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Re: CLI versus GUI [was "Re: The great software speech server hunt"]



I think I'm most inclined to agree with Christopher. I also think that the GUI can be just as beneficial to a blind user as the cli. I use both environments daily and prefer each for different tasks. At work, I exclusively use GUI as we are a windows only operation and, without knowing how to use a GUI interface it would not be possible to do my job. To give you an example, last week, I had to teach a class on reallocating investments on a client's account. It involved screenshots added to a PowerPoint presentation which was put up on a projector. This is not something I imagine being able to do easily in a CLI. At other times, I create materials consisting of short videos of me navigating thorugh screens on our systems demonstrating how to perform a task for my learners. Again, this is something I could not imagine doing in cli. Sometimes, though, when I am doing some file maintenance, I may hop on to the windows cmd command line but that is rare. At home, in linux, the picture is different, of course. I think a blind person's best bet is to become profficient with both. I use console, emacspeak and Gnome and find it no trouble at all to seamlessly move between them in the course of using my machine. I guess my stance is use what works best for you and don't be afraid to try new ways of doing your work and, for Godsake don't decide what to use or not to use based on some software ideal. When you are visually impaired, accessibility narrows your choices somewhat so, you have to be pragmatic. That, however, is another bone of contention for another thread.

Alex M

On Sun, 29 Jan 2012, Christopher Chaltain wrote:

I'd be curious to take a look at this study myself, although I'm a bit
dubious. I've been using the GUI since 1991 when Screen Reader/2 came
out for OS/2, and given the proper accessibility, I think the blind can
get the same advantages from the GUI that the sighted get. I'm also
curious if this article implies that the blind are somehow disadvantaged
when using the GUI. IMHO, the CLI and the GUI each have there advantages
and disadvantages, and whether you prefer one over the other depends on
who you are, how you use your computer and what you'll be using it for.
This is true for the blind and the sighted alike.

On 28/01/12 23:03, Jude DaShiell wrote:
Not in my files any longer.  I think I was so shocked when I read that
message I forgot to save it but did forward it to another person who is
very interested in accessibility and ways it is and isn't accomplished.

On Sun, 29 Jan 2012, Jason White wrote:

Jude DaShiell <jdashiel@shellworld.net> wrote:
I have been fully blind from birth and that's why I do better with
C.L.I. than G.U.I. too acording to a study released a few years ago from
R.N.I.B.

Do you have a reference to the study mentioned above?

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