accessx - A graphical interface to the AccessX keyboard enhancement utility
You can load and save personal default settings for the various AccessX
features. Specifying -client instructs AccessX to use your current
default AccessX settings. Specifying -server instructs AccessX to use
the current AccessX system settings. The default is -client.
Specifying the -status option instructs the AccessX utility to automat-
ically pop up the status window when AccessX is started.
Specifying the -vmods option instructs the AccessX utility to use the
names for virtual modifiers in the status window. For example, when
the -vmods switch is on, AccessX displays NumLock instead of Mod5.
AccessX (accessx) is a graphical user interface utility. The utility pro-
vides enhancements to the X Window System to help users with different
disabilities interact with workstations. These features make it easier for
you to use the standard workstation input devices: the keyboard and the
mouse. You interact with your workstation as usual, by entering commands
and manipulating menus and dialog boxes.
The AccessX keyboard enhancements and corresponding graphical interface are
available on any workstation running the X Windows System server that has
the XKB keyboard extension.
AccessX offers the following features:
Lets you perform multikey operations with one hand, one finger, or a
mouth stick. You can use this feature to enter uppercase letters or
certain punctuation characters without having to hold down the Shift
key while pressing the character key. This feature also makes it
easier to enter control characters such as Ctrl/C.
Lets you use keys on the numeric keypad as well as other keyboard keys
instead of the mouse to perform input functions such as clicking on
objects or moving the cursor. With this feature, you can use one
finger or a mouth stick to move the cursor to different areas of the
screen, manipulate menus, and select, cut, and paste text.
Provides audio feedback when the Shift Lock (Caps Lock) key has been
pressed. This feature can help people who might have difficulty seeing
the keyboard light indicator for Shift Lock or people who are using a
keyboard that does not provide light indicators for any keyboard set-
Allows you to adjust how fast the auto-repeat keyboard mechanism
responds or to turn it off entirely. With this feature turned on, you
can set your keyboard so that holding down a key for a longer than
average time does not result in a second entry of that character.
Makes keys less likely to respond when brushed accidentally. With this
feature turned on, the computer accepts only keystrokes that are held
for a certain length of time. The computer ignores light keystrokes
that are held only for a moment.
Eliminates the problem of pressing a key and then accidentally pressing
it again before moving to another key. You can set this feature to
tell the computer not to process a second pressing of a key unless a
certain length of time elapses between each pressing.
Shuts off the AccessX features on a workstation after a specified
period of time has passed. With this feature turned on, if you are
sharing a workstation and have set some AccessX features, the settings
are automatically turned off before the next person uses the machine.
To retain your AccessX settings all the time, turn off the Time Out
You can invoke the AccessX utility by entering the accessx command or
choosing AccessX from the Applications menu in the Session Manager. You use
the AccessX dialog box to select and customize the features that you want
to set. There is a Features Test area at the bottom of the dialog box that
allows you to test settings before applying them to your session.
X DEFAULTS INFORMATION
The HOME environment variable is used to identify the directory in which to
load and save your default settings. The AccessX settings are stored in X
resource file format in the file $HOME/AccessX. You can modify or add
resources to this file directly. Note that any comments are deleted when
you perform a save settings action. The format for a resource specifica-
tion in the $HOME/AccessX file is:
Specifies the resource.
Specifies the value that is to be assigned to the resource.
For details about modifying resources, see the X(1X) reference page.
Because each X Window System toolkit-based application can consist of a
combination of widgets (for example, push buttons and a scroll bar), you
can form the name string for a new resource specification by adding widget
class and name identifiers to the string. For further information about
adding class and name identifiers, see the X(1X) reference page.
The following sample shows a number of the AccessX resources and their
Application resource file.