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Usability of Unix & Linux by people with disabilities and by elderly users.

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Display a message in color by a conventional color name such as Red, Green, Blue, etc

WSL with Ubuntu 18.04 and GNU bash, version 4.4.20(1)-release (x86_64-pc). I wish to display a message with a conventionally named color via argument such as -red, or -green, or -blue or anything like ...
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Is there an example for a shell or computing accessibility culture aspiring a shell with more special characters and if so what is it? [closed]

I was always a bit frustrated from the lack of characters in modern computer systems such as, from what I know: A global template literal character for which the closest character today is a backtick ...
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chromium doesn't work with orca on fedora linux

I want to use fedora linux on my main system with the orca screen reader, however I've ran into barriers. First of all, I like using chromium based browsers which, unlike Debian and Slackware based ...
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Eye Gaze Tracking With Head Tracking Solutions On Linux

Background: I've been dealing with chronic RSI for years and I'm looking into various options to control the computer without my hands. Linux has been my OS for a few years and I really don't want to ...
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Hard to read and non visible UI elements under XFCE with dark themes

I am using XUbuntu 20.04 (XFCE 4.14) and have selected Greybird-dark style and theme which are in tune with my low light environment setup that I have found to be easier on my eyes. However, some UI ...
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Are there attempts to develop a more accessible sed?

sed pseudocode: sed "FROM" $to = ".*";$ "TO" $to = "'"$new_email_address"'"; "GLOBAL" FILE_PATH Mere line ...
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Gnome Accessibility zooming and Google Docs (actually writing in browsers)

I'm Linux user since 2001 (also had my share working as a professional system administrator) but I'm a bit new to accessibility options due to degrades happened to my eye sight. I found accessibility ...
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How to make a Chromebook less demanding of fine motor control?

I am advising a Chromebook user who has difficulty with fine motor control. The user has a Chromebook with a stock Chrome OS install. This system continually demands fine motor control, and when it ...
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Permanently and completely disable onscreen keyboard for Ubuntu 20.04

I just installed a fresh copy of the (currently) newest Ubuntu LTS. Because I did this on an Acer with Touchscreen capability, it decided I want an on-screen keyboard which I very much do NOT. It's ...
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Configure X11 pointerkeys

Xorg has an option keypad:pointerkeys that allows keypad to be used to control pointer. I have a TKL keyboard (without numpad). Can I configure the keys that are used to control the pointer?
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How to set a system-wide gtk theme in NixOS?

Is there a way to set system-wide default GTK theme to "HighContrast" in the same manner, one can set font DPI on a system level? Here is the snippet I use for the font DPI: fonts = { ...
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How to remove Kaccessible in KDE neon / KDE Plasma 5.20?

I still don't know why KDE Accessible / the screenreader starts automatically and how to conveniently prevent it via KDE's options. In the latest version of KDE that's used by KDE neon I could not ...
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Make specific key sticky

I have found enabling sticky keys under xorg (awesome desktop manager) on Super User, which showed me that I can enable sticky keys via xkbset sticky -twokey This works as expected, but in my case I'...
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Quitting a Sticky Keys sequence?

When Sticky Keys is enabled, how do you quit a key sequence after pressing a modifier by accident? https://help.gnome.org/users/gnome-help/stable/keyboard-shortcuts-set.html.en suggested Backspace to ...
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Where is the GNOME virtual keyboard?

I use GNOME 3.36 on Arch Linux and even if control panel shows up the right option activated (see the screenshot below); none virtual keyboard is shown when needed i.e. on an input box like the search ...
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Timeout for sticky keys

Context I use xkbset to enable sticky keys: xkbset sticky -twokey latchlock ## set sticky keys, don't disable via twokey xkbset exp 1 =sticky ## don't expire sticky keys That does exactly what I want,...
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Are there any color filters for color vision deficiencies? (Deuteranomaly, Protanomaly)

I have red-green-weakness (a bit of both, deuteranomaly and protanomaly) and on Windows there was a very helpful feature to convert the for me difficult-to-distinguish colors to nearby ones on the ...
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Arch Linux KDE: How do I get the mouse pointer / cursor to highlight?

I'm running a current version of Arch Linux (KDE) on a Dell laptop. When I press the Meta key (with the Microsoft logo) it brings up the application launcher menu+. So it's not a dead key. And Ctrl ...
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Is there a way to zoom in on the screen AND mouse pointer in any Linux distribution?

I'm looking for a tool that allows to zoom in on the screen regardless of the application or program you're currently running. This tool should not only magnify the screen, but also the mouse pointer. ...
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Mouse keys on GNOME with no keypad

How do I use mouse keys (Universal Access -> Pointing & Clicking -> Mouse Keys) when I have no keypad? My goal is to work mouse-free.
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Are there any up-to-date blind-accessible Linux distros?

I am looking for a Linux distro that is accessible to someone who is totally blind. I am aware of Vinux and Sonar GNU, but the former is dormant and the latter is discontinued. What is out there that ...
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Getting dbind-WARNING's about registering with the accessibility bus

When I run X apps from the command-line (e.g. leafpad; most apps), I receive the following warning on the console: ... dbind-WARNING **: ... Couldn't register with accessibility bus: Did not receive ...
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How to zoom/magnify on linux without compiz (bspwm)

I'd like to have the functionality described in this video. Basically, use super+scrollup/down or pinch in/out on my touchpad to zoom in a certain area of the screen like on a phone or tablet. Sadly ...
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Does Brave support accessibility APIs on Linux (ATK, AT-SPI)?

In order for assistive technologies to work with browsers and other applications, these applications need to support the operating system's accessibility API. On the Gnome desktop, the most relevant ...
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Screen Reader on Linux system

I switched on the screen reader on my Ubuntu 17.10 machine. It works fine with Firefox 61.0.1 (64-bit), but its not working with Chrome version 69.0.3497.100 (Official Build) (64-bit). Is there need ...
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How to disable GNOME's 8 sec. shift hotkey for activating slow keys/keystroke delay?

When I press Shift for 8 seconds (as the upcoming dialog says, I rather feel these are 10 seconds) GNOME enables "slow keys", how they call it. Fortunately a dialog pops up before it is finally ...
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Speakup not working on boot

I'm helping teach a Linux class, and we have a blind student. We're using Debian 9 inside a virtual machine as the students' Linux boxes. We were able to (somewhat) successfully install using speech ...
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Change default screen keyboard

In Ubuntu 18.04 the default screen keyboard is the regular Gnome on-screen keyboard. It can be activated via settings > universal access. Does anybody know how to change the default on-screen ...
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How to enforce Large Text in GNOME Web?

When I enable Large Text in a GNOME/Wayland desktop session it works in most applications. In GNOME Web it's a bit different: browser chrome gets bigger some websites get bigger (e.g. https://en....
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Can I make the cursor bigger on the GNOME login screen?

I'm running a GNOME/Wayland desktop environment on a Debian-based distro. When I'm logged in I have enabled Large Text and set Cursor Size: Large, both under Settings > Universal Access. On the login ...
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Linux: Onscreen swipe keyboard

I injured my hand so that typing is now difficult. I have a touchscreen monitor on my laptop and am running Debian. Is there an on-screen keyboard which has swipe capabilities like the Google ...
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How to disable the on-screen keyboard when I use the touch screen?

I am using Fedora on a computer with touch screen. When was using Fedora 26 or older, the on-screen keyboard always pops up when I am using the touch screen (like when I selected gedit window, the on-...
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Get UI Element On-Screen Position

I'm looking for a way to fetch child UI element (Button, textbox, combobox) position on screen (does not matter if relative to parent or absolute to desktop). Is there mechanism available to perform ...
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Terminal command to disable Mouse Keys accessibility feature

Running Ubuntu-server 17.04 x64 with Cinammon 3.2.7. It seems that the mousekeys function is enabled by default, which disables the numpad and turns it into a mouse emulator. Attempting to disable ...
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Why does KDE Accessible / the screenreader start automatically and how to prevent it?

I'm running Debian 9.1 with KDE and KDE Accessible / the screenreader keeps appearing from time to time for some reason. I'd like to know why that is and how to prevent it from starting. It's not ...
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Is there a linux equivalent to Mac's "Shake to Find Cursor"?

My coworker has a Mac, and when he loses his mouse cursor, he wiggles the mouse, and the mouse pointer gets bigger and bigger to visually show its location. Is there anything like that in Linux? I ...
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Sound feedback while in terminal/text editor?

When I am typing in the terminal, often I am typing in commands or code without necessarily looking at the screen. Probably this would annoy many people, but for me I would like audible feedback from ...
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Sticky shift key

Is there a way to get "sticky" shift, so that I can (sequentially) type shift, 5 to get % shift, 3 to get # shift, r to get R There's shift lock in X11, but that doesn't cancel after producing a ...
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On-screen keyboard does not appear on screen upon focus of input in browser

I am using Fedora 21. I have activated the on-screen keyboard using the universal access. I cannot get the on-screen keyboard to appear when working in a browser, LibreOffice Calc or directory. The ...
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Disable sticky keys

Sometimes my X behaves like it has «sticky keys» turned on. I have no idea how I activated it. Usually hitting the "sticky" key multiple times solves the problem, but it is nevertheless annoying. I ...
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Which GNU/Linux distributions have good screen magnifier software, either freely available, or preinstalled?

Which GNU/Linux distributions have good screen magnifier software, either freely available, or pre-installed with the OS? Being a visually impaired nerd, I'd like to gain experience on as many ...
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