SDF is a useful resource for blind or visually impaired people. It allows you to interact with a computer using a command-line interface, which is more comfortable for those of us who, for any reason, find GUIs don't meet their needs. * SDF can be connected to in various ways including ssh, telnet and dialup. * Several web browsers exist on the system; lynx, in particular, can be customized for more speech friendly use.
If your screen reader can work with your telnet or ssh client, all is well. If you are using jaws for windows, you may need to set your screen echo to “all” by pressing insert-s until “all” is spoken. To bring it back to defaults, hit “insert s” again until it says “highlighted”. Some ssh clients known to work are (windows) UTF-8 Tera term pro, SecureCRT, and the cygwin ssh client. In my experience, Putty hasn't worked. Some people have gotten it to work, but I have no experience with it.
UTF-8 Tera Term pro is an improvement over the old Tera Term. It now supports ssh2 and UTF-8 (I think only for Japanese). It can be obtained from here. Setup instructions are below.
SDF provides good opportunities to chat, using IRC, and several instant messaging protocols.
If this is unclear, contact me as tspivey on sdf, or on skype at the same name.
Below are some configuration tips for several programs.
Irssi is a text client for IRC. It's available to meta-arpa members only. Here are the commands to type once irssi is loaded. Note that these are only suggested defaults; do with them what you will.
/set timestamps off /set use_status_window off /set autocreate_own_query off /set autocreate_windows off /sbar window disable
These settings will do the following:
Once the program is installed, which can be accomplished by running the installer, the following steps should be taken.
The setup of Tera Term is now complete. To make a new connection, press alt-n and type in the host name, and select the protocol by pressing tab.