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Hi Scott,

On Wed, 20 Apr 2011 00:02:22 +1000, Scott Rippon <>
Sorry if this is something that has already been considered but I had an
idea I thought I contribute to...

Does LibreOffice have a VPAT (Voluntary Product Accessibility


This has not yet been discussed on this list. Thanks for bringing it up.

I was able to find a VPAT for


I was not aware of the VPAT for
Note that this VPAT is based on features available on the Gnome desktop.
This is important: while it is possible to expose accessibility metadata
through an API (see 1194.21(d) ) this does not always guarantee
accessibility. exposes metadta through accessibility APIs on
Linux, Mac OS and Windows, but on Windows, the accessibility
API is mapped to the Java accessibility API, which is rather poorly
supported by screen readers on Windows. 
IBM contributed on IAccessible2 implementation to Oracle [1], but now that
Oracle has announced that it will no longer invest in, I
have no idea if or how that code will become available.

If we create a VPAT for LibreOffice, we can't avoid talking about the
differences between the platforms. The alternative is to focus only on
those platforms where screen readers work well with LibreOffice.

I tried to create a page on the Wiki to start creating a VPAT but had
trouble creating a new page.

I have never used the TDF wiki, but maybe someone else on this list can
help you.

*What's a VPAT?*
In the U.S. Section 508 "bars the Federal government from procuring
electronic and information technology (E&IT) goods and services that are
fully accessible to those with disabilities." (WebAIM: United States
Section 508 <>)  The
Technology Industry Council (ITI) <> created VPAT as
tool used to document a product's conformance with the accessibility
standards under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act." (ITI -


[1] I wrote about this in February:

Best regards,

Christophe Strobbe

Kindest regards,
Scott Rippon.
Scott Rippon Consulting
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