[Accessibility] Keyboard Accessibility

Sharon D Snider snidersd at us.ibm.com
Mon Sep 8 10:33:03 PDT 2003




Hi Janina, a few editing suggestions for Keyboard Accessibility.

3.) Keyboard Accessibility
Currently there are keyboard accessibility features available, such as
sticky keys, that permit users who cannot press key combinations. For
example, the user is unable to press the Ctrl-Alt-TAB keys simultaneously.
Sticky keys allow them to achieve the same result by pressing the keys
sequentially.

Individuals with mobility impairments will benefit by having these features
built-in and available through standard activation strategies, such as
tapping the Shift key five times to activate sticky keys. The routines
provided by the API will also benefit assistive technologies such as on
screen keyboard and screen reader applications.

We propose to identify and adopt a subset of the XKB specification in order
to provide standard keyboard behaviors required by persons with mobility
impairments.

The XKB specification is available at
http://ftp.x.org/pub/R6.4/xc/doc/specs/XKB/XKBlib/allchaps.ps.

Sharon Snider
Linux Accessibility, and Information Development
IBM Linux Technology Services
(512) 838-4127, T/L 678-4127



                                                                                                                                                
                      Janina Sajka                                                                                                              
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             3.)         Keyboard Accessibility

We propose to identify and adopt a subset of the XKB specification in order
to provide standard keyboard behaviors required by persons with mobility
impairments. These are features with names such as sticky keys, which
permits users who cannot press combinations of keys, e.g. Ctrl-Alt-TAB,
simultaneously to achieve the same result by pressing them sequentially.
People with mobility impairments will benefit by having these features
builtin and available through standard activation strategies, such as
tapping
Shift five times to turn sticky keys on. The routines provided by the API
will also benefit assistive technologies such as on screen keyboard and
screen
reader applications.

The XKB is an accepted standard available at
http://ftp.x.org/pub/R6.4/xc/doc/specs/XKB/XKBlib/allchaps.ps.

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                                                 Janina Sajka, Director
                                                 Technology Research and
Development
                                                 Governmental Relations
Group
                                                 American Foundation for
the Blind (AFB)

Email: janina at afb.net                      Phone: (202) 408-8175

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