Re: Is Android Programming Accessible?

  • From: Bill Cox <waywardgeek@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 30 Jul 2010 12:42:35 -0400

I wouldn't say it speaks "all" other menus, but it does seem pretty
close.  There are annoying gaps in some popular applications.  The
microphone icon on the search bar is not spoken, and neither are other
icons on most other widgets.  Some desktop widgets are not accessible
at all.  There's not quite enough of the right kind of information
spoken, like what row and column you're on when browsing the desktop.

However, the progress is very encouraging, and at some point I suspect
blind programmers will get involved and progress will accelerate.
What has to happen first is for Android to become the platform of
choice for the blind.  I think that will happen.

Bill

On Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 12:05 PM, Alphonso McFadden
<techsales2@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> So does this mean it speaks all other menue's?
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Bill Cox" <waywardgeek@xxxxxxxxx>
> To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Friday, July 30, 2010 12:04 PM
> Subject: Re: Is Android Programming Accessible?
>
>
> Hi, Bryan.  Talkback in Android 2.2 is getting close to usable, but
> not quite there.  The main problem remaining is that the browser and
> e-mail applications are not accessible, both of which I think use
> webkit.  Work on making it accessible is underway.  I think we can
> count on Google to get it where it needs to be, but I can't estimate
> the timeline.
>
> Bill
>
> On Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 10:20 PM, Bryan Schulz <b.schulz@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> wrote:
>>
>> hi,
>>
>> i called a local at&t wireless store and most of what they sell are the
>> android operating system.
>> will mobile speak be created for this system or will there possibly be a
>> free open source app to make these phones talk?
>> i would like to get an unlocked phone with no monthly fee off ebay for a
>> low
>> talk time charge when needed solution.
>> Bryan Schulz
>>
>>
>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Dave" <davidct1209@xxxxxxxxx>
>> To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>> Sent: Thursday, July 29, 2010 8:22 PM
>> Subject: Re: Is Android Programming Accessible?
>>
>>
>>> I'm relatively new to Android land as well, but from what I've done so
>>> far, yes, it's accessible depending on your experience.
>>>
>>> Android comes with a variety of development tools; there's, as you
>>> mentioned, a plugin for Eclipse to help streamline the development
>>> experience (auto generated project files).
>>>
>>> However, all of this can be done by hand via the Android SDK using
>>> command line tools. One can also specify UI elements within an
>>> AndroidManifest xml file.
>>>
>>> The learning curve isn't too bad as long as you are fairly comfortable
>>> with exploring the technology stack (from the tools, to the SDK, to
>>> the application concepts such as intents, broadcasts, services, etc.
>>> and finally to managing a real device such as flashing, rooting,
>>> etc.).
>>>
>>> Hth.
>>>
>>> On 7/29/10, David Engebretson Jr. <d.engebretson@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>>>
>>>> I asked the same question a week back or so and didn't get a response.
>>>> Maybe we'll need to explore it together. try eyesfree.google.com
>>>>
>>>> cheers,
>>>> david
>>>>
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>>>> ----- Original Message -----
>>>> From: "Robert Jaquiss" <rjaquiss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>>>> To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>>>> Sent: Thursday, July 29, 2010 5:13 PM
>>>> Subject: Is Android Programming Accessible?
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>> Hello:
>>>>>
>>>>> I am looking at a possible project that requires programming for an
>>>>> Android based device. Has anyone done this? My research to date
>>>>> indicates
>>>>> that Java is used with the Eclipse IDE and an Android SDK.
>>>>>
>>>>> Regards,
>>>>>
>>>>> Robert
>>>>>
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