Another draft [was Re: [Accessibility] Statement of Intent]
Peter.Korn at Sun.COM
Fri Jul 29 12:33:38 PDT 2005
I think this is a great statement. I think having as many folks as would like
to sign the statement is good too - strength in numbers. To that end, please
add my name to the list.
Bill Haneman wrote:
> Hi everyone:
> Rather than just send this to Olaf I thought I'd post it here for
> comments. Olaf, I hope I didn't leave out any of your important
> points. Please revise and send the next iteration :-)
> "We are members of the Gnome and KDE Accessibility Projects, and also
> the Free Standards Group's Accessibility Workgroup. We would like to
> clarify the current plans and intent of our projects with respect to
> interoperability and standardization where the KDE and Gnome toolkits
> are concerned, and feel that the following statement represents a
> consensus among the membership of these groups.
> While some of the accessibility interfaces being discussed as candidates
> for standardization within the FSG Workgroup, primarily AT-SPI,
> originated in Gnome, we as a group are committed to the
> toolkit-neutrality of accessibility interfaces. To do otherwise would
> limit end-user choice and harm the cause of accessibility. A key goal
> of the ongoing standardization effort, which is inclusive rather than
> exclusive, is long-term interoperability of accessibility solutions for
> the free desktop.
> The current KDE4 roadmap calls for KDE interoperability with existing
> Gnome assistive technologies via bridging to the AT-SPI. The Gnome team
> is excited about this committment and the willingness of the KDE
> developers to integrate Gnome technologies in cases where they offer
> immediate benefit to the user. At the same time, we are actively
> working together to develop a future strategy which minimizes or
> eliminates dependencies of KDE accessibility on Gnome libraries, or vice
> versa. The current plan of action, which was agreed to at a
> face-to-face meeting of the Free Standards Group Accessibility Workgroup
> earlier this year, is to standardize on a set of interfaces (most likely
> as IDL), and allow for the possibility of multiple conformant
> implementations as long as basic interoperability requirements are met.
> This will allow for increased technology sharing and help "future-proof"
> our standardization efforts.
> best regards
> Bill Haneman
> Olaf Schmidt
> Olaf Schmidt wrote:
>> Some parties have suggested to endorse a particular desktop or toolkit
>> for accessibility, thereby focusing only on a selected number of
>> applications and assistive technologies. This would be harmful for
>> accessibility. It would force a rewrite of all assistive technologies
>> available in other toolkits, and this time could be better spend on
>> improving interoperability between the existing solutions. It would
>> also reduce the number of applications available to the users of
>> assistive technologies.
>> We will therefore standardize a number of toolkit-neutral interfaces.
>> An example for this approach is AT-SPI, a service provider interface
>> for assistive technologies supported by Gtk2, Qt4, GNOME, Java,
>> OpenOffice and Mozilla, with support coming for KDE4. While the
>> current implementation relies on a small number of libraries written
>> by the GNOME project, we will allow for other implementation using
>> other technologies, using the same IDL. The standardization process
>> will also include bridges between the various implementations.
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