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Bug 229912 - enable accessible login by default
Summary: enable accessible login by default
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: gdm
Version: rawhide
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Ray Strode [halfline]
QA Contact:
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2007-02-24 05:54 UTC by David Zeuthen
Modified: 2013-03-06 03:49 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

Fixed In Version: 2.18.0-4.fc7
Doc Type: Bug Fix
Doc Text:
Clone Of:
Last Closed: 2007-04-12 18:56:37 UTC

Attachments (Terms of Use)
fdi file (deleted)
2007-02-24 05:54 UTC, David Zeuthen
no flags Details

Description David Zeuthen 2007-02-24 05:54:45 UTC
Description of problem:

We should enable accessible login by default; see

for details. Apart from the themed greeter not having particular good a11y
coverage, it somewhat works. And the themed greeter should be fixable. This involves

 1. Enabling accessible login - just tweak a config option
 2. Making sure the unprivileged 'gdm' user can use the sound card
 3. Making gdm pull in the appropriate RPM's - this includes
    - orca
    - gnome-speech
    - festival
    - gok
    - ... and possibly others

We should also make sure that the AT's started in gdm are started for the login
session. I think this can be easily achieved by making gdm export some
environment variables we can pick up in gnome-session... will look into this.

For 2., find attached an fdi file that achieves this. You'll need to pull in the
latest and greatest hal which is hal-0.5.9-0.git20070218.fc7. The file should be


Comment 1 David Zeuthen 2007-02-24 05:54:46 UTC
Created attachment 148739 [details]
fdi file

Comment 2 David Zeuthen 2007-02-24 09:03:30 UTC

for proposed patches to start the AT's in the login session.

Comment 3 David Zeuthen 2007-02-27 10:17:06 UTC
> Apart from the themed greeter not having particular good a11y
> coverage, it somewhat works. And the themed greeter should be fixable.


for a patch that actually improves the accessibility of the themed greeter a lot.

Comment 4 Matthias Clasen 2007-03-24 05:51:28 UTC
David, this is done, right ?

Comment 5 David Zeuthen 2007-03-24 22:23:51 UTC
Need support in gnome-session still. Let's keep it open till that is done.

Comment 6 David Zeuthen 2007-04-12 18:56:37 UTC
I've put this into gnome-session - it's a bit brutal right now; we set the gconf
key for whether a11y is enabled if $GDM_ATS is set - otherwise broken things
like orca complains that a11y is not enabled for the session when it obviously
is. We also hardcode what AT's to starting (depending on what $GDM_ATS says).

FWIW, I'm also working on getting these patches upstream - with the preferred
apps for a11y going into GNOME 2.20, this can be done in a much nicer way.

But right now it solves the main goal - that the live CD is accessible!

For Fedora 8 we should probably switch to the plain greeter - the a11y support
there is much better. We should just patch it so it can look nicer.

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