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On 03/04/2011 01:36 PM, Marc Paré wrote:
Le 2011-03-04 11:41, webmaster for Kracked Press Productions a écrit :

But back to the Accessibility issue. It would be nice to be known as an
organization the cares about the needs of better accessibility for
software packages. Though it is a small market group, it seems to be
good press. And the more good press LibreOffice gets, the better it is,

I am not sure about different jurisdictions or countries, but in some, to be considered for institutional installation, the software must comply to certain accessibility rules/laws. I believe the accessibility aspect of LibreOffice is not really a choice it is part of being accepted as a serious contender in the office suite arena.

Microsoft Office relies on Windows to do everything for accessibility. Linux and MacOSX has built in or add on accessibility options external to the software packages. I tried to get a Windows machine to work for a lady that needed very large fonts and such so she can read. I know a doctor that uses a special magnifying device to read his 30 inch computer screen to use the medical office's required MS based system.

If we can tell people that we are easier to set up the accessibility options that what it takes to get MSO to work, that would be a big win for the agencies that need such accessibility for their clients. At least have GOOD documents helping get all the currently available accessibility options working for our users needs. That is much more that MS offers for their systems, the last time I looked for such documentation. The more that LibreOffice proves they care about their users, unlike the 600 pound gorilla company who proves they do not care about the users except for heir money. Just that one point, we care about our users office suite needs and wants, will make LibreOffice a better option than MS is. Accessibility is just part of that "we care" statement.

And yes, we should be putting in advertising/marketing any aspect that the LibreOffice suite fills now and sometimes a hint of things to come, as you suggest, would perhaps be better enticement for governments to consider adopting the suite for their institutions.

Now that the White House [i.e. USA Government] supports Open Source, that might help with the USA market. The UK government seems to support open source as well. Now we just need "them" to support LibreOffice by name.
Thanks for the reminder.



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