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EETimes.com: Linux desktop push could benefit disabled

Oct 11, 2001, 11:47 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Terry Costlow)
"If the push to extend Linux to the desktop is successful, the disabled will be big beneficiaries. The Gnome Accessibility Framework is finalizing a release that incorporates support for accessible applications programs, a move that will make it far simpler for developers to link peripherals such as screen readers to systems running the open-source Linux operating system.

The project to develop the hooks needed for accessibility hardware and software was begun by Sun Microsystems Inc. (Palo Alto, Calif.), but has now gained the help of a number of companies within and without the small industry that focuses on accessibility for handicapped people. Among them are IBM, HP-Compaq and Linux proponents Red Hat, Eazel and TurboLinux.

'Gnome 2.0 has been completely redesigned; we're building full support for disabilities into it,' said Peter Korn, accessibility manager at Sun, referring to the GNU project's Gnome platform for home and office desktop PCs. 'It's no longer just a Sun effort. We have gotten lots of help from the open community.'"

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