[chirp_users] hello from a new list member

D.J.J. Ring, Jr. n1ea at arrl.net
Wed Jul 3 21:22:30 PDT 2013


By using Vinux, CHIRP is accessible using ORCA screen reader.  ORCA has the
gtk accessibility module installed in Vinux.

CHIRP is not accessible in Windows or Mac, but it is accessible in Linux if
the gtk api is installed as it is in Vinux.

There are a few bugs with Vinux 4.0 when run from CD, but these do not
affect usb or hard drive install.

Tony Sales likes Vinux 4.0.

73

David  N1EA
On Jul 4, 2013 12:12 AM, "eric oyen" <eric.oyen at gmail.com> wrote:

> That still doesn't help with the overall problem (or perhaps it might).
> The issue I have right now is that I would like to use chirp and can't. Its
> not the fault of either NVDA (screen reader for windows) or Voiceover (OS X
> screen reader). It appears to be a problem with the selected interface. I
> just tried chirp for win32 and all I got was a blank dialog and no access
> to any drop down menus (especially those that should work with the alt key
> in windows). OS X was a little better as I was able to at least access the
> main menus but couldn't select anything in the program itself.
>
> This makes chirp a not very useful tool for me (or the thousands of other
> blind hams in the US).
>
> what I would like to do is be able to program any supported radio without
> visual assistance from anyone else. Since I cannot currently do that, it
> makes me a bit less useful as a HAM on public service events. This also
> means that I am forced to wait until I can find a volunteer to help me with
> some tasks involving my radios. This I don't like at all.
>
> anyway, enough of my rant. I do issue this challenge however. I challenge
> the Author to improve his product. make it accessible for the blind (that
> is easy to do from a certain point of view). It might be a lot harder for
> windows than for OS X.
>
> I will give Vinux a try (again). ever since their primary developer left,
> it hasn't quite been the same (and some things got a bit more broken).
>
> -eric
> n7zzt
>
> On Jul 3, 2013, at 8:52 PM, D.J.J. Ring, Jr. wrote:
>
> Eric,
>
> Download Vinux which is Linux for the Visually impaired from
> www.vinuxproject.org
>
> It will boot from DVD or installed on USB stick or  installed alongside
> windows on hard drive.
>
> I use it all the time, or about 90% of the time, Windows about 10%.
>
> Linux does everything and much easier than Windows.
>
> 73
>
> David N1EA
> On Jul 3, 2013 11:41 AM, "Dan Smith" <dsmith at danplanet.com> wrote:
>
>> > the first one is solvable by adding some accessibility features
>> > (python has some and apple published the API for voiceover). I am not
>> > a coder, so I can't tell how difficult this will be.
>>
>> The detail you're probably not aware of is that CHIRP uses a
>> cross-platform UI toolkit called GTK. This makes it invisible to screen
>> readers on both Windows and MacOS, which only support reading for their
>> native widgets. It works just fine on Linux, of course, but that
>> doesn't help you.
>>
>> Unfortunately, there is not much we can do for you here. It's not
>> feasible to have a volunteer-run application project that supports all
>> three platforms' UI toolkits natively, and especially one that moves at
>> the speed that CHIRP does.
>>
>> --
>> Dan Smith
>> www.danplanet.com
>> KK7DS
>>
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