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The IAccessible2 was apparently not given to Oracle.  However, it is mentioned as one feature that 
will be donated to the Apache project as part of the contribution of the standalone 
Symphony software:

There is an earlier contribution that is apparently in the code base but might not 
have been incorporated in a distribution at this point.

You are at the right place to find out whether that is being pulled into LibreOffice or not.  Malte 
[Timmermann] is mentioned as having some knowledge of the status on  The Symphony 
contribution has not occurred yet and it will probably not start to be pulled apart for features to 
integrate into future Apache OpenOffice releases until after the contribution has 
been absorbed.

With regard to licensing, anything available from Apache is available under the Apache License 
version 2 (ALv2 to its friends).  This is a permissive license that is not copyleft but it is 
compatible with the [L]GPL family of licenses.  There is no limitation that would prevent 
integration, with whatever modifications are necessary, into LibreOffice, once an IAccessible2 
implementation is available on Apache.

 - Dennis

PS: One interesting wrinkle being discussed on is the possible use of 
DITA for authoring the integrated help and other materials.  DITA is a form of single-source 
authoring that has multiple targets.  It is also an OASIS Standard.  This may be an advantage in 
making these materials accessible.  Just something to think about in terms of potential future 
value.  It is premature for there to be a decision about this at Apache, but the fact that the 
Symphony project is already using DITA may become a factor.

-----Original Message-----
From: Jean-Philippe MENGUAL [] 
Sent: Friday, July 15, 2011 18:53
Subject: [libreoffice-accessibility] Libreoffice, screen reader, Windows


My point of starting is: while Libreoffice is accessible all right with
the screen reader Orca with GNU/Linux, it's absolutely not usable with
NVDA on Windows. The problem: it makes loose the credibility of the free
software, which is installed in public administrations, and problematic
for blind people.

So I would like us to work very much about this, with testers, and
developpers which are mandatory. During Libre Software Meeting, I was
told that IBM had written a module to make OOo accessible. If I
understand, its name is "Iaccessible2". Really?

If it is right, it seemed it was given to Oracle. Now the question is:
where's this code? In Apache foundation? Oracle? or could Libreoffice
ship this in the fork? Can we fetch it from Apache if it's there and
what are license conditions (I don't know Apache License)? Is it

If it is not, who can I contact to find this code and allow to integrate
it in LibreOffice? If it is, could you help me for identifiation, so
that I see with NVDA what's possible?

I read today Rob Weir who seems to say that this code is in OOo from
Apache, and in Symphony too. Can you tell me if we can find it there so
and ship it on Libreoffice?

Thanks for your answer.


Jean-Philippe MENGUAL

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