FOSDEM '08 is a free and non-commercial event organised by the community, for the community. Its goal is to provide Free and Open Source developers a place to meet.


Schedule: How accessible is Debian?

Samuel Thibault
Day Sunday
Room AW1.125
Start time 15:30
End time 16:00
Duration 00:30
Event type Podium
Track Debian
Language English
Video (Ogg/Theora)
How accessible is Debian?

This talk will introduce the audience to accessibility, report successes and failures, address the future remaining challenges, and also tell about the small but so useful little thingies that every debian developer can do to make Debian yet more accessible.

Accessibility (a11y) has recently brought more and more attention in the OSS community, notably through the A11Y OpenGroup. Debian is actually one of the leaders among distributions in terms of accessibility: braille devices are notably supported right from the official debian-installer to the Gnome desktop, for instance. On the other hand, braille devices are expensive, so that quite a few people will resort to speech synthesis, and these, though working on an installed system, are not officially supported right from the installer.