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Subject: RE: Alternative UI for blind users?

RE: Alternative UI for blind users?

From: John covici <>
Date: Tue, 9 May 2006 19:55:40 -0400

Sounds like a great idea to me -- I don't have one of those yet, but I
think that would get me to buy one.

on Tuesday 05/09/2006 Rick Alfaro( wrote
> I think that is a fabulous idea you have there if it is at all doable.
> --Best regards,
> --Rick Alfaro
> -----Original Message-----
> From: [] On
> Behalf Of Aman Singer
> Sent: Sunday, May 07, 2006 8:50 PM
> To: 'Rockbox'
> Subject: Alternative UI for blind users?
> Hi, all.
> I don't know how difficult this would be to implement. I don't
> imagine it would be that hard, as it wouldn't require new drivers/codecs,
> but it might be difficult all the same. What I've been having some trouble
> with is using the Ipod's wheel as a blind person. I sometimes find myself
> overshooting my target and being forced to retreat. I know others have
> suggested a click every time the selection is moved, and this sounds like a
> good idea. However, I was thinking we could, if possible, have a mode
> invoked by pressing a few buttons simultaneously. In this mode, the wheel
> would be disabled, and the buttons on the wheel would act as they did on the
> Archos recorders. The down button would move down through directories and
> menus. The up button would do the opposite. The right button would act as a
> select/play button and the left button would act as a back button. The round
> button in the middle of the wheel could be left as it is. The menu could be
> accessed by holding one button for a time or by the use of two buttons
> together, as could other generally used functions. To avoid people asking
> "why doesn't my wheel work?", a message could come up every time the wheel
> was used "you are in wheel-disabled mode. To return to normal mode press
> [whatever the buttons you need to press may be]".
> This would have several distinct advantages for blind users, users
> who's motor coordination isn't the best, users with MS or some other disease
> that hampers feeling in the fingers, users who are using the Ipod through a
> thin case or, generally, users who want forceful feedback to selection
> requests. The wheel would be eliminated from the equation, which would make
> all such uses easier, at least for new users. In the same way, brushing the
> wheel, which I've done once or twice, won't be a problem and won't change
> the selection. Do any of the developers think this would be doable and
> desirable?
> Aman

Your life is like a penny.  You're going to lose it.  The question is:
How do
you spend it?
         John Covici
Received on 2006-05-10

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