RE: Development Kit Was Accessible Blackberry?

  • From: "Ken Perry" <whistler@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 19 Oct 2007 09:14:12 -0700

Sorry but its the Black berry dev kit that you download.  The kit is
actually really good the accessibility is what is bad.  I think it can be
scripted though I just have not had time.  Also if someone wants to dig
through all the classes with out an IDE you can probably develop for it at
the command line but it makes it much more difficult.  I am hoping to have
more time to work on this in the near future.  I think black berry has a
synth that we could use because my wife's phone has a mode where it speaks
the incoming numbers and things in a really nice voice but I have not been
able to find what they used to create that speech output.  If I could find
what they are using as a synth or what the company that made that portion of
the black berry used as a synth I would be much farther along at making
something that would talk on the black berry.


-----Original Message-----
From: programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of
Sent: Friday, October 19, 2007 4:16 AM
To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Development Kit Was Accessible Blackberry?

Hi Ken,
I am virtually clueless about Java. When you say that the development kit
sucks, are you talking about an accessibility development kit, the JDK, or
some other kit? What about it don't you like, hopefully in non-jargon?
Thanks for your patience.


James D Homme, , Usability Engineering, Highmark Inc.,
james.homme@xxxxxxxxxxxx, 412-544-1810

"It's more important for me to start to do the right thing than it is to
wait until I think I can do it just right."

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The problem with making the black berry accessible is that the sdk is Java
and it has some pretty big restrictions on size of jar files The only tts
right now in Java is free tts and I can tell you that it didn't run on my
wife's Black berry.  Another factor is the development kit sucks for
accessibility.  I have it on my computer and I have tinkered with it a bit
and lets just say its a mess.  I can say though that the emulator for the
black berry is more usable than the one for pocket pc.  I think I will go
see if anything has changed in the last 6 months I last played with this 8
months ago.


-----Original Message-----
From: programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Alex Parks
Sent: Thursday, October 18, 2007 4:22 PM
To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: re: Accessible Blackberry?

Not yet, but I have heard it said that Humanware will be tasked with
inventing a way of making the Blackberry accessible next year.  I no nothing
beyond this, but there may be hope for it, albeit a long way off.

Have a great day,

> ----- Original Message -----
>From: "Peter Quaiattini" <Peter_Quaiattini@xxxxxx
>To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>Date sent: Thu, 18 Oct 2007 16:04:53 -0600
>Subject: Accessible Blackberry?

>The DBA team that I am a member of is going to be using the now
>Blackberry to do pageouts and for severity 1 alerts.  To the best
of my
>knowledge, this technology is not accessible - does anyone have
>information to the contrary or how the Blackberry can be made to
>Regards, Peter

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