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UCI interface for the blind: looking for developers

PostPosted: 19 Dec 2015, 18:51
by Olivier Deville
Copy/paste from a mailing list for blind chess players:

Speaking only for myself, i'm simply not interested enough nor want to spend the time using the deeper features of the off the shelf chess programs. That said, though, I have been considering the idea of creating a totally accessible interface to any chess engine that uses the UCI protocol. My aim would be to give those of us who are blind a way to go into chess on the computer in a way that presents as few barriers as possible. For that, I would need someone with the knowledge I don't have about what is the functionality that you want access to, and what you think makes sense when it comes to the kind of interface that would help you achieve your goals. I would not have to have a deep understanding of chess engines. All I would need to do is know the UCI protocol, present the results of the engine output in an accessible format, and partner with someone who has a deeper knowledge of chess than I do, so that it makes sense to them. If you want to have a Skype conversation about this, I'm open to it. It will take a lot of time and patience. I'm interested for selfish reasons, though. I want to learn some technlolgy and I'm looking for a project to work on that I am interested in. This would be such a project. Drop me a private note if you want to help me design this.


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