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debian accessibility

Torsten Landschoff <torsten@pclab.ifg.uni-kiel.de> wrote:
> Do we have a blind volunteer who can help with testing the new
> installer? I think we should add support for blind people while we 
> are at redesigning the installer...

I forwarded this note to the blinux (blind Linux) list, and got three
volunteers.  In a separate message, I have suggested they subscribe to

			- Jim Van Zandt

From: anders@canit.se
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2000 19:44:01 +0200 (CEST)
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Hello James!
I can be your volunter of testing the debian installation or blind paiple.
I to reinstall my debian so that would be a good trie for me.

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To: "James R. Van Zandt" <jrv@vanzandt.mv.com>
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Hi Jim,

I might possibly be able to help do a bit of testing, provided it's not
that intensive (i.e. that versions don't come along too often).  Can't
commit to being very timely though...  

One point in this message I thought worth resopnding too which you might
want to pass on to the list:

On Mon, 25 Sep 2000, James R. Van Zandt wrote:

> > This touches on the second way a blind person could install Debian -
> > prerecord some configuration info then auto-install.  Red Hat's
> > kickstart works this way - no need to go through one installation
> > manually before auto-installations can start.  Please keep this
> > scenario in mind while designing the new installer.
> Two new goals?
> - - Document all installer variables so you can even install the first 
>   system without user interaction

There's another great reason for implementing this
feature:  standardization.  The only reason, so I was told, that the
sysadmins here at U. of Toronto's Dept. of Comp. Sci. opted for RedHat is
that they could use it's KickStart procedure to make sure that all their
machines were configured identically--thus saving on administration and
allowing for more file sharing on their NFS'd network.  


From: "Saqib Shaikh" <mail@saqib-shaikh.freeserve.co.uk>
To: torsten@pclab.ifg.uni-kiel.de
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2000 21:29:58 +0100
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Subject: debian accessibility
CC: jrv@vanzandt.mv.com
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dear torstan

i am a blind computer science student in the uk. i heard your 
request for a blind individual to help make debian more accessible. 
i am by all means prepared to do this. what must i do?

please let me know.
regards, saqib shaikh

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