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Hi Kevin, All,

(I'm answering Kevin's question in a separate thread.)

When I browsed the source code at <>, I found a lot of Java Accessibility code but nothing that looked like IAccessible2 code (which should contain some names starting with IAccessible...). Unless I looked in the wrong place, there is no IAccessible2 code that can be reused by LibreOffice. I have asked where the IAccessible2 code ended up on two mailing lists and contacted someone at IBM (i.e. the person who seemed to have checked in most of the source code). I have not received any answers, so I don't know what is going on. In my opinion, this makes a rather strange impression, especially since IBM reportedly donated that code to Oracle and an Oracle developer wrote in June (on the Apache Incubator list) that he was quite sure it would find its way to Apache OOo...

I hope Oracle and/or IBM will soon clarify the situation. As long as it remains unclear if the IAccessible2 code will be released or not, LibreOffice cannot decide whether it should reuse the code or reinvent that particular wheel.

The LibreOffice bug about enabling AT support during the installation is still open: <>.

At 13:29 8-9-2011, Kevin Cussick wrote:
"(...) Can someone give a summary to how ia2 support is coming along? or maybe not? i have heard it is now being worked on is this true? I would like to be able to just download and install without going threw hoops to get it working with the access bridge software. If ia2 is not being worked on at the moment I think the accessibility switch should be on buy default or if not during install you should be asked do you want this switched on buy default? and do you want to install the access bridge? this would be OK until such times the ia2 support that has been in sinthony for a long time now makes its way into the current code with thanks as always."

Best regards,


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