[Accessibility] Updated CSUn Proposal Draft

Olaf Schmidt ojschmidt at kde.org
Fri Oct 12 05:36:17 PDT 2007


[ Janina Sajka, Mi., 10. Okt. 2007 ]
> A revised CSUN proposal draft is now available on line at either of the
> following two URIs:
> http://www.linux-foundation.org/en/Accessibility/DraftPages/CSUN2008/Draft2

I am disappointed to see that my corrections for the last draft have been 
completely ignored.

The sentence
"Originally developed for Gnome2, the Assistive Technology Service Provider 
Interface (AT-SPI) is the industry consensus, toolkit-neutral interface 
between applications and assistive technologies."
really ought to be changed to:
"Assistive Technology Service Provider Interface (AT-SPI) is an interface 
between applications and assistive technologies for the Gnome2 desktop that 
integrates Java and OpenOffice in addition to Gtk2 applications."

We have discussed the interoperability issues on this list often enough and in 
so much details that everyone should be aware of the problems by now.

A technically correct summary of the toolkit-neutrality topic would be: 
OpenAccessibility aims to deprecate, abstract or exclude from the 
specification all desktop-dependent parts of the existing AT-SPI 
implementation, but no formal assessment of  the situation has been 
concluded. This work will allow future changes that achieve industry 
consensus on a truly toolkit-neutral implementation. The AT-SPI API was 
originally designed with toolkit-neutrality in mind, which will allow us to 
hopefully reach this goal with none or very few changes to the core API.


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