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  • Avatar image Christophe_Strobbe Mar 22, 2012
    Zurich University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland has developed free extensions for Microsoft Word 2010 and Microsoft PowerPoint 2010. The extensions are available at http://www.init.zhaw.ch/en/engineering/institute-of-applied-information-technology/focus-areas/human-information-interaction/plug-ins-for-accessible-pdf-documents.html
  • Avatar image Christophe_Strobbe Feb 20, 2012
    Some screen reader users try to use LibreOffice with NVDA. The Document Foundation recently released LibreOffice 3.5.0, but due to a packaging error, accessibility does not work on Windows. This error has been fixed in LibreOffice 3.5.1, which will probably be released in March. In the mean time, you can use LibreOffice 3.4.5.
  • Avatar image Christophe_Strobbe Jan 18, 2012
    On 26 July 2011, Abdel wrote: "(...) [It] would be nice if all odt2daisy, odt2braille, and CCF would be supported in LibreOffice Writer." odt2daisy, odt2braille, the CCF extension and the newer AccessODF extension all work in LibreOffice 3.3 and 3.4. We have code that enables an extension to detect whether it runs inside OpenOffice.org or LibreOffice, but we have not needed this so far because we have not found any differences between LibreOffice and OpenOffice.org that affect our extensions. Of course, we will continue testing in both office suites.
  • Avatar image MªCarmen Oct 18, 2011
    Have you tried LibreOffice. As officially announced, LibreOffice will reach all existing handsets by the end of next year or early 2013, a very long period in the technology sector, but not competitors of equal magnitude looms in the near future. In short, LibreOffice will be available for Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Symbian, Bada, among others. Have you tested odt2Braille or odt2Daisy in Open Office? What do you think about these addons developed in Aegis?
  • Avatar image Karel Jul 26, 2011
    Please keep an eye on the Open Source Accessibility Repository - http://www.oaeg.eu/index.php?option=com_jumi&fileid=79&Itemid=32 . All releases are enlisted there. Additionally, there also the releases announced via the website - http://www.aegis-project.eu/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=14&Itemid=33.
  • Avatar image Abdel Jul 26, 2011
    When will all AEGIS software be launched?
  • Avatar image Abdel Jul 26, 2011
    LibreOffice is obviously going to be the winner with Oracle soon not to support OpenOffice.org anymore it seems. So would be nice if all odt2daisy, odt2braille, and CCF would be supported in LibreOffice Writer.
  • Avatar image FABIOLA de ESPAÑA May 10, 2011
    Yesterday I read an interesting article on a system called Snail which apparently translates the voice of Braille dots. Its creators say the idea will help the uninitiated to speed reading, offering the ability to play the translation by its speaker or a Bluetooth headset, and even record it if you want to listen later. More information in English: http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-05-snail-braille-reader.html
  • Avatar image FABIOLA de ESPAÑA Apr 26, 2011
    It seems that OpenOffice is on one side and the other LibreOffice. What application should use the user?, should use the two applications?, OpenOffice extensions also work for LibreOffice? More information in Spanish: http://www.theinquirer.es/2011/04/25/libreoffice-sigue-su-camino-sin-intencion-de-unirse-a-openoffice.html
  • Avatar image FABIOLA de ESPAÑA Apr 26, 2011
    Parece ser que OpenOffice va por un camino y LibreOffice por otro. ¿Con cuál aplicación se debería quedar el usuario?, ¿debería utilizar las dos aplicaciones?, ¿las extensiones que valen para OpenOffice también funcionan para LibreOffice? Más información en español: http://www.theinquirer.es/2011/04/25/libreoffice-sigue-su-camino-sin-intencion-de-unirse-a-openoffice.html
  • Avatar image Mercedes Jan 21, 2011
    The download manager aMule is the free version for P2P. The Free Software Center of Castilla-La Mancha has published an analysis of the open source characteristics including usability and accessibility. More information in Spanish: http://www.ceslcam.com/analisis-de-aplicaciones/analisis-de-aplicacion-amule.html
  • Avatar image Mercedes Jan 21, 2011
    El gestor de descargas para redes P2P eMule tiene la versión libre aMule. El Centro de Software Libre de Castilla-La Mancha ha publicado un análisis de esta herramienta de código abierto incluyendo sus características de usabilidad y accesibilidad. Más información en español: http://www.ceslcam.com/analisis-de-aplicaciones/analisis-de-aplicacion-amule.html
  • Avatar image Mercedes Jan 21, 2011
    It has published a book on the Web address of a Linux course for beginners, gross and clumsy. The book has almost 500 pages is divided into two parts, from beginners to Linux operating system and advanced user of Linux. Download more information in Spanish: http://www.facebook.com/notes/cenatic/curso-de-linux-para-novatos/10150097868934618
  • Avatar image Mercedes Jan 21, 2011
    Se ha publicado en la Web un libro electrónico de un curso de Linux para novatos, brutos y extremedamente torpes. El libro que tiene casi 500 páginas está dividido en dos partes, de iniciación al sistema operativo Linux y usuario avanzado de Linux. Más información para la descarga en español: http://www.muylinux.com/2011/01/15/curso-de-linux-para-novatos-brutos-y-extremadamente-torpes/
  • Avatar image FABIOLA de ESPAÑA Nov 19, 2010
    cPassMan es una solución web de código libre que nos permite gestionar todas las contraseñas que usamos en los diferentes sistemas. Lo que más me sorprende es el hecho de que está desarrollado para permitir la gestión colaborativa, permitiendo tener a varios usuarios trabajando en el sistema. Más información: http://www.cpassman.org/
  • Avatar image FABIOLA de ESPAÑA Nov 16, 2010
    Open Office is very good BUT something that is moving in the environment. Several members of OpenOffice.org (OOo) have decided to follow the advice that the president gave them just a week ago and abandon ship. Luis Saurez-Potts gave an ultimatum to the members of The Document Foundation (supporting the fork LibreOffice) to abandon OOo for a possible "conflict of interest" and finally it has. Several members have submitted their resignations OOo, not just one or two, but that sounds more like a "stampede" and that there are five members who leave. Recall that earlier some members decided dissent OpenOffice.org Open Document project with the goal of freedom from the influence of Oracle and keep intact the spirit of free software. One of those who have decided to leave his post, Christoph Noack, has left a recadito for Oracle: "My idea of an Open Source environment stable and functional differs from what we currently perceive when it comes to certain features of the structure of the community." In another vein, the first stable version of 3.3 LibreOffice already have a release date, "be ready in late November or early December, as explained in an interview with Muktware Italo Vignoli, Member of The Document Foundation. In addition, Vignoli has said that "LibreOffice replace OpenOffice in major distributions, as already announced representatives of Debian, Fedora and Ubuntu." More information in English: http://weba.im/1yf
  • Avatar image FABIOLA de ESPAÑA Nov 16, 2010
    Currently, one of the main uses of computer is the editing. One of the office suites that offer tools for editing and word processing is Microsoft Office, by popular WORD. However, this package is commercial and has a significant cost. In recent years, in development projects of free software, is gaining great importance to the OpenOffice.org system: a free office suite that is being chosen by more and more users (personal, business, institutions, ...) and that offers the same functionality as the Office suite. It also has an important advantage, which is available for most common computing environments: Linux, Windows and Mac, so anyone who knows your work, you can use any system you need. The University of Granada (Spain) will give a course online word processing with OpenOffice free software with the aim of this course is to introduce students to the use of the Writer application, text editor OpenOffice.org package, one of the most popular free office suites and extended. More information in Spanish: http://cevug.ugr.es/writer/
  • Avatar image FABIOLA de ESPAÑA Oct 14, 2010
    Do you know Tobi? Tobi is an open source software and allows you to synchronize your text document with voice. Interesting, no? It is a tool to be tested to see how it works. More information [English]: http://www.daisy.org/tobi On the other hand, I have other important news to readers Daisy. If you want to transfer your MP3 files to pass Daisy to your mobile device, you can now do so through a free program called "DaisyConverter." First you sort your MP3 files, you create a folder with them and if you want, you pass them to another format. More information [Spanish]: http://www.kastwey.org/2010/09/02/nueva-version-1-3-beta-1-del-daisytomp3-ahora-llamadodaisyconverter/
  • Avatar image Strobbe Oct 06, 2010
    If you want to use OpenOffice.org with a screenreader on Windows, you could consider using NVDA, a free and open-source screenreader. It can be used without installing it on your Windows system: download the "portable version" from http://www.nvda-project.org/wiki/Download , put it on a USB stick and use it on any Windows computer. (Note: I have not checked where TTS voices need to be available.)
  • Avatar image FABIOLA de ESPAÑA Sep 16, 2010
    Germany, France and Spain championed the development and adoption of free software, through promotion of government for a decade according to the Report on the International Panorama Open Source 2010 elaborated by CENATIC. More information: Youtube with captions in Spanish: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qbk5c_Cfo3A
  • Avatar image FABIOLA de ESPAÑA Sep 16, 2010
    Alemania, Francia y España abanderan el desarrollo y adopción del software libre, gracias al impulso de las administraciones desde hace una década. Así lo confirma el Informe sobre el Panorama Internacional del Software de Fuentes Abiertas 2010 que ha publicado CENATIC. Se ha investigado en cada continente los cuatro elementos fundamentales que constituyen el ecosistema del software libre y una de las conclusiones a las que se ha llegado es que el desarrollo de la tecnología libre se correlaciona con el de la propia sociedad de la información en cada país, si bien se destaca casos como la India o China en el papel que el software libre está jugando en el desarrollo mismo de la sociedad de información. Para escuchar las principales conclusiones que se destacan en este Informe, se puede visitar el siguiente vídeo subtitulado de Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qbk5c_Cfo3A
  • Avatar image Abdel Jul 27, 2010
    will aegiis project also release desktop applications like guadalinex?
  • Avatar image Abdel Jul 27, 2010
    guadalinex is available in other languages?
  • Avatar image Karel Jul 24, 2010
    Here it is again: the ministry of economy, innovation and science government of andalusia has released the final version of guadalinex v7, a free operating system that includes dozens of applications without the need to invest in expensive licenses. this new edition of guadalinex improves the user experience in internet facilitating the connection with social networks as well as the publication of blogs. from the technical point of view, guadalinex v7 is based on the distribution of linux ubuntu 10.04, launched at the end of april. thanks to this distribution, many people in andalusia have given their first steps in the world of linux. i have read that guadalinex has got a menu of technical support that allows users to diagnose problems and improvements in usability and accessibility. my question is: what are the assistive technologies in this new operating system? for more information: http://bit.ly/bjie8m
  • Avatar image Abdel Jul 24, 2010
    well said vagelis, hard to read, no?
  • Avatar image Vagelis Jul 13, 2010
    ... please only use small caps...
  • Avatar image FABIOLA de ESPAÑA Jul 13, 2010
    THE MINISTRY OF ECONOMY, INNOVATION AND SCIENCE GOVERNMENT OF ANDALUSIA HAS RELEASED THE FINAL VERSION OF GUADALINEX V7, A FREE OPERATING SYSTEM THAT INCLUDES DOZENS OF APPLICATIONS WITHOUT THE NEED TO INVEST IN EXPENSIVE LICENSES. THIS NEW EDITION OF GUADALINEX IMPROVES THE USER EXPERIENCE IN INTERNET FACILITATING THE CONNECTION WITH SOCIAL NETWORKS AS WELL AS THE PUBLICATION OF BLOGS. FROM THE TECHNICAL POINT OF VIEW, GUADALINEX V7 IS BASED ON THE DISTRIBUTION OF LINUX UBUNTU 10.04, LAUNCHED AT THE END OF APRIL. THANKS TO THIS DISTRIBUTION, MANY PEOPLE IN ANDALUSIA HAVE GIVEN THEIR FIRST STEPS IN THE WORLD OF LINUX. I HAVE READ THAT GUADALINEX HAS GOT A MENU OF TECHNICAL SUPPORT THAT ALLOWS USERS TO DIAGNOSE PROBLEMS AND IMPROVEMENTS IN USABILITY AND ACCESSIBILITY. MY QUESTION IS: WHAT ARE THE ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGIES IN THIS NEW OPERATING SYSTEM? FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://bit.ly/bJie8m
  • Avatar image Karel Jun 30, 2010
    Please also have a look at the ACCESSIBLE project (http://www.accessible-project.eu/). They will exploit the technologies behind the recent expansion of accessibility tools and standardisation methodologies, in order to provide an integrated simulation assessment environment for supporting the production of accessible software applications for mobile, web, etc. This will enable large organisations, SMEs or individuals (developers, designers, etc.) to produce software products of superior accessibility and quality, accompanied with appropriate measures and proposals for best practice. The proposed system will be demonstrated in the four pilots of ACCESSIBLE for the assessment of: a) Mobile applications (including JavaFX Scripts), b) Web applications, c) Web services (mainly focusing on infomobility services), and d) description languages (e.g. UML, SDL, etc.). The software to do so is gradually made available through their website.
  • Avatar image GUEST Nov 17, 2009
    Have you experienced any accessibility problem when installing a program/application on your computer?
  • Avatar image Karel Nov 17, 2009
    Main issue happens when i update for example MS Office, and it becomes incompatible with my current Jaws installation... this should be automated, by maybe an automatic patch update into Jaws or MSOffice? How will this be done in AEGIS where it will be Open Source?
  • Avatar image GUEST Nov 17, 2009
    Do you have any suggestions how to improve the accessibility when installing a program/application?
  • Avatar image GUEST Nov 17, 2009
    Which is your preferred operating system?
  • Avatar image GUEST Nov 17, 2009
    At present Windows XP, but lately also using UBUNTU.
  • Avatar image GUEST Nov 17, 2009
    Have you ever used desktop applications such as Microsoft Office or Open Office? What is your experience with each of them, positive or negative?
  • Avatar image GUEST Nov 17, 2009
    MS Office yes, but lately also Open Office, although my screenreader Jaws tends to block on it.