[Accessibility] RoadMap Draft doc version 0.2 from 30 April 2003
dbb at linkexplorer.com
Wed Apr 30 12:12:08 PDT 2003
Attached is the plain text file with item numbers in it and some
comments I took based on conversations from todays meeting.
_Please_ correct, add to, separate out, rearrange, etc. the items
through discussions on the list to better represent what this group
feels is the right things to be involved in the the time frames to
accomplish the tasks.
As I am not knowledgeable in accessibility I put this into your
capable hands to develop properly.
dbb at linkexplorer.com
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RoadMap for the Free Standards Group - Accessibility Workgroup
Draft Version 0.3 -- 30 April 2003
We will work towards standards that help those producing
products to be closer to conforming to US section 508, Europe's
CEN, Japan's ???, and Australia's ??? programs.
1 year plan:
1. AT-SPI (or part thereof that could agreed on with perhaps some
This will gain us - key components for desktop/windowing
Lays out the responsibilities of the application vs
the AT layer and the kernel.
We have early signs that major Xwindow environments
(GNOME and KDE at least) will both be able to adopt
this without major disagreement.
This can be be made to work with Internationalization.
The Service Provider Interface is more generic than
just a program interface. Between the AT-SPI and the
ATK we should be able to implement the libaries in a
number of environments.
2. Develop the guidelines for a framework to build on for the use of
standards to allow better utilization of a device by multiple apps
to reduce the cost of ownership to the end user while maximixing all
available compliant applications. (Hardware is expensive, but
our software could be made less expensive.) This would make
the technology more readily available to more people.
#2 should be discussed on the list.
3. Parts of AccessX Standard for Accessibility
XKB in the Linux world
We will need to decide which specific parts we
either include or exclude.
#3 should be discussed on the list.
4. SMIL components and parsing mechanisms -- Libraries
We need to beter define this, see what can be done in year one and
what needs to be pushed out into future years.
2 years out:
5. Textmode Only Boot for Accessibility
This will require some kernel, bios, and bootloader
6. Guidelines for Accessibility Standard for Administrators
3 years out:
7. Voice based I/O standard
This is to be coordinated with OpenI18N and other groups
dealing with various I/O methods.
8. Work to adopt portions of INCITS/V2 as appropriate
Needed for servers driving kiosks
9. Accessibility Standard for Administrators - to the extend
possible. This involves possible kernel modifications, (how
do devices plug in), that should be doable by this time frame.
10. Installation Standard for Accessibility
This involves cursor tracking, etc.
11. Comprehensive Braille Standard
12. Text To Speech (TTS)
Could involve XML in terms of what gets sent when and how
5 years out:
13. Magnification Support Standard -- Although pieces may be
worked earlier, even in the first year, this will take a
number of years to complete. This is not a time concern
because of technology, but because of its overall size.
14. Structured Navigation Standard
Important for voice driven devices in the car, etc.
Ties into international DAISY Consortium.
Other items we can help facilitate:
Kernel hardware device interfacing standard--perhaps even a
Some of this item is included above--but we need more on the
input side, especial console level.
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