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Mechanisms for accessibility

Speaker(s) : Samuel Thibault
Language : English Level : Confirmed Nature : Conference
Date : Friday 9 July 2010 Schedule : 14h00 Duration : 40 minutes
Place: ENSEIRB - Amphi B
Transversal topics: Accessibility
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The talk

Accessibility of a computer requires mechanisms which are not well known by developers, even if they are actually relatively simple.

I will first explain what accessibility is, according to various handicaps that can arise.

I will then talk about various hardware pieces used for accessibility: "braille devices", joysticks, speech syntheses, buttons, eye-tracking, etc. and how these interface with the computer: serial connection, USB, bluetooth, or even PCI boards.

Since there are lots of types of possible handicaps, the software mechanisms are necessarily generic. I will first show how a text console can be reviewed via /dev/vcsa or a pty, then how accessibility of graphical applications have first been considered through the X11 protocol, and then through the generic AT-SPI interface.

I will eventually talk about the "bootstrap" issue: how to make the BIOS accessible? How to make a bootloader accessible? How to make a Linux installer accessible?



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The speaker

Samuel Thibault is an assistant professor in computer science, he tinkers with Linux since 1998, started to get interest in accessibility since he met Sebastien Hinderer in 2001, and never stopped since then.