UEFI BIOS Accessibility for the Visually Impaired

UEFI BIOS Accessibility for the Visually Impaired

Rafael R. Machado, Gustavo M. D. Vieira

People with some kind of disability face a high level of difficulty for everyday tasks because, in many cases, accessibility was not considered necessary when the task or process was designed. An example of this scenario is a computer’s BIOS configuration screens, which do not consider the specific needs, such as screen readers, of visually impaired people. This paper proposes the idea that it is possible to make the pre-operating system environment accessible to visually impaired people. We report our work-in-progress in creating a screen reader prototype, accessing audio cards compatible with the High Definition Audio specification in systems running UEFI compliant firmware.

Submitted 7 Dec 2017 to Computers and Society [cs.CY]
Published 11 Dec 2017
Journal ref: SBESC ’17: Proceedings of the VII Brazilian Symposium on Computing Systems Engineering, IEEE Computer Society, 2017, 155-160
Doi: 10.1109/SBESC.2017.27



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