[R] Using R with screenreading software

Duncan Murdoch murdoch.duncan at gmail.com
Sun May 9 00:55:15 CEST 2010

Rainer Scheuchenpflug wrote:
> Dear R-Experts,
> a student of mine tries to use the Windows-Rconsole with screen reading
> software (she is blind), and cannot access the command line (Menus are ok).
> The company which produces her screen reader tells her that this is due to
> the cursor used in Rconsole, which is static, not blinking. They maintain
> that if the cursor could be changed to a blinking one, she should be able to
> access the command line and outputs.

With help from Thomas Friehoff, I've added a blinking cursor to the 
Windows Rgui in R-devel, to become 2.12.0.  The default is a partially 
blinking one.  Optionally the current solid cursor or a fully blinking 
one can be used.

Duncan Murdoch
> For my last exam she used R in a Dosbox as workaround, but encountered other
> problems, esp. with scrolling. So: Is it possible to change the cursor
> type/behavior in R-Console? 
> She uses R 2.8.1, Windows 2000, and screenreader Virgo 4.6 from Baum Retec,
> if that is any help.
> Your assistance with this problem and any other tips for teaching R to blind
> users will be much appreciated, 
> Rainer Scheuchenpflug
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