[Accessibility] FSG102 Document Part 1 Section B working copy

Sharon D Snider snidersd at us.ibm.com
Wed Jul 16 11:47:24 PDT 2003




Sharon Snider
Linux Accessibility, and Information Development
IBM Linux Technology Services
(512) 838-4127, T/L 678-4127

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                      Janina Sajka                                                                                                              
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 b. A very brief abstract of the proposed solution, in the form of a
    standard. The abstract should be sufficiently complete to fully
    describe the benefits of such a standard. Initially, industry or
    technical hurdles should be largely ignored. Later revisions may
    take into account more variables.


People with disabilities generally seek to perform the same tasks as any
other
technology users. In addition, many disabled users rely on assistive
technologies
to provide access to the GUI desktop environment. The proposed
accessibility
workgroup feels that it is prudent, expedient, and economical to
support the accommodations that users with disabilities require
through standards that developers can adopt and implement
across their product portfolios.

In proposing an Accessibility Working Group to the Free Standards Group, we
are, therefore, proposing to develop and codify such standards to the
extent that they are identifiable and can be implemented through
Application
Binary Interfaces (and as a set of best practices), and through a consensus
process among all stakeholders. In particular, the workgroup will provide:

*A well defined standard for user features that support a
consistent experience across applications. Assistive technologies that are
required to support these features and applications must not defeat
the purpose in functionality. For example, if the standard states that
"Sticky Keys" is a
standard desktop feature, onscreen keyboard application developers can rely
on the presence of
"Sticky Keys" and design applications that take advantage of this function,
while avoiding keyboard
conflicts.


*            A comprehensive standard for application program interfaces to
support the development of robust assistive technologies across the
heterogeneous free standards environment. It is imperative to provide
for a dynamic nexus between applications and assistive technologies so
that characteristics such as time-out or keystroke event injection can
be adjusted appropriately.
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Though they may also rely on technology to assist their interface to
others and to their environment, persons with disabilities will
generally seek to perform the same tasks as all other users of
technology, it seems to us most prudent, expedient and economical to
support the accomodations they require through standards that technology
developers can adopt and implement across their product portfolios. In
proposing an Accessibility Working Group to the Free Standards Group, we
are, therefore, proposing to develop and codify such standards to the
extent that they are identifiable and implementable through Application
Binary Interfaces (and as a set of best practices) through a consensus
process among all stakeholders. In particular, we will provide:

*            A well defined standard for user features that support a
consistent experience across applications. Assistive technologies will
be required to support these features and applications must not defeat
their functionality. For instance, if we say that "Sticky Keys" is a
standard desktop feature, onscreen keyboards can rely on its presence
and be designed accordingly to take advantage of it, and can avoid
conflicting with it.  Likewise applications will then know explicitly
that they must not conflict with or defeat Sticky Keys (or any other
standard accessibility feature).

*            A comprehensive standard for application program interfaces to
support the development of robust assistive technologies across the
heterogeneous free standards environment. It is imperative to provide
for a dynamic nexus between applications and assistive technologies so
that characteristics such as time-out or keystroke event injection can
be adjusted appropriately.
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                                                 Janina Sajka, Director
                                                 Technology Research and
Development
                                                 Governmental Relations
Group
                                                 American Foundation for
the Blind (AFB)

Email: janina at afb.net                      Phone: (202) 408-8175

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