Mercury News: Disabled to Get Greater Access to Linux

Dean Takahashi of the San Jose Mercury News interviews Janina Sajka on the new Accessibility Workgroup announced by the Free Standards Group in this Jan. 21, 2004 article.

The standards group will make certain the right software is developed so that different speech synthesizers, keyboards and other devices will work with any Linux operating system software or applications…
[Sajka] said the Free Standards Group will ensure Linux will stay as accessible to the disabled as Windows.

Additional excerpts from the article:

Supporters…include IBM, Hewlett-Packard and Sun Microsystems as well as Linux software providers such as Red Hat and a number of universities.
There already is a group of Linux developers who have created software that enables blind or visually impaired people to read computer text, mainly through speech synthesizers that turn text into spoken word. Another device, a special Braille keyboard, pushes pins upward so text can be read by passing a hand over the keyboard…

See the full Mercury News article for more quotes from Janina Sajka of the Free Standards Group Accessibility Workgroup.