Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Minor tasks

Just a quick note to let you all know what I've been up to this week. Monday I took a look at what will be needed to finally fix Jovie (make it use the voices you add, etc.) The rest of the week I've spent some time setting up a local copy of accessibility.kde.org to play with. Last night I got it working with chihuahua layout which looks nice, but has some accessibility issues. I let the awesome crew in #kde-www know about them and a fix is in the works. I wont switch the site over to the new layout until it's accessible, don't worry. I would like to clean up the content on there though, it's very outdated, and much of it could probably move to techbase and/or community.kde.org.

Oh, I've also signed up to be a SoC mentor. This summer is going to be awesome.

Monday, March 28, 2011

QtZeitgeist 0.7.0 released!

Today we released version 0.7.0 of libqzeitgeist aka QtZeitgeist (the first release with a tarball) It's basically the same as 0.1.0 but with a new version, some minor fixes, and a license file.

libQZeitgeist is a wrapper library around the Zeitgeist DBus API for Qt, and is brought to you by Collabora in cooperation with the Zeitgeist team and KDE.

If you don't know what Zeitgeist is:
Zeitgeist is a service which logs the user's activities and notifications, anywhere from files opened to websites visited and conversations, and makes this information readily available for other applications to use. It is also able to establish relationships between items based on similarity and usage patterns.

To get started:

* Get the code http://releases.zeitgeist-project.com/qzeitgeist/
* Get the Zeitgeist code from http://launchpad.net/zeitgeist/0.7/0.7/+download/zeitgeist-0.7.tar.gz
* Join #zeitgeist on irc.freenode.net
* Have fun with use developing
* Follow the work on http://gitorious.org/kde-zeitgeist/libqzeitgeist

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