APR
8
2012

Simon Speech Recognition Project Moves to KDE

Simon, KDE's speech recognition software, has recently migrated from Sourceforge to KDE's Git infrastructure. Developed to allow people with physical disabilities to control their computers entirely by voice, Simon has found its way into voice-controlled media centers in homes for the elderly and most recently in assistive care-giving robots.

The move has also brought Simon into KDE Extragear, the kde-accessibility mailing list, and KDE's accessibility sub-forum for user support.

The community around Simon has grown since the move, so this is a good time to join in for those interested in improving Simon or KDE's other accessibility projects. The Simon Listens e.V. is also accepting tax-deductible donations (translated from German) to further support development of their software.

Simon's lead developer Peter Grasch shares his experience migrating to the KDE ecosystem.

NOV
28
2009

KDE Community and Apliki Cooperate on Understandable Icons

The KDE Artist team and Apliki, a German psychological IT consultancy company, cooperate on creating easy and understandable icons for KDE software. Read on for more.

SEP
23
2005

KDE Accessibility Cooperation

Recent weeks have seen a lot of cooperative activity between the KDE Accessibility Team and various other Free Software accessibility teams.

APR
25
2005

The Linux Box: Desktop Adapted for Dad

Adam Trickett reports on his experiences of setting up KDE for his father in Desktop Adapted for Dad. His article on The Linux Box shows the range of features KDE has for someone with poor eye-sight and reduced hand coordination. He concludes by saying "modern Linux desktops are highly configurable, and with thought can be adapted for most people".

DEC
20
2004

KDE 3.4 Will Talk to You

The KDE Accessibility team is in the process of integrating speech synthesis into KDE. Not only does this mean better support for visually-impaired and speech-impaired users, but the new features should also prove for a fun desktop experience overall. An important milestone has been reached with the recent release of the KDE Text-to-Speech System (ktts).

OCT
14
2004

Update on Assistive Technologies for Qt4

A new snapshot of the cspi-dbus bridge has been released. Together with the Qt 4 D-BUS bindings, it is now possible to write KDE assistive technologies that transparently interact with Qt/KDE applications as well as GTK/GNOME applications.

DEC
18
2003

A Preview of Qt/KDE Accessibility

With the new Qt-ATK bridge, Qt/KDE applications will integrate seamlessly with existing assistive technologies on GNU/Linux desktops as well as other Unixes that support Sun's accessibility framework. First snapshots can be expected in early 2004, more information and screenshots can be found here.

MAY
27
2003

KDE Accessibility Project Receives Trophy

The KDE Accessibility Project is proud to have accepted a trophy at the international Free Software competition Trophées Du Libre in France.

MAR
25
2003

KDE Accessibility 1.0 is Here + Interview

The KDE Accessibility Project has released the first stable version of the KDE Accessibility module.

MAR
17
2003

KDE and the 3rd Linux Accessibility Conference

The 3rd Linux Accessibility conference will take place on March 20 to 21 in the La Jolla room of the LAX Marriot. KDE-related activites include an update on the progress of the KDE Accessibility Project and a discussion on KDE accessibility and interoperability.

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