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Subject: Re: get back into rockbox and accessibility

Re: get back into rockbox and accessibility

From: Dave Chapman <dave_at_dchapman.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2008 10:44:24 +0100

Daniel Dalton wrote:
> I was just trying to look for a solution to accessibility, since it
> doesn't seem to be a priority.

Given the current level of accessibility Rockbox provides, how can you
say that the Rockbox developers don't give it a priority.

Of course it can be improved (as can all aspects of Rockbox), but the
problem is that every Rockbox developer only has a limited amount of
free time, so they prioritise things of interest to them (either because
they want the feature, they think it will be good for Rockbox, or they
find it an interesting programming problem).

Regarding the issue of voice in plugins, your approach (add everything
to the main voice file) simply won't work on many Rockbox targets - I'm
sure you know the old Archos devices only have 2MB RAM, but there are
also lots of new ports in development that have that amount of RAM, and
some have even less.

But as others have said - work was done over the summer to implement
this the "right way", and hopefully that will find its way into SVN soon.

In the long term, I think you will gain by ensuring your changes work
across as many different devices as possible - the more devices that
Rockbox runs on, the more potential developers there are.

But I accept that a major reason for patches not being committed is the
fact that existing committers don't spend enough time reviewing patches
and then either committing the patch or telling the author why it's not
committable.

Unfortunately we're all doing this in our (often very limited) spare time.

Dave.
Received on 2008-10-13


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