[laptop-accessibility] Touchpad is not accessible friendly

Carlos mauro unimauro at gmail.com
Thu Nov 27 00:22:24 EST 2008


About the accessibility ... I read this page is very interesting

2008/11/26 David K Parker <davparker at gmail.com>

> Sorry, I thought I made that clear. The trackpoint type pointing device
> works very well, and doesn't take up any additional real estate. You can
> keep the touchpad as well. Thinkpad offers the best in this breed.
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pointing_stick
> On Wed, Nov 26, 2008 at 8:45 PM, Seth Woodworth <seth at laptop.org> wrote:
>> On Wed, Nov 26, 2008 at 9:18 PM, David K Parker <davparker at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>> > I'm not really speaking out for myself, but trying to raise the
>> awareness
>> > level of people developing technology. No one seems to realize that
>> there
>> > are disabled people with no hands, but can otherwise function fairly
>> well
>> > with prosthetic limbs. I'm not as concerned about companies like Apple,
>> who
>> > make devices that don't work without human fingers, because there are
>> many
>> > other companies making competing devices that do work just as well or
>> > better. The laptop for every child project is different. They are trying
>> to
>> > provide technology to children that have no other choices. To alienate a
>> > small percentage of those who have lost limbs for various reasons beyond
>> > their control seems wrong when a simple solution does exist. Adding an
>> > external mouse will work, but makes the device harder to use. You need
>> more
>> > surface area to operate, chords can easily be broke, or the mouse can be
>> > lost. Building a pointing device into the laptop that works without
>> > requiring skin is the obvious solution. The technology does exist.
>> >
>> > Thanks,
>> > David
>> >
>> Please offer suggestions as to what technologies you would like to
>> see.  I don't want to be dismissive of our user's needs here, but I do
>> not know of any technologies that would be suitable and cost effective
>> to put into every laptop.  All of the devices that I can think of
>> would greatly lower durability and/or increase cost.  But I don't know
>> a lot about the field.  What have you seen that you think would work
>> well?
>> Also, software aids are a real possibility.  Because we're such an
>> open platform, we can get access to hardware at a very low level.
>> What software aids would you consider a priority?  We have the benefit
>> of the great majority of linux software, which has excellent support
>> for alternate input and accessibility.
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