[Accessibility] Anouncing Free Standards WG,Wednesday, 26 February

Doug Beattie dbb at linkexplorer.com
Thu Feb 27 06:56:39 PST 2003

No one else has spoken up yet, so I'll offer this slight rework of
Bill's statements as another possibility:

Develop and promote a set of accessibility standards with the goals
of improving overall accessibility and fostering interoperability
and binary compatibility for assistive technologies on Open Source
LSB platforms.

These behavior standards will consist of measurable API and ABI
components which will provide comprehensive, consistent, services
for use by assistive technologies products. They will also define
the standards for delivery of accessibility information and services
by applications and UI toolkits.


On Wed, Feb 26, 2003 at 02:06:35PM +0000, Bill Haneman wrote:
> I attach a first cut of a 'mission' statement for consideration and
> review.  The second paragraph is very rough but I hope it identifies two
> messages: we seek a common and comperhensive API/ABI for assistive
> technologies and ALSO some sort of API standardization (whether binary
> or not) for use on the application-toolkit level.
> I did not mention the eventual possible goal of certifying applications,
> perhaps others will see ways of suggesting this without bloating the
> mission statement too much.  Using the LSB overall mission statement as
> a model, I presume we are aiming for only about two sentences.
> Perhaps this will be a useful starting point for discussion...
> best regards,
> Bill
> -- 
> Bill Haneman <bill.haneman at sun.com>

> Develop and promote a set of standards for accessibility with the goal
> of not only improving the overall accessibility of the Linux
> desktop and operating system, but will also foster interoperability
> and binary compatibility among assistive technologies for the Linux
> platform.  
> <needs rephrasing>
> These standards will include both ABI and API standards
> for providing comprehensive and consistent services for use
> by assistive technologies, and also define standards for the 
> delivery of accessibility information and services from the
> application and UI toolkit perspective.
> </needs rephrasing>

Doug Beattie
dbb at linkexplorer.com

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