[Accessibility] Draft #1 -- Statement On Conformance

Bill Haneman Bill.Haneman at Sun.COM
Wed Jul 13 11:28:02 PDT 2005

The FSG 1.0 Accessibility Standards

* make it possible for applications to support assistive technologies 
(but does not, of itself assure that applications do so);
* ensure that basic levels of operating system support for keyboard and 
mouse accessibility enhancements are available;
* specify a set of assistive technology interfaces which :
    -> provide the necessary information and services required by 
assistive technologies;
    -> ensure that assistive technologies written to those interfaces 
will run on conformant platforms.

Janina Sajka wrote:

>Draft	Draft	Draft	Draft
>Version #1.0
>July 13, 2005
>Statement On Conformance and Certification
>With FSG Accessibility Standards
>FSG Accessibility Standards facilitate consistent and robust support for
>individuals with disabilities.  They also facilitate the creation and
>distribution of assistive/adaptive technologies and user agents appropriate to
>a range of end-user abilities and to ensure that applications and operating
>system services operate in cooperation, rather than in conflict, with such
>Conformance to FSG Accessibility Standards niehter implies nor provides a
>warranty, including no warranty of merchantability nor of fitness for any
>particular user nor any particular accessibility requirement.
>Although FSG Accessibility Standards provide technologies necessary to
>facilitate accessibility, they do not guarantee that any particular user will
>be able to use any particular platform service or application. Furthermore,
>conformance with any particular FSG standard on accessibility, and even the
>aggregate of all FSG Accessibility Standards, does not guarantee accessibility
>for any particular user or class of users.  Conformance with FSG Accessibility
>Standards provides a minimal baseline of binary compatibility to other
>applications and services which are required for insuring that persons with
>disabilities will be able to utilize computing platforms and applications. As
>FSG Accessibility Standards mature and become more comprehensive, and as more
>and more platforms and applications conform to them, it can be expected that
>platform services and applications will become ever more accessible to more
>and more users and user circumstances.  However, no single application nor
>service nor aggregate of applications or services, should be construed to make
>a platform or application "accessible."

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