Re: Internal data (was Re: Speech-enabling approach) (fwd)

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The analogy on the user interface front is to build the necessary semantic
and structural distinctions into the user interface objects that
programmers use in their applications, and to make these components more
generic so that they work effectively across a range of devices and move
beyond the WIMP metaphor. This is the basis of ch. 3 of T. V. Raman's
book, where he discusses the fundamental operations that are manifest in
common WIMP user interface components today, and develops a conception of
their auditory counterparts.

As for testing, an interesting example is provided by IBM's Self-Voicing
kit for Java, which has been made available for the purpose of enabling
developers to experience, directly, a non-visual interface to their
applications. Automatic validation processes can probably be used to some

Since Linux is an emerging, though rapidly growing, environment, and
open-source development is not governed by commercial imperatives, there
may be a significant opportunity to influence the direction of user
interface design in this area which needs to be addressed.

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