[Accessibility] Slashdot piece on the ATK and KDE - FWIW

Gunnar Schmi Dt gunnar at schmi-dt.de
Fri Dec 19 14:43:26 PST 2003


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Hello,

On Friday 19 December 2003 20:50, Doug Beattie wrote:
> FWIW -
>
> Slashdot has been having some discussion around KDE, Accessibility, and
> the ATK.
>
> Doug

Well, those discussions started after Harald Fernengel (a Trolltech 
developer) announced that he has produced a first bridge between the Qt 
Accessibility framework and ATK. 

For Qt 4.0 a full support for ATK is planned as a key feature (if what I 
heard is correct, then the framework will be extended for Qt 4.0). 
However, a down-ported version of the bridge might become part of Qt 3.3.

When keeping the above in mind the accessibility support of KDE 3.2 will in 
two ways be a partial support:
1) Qt 3.3 is binary-compatible to previous Qt 3.x versions, so extending 
the framework for Qt 3.3 might not happen. This leads to less features in 
the ATK support.
2) There will be no implementations of the accessible interfaces for the 
KDE widgets.

Both of these two points will be addressed with Qt 4.0/KDE 4.0.

Gunnar Schmi Dt
- -- 
Co-maintainer of the KDE Accessibility Project
Maintainer of the kdeaccessibility package
http://accessibility.kde.org/
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