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KDE.org: The People behind KDE: Rik Hemsley

Nov 07, 2000, 21:43 (0 Talkback[s])

"What is your role within KDE?"

"Day-to-day I look hard at KDE in general and try to find ways we can improve it. I usually investigate problems first, talking to those who are responsible or have good knowledge of a subject area. I then try to work with people to find solutions. This yields better results than simply filing bug reports."

"Developers are always more open to help solve problems if you do some of the leg-work yourself. Sometimes I have been able to provide fixes myself, but I'm happy to at least help people uncover the reasons behind problems."

"Accessibility is one of my main interests. I believe accessibility goes beyond high contrast colour schemes and large icons. For example, The user should receive feedback for everything they do. The system should feel like a piece of hardware and respond as quickly. This doesn't mean that every operation should give instantaneous results, rather that you should not be left sitting wondering what is happening."

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