[Accessibility] Microsoft/Novell announce UIA on Linux

Peter Korn Peter.Korn at Sun.COM
Wed Dec 12 09:30:59 PST 2007

Hi Michael,

Thanks for the pointer to this work (below).  I was surprised to see in 
the diagram a "C# screenreader" box.  Is part of what Microsoft/Novell 
is doing in this space the creation of another (apparently 
cross-platform) screen reader?


Peter Korn
Accessibility Architect,
Sun Microsystems, Inc.

> Hi George,
> On Fri, 2007-11-09 at 08:14 -0600, George Kraft wrote:
>> It appears this is to bridge ATK to UIA; however, it might be difficult
>> to utilize by sophisticated ATs based on AT-SPI.  For now, I'm
>> skeptical, because if taken seriously it would disrupt Linux
>> accessibility.
> 	:-) I guess it's been a month & this thread went to the wrong mailbox
> (sorry). Hopefully what we plan is clearer now, I guess some more detail
> is here.
> 	http://www.gnome.org/~michael/activity.html#2007-11-09
> 	Obviously a primary target for us is making Orca work well with C#
> Winforms / Silverlight apps, and wrt. disrupting Linux a11y we certainly
> hope not, though clearly having more resources working together on the
> shared stack may help drive your positive disruption in the
> market-place :-)
> 	Anyhow - I guess Calvin (new & charismatic tech lead of the Novell a11y
> project) will table an agenda item with Janina for the next phone
> meeting to quickly go over what we plan, and allow questions etc. We're
> really looking forward to working closely with you guys.
> 	HTH,
> 		Michael.

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