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Hi Marc,

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:


On 2023-07-23 11:10, Marc Paré wrote:
Hi all,

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 Jonathon's response.

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 []. 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 software packages?

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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