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Gentoo Accessibility Project


1.  Project Description

This project will help to make gentoo more accessible to disabled users, and support them as well. We intend to work closely with the Desktop (and in particular the GNOME team), the Kernel, and the Base System teams to help resolve accessibility issues that come up with orca and other gnome-accessibility applications. We do not intend to make the applications themselves accessible. Rather, we leave that to the upstream authors. However, we can suggest default settings that may help make an application more usable to a disabled user.

2.  Project Goals

We can not currently support other desktop environments, because we have not found any others that offer usable accessibility features. KDE and others have tried, but currently GNOME has been the most successful.

We intend to help see that speakup is included and supported in Gentoo.

We also intend to add other accessibility applications to portage.

We aim to make the Gentoo installation process accessibility friendly as well. This means that we would like to have speakup and brltty included on the Gentoo live cd.

Currently, speakup is included on the 2007.0 x86 release of Gentoo's live cd, and we are working closely with the Release Engineering team to be sure that speakup and brltty are included on all future Gentoo live cds.

3.  Developers

Developer Nickname Role
William Hubbs williamh Lead ( Gentoo Accessibility Project Lead )
Daniel Gryniewicz dang Member ( GNOME Accessibility Maintainer )
Mart Raudsepp leio Member ( GNOME Team Lead )
Jesus Rivero neurogeek Member ( ebuild maintainer )
Christopher Brannon teiresias Member ( ebuild maintainer )

All developers can be reached by e-mail using

4.  Herds

The accessibility project maintains the following herds:

Herd Members Description
accessibility WilliamH, neurogeek accessibility related packages
gnome-accessibility dang, leio, pacho, tetromino GNOME accessibility packages

5.  Contacting Us

Mailing List

We recommend that you subscribe to the gentoo-accessibility mailing list; this is where accessibility-related discussions will take place.


If you are on irc, please join us on #gentoo-accessibility on freenode.


Page updated May 6, 2009

Summary: The Gentoo Accessibility Project provides a way for Gentoo developers in various teams to coordinate efforts to make Gentoo more accessible to users who have disabilities.

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