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25 November 2011, 11:52

Ubuntu sets out accessibility plans for 12.04

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Ubuntu Accessibility logo Ubuntu community manager Jono Bacon has detailed the development plans for accessibility support in next April's 12.04 LTS release. The plans appear to have been developed with the problems of accessibility development that arose during the Ubuntu 11.10 cycle in mind. During that development cycle, the accessibility features were "broken throughout much of the cycle" and testing of, for example, the accessible installation was not possible until the release of beta 2 of 11.10.

With this in mind, the plans include expanding testing to allow more users without accessibility needs to easily test the accessibility features – which should not include many new features in the run up to a long term support release. That said, one new feature that is being worked on for 12.04 is screen magnification support, at least for Unity 2D and possible for Unity 3D. The plans also include the Kubuntu developers working to integrate more accessibility into their KDE-based desktop.

The Ubuntu community is being asked to help clean up documentation as part of the development, but also to look into how Ubuntu's accessibility support can be expanded to address people with learning disabilities such as ADHD, autism and dyslexia.

The Ubuntu accessibility team has a blog and wiki with further information and is always looking for more users, developers and testers to assist it in its efforts.


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