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My new favorite GNOME Patch

For those of us without a disability, understanding the challenge users may experience when trying to use a computer can be a foreign concept.  (Or at least it is for me.)

Browsing Reddit, of all places, this weekend I came across this story of a user with ALS who created a patch for Eye of GNOME.  The patch contributor’s son added a comment to the bug report (and a link to a picture) that is a must read.  Go read it.  Now.

This is why we write free software.  All users can contribute.  And we write software that everyone can use.  Sometimes when other stuff is going on we might forget and this is a great example of why free software is important.

  1. I have autism which entails some difficulty with executive function (organising and sequencing information and actions) that make some software unusable – I am very distracted by pop-ups and notifications, and the keyboard / mouse switching context; I can not multi-task at all; I am thoroughly confused when menus “helpfully” re-organise themselves. A lot of these features are, of course, exactly the fashion of the moment on the social desktop – and unfortunately there is NOTHING about cognitive dysfunction in the accessible design guidelines.

    Open software is a joy because I can so easily eliminate these distractions and anti-features in my Linux, setting up my environment just as I want.

    And I develop software and contribute back.

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  3. I know what you mean.
    I use a tiling window manager (StumpWM), my browser is Conkeror, and I do quite a bit in Emacs and the shell, because everything is predictable, consistent and does nothing I didn’t ask it to do.

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