Name of the Technology : ALVIC - Accessible Linux for Visually Challenged v0.1.2
Disability Sector : Visual Impairments
Function : Blind and Low Vision aids
Category of research : Upgradation of existing technology/product, New technology/product (not existing in the country)
Brief description of the product/ technology:
ALViC (Accessible Linux for Visually Challenged) is a complete desktop environment which provides a comprehensive solution for Visually Challenged users. This is a GNU/Linux distribution based on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS; and uses Orca 3.2.0 xdesktop screen reader as the main interaction mechanism by visually challenged users. Visually challenged users can use it out of the box because necessary accessibility features suitable for fully blind as well as for partially blind users are enabled by default.
This product is being released as part of the project 'Enhancing Accessibility of FOSS Desktops' at CDAC, Mumbai. This project is funded by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology, Ministry of IT, under the NRCFOSS-Phase II project.
Major Features :
-Free and open source desktop environment
-Enhanced Orca with skim read facility and improved shortcut handling facility
-Structural navigation in text documents
-Accessible PDF documents in Linux environment
-Easy navigation and search facility on Desktop icon view
-Desktop themes suitable for partial blind
-Incorporated other assistive tools like OCRFeeder, Audio book converter and sound converter etc.
Readiness level of the product/technology: Ready As Product
Anticipated time to reach the next readiness level: Not Available
Anticipated time for the technology/product to come in the market: 0 to 6 months
Any Hindrance(s) being faced w.r.t. the development of product/technology: Lack of awareness about the available technologies
Anticipated cost: Free and Open Source Software
Dr. M Sasikumar Centre for Development of Advanced Computing,
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