Accessibility

Frederik Gladhorn

Testing Applications for Color Blindness

Published Friday September 15th, 2017 | 10 Comments on Testing Applications for Color Blindness
Posted in Accessibility, Community, Dev Loop, KDE | Tags: , , , ,

At the Randa Meeting 2017 Volker and I decided to write a little KWin plugin. Activating this plugin you can simulate various types of color vision deficiencies, either on individual windows or full-screen. The plugin works by running a fragment shader on the respective window/screen. Here is a short video demonstrating what we did: The […]

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Frederik Gladhorn

Accessibility improvements in Randa

Published Thursday September 14th, 2017 | Comments Off on Accessibility improvements in Randa
Posted in Accessibility, Dev Loop, Events, KDE | Tags: , , , , ,

Accessibility in KDE and Qt is constantly improving. Sometimes a change of scenery helps focusing and brings up productivity. Mix that with a bunch of great people and good things will start happening. It has been possible to create accessible Qt applications on Linux for a while, but of course not everything will just work […]

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Frederik Gladhorn

Qt Weekly #14 Testing Accessibility on OS X

Published Friday June 20th, 2014 | Comments Off on Qt Weekly #14 Testing Accessibility on OS X
Posted in Accessibility, macOS | Tags: , ,

When talking about accessibility, the question of how blind people interact with computers often comes up. This article will explain the basics and take OS X as an example to let you test an application. There are many tools to help people with low vision, for example magnifiers. Here it helps a lot when applications […]

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Frederik Gladhorn

Qt 5 Accessibility APIs

Published Monday June 18th, 2012 | 28 Comments on Qt 5 Accessibility APIs
Posted in Accessibility, Qt | Tags: , , , ,

Qt 5 is a very gradual and smooth update from Qt 4. There are generally no breaks in source compatibility, except where we felt that it’s absolutely necessary. One area where we actually decided to do major changes that will affect people porting to Qt 5 is accessibility. The reason is that we were really […]

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Frederik Gladhorn

Not yet Accessible

Published Friday April 1st, 2011 | 4 Comments on Not yet Accessible
Posted in Accessibility, KDE, Labs, Qt | Tags: ,

Lately I had the chance to research accessibility a bit. Qt supports high contrast color schemes and big fonts as they are set on the platform. Another aspect of accessibility are assistive technologies (AT). That means exposing what an application shows on screen so that an AT-client can interpret it differently. A screen reader can […]

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