Adding an Accessibility Category to the Desktop Menu Specification?

Stefan Blachmann sblachmann at
Tue May 24 19:43:15 UTC 2016

If I understand Sam correctly, his suggestion is about adding an
additional category Utilities→Accessibility. (see )

First, Gnome and KDE are not xdg menu specification compliant.
Second, these DEs have a settings menu. Window managers like FVWM do
not have such.
Thus, Gnome and KDE advocates should be aware that this is an issue
that does affect only people that do _not_ use DEs.

Thus imho it makes perfect sense and is actually overdue to add such a
subcategory “Accessibility” to the xdg menu spec.

On 5/24/16, Samuel Thibault <samuel.thibault at> wrote:
> Bastien Nocera, on Mon 23 May 2016 11:54:44 +0200, wrote:
>> We also prefer to have any accessibility utilities integrated directly
>> in the Settings panel, instead of launching separate applications. This
>> is the reason why we removed the orca launcher in GNOME now.
> Thinking again about it, this makes unattended launches more difficult.
> Such launches can be useful when a sighted user is working, and a
> non-sighted co-worker comes to work over something. Starting the screen
> reader from a launcher just for the time when he is there, and not
> permanently through configuration, makes complete sense.
> Samuel
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