At 20:42 2/12/2010, you wrote:
Le 2010-12-02 11:27, Christophe Strobbe a écrit :
> At 07:41 2/12/2010, Marc Paré wrote:
>> This seems like quite an important developer detail to work out right
>> from the very start. Are the developers aware of accessibility
>> concerns? Also from a marketing point of view, if we are to market
>> the suite to governmental agencies subscribing to accessibility rules
>> in their procurement of software applications, then we should be
>> discussing this sooner than later.
> I don't know to what extent the LibreOffice developers are aware of
> As far as I understand, LibreOffice accessibility doesn't start from
> scratch. See <http://wiki.services.openoffice.org/wiki/Accessibility>.
> However, the problem with using the Java Accessibility API on Windows
> is that screen readers don't support it very well. NVDA and
> Window-Eyes are said to provide better support than JAWS (which many
> consider to be the dominant screen reader in the English-speaking
> world), but even access with NVDA is not considered excellent. The
> OpenOffice.org accessibility page mentions plans to implement the
> IAccessible2 API, but I don't know if the project ever got started on
> Access to OpenOffice.org (I don't know if LibreOffice has changed the
> UI) with VoiceOver on Mac OS and with Orca on GNOME seems to work better.
Hi Christophe: Thanks for the great information.
Yes there is need for a wiki on this.
Re: windows and java, there was some talk of
trying to move the suite away from java
dependency. I don't know how much this would affect AT on LibreOffice.
I don't know where all the Java dependencies are.
I think the Java Accessibility API is just one of
them; extension development is another one that I
know, but there may be other areas that I don't know.
Moving away from Java for anyting in the UI (and
some extensions also use Java to create a UI)
means that LibreOffice would need to implement
another accessibility API, like IAccessible2
(maintained by the Linux Foundation
this API complements the old MSAA) or Microsoft
User Interface Automatin (UIA). I have absolutely
no idea how much work this would require.
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