Tuesday, March 1, 2011

It's alive!

I'm very excited to announce that qt-atspi has seen some major progress lately. Frederik Gladhorn has been kicking some major butt and has gotten it into much better shape than it has been previously. I just tested his "experimental" branch, and I've got to say wow. Since I started testing and playing with qt-atspi my holy grail has been to try to get our qt calculator to work with orca as well as gcalctool does. Today I need to get a new holy grail. Fired up orca, fired up the calculator test app and was delighted to hear every button, every change, selection, activation all spoken to my ears through the chain from QAccessible to qt-atspi to at-spi2 to orca to speech-dispatcher to espeak (Quite the chain, I know). In the next days and weeks we'll likely get qt-atspi packaged for distros to test and I'll definitely put some polish on the how to build it yourself tutorial I put on techbase last year for those that want to play with it sooner :)

Frederik you rock!

P.S. Sorry for no pretty pictures, maybe for my next post I'll learn how to make a videocast of qt-atspi in action :p

6 comments:

unormal said...

Great news. A11y is such an important thing and great to see you and Frederik on the Platform_11 meeting participation page for Randa ,-).

jospoortvliet said...

That is absolutely awesome news and I know quite a few ppl who will be excited about this ;-)

Bille said...

It's packaged in KDE:Qt in the openSUSE build service now.

Alex M said...

Hi, Wonderful news! Thank you most sincerely and profoundly for all that you and your team do in this venue. If you need someone to take an app for a spin let me know. I myself am a blind Linux user and I've wished for a very long time now to use some of the apps that use the qt widgets. I'm particularly interested in a lot of the music apps. They seem great. Blind folks are pretty big in music and have been for thousands of years going back to Homer with recent examples being guys like Andrea Bocelli, Ray Charles, Stevy Wonder, Joaquin Rodrigo and Jeff Healey. In fact, the guy who invented Braille was himself a musician. It is nice to think that wonderful tools like Rosegarden will be within reach of blind musicians who prefer Linux as their operating system and are no longer compelled to shell out so much cash for stuff like Sound Forge in Windows. I'm also hoping to try KDE out some day. I've heard so many wonderful things about it as a desktop but haven't ever been able to try it out.

Best Regards,
Alex M
User of Vinux 3.0
http://www.vinux-project.org
ps I bet other users of Vinux would be willing to try this thing out too if asked. Many are new enough to Linux to not be entrenched in one particular desktop as of yet.

Bart said...

Great to see progress on this front!!!!
Bart

Storm Dragon said...

This is absolutely great news! I have been wanting to play with QT apps for forever it seems like, now the chance to finally do so is nearly at hand.