KDE.org: The People behind KDE: Rik Hemsley

“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

“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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