open source speech-to-text models available, instead this technology is locked ...
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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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This one is in Atlanta, Georga, USA.
Considering the theme, "When we collaborate they succeed", Open Source should fit right in.
ATLANTA, March 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Third Annual Warrior Community Integration Symposium Issues Call for Papers.
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Spencer Hunley
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The OpenSTT project is aimed at creating an open source speech-to-text model that can be used by individuals and company to allow for high accuracy, low-latency conversion of speech into text. Currently there are no open source speech-to-text models available, instead this technology is locked ...
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Oh! Read it wrong, then. We do NEED STT.
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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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Google has given Google Docs on the Chrome browser a significant, new update. Google Docs now lets its users type, edit and format text using their voice.
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This is major. I tried it out tonight and 90% of the time it gets my words correct. A few kinks to work out, but nothing major. It's quick to understand and very, very nice.
If it continues to be developed, I think this will replace Dragon for a lot of folks; especially due to Docs' cloud nature (use it on a variety of devices, no need to install on everything, etc).
Finally, it is mainstream - not labeled as 'for people with disabilities' or 'medical' or 'accessible technology'. That will aid in its expansion; the fact that it is accessible and assistive but not under the stigma and subjugation that burden people with disabilities using AT.
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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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 Since I, personally, need a darker font, I will ask everyone to please email Amazon about this.
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Thanks, +Marysia Kurowski ! The more that get sent in, the better chance for accessibility.
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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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Call For Papers is open, anyone available for this?
 
The location and dates for Flock, the annual Fedora contributors' conference, are announced! Registration and talk submissions are now open. Read this article in Fedora Magazine for more information.
Announcing the Flock 2016 conference August 2-5, 2016 in Krakow, Poland! Registration and call for papers is now open.
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