From Scientific American " The Secret to Raising Smart Kids " by Carol S. Dweck. Hint: Don't tell your kids that they are. More than three decades of research shows that a focus on effort—not on intelligence or ability—is key to success in school and in life.
People with severely impaired movement often use one or two switches to control their computers and/or communication devices. Even though the switch is arguably the simplest electrical component, when it becomes an assistive technology it is likely to cost the end user hundred's of dollars. On the other hand, a fantastically complex electronic device, the USB camera, is available at discount stores for a few dollars. CamKeys is a simple python program that makes a cheap camera emulate any number of switches. It simply generates key events when user-specified regions of the camera image change.
I wanted my print output to show up on pygame display. This python code implements a simple file-like object that handles multiple lines and wrapping.
I needed to send key events from one python program to another. Using SendKeys on Windows worked fine in my tests but when I tried to send key events to a pygame program it completely ignored them. Some searching revealed that DirectInput ignores events generated with SendKeys. I learned that I needed to use SendInput. I found lots of partial examples but nothing that quite did the job. Here is some code (scraped together from multiple web pages) that works for me:
TTSynth.com is offering IBM's speech technology for Linux for $40. This is like the speech engine used in JAWS.
Pete pointed me to CoScripter , a tool from IBM intended to automate web processes. He and I have been talking for a while about "grass roots" accessibility in which end-users are enabled to easily make and share accessibility improvements for web sites. CoScripter looks like a step in that direction.
Tom sent me to a pointer to
an AJAX variant designed to be accessible
a framework designed to make AJAX accessible.
The cre8txt keyboard might work for one handed computing apps and their software to decode SMS slang might be fun too.
I really wanted something like reinteract when I last did some signal processing. I've got to do some for Pete (soon) and I may try this if the time pressure isn't too great.
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