Linux Screen Reader

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Linux Screen Reader
LSR logo
Initial release May 19, 2006 (2006-05-19) [1]
Last release
0.5.3 / June 4, 2007 (2007-06-04)
Development status Unmaintained
Written in Python
Operating system Unix-like
Type Screen reader Accessibility
License New BSD License

The Linux Screen Reader (LSR) is a free and open source effort to develop an extensible assistive technology for the GNOME desktop environment. The goal of the project is to create a reusable development platform for building alternative and supplemental user interfaces in support of people with diverse disabilities.[2]

The original use of the LSR platform was to give people with visual impairments access to the GNOME desktop and its business applications (e.g. Firefox, OpenOffice, Eclipse) using speech, Braille, and screen magnification. The extensions packaged with the LSR core were intended to meet this end.

LSR was an alternative to Orca, but there were a number of non-competitive reasons for having two extensible assistive technologies for the GNOME desktop.

  • Two implementations stress test desktop accessibility in non-overlapping ways:[3]
  • Two design philosophies explore different ideas for system architectures and user interfaces.
  • Two products enable user choice based on the task at hand, personal preferences, and the individual strengths of the two systems.
  • There is ton of room for innovation in the field of enabling technology.

Linux Screen Reader (LSR) was started in 2006 by IBM. Initially, LSR was released with the Common Public License but in November 29, 2006, the version 0.3.2 was switched to the New BSD License.[4] It was discontinued in 2007 when IBM focused their resources in other projects.[5]

Maintainers list[edit]

The maintainers managed the development process with the help of many other members of the GNOME community:[6]

  • Larry Weiss
  • Brett Clippingdale
  • Peter Parente

Other developers who made great contributions to the project were Pete Brunet, Eirikur Hallgrimsson, Scott Haeger, Eitan Isaacson, Andy Shi, Critóbal Palmer and Joel Feiner.[7]


  1. ^ "Initial commit". Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "LSR wiki page". Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "LSR Frequently Asked Questions". Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "LSR 0.3.2 - BSD Licensed!". Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Status of IBM a11y". Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "LSR Maintainers list". Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "LSR Authors list". Retrieved 16 August 2013.