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[Accessibility] A thought about a possible project

From: Michael Whapples
Subject: [Accessibility] A thought about a possible project
Date: Wed, 01 Sep 2010 18:43:10 +0100
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Now I don't know whether what I am going to suggest would fit with the GNU ideas on free software, but one of the things which as a blind user I am unable to do on a GNU Linux system is access flash content on the web. Now would it be appropriate for GNU/FSF to support getting accessibility in a plugin such as gnash or swfdec? OK, I think I may have answered my own question as I was going to check the license for gnash and the debian package has gnash's home page being at, I wasn't sure whether supporting what I believe is a proprietary system (that's what I thought flash itself was) would be appropriate.

I am suggesting this route as: it saves us having to pressure and rely on adobe to make the change and anyway that would be supporting a proprietary system as the adobe plugin isn't free software. Trying to convince web developers not to use flash wouldn't be great as it makes free software look lacking compared to proprietary systems on windows and I am sure there would always be someone who would choose to stick with flash on their website. By making gnash accessible it would mean that the free software solution has something over the adobe plugin and they may need to hang there head in shame in the accessibility area (if they aren't already for the gaping hole they have in accessibility on platforms other than windows).

Now I wonder, does this idea take anyone's fancy? I have to say technically I probably wouldn't be able to do much, but I certainly would be happy to help someone with testing this.

Michael Whapples

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