Standardization and Sustainability of Open Source Products - Barriers and Conflicts Demonstrated with the Linux Screenreader SUE -

  • Andrea Gaal
  • Gerhard Jaworek
  • Joachim Klaus
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6179)


SUE is an open source screenreader developed for the graphical interface using Linux. The screenreader allows the visually impaired to work with Linux for typical office tasks and the desktop (GNOME) itself. A special training course will instruct teachers and pupils at institutions for the blind and the partially sighted in using the screenreader. This presentation will focus on SUE and screenreader solutions for Linux. In addition it will discuss the problems of sustainability and standardization in an open community.


SUE Screenreader & Usability Extensions blind partially sighted low vision accessibility Open Source GNOME Linux training programme ECDL 


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    European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL),
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    Dienstleistungsgesellschaft fuer Informatik mbH (DLGI),
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    SUE project wiki,
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrea Gaal
    • 1
  • Gerhard Jaworek
    • 1
  • Joachim Klaus
    • 1
  1. 1.Study Centre for the Visually Impaired Students (SZS)Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)Germany

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