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Blind people unable to install Guix System

From: 宋文武
Subject: Blind people unable to install Guix System
Date: Tue, 01 Aug 2023 18:29:25 +0800
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Simen Endsjø <> writes:

> It was brought to my attention that blind people runs into problems installing
> Guix System, while Debian and Arch have solved this better.
> The problem is outlined by the user k.g.roberts, ref
> <>:
>       The installer for Guix System 1.4.0 is basically the same as I remember 
> it from
>       a few years ago; boots almost immediately into an ncurses menu for 
> locale
>       selection and it takes another few screens to get to the option for a 
> shell. No
>       other assistive technologies built into the installer itself outside of 
> what’s
>       in the kernel, so a blind installation is doable over a remote 
> connection after
>       that point, but would likely be a hassle to get going without 
> additional help
>       from a sighted person.
> Dave Dude mention a solution, ref 
> <>:
>       They’d need to add a console screen reader, like Fenrir or ESpeakup to 
> the
>       installation image, then have something to type, on the boot command 
> line, to
>       start the reader. Debian has done this, on its installation images for 
> a long
>       time. Arch now does something like this, too. Thanks for looking into 
> this!
> I’m not the right person to do something like this, just thought I should 
> report
> it in case it’s easy to fix.

Hello, I CC this email to bug-guix to open an issue now.

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