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Testimony of a blind administrator

Intervenant(s) : Mario Lang
Langue : English Niveau : Confirmé Type d'événement : Conférence
Date : Mercredi 7 juillet 2010 Horaire : 16h20 Durée : 40 minutes
Lieu : ENSEIRB - Amphi D
Thèmes transversaux : AccessibilitéEn anglais

System administration of Unix-like operating systems can be done pretty nicely even if you are totally blind. Most of what makes this job so appealing is that Unix tradition promotes the use of simple command-line tools. Remote administration is also made very easy with tools like OpenSSH which lends itself perfectly to the problems of blind admins. It is hard to install an accessibility stack on every machine you might need to administer in advance but it is extremely easy to remotely manage a Unix box. So my accessibility stack basically just has to work on my office desktop machine, the rest is done through the Network.

At least this is the theory. Recent developments seem to promote unnecessarily graphic interfaces even in the good old hardcore Unix world. I am going to talk about the day to day challenges related to Accessibility as a blind Linux administrator. I will try to give an insight in what kind of system designs make my life easy and which make it hard or even impossible for me to work independently from coworkers.

Mario Lang

I am visually impaired since birth and blind since I was 7 years old. At daytime, I am a Linux specialist at Graz University of Technology. In my spare time, I am a Debian developer mostly involved in Accessibility related topics.