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

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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 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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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. Also, see my ...
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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 ...
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How do I remove the Accessibility options/icon from the login screen?

Have young kids that manage to foul up Ubuntu by playing with the universal access options at the login screen. Tried following the directions for 10.04 but the stated directories don't exist in 12.04 ...
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Can I downgrade X in 12.04? [closed]

Is it possible to successfully downgrade X to 1.10.99.* or earlier in 12.04? I have tried with Synaptic->Package->Force Version, but it only shows me two versions of 1.11.4. Downgrading would ...
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Can't disable giant cursors (from accessibility mode)

I've just installed ubuntu 12.04 from a livecd. Out of curiosity, I enabled the accessibility options for people who are hard of sight. As you can guess this does the usual stuff of inverting colours, ...
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How to change font size in Skype 4.x?

I tried using "qtconfig" but that didn't help. (Even changing the style in Skype, then using Qtconfig won't show any effect.) Where could I make the fonts larger? (Ubuntu's accessibility settings ...
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How do I setup pointer-keys/mouse-keys in Lubuntu? (move cursor with num-pad keys)

I know there is an easy way to set up mouse emulation with the numpad in Xubuntu and Ubuntu. Is there an easy way to do so in lubuntu? is there a config file that can be edited, or does a program need ...
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Configure Universal Access options from the command-line

What's a general way to control the accessibility options from the command-line? These are usually set from the 'Universal Access' GUI, but I'd like to know if there is a common way to control these ...
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Can I keep my desktop settings exactly as they are now if I upgrade?

I have severe OCD and would like some help regarding changes to my desktop if I upgrade from Ubuntu 11.10 to 12.04. I use the gnome classic (no effects) desktop. The desktop has nothing on it - it is ...
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Touchpad autoclicks on Kubuntu 11.10

I've got an ETPS/2 Elantech Touchpad which works fine in Windows. Since my first install of Ubuntu, and even now on Kubuntu, it randomly autoclicks. Even the type of click is random, because ...
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How do I turn on sticky keys from the CLI?

I'd like turning sticky keys on and off to be done from a script. This is especially helpful to those not using kde/gnome/xfce.
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How can one-handed work in Ubuntu be eased?

My right hand is temporarily immobilized and I would like to do some minor general work on my computer. Mostly web browsing, mailing and file and directory browsing and editing. For this I currently ...
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How to change the font size of preview options when using an input method?

I'm using IBus for pinyin in 11.10. A previous AskUbuntu poster mentioned that s/he increased font size to 14 point in Preferences. I'm unable to find a setting in Preferences that allows me to do ...
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mouse keys settings in 12.04? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I configure “mousekeys”? Where have the settings for mouse keys such as "acceleration" that used to be present in older versions gone to? Is there a ...
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How do I turn off the onscreen keyboard on the lock screen? [duplicate]

The lock screen has an on screen keyboard that I am unable to disable. I don't remember exactly but I believe I turned it on using the "Screen Keyboard" setting in the Universal Access settings. I've ...
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How do I increase the font size in Dash?

I am a person with a visual impairment. Pre-Unity versions of Ubuntu allowed you to change all font sizes. Now the Universal Access feature is pretty much useless, as increasing font size to "Large" ...
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I see how to have Left Alt swapped with Left Win; Can I have Right Alt swapped with Right Win?

I use an IBM Model M, so I don't actually have Win keys. In Windows, I've had right-alt set to act as the Win key, and I'd like to set that up on Ubuntu as well. I went to the Keyboard Layout Options ...
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How do I disable anti-aliasing in Compiz Zoom?

When using the Zoom function of Compiz, the zoomed-in pixels are anti-aliased (smoothed), which I guess is helpful for accessibility, however I want to actually see an accurate representation of the ...
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Controlling root access

I have some sensitive data and I dont want to share with the root user. As fa as I know the root users can read and modify everything. My question is how can I protect this data. I don't want to give ...
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Keyboard shortcut to reveal onscreen keyboard

Does someone know if it is possible to bind a command to a button which will reveal the onscreen keyboard? (Note: The onscreen keyboard has already be started.) Currently when I want to reveal the ...
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How can I correct for color blindness accessibility with a Compiz color filter? [closed]

I want to be able to correct for red-green color blindness like in the gnome-mag applet, but I also want to use compiz, which doesn't allow for the color switching that gnome-mag provides (try it). ...
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How can I configure “mousekeys”?

Under 11.04, the option to control the pointer with the numpad was set in the Hardware/Keyboard settings page. How can I turn on mousekeys or configure them in newer releases?
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GNOME 3.2 Screen keyboard, when opened onboard pops up

When I enable the "screen keyboard" from the accessibility next to that the GNOME onscreen keyboard is started onboard is also opened. Is there a way to prevent this?!
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How to make secondary partition accessible to me (and root) only

I have workstation with 160GB HDD capacity. I have partitioned it with: 40GB -- for OS(Ubuntu) Installation 40GB -- for my personal data, and 80GB -- for all other (public) data. I have ...
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Solutions for couch surfing

Using Ubuntu to consume media such as watching TV, movies, or listening to music, one occasionally wants to surf the web off the couch or control other applications with the computer screen standing ...
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How do I increase the icon size in Unity? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I increase the font size in Dash? As my partner is registered blind she has difficulty with small text & icons. In 11.04 using Unity the Icons look quite good ...
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how can I configure a specific usb mouse model as left-handed?

I use a right-handed usb mouse in the office and a left-handed usb mouse at home on the same Ubuntu 11.04 laptop. How can I configure the one at home to be automatically set up to left-handed when ...