[Accessibility] Attributes for an accessible widget and window decoration style
Gunnar Schmi Dt
gunnar at schmi-dt.de
Thu Aug 28 13:37:00 PDT 2003
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Sorry if this mail is a little bit off-topic for this list, but I need some
information about the needs of handicapped people.
For KDE 3.2 we plan to make a number of improvements for handicapped persons.
Today I have added three high contrast color schemes (white on black, black
on white and yellow on blue). Unfortunately the black on white color scheme
interferes badly with some color assumptions of all available widget styles.
As the feature freeze is already this Monday (after the feature freeze only
features of the planned-features list are to be added) I have added a widget
style that works well with these high contrast color schemes and a window
decoration style with wide borders (currently the largest borders of the
available decoration styles are 10 pixels wide).
Now to the point why I write this mail: A fellow developer (the one that will
be responsible for the widget style) asked me whether I have concrete
information what handicapped persons need. As I cannot look into the head of
someone else I thought it might be better to ask than to guess.
Open questions are:
- - Which maximum width for the window borders is appropriate (open end sizes
are difficult to implement in the configuration dialog)? Is it OK to have
window borders in any width between 8 and e.g, 30 pixels?
- - Is it OK to use the height of the selected widget font as a minimum size for
- -How much do the lines of the widget borders need to be customizable in their
- -Is it OK to use a third color (besides black and white in a black-on white
color scheme) for grayed out text and for an alternate background in lists?
Gunnar Schmi Dt
Co-maintainer of the KDE Accessibility Project
Maintainer of the kdeaccessibility package
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