Banshee Accessibility: It Talks!

Instead of showing cryptic Accerciser screenshots, I went ahead and created a screencast of Banshee working with Orca.

Orca and Banshee screencast

I forgot to demo a few things, but you get the idea, Banshee works with Orca. I started a Banshee Orca script that enables such prettiness as synchronized seek bar reports. You could get it from the bug report, or an updated version from my Orca git branch. You could also keep track of all the Banshee a11y work through my Banshee git branch.

You will notice a few moments of awkward silence, there still is plenty of work to do, particularly with the SourceView on the left hand side: Both visible focus indication and some ATK instrumenting are missing.

Anyway, real life is going to call me soon, so I hope y’all enjoyed this as much as I did. I also hope these things find their way into trunk in one way or another. If I see that this is under popular demand I will try to keep my ppa current.

Banshee Accessibility: It Talks!

4 thoughts on “Banshee Accessibility: It Talks!

  1. Bertrand says:

    Eitan, thanks a lot for your work on this.
    I’ll try to make sure those patches get into banshee trunk, as a way to express my gratitude.
    But don’t hesitate to pester us if we’re slacking 😉

  2. Dylan McCall says:


    I couldn’t help but notice that Orca only speaks up to where the text reaches the column boundary and gets ellipsized, which happens with lots of your album titles. It strikes me that one who needs text to speech won’t be able to resize the columns, though, and the ellipses really only makes sense in a visual presentation anyway.

    Do you know if this is an issue with GTK in general or something that can be fixed on Banshee’s end?

    Really nice work with the Braille part 🙂

    1. Eitan says:


      Is this something you noticed in my screencast? I may have grew impatient and simply moved to the next item before Orca was done speaking.

      The behavior is as you suggested, it does not only speak up to the ellipsis 🙂

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