Frequently asked questions

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Why do you do all of this while there are so many screen reading software?

The solutions based on popular screen reading utilities indeed are very old and deeply researched, meantime, the fraction of the blind who feel themselves absolutely confident with information technologies isn't very high. In Russia this   group has around 1% of the blind people of the country, whereas the group of people who use the Internet constantly is estimated as 70%. We develop the technology which is supposed to be more comfortable and more understandable than the screen readers, which will remain available regardless what we do.

Why is LUWRAIN suggested for education, if, apparently, it's rational to learn the widely popular systems?

It's rational to learn how  understand any new system which the user is required to start work on. We can see a lot of user interfaces at the moment, it' s reasonable to expect more of them in the close future. When the student graduates the university, the version of Microsoft Windows which he or she is used to work on will get already outdated.

How does the browser in LUWRAIN work?

We use JavaFX component javafx.scene.web.WebEngine, which supports JavaScript and gives access to the DOM structure of the loaded page. This component is based on the WebKit engine. WebKit goes as an engine for some popular browsers, for example for Google Chrome. We are very lucky that this component is now a part of JavaFX.

What do you take into account on decisions what services will be included in LUWRAIN?

First of all, we take the services with good libraries on Java for access to them. Some of the services are highly demanded, so we can start implementing access to them even if there is no suitable library on Java. In this case it would be very fortunate, if we can get a contact with the authors of ~the service.

Must LUWRAIN users pay anything forr LUWRAIN?

NNo, the basic LUWRAIN distribution is Open Source and we promise that the distribution covering basic everyday tasks will remain free. meantime, there can be some proprietary components, if they are purposed for solving some specific tasks or are created for commercial companies.

Can the blind install LUWRAIN on their hard drive without sighted help?

Yes, LUWRAIN has an accessible installation utility, but it's necessary to keep in mind that the selection of the bootable media is usually inaccessible .

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