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Yet another update:

* On 12 September, Malte Timmermann suggested on the Apache OOo Dev list that IAccessible2 should be integrated into after the first release by Apache: <>. (As long as IAccessible2 has not been integrated into the OOo trunk, I don't expect LibreOffice to do any integration work.)

* IBM has hired a few "new" developers to work on I put "new" in quotation marks because these developers have been involved in or StarOffice for at least 10 years (see the intros of Armin Le Grand and Herbert Duerr on the Apache OOo Dev list).

* Yesterday, Jean-Philippe Mengual sent a message to the Apache OOo dev list asking about the integration of IAccessible2 <>. Jean-Philippe Mengual is a member of the accessiblity working group of April, a French organisation that defends and promotes open-source software [1]. One of the responses was by Steve Lee, who encourages people to make clear - on blogs, mailing lists, ... - that there is a strong demand for IAccessible2: <>.

Best regards,


[1] You don't need to be French to become a member of April <>, but communication between members is in the language of Voltaire (or Houellebecq, if you prefer). So if you're looking for a reason to brush up your French ... ;-)

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