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f7511d5 @sthibaul Basic braille screen reader support
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1 Linux Braille Console
3 To get early boot messages on a braille device (before userspace screen
4 readers can start), you first need to compile the support for the usual serial
5 console (see serial-console.txt), and for braille device (in Device Drivers -
6 Accessibility).
8 Then you need to specify a console=brl, option on the kernel command line, the
9 format is:
11 console=brl,serial_options...
13 where serial_options... are the same as described in serial-console.txt
15 So for instance you can use console=brl,ttyS0 if the braille device is connected
16 to the first serial port, and console=brl,ttyS0,115200 to override the baud rate
17 to 115200, etc.
19 By default, the braille device will just show the last kernel message (console
20 mode). To review previous messages, press the Insert key to switch to the VT
21 review mode. In review mode, the arrow keys permit to browse in the VT content,
22 page up/down keys go at the top/bottom of the screen, and the home key goes back
23 to the cursor, hence providing very basic screen reviewing facility.
25 Sound feedback can be obtained by adding the braille_console.sound=1 kernel
26 parameter.
28 For simplicity, only one braille console can be enabled, other uses of
29 console=brl,... will be discarded. Also note that it does not interfere with
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30 the console selection mechanism described in serial-console.txt
f7511d5 @sthibaul Basic braille screen reader support
sthibaul authored
32 For now, only the VisioBraille device is supported.
34 Samuel Thibault <>
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