accessx - GUI to set keyboard features for movement-impaired users
The accessx graphical interface allows movement-impaired users to set and
activate special keyboard features. It uses the XKB extension built into
the X server in IRIX 6.2 and later releases.
The accessx panel can be run from a Unix shell command line or from the
toolchest (Desktop > Customize > Accessibility). Like most other IRIX
Interactive Desktop (IID) customization panels, accessx has the
``runonce'' feature, meaning only one instance of the application will
run at one time. Attempting to launch the application a second time will
have the effect of deiconifying the application window or popping it to
the top on the current desk.
The accessx software has a main Status window and an accompanying
Settings window. The following special keyboard features are
MouseKeys turns the user's keyboard number pad into a pointer controller,
enabling the user to move the pointer without the mouse.
BounceKeys makes the keyboard ignore spurious extra presses of a key.
StickyKeys causes modifier keys such as Shift, Ctrl, and Alt to latch and
affect the next key pressed, such that modifier keys and other keys may
be pressed in sequence instead of simultaneously.
SlowKeys makes the keyboard ignore spurious presses of other keys on the
way to a target key.
RepeatKeys lets the user toggle whether held keys are acknowledged
repeatedly or just once.
For full usage instructions, see the Accessibility Software Help. The
help may be installed from accessx.books.AccessX_Help.
Users can define and save groups of settings as profiles. These profiles
are saved in each user's $HOME/.desktop-<hostname>/accessx directory. If
this directory is not readable and writable, then the user may still set
and activate customized settings, but they will not be remembered across
The accessx graphical user interface uses the XKB extension built into
the X server in IRIX 6.2 and later releases. The accessx product ships
with IRIX 6.5. In the future, it may also ship as a patch for IRIX 6.2.
The designers wish to thank Erik Fortune and Robert Malone for many
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