[Accessibility] Statement from KDE

Gunnar Schmi Dt gunnar at schmi-dt.de
Sun Oct 19 14:52:05 PDT 2003


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Hello,

As promised during our last meeting, here is the statement from KDE. In this
statement the kde-accessibility and kde-promo mailing lists were involved.

<statement>
Although there are many ongoing efforts to help persons with disabilities use
Linux systems, most Linux GUIs are still inaccessible to blind persons and
present many obstacles to people who cannot operate a standard keyboard or
mouse.

We do not want to support this social exclusion but rather see the support
for handicapped persons as an important feature for every software. The KDE
accessibility team knows about the problem and they are working on improving
the accessibility of KDE.

In order to get a completely accessible system, applications that use other
toolkits need to be accessible as well. In this sense KDE based assistive
technologies need to interoperate well with applications using other toolkits
and vice versa. We appreciate the foundation of the Free Standards Group as a
forum to discuss possible standards for this with other projects involved in
accessibility.
</statement>

Olaf Schmidt (my brother) has put this statement onto the 
accessibility.kde.org web site together with some additional information 
about both the LSB workgroup and the current state of KDE in respect to 
accessibility.
The URL is http://accessibility.kde.org/developer/fsg-statement.php

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