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Jan 02, 2001, 21:17 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dan Berkes)

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"When it comes to computer systems for persons with physical disabilities, Linux has something of an image problem. It's usually not a first choice -- most of the time, it's not even considered as a distant last resort. Naturally, the Open Source community is working hard to change this perception problem."

"In part, the problem is one of numbers: Closed-source operating systems like Windows tend to have more accessibility options available, including commercial software that can be found at the local computer store. Look closer, and you'll discover that much of what's available has a very narrow focus, designed to perform specific tasks."

"There are fewer programs available for Linux users with disabilities, but as any Open Source proponent would point out, much of it is freely available, highly configurable to meet individual needs, and in many cases, extensible to meet needs that its developers may not have predicted. In other words, it's a matter of quantity vs. quality."

"What accessibility solutions are out there, and what's looming over the horizon?"

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