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AEGIS at CSUN 2011 Conference

The AEGIS consortium plans to attend the CSUN 2011 Conference and present some of the initial Real-Time Text communication solutions for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons. This will be presented in the session "DHH-1012 AEGIS Project: Studying Real Time-Text Communications for Deaf and Hard of Hearing" on Thursday, March 17, 2011 - 8:00 - 9:00 AM PST in the Cunningham B Room

Presenters: Jon Azpiroz (FVE), Greg Fields (RIM), Maria Fernanda Cabrera (UPM)

 
Dasher v2.2 for the Google Android platform released

Cambridge University and the AEGIS project are pleased to announce the release of Dasher v2.2 for the Google Android platform. Dasher is a text entry method based on advanced language modelling techniques, suitable for users including those with motor impairments and/or limited dexterity. This release allows efficient text entry with pointing or finger gestures, requiring less accuracy than onscreen or reduced-size keyboards; via tilt or accelerometer control, requiring no screen contact; or using any number from 1 to 9 buttons (physical, onscreen, or external bluetooth), including information conveyed by the timing of button pushes for users capable of such.

Standard installations allow writing in Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Swedish; support for other languages is easily achieved by downloading language definition files from the Dasher website. Dasher for Android is immediately available and may be freely downloaded from the Android Market or from the Dasher website. There is also the mobile Dasher website (with further instructions pertaining to Android).

 
AEGIS at FOSDEM 2011

AEGIS partners submitted three talks to FOSDEM 2011 (Free and Open source Software Developers' European Meeting) which took place on 5-6 February 2011. FOSDEM is a two-day event organized by volunteers to promote the widespread use of Free and Open Source software.:

  • Opengazer, dasher and ticker: hands-free error tolerant communication (Accessibility devroom) - University of Cambridge
  • odt2daisy and odt2braille: OpenOffice.org/LibreOffice extensions for accessible formats Accessibility devroom) - K.U.Leuven - Dept. of Electrical Engineering - SCD Research Group on Document Architectures
  • Accessible authoring with LibreOffice (LibreOffice devroom)) - K.U.Leuven - Dept. of Electrical Engineering - SCD Research Group on Document Architectures

Both devrooms took place on Sunday 6 February in Brussels, Belgium. The presentations can be found below.

 

 

 

 

 

 
Next plenary meeting in London

The first plenary meeting of AEGIS project in 2011 will take place in London (UK) on 25-26-27 February 2011.

 
Odt2Braille and odt2daisy now also available on OpenOffice.org extensions site

Odt2braille is a Braille extension to OpenOffice.org Writer and will enable authors to print documents to a Braille embosser and to export documents as Braille files. The Braille output is well-formatted and highly customizable. The odt2daisy extension is a direct outcome of the AEGIS project. More information on the Odt2braille website.

Odt2braille is now also available on the OpenOffice.org extensions site.

Odt2daisy is an OpenOffice.org Writer extension, enabling to export in DAISY 3 format, including support of Mathematical content conforming to the MathML standard. DAISY is an NISO Z39.86 standard for blind, visual impaired, print-disabled, and learning-disabled people. The odt2daisy extension is a direct outcome of the AEGIS project. More information on the Odt2Daisy website.

Odt2daisy is now also available on the OpenOffice.org extensions site.

 
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