Accessible software is usable by as many people as possible, regardless of age, physical ability, or native language.

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How to disable announcer?

After I installed ubuntu, I have a voice reading out everything to me - a screen reader. I tried to find why it's starting and how to disable it, but don't know what it might be called. One thing I ...
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cannot access files second hard drive until opened from unity bar [duplicate]

I have ubuntu 14.04 LTS and windows 8 installed side by side on my first hard drive.Most of the files on my second hard drive were all created previously in my windows system until recently I have ...
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Why are apt-get repositories hardcoded to a specific release?

From the usability point of view, I do not understand why on each release upgrade you have to manually patch all the URLs of apt in order to make them point to the newer distribution. Why is not ...
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how to approach legibility problem of light text in dark GTK theme

I'm working on a dark GTK theme for Ubuntu. This largely is going well, but I am not sure how to deal with certain scenarios such as instances of programs with a light colour scheme. A representative ...
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Accessibility testing the web for the blind and low vision in Linux

Windows has Jaws. Mac desktop and iOS has VoiceOver. What is the equivalent in the Linux world? I'm willing to even load another desktop manager if need be. I currently use Cinnamon 2.x on Ubuntu ...
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How to disable slowkeys?

I'll admit it: I'm a slow thinker and a poor typist - I sit with my fingers on the keyboards sometime. Is there a way to completely disable the slowkeys function?
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Compile Ubuntu with Universal Access

I require compile a version of Ubuntu 14.04 with universal access enabled by default, so that from the moment you start the Ubuntu installation, this play sounds for a person without visual capacity ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 repeats the background voice for every input

I have installed the Ubuntu 14.04 before a week, when ever I gave an input action it is repeated over male voice. Example: if I press the F5 key then Ubuntu produce the male voice as "f5". If I open ...
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the screen amplifier not allow me to login on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

I'm new on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. Looking on its resources I choose the screen amplifier (kmag??) on login screen, and now I'm not able to login and neither turn off this resource. Could someone help me? ...
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Is there a way to get an audio key-click?

I have a Dell XPS 11 laptop which has a non-mechanical keyboard. Is there a way to get a simulated audio key-click every time a key is pressed? This is needed to compensate for the lack of mechanical ...
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Click lock on Ubuntu 12.04

I am a new Ubuntu user and I really miss my click lock feature from Windows. Basically, what I need is this: I click on my left mouse button for 1 second (or an other small time interval) With the ...
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Click Lock to drag in Ubuntu 13.10

I've been looking for a while now a way to get the "click lock" in ubuntu 13.10 (for dragging) but so far, I have no success. Universal access lacks this feature, and I have not found some program or ...
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Deactivate menu switching in top bar

Is there a way of turning off the menu switching in the top bar? For example, when I click on the clock, then move left or right, this switches to the other menus. Another example is the volume ...
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Locate mouse helper in Xubuntu for visually impaired

I can't find a locate pointer feature (anymore) in Xubuntu. Is there an Xubuntu 13.10 (XFCE) alternative for the Show Mouse Accessibility CCSM plugin for ubuntu? My mother is slightly visually ...
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Win 8.1 transfer to Ubuntu [duplicate]

I downloaded Ubuntu to my new Toshiba laptop, and at startup it asks which system I want to boot up, but Ubuntu will not boot. What do I have to do to solve this? How do I partition the hard drive? ...
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implementation of keyboard shortcuts for accessibility

Lots of people with poor hand dexterity use keyboard shortcuts when the mouse or any pointing device is not suitable for their (dis)ability. For example, I can mouse to change the volume control ...
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MongoDB could not connect local server

I had mongdb installed and evrything was working fine. I wanted to delete the mongodb lock. By mistake the directory /var/lib/mongodb/ got deleted. So, I uninstalled mongo db and installed again. But ...
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How to Get Festival to Show up In Orca

I'm a bit new to Linux/Ubuntu, but I believe I have a good feel for the system. I'm currently trying to change the voice synthesizer for the Orca screen reading software on Vinux, as the default ...
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How to turn off narrator of Ubuntu?

Recently I downloaded ebook speaker applications from Ubuntu Software Center. After that I'm facing this problem. Whatever I type, it keeps on narrating. I don't which application I've opened. No ...
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high contrast inverse on ubuntu 13.10?

Since I upgraded to Ubuntu 13.04 and later to 13.10, I don't find anymore the theme "High contrast inverse" in the list of themes. Still, I prefer a theme which has (i) a high contrast and (ii) has ...
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At the beginning of an Ubuntu installation, what means the ”keyboard = human“ symbol?

At the very beginning of the booting of an installation media (typically a USB stick), before even choosing your language, there is an intriguing symbol. It represents a keyboard, an equal sign (=) ...
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Sticky keys: how do I know a key is stuck?

I'm trying to get myself to use sticky keys (to prevent RSI), but I often find I've pressed Ctrl and then changed my mind, and I'm not sure if hitting e.g. q will insert a q or quit the program … is ...
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How does the Ubuntu SDK handle accessibility?

How do I design an application in the Ubuntu SDK so that it integrates with assistive technology such as screen readers?
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Ubuntu phone accessibility

I am blind and currently use an iPhone. One of the things I like about the iPhone is its accessibility. In fact, I'm typing this question on my iPhone. I am able to do this because of VoiceOver, ...
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Cannot find Orca GUI based settings manager on Ubuntu 13.04

I use Ubuntu 13.04. I found Orca could initialized in Universal Access, but I cannot find its GUI based settings manager. I can't even start its settings manager via the command orca --setup or with ...
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How to disable Large Cursor after installing Ubuntu with Accessibility Option ON (High-contrast,..)

While installing Ubuntu, I accidentally hit the high contrast option. I could not figure out how to disable it within the install, so I let it complete. I booted up into Ubuntu 13.04 and High ...
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How do I disable the speaking of “link” after reading a hyperlink in Orca?

I am trying to find out whether it is possible to disable the feature in Gnome-Orca, that speaks 'link' after reading text that is a link. It is kinda frustrating to listen to Orca read a sentence, ...
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How can I get VLC to automatically play DVDs when inserted? Running 13.04

I'm trying to help and elderly disabled person play DVDs as easy as possible - by inserting them! I'm running 13.04. I set Totem as the default app. But a couple DVDs didnt play off the bat -- VLC ...
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Is there a GUI for command-line tools and Drupal management?

I have a physically disabled sysadmin who wants a GUI for specifically installing and updating drupal which is the primary thing he will be doing. We have a working apache and drupal installation ...
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intention for new group - but how solve data-floods?

We are a group of deaf (in Germany and worldwide) people, who want to join together to one group, and they are interested in Ubuntu. Now point is: script-language, no deaf person is very fond of ...
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Keyboard navigation/search for all UI elements

I have recently found out about Shortcat, an OSX app that allows for keyboard-only control of any application that has accessibility features turned on. I vaguely remember GNOME Do and Docky planning ...
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How do I enable sticky keys In Ubuntu 12.04?

I'm running Ubuntu 12.04. How do I enable sticky keys like in Windows?
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How to make everything on stdout be read aloud (using espeak)?

I've got the eSpeak TTS system up and running, and I like it quite a bit. I'm wondering, is there a way to pipe EVERYTHING that gets printed to STDOUT to espeak? I'm trying to set up a system without ...
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Searching for menu entries in desktop environments other than Unity

Does any other desktop environment have the type-to-search-application-menus feature found in Unity? I’m curios about trying a more spartan desktop such as Xfce or LXDE. Or maybe something entirely ...
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How to create a permanent link to your Windows desktop on Ubuntu?

I want to have a way to easily access the desktop of my Windows user account from my Ubuntu account on my dual-booted machine. Of course, I can easily create a link on my Ubuntu desktop to the path ...
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How I can change background color of query editor in Workbench?

I have dark GUI, but how I can make text editor also dark? I am under Lubuntu, Workbench from repositories.
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Resize the window control buttons (close, restore, maximize)

How can I change the size of the close/restore/maximize/minimize buttons of the windows? They are too small for me. With a big monitor, it's difficult to position the mouse over them. Is there a ...
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How can I trigger a mouse click followed by keyboard presses with a short-cut key?

I would like to find a script or a short program that when a certain key is pressed, I get left-click on mouse, then right arrow, 10 times in 1 second, for the duration the key is pressed.
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Visual Alerts don't work

When I go to Universal Access -> Hearing tab -> turn Visual Alerts on and try Test Flash with either the option to flash the window title or to flash the entire screen, nothing happens. I'm on 12.10 ...
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How to fix an error relating to no keyboard input accepted in gnome desktop, though keycode shows scancodes? [closed]

Running Ubuntu 11.04 x86 guest under VirtualBox 4.2.6 in a Win7 X64 host. Bear with me... this is a strange one. Once booted into Ubuntu nothing inside the Ubuntu guest seems to recognize keyboard ...
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Mouse Arrow moving Slowly Using keyboard Keys

My mouse is not working properly, So I enabled keyboard keys for Moving mouse arrow using Universal Access > Pointing and Clicking > Mouse keys "On" But Mouse Arrow moves very Slow using ...
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Zooming in Ubuntu 12.04

I love the goals of ubuntu, and have tried it and other distros based on it several times over the last five years. It's amazing how far the desktop environment has come and how easy it is to set up ...
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How to zoom desktop without Compiz?

First off I am visually impaired and I have used various Windows-based screen zooming applications. Compiz Advanced Desktop Zoom is fantastic but it totally murders my Wine applications. Turning off ...
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How to disable Qt accessibility in 12.04?

Observed behavior When opening a KDE session, a blue round icon with a human silhouette appears in tray. It offers "enable screensaver" "speak text" "speak keyboard". It seems related to processes ...
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Ubuntu and Facilities for all kind of user [closed]

In charge of the disabled website http://www.wheelchair.ch - http://www.handiplus.ch, which is aimed to deliver information and promote integration for any kind of mobility impairment, and regular ...
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How do I disable my talking login screen? [duplicate]

Managed to clip a shortkey that enabled some Audio assistance program on my Ubuntu login screen (it reads back to you anything you click or type). It's really annoying, but I can't seem to find any ...
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CompizConfig Settings Manager “Enhanced Zoom Desktop” feature doesn't work with Cinnamon 1.4 in Ubuntu 12.04LTS

I'm using Ubuntu 12.04 LTS 64 bit with Cinnamon 1.4 and I want a full screen magnifier for video presentations, something that I can zoom in and out during the recording. (I use a Cinnamon applet for ...
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Is it possible to have Orca speak the laptop battery status?

I have been studying Ubuntu 12.04 for a while. If everything works fine, I would like to switch to it from Windows 7. I have searched the net on the way to check battery status with Orca but i not yet ...
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How can foreground and background colors be changed for Software Center?

There sometimes isn't enough contrast between the letters and background, and I have reached an age that I can't tell what's there. I would prefer either black text on white background, or white text ...
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Default screen magnifier?

I'm trying to get an Ubuntu laptop functional for a visually impaired friend. Her impairment is such that a screen magnifier would solve the issue. I've tried out Kmag (as its the only hit when ...