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Mate — An Accessible Alternative To GNOME 3

I am generally no friend of continuing "dead" technology, as GNOME 2 was termed. I payed little attention to the rumors that Mate, a GNOME 2 fork, was under active development. Since in recent Debian Unstable, the GNOME Shell accessibility experience is very poor and GNOME-shell seems to have a …

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Accessibility In Android

Finally I got my hands on a Samsung smartphone and tried out the accessibility provided with Talkback on an Android 4.2.2. I want to give a short overview what is already working and what not. Fortunately, I cannot (and don't want!) compare the accessibility to the other big …

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uTeXer: replace (math) Unicode

When I am reading scientific papers or technical books, I'm often stumbling over formulas. Since I'm using a screen reader, I can't read (in most cases) the Unicode signs and therefore they must be corrected (transcribed into LaTeX commands) by someone else. Another annoying thing are the ligatures produced by …

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Scanning And Recognizing Text On The Console

The usual problem seems to be that there are a lot of tools which do the job, but the available front ends don't fulfil the personal requirements. Look at the current scanning front ends:

  • XSANE does not use Tesseract / Cuneiform (as OCR back-ends) by default which are the best (where …
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Braille-accessible output of Gnuplot

There is no easy way for blind people to have a quick look at a mathematical function or at a data plot of measurements. All available solutions rely on sighted assistance.

Recently, I had to plot some measurement data that I had taken from an oscilloscope. It was dissatisfactory to …

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