there was a discussion around VPAT in 2020 already, s. the mailing list
thread starting here:
To summarize: Your below suggestion is something that this list cannot
deal with, but that would have to be addressed to the TDF Board of
Directors (email address: email@example.com).
On 2023-07-23 11:10, Marc Paré wrote:
Many thanks for the feedback on these questions, all of which have quite
interesting information and suggestions.
It would seem to me that LibreOffice should at least have a posted
generic VPAT (Voluntary Product Accessibility Template) somewhere on its
wiki where it is updated periodically. I would assume that the issue of
legal liability could be tackled by the TDF board if there is a need for
it, for which I would think there would be - this issue was raised in
I have read up on possible templates from the ITI (Information
Technology Industry Council) where they discuss the different versions
of VPAT templates where they are offering on their site
[https://www.itic.org/policy/accessibility/vpat]. These seem to
incorporate the latest in requirements of various accessibility
policies. IMO, the ITI's VPAT 2.4 INT template would best suit LibreOffice.
Perhaps someone from the TDF could approach the ITI to see if they would
like to join the LibreOffice project with the intent of using their
professional help with helping LibreOffice set up and fill in a
compatible VPAT template suitable on an international scale.
This would add value to the LibreOffice product and help promote the
project with organizations that require some level of adherence to
accessibility policy. And, for the sake of competing with MSO, we would
at least match a LibreOffice VPAT presence on our pages.
I see that MSO has a page dealing with this
Le 2023-07-19 à 10 h 19, Marc Paré a écrit :
I was wondering if someone could comment on the following.
If there were campaigns of LibreOffice/ODF adoption as default
software/open document formats directed to various country
governmental levels (either at the national, state/provincial,
local/municipal, educational, NGO, etc.), would these different levels
have each of their own requirements for adoption of LibreOffice/ODF
adoption depending on their criteria of accessibility options of a
LibreOffice? Or are there large differences in accessibility options
between such organizations where each would have to be researched
separately before embarking on such a campaign?
Do the accessibility options found in LibreOffice suffice for all
criteria of adoption for most of these organizations?
Is there an organization that regulates accessibility requirements for
Are there any missing accessibility options in LibreOffice that would
essentially make it difficult for any governmental agency to adopt it
as their default wordprocessor software suite?
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