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Oracle: A MUSHclient System for Blind Players

AmmarAmmar Member Posts: 8
TL;DR: I'm making a MUSHclient system for blind players. Track its progress here!

MUSHclient is the best client option right now for blind players who want to enjoy the most immersive and fast-paced parts of Achaea. However, with the advent of newer and more feature-rich clients like Mudlet, there aren't many players creating scripts for MUSH. Those people who do create scripts tend to keep them to themselves--probably because it's easier to make something tailored to your own specific goals and use cases. In the spirit of "worse is better" I have started a Github repository where I will share some of the work I have done building out my own system. My goal is to create a framework that anyone interested can use and build upon for their own individual needs. I also hope this can be a collaborative effort; pull requests and feature suggestions are more than welcome.

Right now there are only a few basic commits, mostly to track gmcp messages in the world namespace and take commas out of the prompt for faster reading. I'm posting here to get thoughts from people who might want to use this system. What features are you missing in Achaea? What would make your gameplay more accessible, enjoyable, etc? here are a few ideas I have.

Short-term goals (within the next week or so):
- Change local gmcp tables to match their json labels (eg: fix Room.Info to be gmcp.Room.Info). This will mean gmcp messages will be standard.
- Add gold tracker.
- Implement my (very clunky) name database code.
- Add my MUSHclient version of tempTimer.
- Add channel history plugin (alt+1-0 reads last ten messages, alt+right/left navigates through channels, etc.)

Longer term projects, in order of priority / ability to implement:
- Abstracted PlayGameSound functions. Play one or a random selection of sounds for various events. Sounds not included.
- Rift tracking (sort rift by quantity, show only things you are low or full on, etc.)
- Affliction and defense tracking (add / remove / stacks)
- Offense tracking (limb counter, eat / smoke / salve tracker, etc). This will take a while to fully implement.
- Mapper with goto functionality. (Another big one.)

I look forward to your thoughts and suggestions. Feel free to reach out either in this thread or in game.

https://github.com/achaea-oracle/oracle
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Comments

  • AstarodAstarod Member Posts: 318 ✭✭✭ - Distinguished
    edited April 19
    What would make your gameplay more enjoyable?

    Effervescence hitting at 5 second intervals.


    Post-bad-joke: Cool man! Let me know if you need a set of spars or anything to test out some of the stuff you've put together! 

     The Divine voice of Twilight echoes in your head, "See that it is. I espy a tithe of potential in your mortal soul, Astarod Blackstone. Let us hope that it flourishes and does not falter as so many do."
    Ammar
  • CaelanCaelan Member Posts: 1,612 @ - Epic Achaean
    I'm down to help too for what I can.  My play times are a bit random, but that just means statistically you are more likely to catch me.

    Also, been trying to do stuff like re-writing HHELP and OHELP files to make them more screen-reader friendly so people can have more accesibility, so I wouldn't mind some feedback there too.

    Ammar
  • AmmarAmmar Member Posts: 8
    Caelan said:
    I'm down to help too for what I can.  My play times are a bit random, but that just means statistically you are more likely to catch me.

    Also, been trying to do stuff like re-writing HHELP and OHELP files to make them more screen-reader friendly so people can have more accesibility, so I wouldn't mind some feedback there too.
    Thanks! Re: hhelp and ohelp, the biggest accessibility barrier seems to be use of pseudo-tables. Eliminating those makes the experience far easier, especially since it's trivial to pipe text like that into a separate window for review.
    Caelan said:
    I'm down to help too for what I can.  My play times are a bit random, but that just means statistically you are more likely to catch me.

    Also, been trying to do stuff like re-writing HHELP and OHELP files to make them more screen-reader friendly so people can have more accesibility, so I wouldn't mind some feedback there too.

    Thanks, that's good to know! The only issue I've found so far in help files is pseudo-tables. They just don't render well to a screenreader, since there's no easy way to read by column.
  • CaelanCaelan Member Posts: 1,612 @ - Epic Achaean
    What do you mean pseudo tables? Not to sound like a dick, but what do they look like? Do you mean the bulleted lists w indents, or something else?

  • AmmarAmmar Member Posts: 8
    edited April 21
    Caelan said:
    What do you mean pseudo tables? Not to sound like a dick, but what do they look like? Do you mean the bulleted lists w indents, or something else?

    By pseudo-tables I mean any information arranged in columns rather than rows. I think the | is usually used as a separator. Something like the following headings, with content under it:

    Name    | Class    | Specialty

    That might look visually striking since you can just run your eye down the columns, but screenreaders render line by line (or in this case, row by row). So that information would be better presented for blind readers as:

    Name: Ammar
    Class: Runewarden
    Specialty: Giving bad advice.

    Edit: I also just saw that I double-posted my last post. Hilarious.
    Caelan
  • CaelanCaelan Member Posts: 1,612 @ - Epic Achaean
    Got it.  Do dashes cause a pain in the earhole?

     Like:

    - This one list item bullet
         -  Something else bulleted, but indented further like a sub-item bullet
         - A second thing indented

    - A new list item bullet

  • MinifieMinifie Member Posts: 2,258 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    I can't code worth a damn, but is there anything I can do to help?


    (Mhaldor's Next Top Model): Taryius says, "Oops, thats not a foray. Thats two novices going at it in the wilderness."
    Ammar
  • AthelasAthelas Cape Town South AfricaMember Posts: 293 ✭✭✭✭ - Eminent
    @Ammar

    I can code!

    What do you need?
    Ammar
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