[Accessibility] Candidate Quote 3

Janina Sajka janina at rednote.net
Wed Oct 1 14:08:48 PDT 2003

Currently, free and open source platforms have many graphical user interface (GUI) applications that are inaccessible to users who are blind, have
severely impaired vision, or live with mobility impairments that prevent them from using their arms and hands. Only a very few, rudimentary assistive
technologies exist for the GUI desktop environment. Application developers may not have the expertise needed to write accessible applications that meet
the requirements of users with disabilities. At present there is not a standard toolkit for meeting these requirements.

Yet, adherence to some simple criteria in software design, such as providing keyboard navigation and adhering to user-specified system appearance
settings can reduce or eliminate these barriers for many users, including users who may not identify themselves as 'disabled'. It is furthermore well
known that properly designed assistive technologies are capable of delivering unparalleled benefits to users with more severe disabilities who
usually have no other viable alternative for performing many common tasks.

We are pleased that an Accessibility Workgroup has been formed within the Free Standards Group to provide the standards and the best practices guidance
for the implementation of consistent and robust user support for individuals with disabilities across any and all platforms that implement free and open

Janina Sajka
Email: janina at rednote.net		
Phone: (202) 408-8175

Director, Technology Research and Development
American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)

Chair, Accessibility Working Group
Free Standards Group

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