Slint64-14.2.1RC ISO available for testing.

Slint64-14.2.1RC ISO available for testing.

Postby DidierSpaier » 8. Oct 2017, 13:23

Hello,

an ISO image of Slint64-14.2.1RC is available here.

Main change since the beta: Slint is now fully accessible to visually impaired users using speech and|or a braille device, during installation as in an installed system, in a console as in most graphical environments: Blackbox, Fluxbox, Fvwm, LXDE, XFCE, WindowMaker, and Maté if installed by the user.

Furthermore, zero configuration post installation is needed for the first regular user created during installation to get speech.

To increase the accessibility of graphical environments, the same key bindings are set in all of them:
Alt+F1 pops up the panel's Application menu
Alt+F2 pops up a Run dialog (but in Fluxbox)
Alt+F4 closes the focused window
Alt+Tab cycle between windows, giving the raised one the focus.

Also, all panels' application menus shipped have the same layout. From top to bottom:
Terminal emulator (lxterminal by default)
File manager (PCManfm by default)
Web browser (Mozilla Firefox by default)
Mail client (Mozilla Thunderbird by default)
Preferences
Slint Dashboard (alas non accessible yet as it's a Qt4 app)
Applications sorted by category
Run dialog
Logout dialog

Cf. the files in http://slackware.uk/slint/x86_64/slint-testing/, mostly:
README
ACCESSIBILITY
and for the gory details the ChangeLog, including the packages that were added, upgraded and rebuilt.

Current users of Slint-14.2 should not need to reinstall, cf. in the upgrade subdirectory README-UPGRADE.

I will require testing by more visually impaired users before declaring 14.2.1 released.

Thank to the many people who helped, especially Daniele Moriya Martins de Souza - A.K.A. Aiyumi. Her initial work and this blog post got me started.

In addition to this forum, the new Slint mailing list can be used for feedback, questions and suggestions.

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