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Microsoft announced their latest round of FOSS fund recipients. We're thrilled to share that @NVAccess are among this quarter's recipients. From: https://github.com/microsoft/foss-fund

"A project of the Microsoft Open Source Programs Office, the FOSS Fund provides up to $10,000 USD in sponsorships to open source projects as selected by Microsoft employees."

Congratulations also to The GNU Compiler Collection, Urllib3, CLAP & MSW.

#OpenSource, #FOSS #Free #Software #NVDA #ScreenReader #Accessibility #A11y

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Good time for @podcast to interview these folks about the future of screen reading technology and other matters of agreements and disagreements. Would be fun cc @doubletap

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The smallest zip file you've downloaded in awhile? Here it is: A dump of more Braille Lite 2000/ BNS files: https://eurpod.com/bns_backup.zip
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Now we just need to find a way to run .bas files on the BT Speak. I'm sure something like this might be easy to implement: https://robhagemans.github.io/pcbasic/

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Supporting tinkering and general "power user" shenanigans in your software is a genuine accessibility thing tbh. I see some people complaining about Linux users who use a non-systemd init system, X11 instead of wayland, or just generally some "non-standard" configuration. The attitude seems to be that since these users are "smart enough" to stray off the sacred defaults to suit their needs better, there's no need to consider them at all because "they can figure out how to make it work".

Obviously it's not possible to satisfy every accessibility need and use case simultaneously, but it's still harmful to categorically dismiss and actively remove support for a certain group of users just because you perceive them as "gifted nerds". Someone who extensively modifies their system to make it fit their needs may be able to solve the problems you've introduced to their usage of your software on their own, but every single application that needs this extra wrangling adds work and friction to the pile. It's kind of like replacing a wheelchair ramp with stairs because "they have it better than armless amputees, they can just bring a plank of wood with them"—yeah, TECHNICALLY they can do that, but such an arrangement is only desirable if your baseline reference is "being pelted with stones".

Also, while we're on that subject, "just use the defaults" is kind of like suggesting that wheelchair users just get someone to carry them around like a sack of potatoes all day. I don't think it's acceptable to force people to give up more autonomy/control over their lives than they absolutely have to in order to get support, especially in circumstances where a better, more equitable solution could easily be found. Perhaps I'm being somewhat extreme with my comparisons, but it's more about the similar mentalities and attitudes at play, not equating the severity of the access needs.

My overall point is that the split between "software for nerds" and "software for normal people" is due to a difference in use cases and access needs, not just a superiority complex in the minds of either group. You can build software that accommodates both groups, but you have to actually listen to them and not unilaterally dismiss one as egotistical and obstinate. And you should treat choosing not to accommodate either group similarly to choosing to ignore any other access need: necessary in order for you to better serve a specific demographic, perhaps, but certainly not a decision with zero negative consequences.

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I've set up git commit signing with SSH. It was relatively easy, and did not need any GPG cruft.

https://calebhearth.com/sign-git-with-ssh

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You might want to read this post by @glyph questioning whether signing commits, and more generally unquestioned complexity in the name of security, is a good idea: https://blog.glyph.im/2024/01/unsigned-commits.html
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@matt Thanks Matt! I should also stress that this is a piece you kinda need to read all the way through. A few people have come away from reading the headline with the idea that I just don't like git commit signing specifically and they should turn it off as opposed to turning it on. For some people, in some situations, it makes perfect sense and it's a fine security primitive. To quote one of the last paragraphs of the blog:

> Git commit signing itself is not particularly consequential


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@esoteric_programmer In the vein of giving weird names to social media clients, something called Tuba seems quite popular.

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As Snikket is still not available on the #Google Play Store, we've published a longer blog post about the situation, how to work around it using #FDroid, and the long path of stupid Google review responses that led us here.

https://snikket.org/blog/snikket-google-play-removal/

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very minor clarification: Google had accepted the version that reinstated the contact permission. This was live for a couple of days/weeks until they suddenly changed their mind. They didn't just outright rejected the update. https://gultsch.social/@daniel/112084175241312889

Interesting that you still had contact list integration soft disabled. That confirms that Google believes contact permission == uploads data. Considering how Google makes money that kinda makes sense I guess...


Google had accepted a version of #Conversations_im with address book integration that explicitly asks the user for consent to process the contact list locally on their device before requesting contacts permission. Our privacy policy included explicit wording w.r.t. local processing of the contact list.

However it’s unthinkable for Google that someone would request contacts permission and then not upload them. A few days later they changed their mind and threatened to remove the app again.
#XMPP



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What if Mastodon had a way to save the ALT text you entered each time you used a new image. So if you used the same image later, it would some how know what you used the last time and give you the option to automatically use that instead of having to type something each and every time.

Seems to me there would be some way to be able to do this easily and to save all of us time from having to type the same thing for ALT text on a regular basis.

#Idea #Thoughts #AltText #Accessibility

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An EXIF metadata field would address this and more. It wouldn’t be a perfect replacement for alt-text in an HTML attribute or ARIA because it wouldn’t describe the image in context, but it’d still be a welcome addition.

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Ok, so the word "pistol" has a fascinating etymology.

In English it comes from French "pistole", which comes from German "pistole," which originates from Czech "pišt'ala" meaning "whistle" (like a tin whistle or flute).

But in Czech the word for "pistol" is not "pišt'ala." It is, in fact, "pistole." This is a borrow word from either French of Italian "pistole," which comes from German, which comes from Czech "pišt'ala." In effect, the Czech word for "pistol" is a borrow-word-twice-removed from Czech.

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Dnes si dovolím odkázať na veľmi vydarený český hlas pre hlasový výstup #TTS #RHVoice. Sám autor o tom píše tu: https://groups.io/g/Blind-android/message/1743 . O použití pre #Windows #Linux a #Android sa dočítate aj na jednoduchej komunitnej stránke https://hlas.ondrosik.sk/ . Gro používateľov sú ťažko zrakovo postihnutí používatelia, ktorí si bez kvalitného hlasového výstupu a čítača obrazovky nedokážu svoj digitálny život predstaviť, možno ale aj vám by sa mohol hodiť takýto hlas pre váš počítač či smartfón nezávislí od obrovských korporácií. Mohli by ste ho napr. použiť na čítanie kníh alebo počas navigácii cez GPS.

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Wow!

@snikket_im just started their new federated instant messaging hosting service (based on #XMPP) for everyone.

This can really be a gamechanger for instant messaging.

You can bring your own domain name if you want to.

This means: for about 5.50€ (6$) a month (according to the website) you get ten instant messaging accounts for you and your family/friends using your personal domain name (not included).

And you are able to talk to every other XMPP user out there.

https://snikket.org/

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Ten years ago today I released version 0.1 of #Conversations_im on the Google Play Store as a paid app.

I believe that I have contributed significantly to normalizing the pay-for-the-binary business model for open source apps.

Ten years ago Conversations was one of the first apps to do this and definitely raised some eyebrows. Nowadays it feels like a pretty common thing.

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in reply to Daniel Gultsch

I happily copied the "pay-for-binary" method for OpenTracks ;)
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Good on you for finding a working business model.

But man, I find the older UI so much easier to track. The new Material 3 is all whitespace and no separation of elements.


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Listen to Samuel Green from Zoom talk about their latest range of audio recorders with new accessibility features https://doubletaponair.com/new-accessible-recorders-available-from-zoom/

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Time to let the cat out of the bag.

I've been working on a new app to use your #Linux phones and tablets as secondary wireless "side displays" (not mirrors). This is based on #GStreamer, x264, #Mutter APIs, and low-latency UDP streaming, and will be designed to work on both ARM and Intel, regardless of hardware acceleration support. (Testing on a #librem5)

This is still at an early stage, and will take some time to become usable. Thoughts and feedback?

#gnome #linuxphones #apps #mobilelinux

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I discovered a new GPS app called WaveOut recently that I am extremely impressed with. It uses directional sound similar to Soundscape, but instead of having the sound come from the direction of your destination, it creates a turn by turn route, and the sound shows you where the next point on your route is. In addition to GPS, it uses your phone's camera to better determine where you are. I tested it on a route where the directions from Google Maps are inaccurate and hard to follow, since there is a confusing roundabout crossing, places where there's only a sidewalk or grass with no street along side, and some very weird intersections, and I've been using Voice Vista, an improved version of Soundscape, and trying to choose the best path that leads me towards the sound. I was very skeptical that WaveOut would give me better directions, but it was pretty much perfect! When there was an upcoming turn, or when I got slightly off route, it played a sound leading me directly to where I should go, and otherwise it was silent. It led me a slightly different way than I'm use to, but it never gave me inaccurate or misleading directions or made me guess where to go, and it was definitely easier than trying to figure out where to go based on the beacon in Voice Vista and Google Maps directions. The sound also kept up with the direction I was facing better than Voice Vista, and it also seemed to track my location more accurately than other apps. https://www.dreamwaves.io

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We’re seeking input from #FOSS maintainers as we design a fellowship program pilot. We want to test a support mechanism that addresses structural issues in the FOSS ecosystem, and support maintainers who work on open digital infrastructure in the public interest.

If you maintain open source projects, we would be very grateful if you could take ten minutes to respond to the survey:
https://survey.sovereigntechfund.de/968766

Please also repost and share with FOSS maintainers you know. Thanks!

#foss

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We're excited to announce the release of #GNOME46! This release brings many updates and improvements thanks to the hard work of #GNOME contributors. 🎉
https://youtu.be/r_QyRJf3rtQ

Read all the details in our release notes: https://release.gnome.org/46/
and in our official announcement: https://discourse.gnome.org/t/gnome-46-released/20066

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If you had code on GitHub at any point it looks like it might be included in a large dataset called “The Stack” — If you want your code removed from this massive “ai” training data go here:

https://huggingface.co/spaces/bigcode/in-the-stack

I found two of my old Github repos in there. Both were deleted last year and both were private. This is a serious breach of trust by Github and @huggingface.

Remove all your code from Github.

CONSENT IS NOT OPT-OUT.

Edit — thanks for all the replies. More context here: https://hachyderm.io/@joeyh/112105744123363587

Also the repos i found of mine i’m sure were private, but even if they were public at some point, for a brief time, in the past that isn’t my consent to use them for purposes beyond their intent.

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Edit 2 -- I see this made it to HN, which is a level of attention I do not want nor appreciate....

For all those wondering about the private repo issue -- No, I am not 100% sure that these ancient repos weren't at some point public for a split second before I changed it. I do know that they were never meant for this and that one of them didn't even contain any code.

If my accidentally making a repo public for a moment just so happened to overlap with this scraping, then I guess that's possible. But it in no way invalidates the issues, and the anger that i feel about it.

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Hello. I made a recording of the BT Speak. Do you wish to listen? It's here. @btspeak @dblazie It goes into upsides, downsides, the power button problem, more. Update: Here's the edited recording file, which includes info on the Micro SD slot now too, and normalizes volume a bit across it: https://eurpod.com/BTSpeak_demo.mp3
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@technocounselor I wish I would have included the Micro-SD card as a mention! Otherwise I was fairly happy with it since it went so smooth.
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@technocounselor oh thanks! It was definitely on the whim, and what was crazy? I posted about the power button on the BTSpeak mailing list. After I made that recording Bryan Blazie called me to help me fix it even though he was in between flights at an airport and only had 5 minutes. Just wow. Immediate customer support. When else do you get that? Give me one company.
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@technocounselor I remember the old Blazie Engineering company had virtually 24/7 tech support. Like even on weekends, if you had something wrong, you called them up and they'd either tell you how to fix or get you to send it in and find ways you could ship it to them. Absolutely zero has changed about that spirit today and that probably excited me more than it should have too about it.
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@technocounselor If this thing could somehow help me learn linux, I'd be up for it. Don't know if there aare any text/audio tutorials out there etc. For example, I installed a text adventure/interactive fiction game interpreter on the Icon Braille plus through its command line. Don't remember what the name of it was or exactly how I did it but it ran great, spoke all text automatically and everything. Wonder if the pro version of the BT can do that?
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@jpellis2008 @technocounselor I don't see any reason why the BT Speak couldn't assist in learning Linux. Bear in mind that Blazie Technologies doesn't itself offer Linux tutorials but there are tons of them available online. Maybe some enterprising user(s) will craft a series of "Learn Linux With Your BT Speak" tutorials.

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just a bit of a worning for anyone who has the new BT speak, do not allow the linux kernel to be upgraded. my unit is now bricked and no longer boots after the system upgraded the installed packages with sudo apt update then sudo apt upgrade. I'll have to look into this one as the system had to be hard powered off and now I get no feedback after pressing the power button.
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@aaron @Matthew Dyer I've no idea. I am just watching the news regarding BT Speak I have no real experiences with it.

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Because apparently Google can't be bothered implementing decent keyboard #accessibility for Google Calendar, I'm currently trying to throw together a Greasemonkey script which changes right arrow so that it moves to the next day when you hit the end of the current view instead of just doing nothing. You can currently press n to go to the next day, but then, it does this absurdly useless thing where it... focuses the first day in the scrolled view instead of the last, which is normally at least a week before the day that just had focus. 🤦‍♂️
It'd be nice if these trillion dollar companies could do things properly - this stuff just isn't that hard - but as usual, I find myself doing their jobs for them.

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Would you perhaps consider making the script available for others? I’ve been dealing with this issue for a very long time and a fix would be lovely. understand if not, though.

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Interesting article discussing, in detail, a possible design for a less expensive refreshable Braille display: https://jacquesmattheij.com/refreshablebraille/BrailleDisplayProject.html

And the Hacker News comment thread: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=39724312

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All of the cell technologies I've encountered at the low-cost end of the market have usability downsides, so I end up buying the more expensive Piezoelectric braille displays.
The most interesting technologies I'm aware of currently are those by Dot Inc., and by Tactile Engineering, both capable of supporting multi-line Braille/graphics-capable displays.
A patent search will show numerous other proposals developed over the past several decades, few of which have ever become publicly available products.

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The more I learn about Glidance, a system that purports to replace the cane, the more it seems to have taken all the criticisms of "smart canes" into account. It might be the first genuine high-tech navigation aid that could be beneficial, replacing the cane in most circumstances. I'm usually highly skeptical about these things because people just havent thought through the implications including ergonomics, weather conditions, etc

https://glidance.io

#accessibility #blind #a11y #mobility

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@fireborn It's a perfect solution for people like us. If I know that I'm going somewhere, I plan my route with Soundscape. On Occasion, I'd like to just not worry about it too much.
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Route planning isn't something I can really do. I can need to go somewhere without notice and be there within the hour

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WebAIM Screen Reader Survey #10: Key Takeaways for 2024 and Beyond https://allyant.com/webaim-screen-reader-survey-10-key-takeaways-for-2024-and-beyond/
#10

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Did you know that a lot of #Dune 's Fremen language is just Arabic? Some examples:

Muad'Dib: Teacher
Lisan al-Gaib: Teller of things yet to come.
Shai-Hulud: Eternal thing, or Eternal Shaikh/Sheik (old man).
Mahdi: The guided one
Arrakis: the dancer, the name of a star (Mu Draconis A)

Here's a bigger list: https://www.reddit.com/r/dune/comments/ec1f2w/80_arabicislamic_words_in_dune/

#Dune

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Bad news from #mozilla - the network location service used by #microG will stop.
https://discourse.mozilla.org/t/retiring-the-mozilla-location-service/128693
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Some of you know today as π-day.

But the real insiders know that today is the 30th anniversary of the 1.0 release of Linux.

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Are you a #ScreenReader and/or #Braille user on #Matrix?

Should we be adding messages as captions until #AltText is supported?

#A11Y #Accessibility #BRLTTY #FOSS #OpenSource #Element #GNOME #KDE #elementaryOS #XFCE

  • Yes, always. (66%, 4 votes)
  • A quick summary is fine, I'll ask if I need more (16%, 1 vote)
  • As long as you do it if I ask. (16%, 1 vote)
6 voters. Poll end: 3 weeks ago

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Sorry, I accidentally voted even though I'm not blind. Please deduct one vote from "yes, always."
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Not a huge sample size, but the results are in!

If you use #Matrix, drop an #AltText comment below your images and screencasts for #ScreenReader, #Braille and other #Accessibility tools until we get support in the spec:

https://github.com/matrix-org/matrix-spec/issues/883

#a11y #Element #Fractal #Cinny #FluffyChat #Quaternion #NeoChat #GNOME #KDE #elementaryOS #XFCE


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„HTTP/2 and HTTP/3 explained“

https://alexandrehtrb.github.io/posts/2024/03/http2-and-http3-explained/

The HN thread full of hilarious „I know better“ alphas and corporate conspiracy fans.

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=39700443

It is fun to explore what is good. It is childish to fight over what is best.

The economy idea that life is competition, that we are in a „lifeboat“ universe where everything needs to be ranked, is toxic.

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@bagder Sounds like it's really just two or three people though, that do most of the hating.

Comment sections need to get better at this. Maybe there should be a downvote threshold that starts hiding all comments from one account? Or, sites should prevent people from commenting above a certain rate?


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It's a busy time at NV Access HQ, and Abroad! This week's In-Process has all the news about CSUN, NVDA 2023.3.4, NVDA 2024.1, and a run through of the new Native Selection Mode in Firefox. Read more here: https://www.nvaccess.org/post/in-process-15th-march-2024/

#NVDA #NVDAsr #ScreenReader #News #CSUNatc24 #CSUN #CSUN24 #News #Newsletter #Blog #Release

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Is that native selection mode coming to other browsers or just Firefox?
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@kev We were able to do it most easily with Firefox. The intention is yes, we would like to bring it to other browsers in time.

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Content warning: Semantic Digital Audio memory: A cognitive aid to boost the capabilities of your memory 1/2

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Content warning: Semantic Digital Audio memory: A cognitive aid to boost the capabilities of your memory 2/2


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"Wget can be typed in using only the left hand on a qwerty keyboard!"

Still my favorite difference between #wget and #curl

https://daniel.haxx.se/docs/curl-vs-wget.html

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