[guispeak] FAQ on software development by people with visual disabilities

  • From: Jamal Mazrui <empower@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: guispeak@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, uaccess-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 24 May 2010 08:13:53 -0400 (EDT)

I have posted a set of answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ) on the subject of software development by people who are blind or visually impaired (blind programmers). Corrections, elaborations, and new topics are solicited for inclusion in the FAQ. Indicate the question and answer being addressed. Your name and email address will be listed as a contributor unless you specify otherwise. Contributors include Bill Cox (waywardgeek@xxxxxxxxx, on Linux distributions and programming languages).

The full FAQ is available at


here is the table of contents:

Where can I find introductory examples for programming in a particular language? Are screen reader configuration sets available for the Microsoft Visual Studio integrated development environment (IDE)?
Is a free version of Visual Studio available?
Are there tips for using Visual Studio with a screen reader?
Are other IDEs available for .NET development besides Visual Studio?
Is it possible to build .NET programs without Visual Studio?
What accessible text editors may be used for programming?
What tools are recommended for developing with the Java language?
What tools are recommended for developing with the Python language?
Is a simpler language available, e.g., one that does not involve object oriented programming (OOP)?
What tools are recommended for building installation programs?
Is there an IDE designed with screen reader support?
What distributions (distros) of Linux are accessible?
What programming languages are most useful on Linux?
What screen readers may be customized for applications via scripting languages?
Is there job training specifically for blind programmers?
What mailing lists exist for blind programmers?
What web sites have resources for blind programmers?
What sources of standards and APIs support development of accessible applications?
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