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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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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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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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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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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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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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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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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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I never did take to the Dvorak keyboard; I'm a QWERTY guy all the way. But this clever on-screen keyboard design is tempting. I think I could learn to use it without too much practice, and it does look like it would save some time. What do you think?
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I for one welcome any and all changes to the qwerty abomination... qwerty's main reason for existence was to avoid stuck keys on old typewriters. Why has it stuck in the digital age is beyond reason... 
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Spencer Hunley
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This needed to be here ten years ago, but hopefully it will arrive - and not at the figurative cost of an arm and a leg.

No idea what they'll use as their OS base though...
You wouldn't have to read one line at a time, or listen to voices.
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Even $1000 is A LOT anywhere other than US or Europe. Technical accessibility is not enough, and sadly not a lot of people are working on economic accessibility.

Also, this reminds me of a guy who basically built a braille display from a dot-matrix printer. That is something that could be actually accessible to a lot of people.
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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.

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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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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Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca)
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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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Spencer Hunley
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While I'm not a fan of Goodwill (the company that runs sheltered workshops paying those with disabilities a sliver of what constitutes equal pay), this could serve as a template for other areas.

Just wish they had, you know, contacted +Ken Starks​ and maybe tossed some funding at Reglue at the same time. Could've been an excellent and efficient partnership.
The foundation behind Linux is starting a training program for people from disadvantaged backgrounds to get certified in one of the world's most popular OSs
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+Charlie Kravetz +Ken Starks It's just a damn shame; we have the resources, experience, and proven templates for this sort of thing - but instead they turn to Goodwill.
The more I hear about Goodwill and the Linux Foundation, the less this sounds good. A bit unfortunate since I'm pursuing my sysadmin cert through the foundation, but oh well.
I guess it's part of what was feared: takeover of Linux by an oligarchy of corporations.
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Aimee Maree

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Hi all, going to start accessibility testing with OSX VoiceOver application is there any tips or gotchas that I might experience that would be different to NVDA? 
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+Charlie Carter Thanks for the above information we are testing the following firefox/NVDA, ie/JAWS, safari/VO trying to make something compliant in all three for a JS framework aka not native elements has been challenging to say the least 
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Janny Baltazar

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Hello Universal Tux... ers...

Hey, I am just dropping by to update on my proyect... I have finally manage to get the computer from my friend with "low vision" and have been dealing with setting it up with Ubuntu Gnome. Adding and removing stuff, changing preferences and such... some annoyances are still pending.

One thing that I had stubble with recently with various linuxes when trying them was a "crackling" with orca... after searching around I have found the solution to it and I feel it might be of help to the ones in this page or searching around for this situation with crackling voice in orca.

I had to go to:

/etc/pulse/daemon.conf

And change the line that reads:

resample-method = speed-float-1

To:

resample-method = speed-float-0

I had experience this crackling in Mint Mate, Vinux, Ubuntu Mate and Ubuntu Gnome on my lame test machine and my friend's one as well. Old machines... And did notice that there are others experiencing the same issue.

So far I just need some extra parts and I should deliver the machine. I intend to have a VirtualBox installation similar to the one on the machine to better assist my friend with anything and to learn to use orca myself as well.

Hope this helps others with the same issue!
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Good tip! These type of things can be very hard to track down. I am adding this one to my list of "a11y notes".
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