How to download OpenStreetMap maps

In this practical article, we will consider services that help download maps from the OpenStreetMap online service for subsequent conversion to other cartographic formats to use them offline without an Internet connection. It is summer now, and for many, this is the main time to travel. Therefore, it’s time to get navigators, or put special […]

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The Basics of Android Accessibility

Enabling Accessibility Devices with Android 4.0 On devices running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and above, accessibility can be enabled from the initial setup screen. After turning on the device for the first time, draw a closed rectangle with your finger, starting from the upper left corner of the touch screen: draw a straight line from […]

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Connecting Braille Displays to Android Using BRLTTY

BRLTTY is a daemon for providing access to the Linux / Unix console via braille displays. However, this product may be of interest not only for technically advanced blind users of UNIX-like operating systems, but also for ordinary people using smartphones or tablets on the Android platform. The fact is that BRLTTY has a version in the form […]

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Prelaunch Preparation for working with the Android OS

So, let’s try to understand the steps that need to be taken to launch and initially configure the accessibility tools of the Android operating system, as well as get acquainted with those platform features that may be unusual for inexperienced users of mobile devices. User authorization Modern trends in the development of the industry of […]

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Development for the Android platform: Installing and Configuring the Environment

In order to prepare a development environment for Android, you need four components: Java SE Development Kit (JDK for short). Eclipse Integrated Development Environment – Eclipse IDE. Development kit for the Android platform – Android Software Developer’s Kit (abbreviated as Android SDK or simply SDK). The Android Developer Tools (ADT for short) is a dedicated […]

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List of Recommendations for developing applications for the Android platform, while taking accessibility into account

Many Android OS users have physical disabilities, and as a result, their principles of interaction with devices may differ from generally accepted ones. This category includes, in particular, persons with visual impairments, mobility or the elderly, whose physical limitations do not allow them to properly use the touch screen or perceive the information displayed on […]

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Building the Spiel Screen Reader

The Spiel screen reader for the Android operating system is an open source project, so anyone can independently modify and compile its sources, subject to the provisions of the Apache 2.0 license . Unfortunately, the documentation of the project leaves much to be desired, and some materials on the official wiki often do not correspond to the current state of […]

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Android OS accessibility on Kindle Fire devices for the Visually Impaired

The Kindle Fire is a family of Android tablets that are tightly integrated with various Amazon.com services. The platform edition that works in them is significantly different from most other Android tablets, as it does not use the Google infrastructure, instead offering alternative services directly from Amazon. More information about the background of this situation can […]

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Mobile Accessibility for the Visually Impaired

In early 2009, information appeared that the Internet giant “Google” was developing software for mobile phones running on the Andoid operating system, with the help of which blind users, or users with partial or significant loss of vision. Representatives of the company say that it is impossible to completely make all the functions of this system […]

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