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ShowMeLinux.com: Linux Accessibility

Oct 08, 2000, 11:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jared Mickels)

[ Thanks to Billy Bo Norton for this link. ]

"From the earliest days of computing, the potential for empowerment of the disabled was widely recognized. As early as Windows 3.1, the technology breathed new life into the communicative ability and productivity of disabled people. Accessibility features in modern computers ushered in a whole new era of self-supporting positions previously out of the reach of disabled persons. Say what you like about the big evil M-pire, but they were first out of the gate on this one. So how does Linux measure up in terms of accessibility?"

"In a Linux environment, there are many tools that will facilitate computing for a disabled person. While it may be difficult to find exactly the tools you need to operate in Linux, and an integrated accessibility package seems to be some time away, there are still a number of tools that can make computing easier and more productive. Thanks to the general Linux community, there a number of newsgroups, mailing lists, HowTo's and software that, taken together can allow a visually or mobility challenged user the freedom to become proficient at a very wide range of computing tasks."

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