After several weeks of technical problems,
The KDE Accessibility Project aims at making the entirety of the K Desktop Environment usable by and as efficient as possible for disabled users of all types. The goal is a complete accessible desktop as a free alternative to the expensive commercial assistive technologies. By cooperating with other free solutions, interoperability with already existing accessibility software (e.g. GNOME applications) can be ensured.
The new web site structure reflects that a lot of new tasks are being tackled in the KDE Accessibility Project. More people have joined the project, and some keen projects have been started.
Pupeno is writing a DCOP service for text-to-speech conversion. It will support Festival, FreeTTS, the German Hadifax TTS and all text-to-speech programs that can be started by a command line. Interoperation with gnome-speech is also planned. A first client for that service, KMouth, is being developed by Gunnar.
The challenge is now to add support for an Assistive Technology Service Provider Interface (AT-SPI) to KDE. Here the KDE Accessibility Project is still in the planning and discussion phase, as every decision on that will have great influence on other areas of KDE and Qt, and on Gnome interoperability. Fortunately, both people from Trolltech and from Gnome/Sun have joined the discussions on the kde-accessibility
With so many great projects being started, there is a great need for even more contributers to the KDE Accessibility Project -- developers, and users writing Accessibility Reports. In case the word "Accessibility Report" reminds you of "Usability Report" -- that's not far off. Some parts of Accessibility are like Usability, just with a different user group in focus.
So let's all hope that KDE will soon be fully usable by all users.