This module is designed to help users who have difficulty hearing audible cues, or who have difficulty using a keyboard.
This panel is divided into an Audible Bell section and a Visible Bell section.
The top check box labeled Use System Bell, determines whether the normal System bell rings. If this option is disabled, the System bell will be silenced.
The next check box down can be used to play a different sound whenever the system bell is triggered. To activate, place a mark in the check box labeled Use customized bell, and enter the complete pathname to the sound file in the text box labeled Sound to play. If you want, you can select the button to navigate through your filesystem to find the exact file.
For those users who have difficulty hearing the System bell, or those users who have a silent computer, KDE offers the visual bell. This provides a visual signal (inverting the screen or flashing a color across it) when the system bell would normally sound.
To use the visual bell, first place a mark in the check box labeled Use visual bell.
You can then select between Invert screen, or Flash screen. If you select Invert screen, all colors on the screen will be reversed. If you choose Flash screen, you can choose the color by clicking the button to the right of the Flash screen selection.
The spin box can be used to adjust the duration of the visible bell. The default value is 500 msec, or half a second.
There are the two sections Sticky Keys and Locking Keys to this panel.
- Use Sticky Keys
If this option is enabled, you can press and release the Shift, Alt or Ctrl keys, and then press another key to get a key combo (example: Ctrl+Alt+Del could be done with Ctrl, then Alt and then Del).
Also in this section is a check box labeled Lock Sticky Keys. If this check box is enabled, the Alt, Ctrl and Shift keys stay “selected” until you “de-selected” them.
As an example:
- With Lock Sticky Keys disabled:
If you press the Shift key then press the F key, the computer interprets this as Shift+F. Now if you type a P, the computer interprets this as the letter p (no shift).
- With Lock Sticky Keys enabled:
If you press the Shift key twice then press the F key, the computer interprets this as Shift+F. Now if you type a P, the computer interprets this as the letter P (Shift+P). To de-select the Shift key, press it again.
There are two sections to this panel.
- Use slow keys
If this option is enabled, you must hold the key down for a specified length of time (adjustable with the spin box) before the keystroke will be accepted. This helps prevent accidental key strokes.
- Use bounce keys
If this option is enabled, you must wait for a specified length of time (configurable with the spin box) before the next key press can be accepted. This prevents accidental multiple key strokes.
There are two sections to this panel.
- Activation Gestures with these options:
Use gestures for activating sticky keys and slow keys Here you can activate keyboard gestures that turn on the following features: Mouse Keys: Press Shift+NumLock Sticky keys: Press Shift key 5 consecutive times Slow keys: Hold down Shift for 8 seconds Turn sticky keys and slow keys off after a certain period of inactivity
- Notification with these options:
Use the system bell whenever a gesture is used to turn an accessibility feature on or off Show a confirmation dialog whenever a keyboard accessibility feature is turned on or off If this option is checked, KDE will show a confirmation dialog whenever a keyboard accessibility feature is turned on or off. Ensure you know what you are doing if you uncheck it, as the keyboard accessibility settings will then always be applied without confirmation. Use KDE's system notification mechanism whenever a keyboard accessibility feature is turned on or off
Click the button to open a dialog which allows you to edit the notifications for status changes of all keys.
This tab allows you to configure the keyboard number pad keys as a mouse-type device. This may be useful when you are working on a device without another pointing device, or where you have no other use for the number pad.
- Move pointer with keyboard (using the num pad)
To enable keyboard mouse mode, you need to select the check box labeled Move pointer with keyboard (using the num pad). When you do this, the other settings will become enabled, and you can customize the keyboard pointer behavior further, if required.
The various keys on the number pad move in the direction you would expect. Note that you can move diagonally as well as up, down, left and right. The 5 key emulates a click to a pointer button, typically mouse button. You change which button is emulated by using the / key (which makes it mouse button), * key (which makes it mouse button) and - (which makes it mouse button). Using the + emulates a double click to the selected pointer button. You can use the 0 key to emulate holding down the selected pointer button (for easy dragging), and then use the . to emulate releasing the selected pointer button.
- Acceleration delay
This is the time (in milliseconds) between the initial key press and the first repeated motion event for mouse key acceleration.
- Repeat interval
This is the time in milliseconds between repeated motion events for mouse key acceleration.
- Acceleration time
This is the time in milliseconds before the pointer reaches a maximum speed for mouse key acceleration.
- Maximum speed
This is the maximum speed in pixels per second the pointer can reach for mouse key acceleration.
- Acceleration profile
This is the slope of the acceleration curve for mouse key acceleration.
Install a screen reader application like Orca together with speech-dispatcher.
Test that sound from speech dispatcher works using the command spd-say hello in a terminal.
In addition you need a text to speech synthesizer like e.g. espeak.
Enable the screen reader in the checkbox, logout and restart your desktop session.
For Plasma™ itself, make sure to use the traditional Application Menu, and check that this menu has a keyboard shortcut associated (Alt+F1). When pressing this shortcut, the menu should open and be read when navigating the menu with the arrow keys.