Madison is a ongoing effort to provide high quality access to modern and effective computer technology for individuals who are blind and have a severe limit on mobility or control which limits the use of standard input technologies. It bases input on a joystick and three switches. The joystick can be thought of as a navigation aid like the cursor keys up, down, left, and right. An expanded Morse (eMorse) code is used to replace the keyboard; the three buttons represent dot, dash, and meta. Applications are installed on a graph filesystem. Each filesystem node has up to four vertices, named north, south, east, and west. Navigation is done via joystick or eMorse input. Applications are deployed as jar files which are retrieved by the Web or local disk.
JGloss is an application for adding reading and translation annotations to words in a Japanese text document. This can be done automatically and manually. When a text document is first opened, kanji words will be looked up in a dictionary and the first reading and translation (if any) used to annotate the word. The user can then edit the annotations: choose among the readings and translations found in the dictionaries, enter your own readings and translations, remove annotations, and add new annotations. The document can be exported as plain text with annotations, HTML, or LaTeX.
RSSOwl is a wise SWT-based news aggregator. Its search feature lets you hunt down the best RSS/RDF/Atom feeds on the Web, and then organize and share your feeds with agility. Other features include an integrated browser; AmphetaRate, for acquiring news tailored to your tastes; full-text searching through headlines and descriptions; export feed summaries to PDF, RTF, and HTML; the ability to import or export OPML; the ability to exchange collections with others by importing or exporting subscriptions; the ability to import or export user data to and from other machines; automatic newsfeed upating; and much more.
XmlBlaster is XML based MOM (Message oriented Middleware) with a lot of features. It is a publish/subscribe and point-to-point MOM server which exchanges XML-encoded messages. Communication with the server is based on CORBA (using JacORB), RMI, XML-RPC, native socket, or a persistent HTTP plugin. Subscribers can use XPath expressions to filter the messages they wish to receive and add their own MIME-based filter plugins. C/C++, Java, Perl, Python, VisualBasic.net, C#, and PHP client demos are included in the xmlBlaster test suite, and Tcl and Python demo clients are scheduled. XmlBlaster also provides a browser callback framework, allowing browsers (Netscape, Mozilla, MSIE) to receive instant callbacks over a persistent http connection. A security plugin framework allows authentication/authorization in many ways. Currently there are LDAP- and passwd-based plugins available.
XNotesNG is the next generation of XNotesPlus, a full-featured personal information manager. It is plugin driven and includes a Todo Manager, Calendar Manager, Category Manager, and extensive notes system, including features such as text searching, printing, alarms, date and calendar inserts, and categorization by colored projects.