|2.1 Please describe the proposed Specification:
|This is a proposal to develop a set of
Java API's that allow user aplications to connect to Braille Line devices
(like an I/O device) enabling blind people to work with applications running
in the Java platform.
The capabilities of the Braille Line devices could then be
exploited by application developers so that information
can be easily displayed on Braille Line displays and
input from such devices could be readily accepted by
|2.2 What is the target Java platform? (i.e., desktop, server,
personal, embedded, card, etc.)
|The inital target platform is J2SE but the APIs could be
of use to any client device in the desktop and hand-held device space
that interfaces with Braille Line devices.
|2.3 What need of the Java community will be addressed by the
|There are currently no APIs that allow for braille input/output
devices (like the Braille Line device) to be utilized by Java platform
applications in a standard way.
|2.4 Why isn't this need met by existing specifications?
|There is no current API specification that meets this need in
the Java platform space. The only industry API for the Braille
Line device has been developed specifically for the Microsoft WindowsTM
|2.5 Please give a short description of the underlying technology
|The Braille Line device allows blind users to read output from
applications and to send input to the application. This device
functions as an I/O device for the blind much like a CRT and
keyboard combination provide I/O capability for a sighted person.
|2.6 Is there a proposed package name for the API Specification?
(i.e., javapi.something, org.something, com.something,
|javax.braille or perhaps org.once.braille
|2.7 Does the proposed specification have any dependencies on
specific operating systems, CPUs, or I/O devices that you know of?
|The API set will provide acces to Braille Line devices that will
each need their own native code interface. That code will form the
driver-level part of this API package and will be hidden from both
the application and the device user.
|2.8 Are there any security issues that cannot be addressed by
the current security model?
|2.9 Are there any internationalization or localization issues?
|Both the Japanese Braille Code and Level-2 Braille Code will need
to be accomodated.
|2.10 Are there any existing specifications that might be rendered
obsolete, deprecated, or in need of revision as a result of this work?