Getting started with Eclipse from scratch is challenging, but starting with only hearing Eclipse or feeling it with a Braille display is even more challenging. Blind programmers do not see the graphical interface and cannot use the mouse to operate the IDE. Nevertheless, many blind programmers use Eclipse as their programming environment. Thus, they have to face several problems while working with Eclipse; starting from how to operate Eclipse with a keyboard only, how to change views or perspectives, how to install plugins, how to recognize errors or warnings and many more.
In this session, we present our observations on how blind persons are using Eclipse in their daily studies and work. We also describe an online survey with 12 blind programmers using Eclipse asking how they operate Eclipse and what challenges they are facing, as well as how accessibility can be improved.