Debian Accessibility Project
Summary
Input methods
Debian Accessibility Non-standard input methods

This metapackage will install packages which are useful for non-standard input methods.

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Debian Accessibility Input methods packages

Official Debian packages with high relevance

Caribou
Configurable on screen keyboard with scanning mode
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interfacex11
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An input assistive technology intended for switch and pointer users.

Eviacam
camera based mouse emulator
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Enable Viacam (aka eViacam) is a mouse replacement program that moves the pointer tracking the user's head movements. It works on a standard computer equipped with a "webcam". No additional hardware is required. Based on the award winning Facial Mouse.

Gnome-mousetrap
Head tracked mouse control
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MouseTrap permits people with movements impairments to access the computer. It uses image processing to translate the user's head movements into mouse events (movements, clicks) which allow users to interact with the different desktops managers and applications.

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Gok
GNOME Onscreen Keyboard
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GOK is the GNOME Onscreen Keyboard, a dynamic onscreen keyboard for UNIX and UNIX-like operating systems. It features Direct Selection, Dwell Selection, Automatic Scanning and Inverse Scanning access methods and includes word completion.

GOK includes an alphanumeric keyboard and a keyboard for launching applications. The keyboards are specified in XML enabling existing keyboards to be modified and new keyboards to be created. The access methods are also specified in XML providing the ability to modify existing access methods and create new ones.

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Ibus-sharada-braille
transitional dummy package for ibus-braille
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This transitional package is safe to remove.

Mousetweaks
mouse accessibility enhancements for the GNOME desktop
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This package contains a daemon and some panel applets to improve mouse usability on the GNOME desktop. These enhancements are:

  • The possibility to click without a button
  • The ability to bring the context menu with a one-button mouse (like MacOS does)
  • An area to capture the mouse pointer until it is released with a pre-defined key combination.
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Onboard
Simple On-screen Keyboard
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On-screen Keyboard with macros, easy layout creation and word suggestion.

This on-screen keyboard can be useful for tablet PC users, as well as for mobility impaired users.

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1.0.0-0ubuntu4https://screenshots.debian.net/screenshots/000/010/667/large.png
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Tuxtype
Näppäilytaitoa kehittävä peli Tuxin seurassa
Maintainer: Holger Levsen
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TuxTyping on konekirjoitustaitoa kehittävä peli, jossa on mukana Tux, Linuxin maskottipingviini. Pelaaja ohjaa Tuxia syömään kaloja, jotka putoilevat taivaalta. Jokaisella kalalla on kirjain kyljessään. Kun pelaaja painaa vastaavaa näppäintä Tux nappaa kalan suuhunsa. Peli on tarkoitettu lapsille tietokonenäppäimistöön harjaantumiseksi, mutta vaikeimmat tasot ovat haastavia myös kokeneelle konekirjoittajalle.

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Wayv
Experimental hand writing/gesture recognition program
Maintainer: Nick Rusnov
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Enables human computer interaction, especially using gestures inputed via the mouse.

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Xvkbd
software virtual keyboard for X11
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xvkbd is a virtual (graphical) keyboard program for X Window System which provides facility to enter characters onto other clients (software) by clicking on a keyboard displayed on the screen. This may be used for systems without a hardware keyboard such as kiosk terminals or handheld devices. This program also has facility to send characters specified as the command line option to another client.

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3.3-1https://screenshots.debian.net/screenshots/000/013/666/large.png
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Official Debian packages with lower relevance

Cellwriter
grid-entry handwriting input panel
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CellWriter is a grid-entry natural handwriting input panel. As you write characters into the cells, your writing is instantly recognized at the character level. When you press 'Enter' on the panel, the input you entered is sent to the currently focused application as if typed on the keyboard.

  • Writer-dependent, learns your handwriting for reliable recognition
  • Correcting preprocessor algorithms account for digitizer noise, differing stroke order, direction, and number of strokes
  • Unicode support enables you to write in your native language
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Dasher
graphical predictive text input system
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Dasher is an information-efficient text-entry interface, driven by natural continuous pointing gestures. Dasher is a competitive text-entry system wherever a full-size keyboard cannot be used - for example,

  • on a palmtop computer
  • on a wearable computer
  • when operating a computer one-handed, by joystick, touchscreen, trackball, or mouse
  • when operating a computer with zero hands (i.e., by head-mouse or by eyetracker).

The eyetracking version of Dasher allows an experienced user to write text as fast as normal handwriting - 25 words per minute; using a mouse, experienced users can write at 39 words per minute.

Dasher uses a more advanced prediction algorithm than the T9(tm) system often used in mobile phones, making it sensitive to surrounding context.

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Ibus-braille
Braille input engine for IBus
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Ibus-braille allows one to use the PC keyboard to type text in graphical desktops in a Perkins-like way, i.e. braille patterns.

It supports several braille tables (english, french, indian, spanish), contracted braille and abbreviations.

It comes with table editors.

Mozilla-mozgest
transitional dummy package
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This is a transitional dummy package to ease the migration from the mozilla-mozgest to the new xul-ext-mozgest package. You can remove it safely.

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