[Accessibility] Nokia to fund D-Bus based accessibility

Janina Sajka janina at a11y.org
Fri Apr 25 11:28:37 PDT 2008


May I suggest we take an upcoming Open A11y teleconference to discuss
how best to engage the community as this migration moves forward? What
do you think?

I suspect we have topics to consider:

*	What apps need to be rewritten that will not be covered by
*	CodeThink, e.g. gnome-speech, py-atspi, what else? How do we
*	move these in parallel?

*	How to test on small devices--Marc's offer sounds valuable as an
*	embedded test platform at the very least that can take us toward
*	a11y on small and embedded devices.

	If you don't know his Icon device, look at http://levelstar.com

*	How can we use this work to expand the community of a11y
*	developers in Gnome, KDE, Linux, etc.?

Thoughts? The calendar is open at the moment.

Janina


Marc Mulcahy writes:
> Let's integrate it into the Icon.  We'll do what we can to get that effort
> rolling.
> 
> Marc 
> 
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: gnome-accessibility-list-bounces at gnome.org 
> > [mailto:gnome-accessibility-list-bounces at gnome.org] On Behalf 
> > Of Janina Sajka
> > Sent: Friday, April 25, 2008 9:41 AM
> > To: Willie Walker
> > Cc: gnome-accessibility-list at gnome.org
> > Subject: Re: Nokia to fund D-Bus based accessibility
> > 
> > This truly is wonderful news. I personally can't wait to take 
> > some of those KDE apps for a spin with Orca, and I expect 
> > there will be KDE based AT that will now be able to do the 
> > same with Gnome, Open Office, and Firefox.
> > 
> > But, there's one more aspect of this I wanted to mention. 
> > Will notes that AT-SPI on Dbus will give us the opportunity 
> > to add accessibility to small and embedded devices--cell 
> > phones, pdas, etc. During the recently concluded Linux 
> > Foundation Collaboration Summit we heard an estimate from IDC 
> > that Linux will drive approximately 50% of all such devices 
> > by 2012. So, we may be on the verge of an explosion of 
> > accessibility opportunities.
> > 
> > And, to top it all off, KDE and QT get the benefit of AT-SPI 
> > based realtime automated testing, just like Dogtail and LDTP 
> > are doing via the current Corba based AT-SPI. How awesomely 
> > cool is that?
> > 
> > Janina
> > 
> > 
> > Willie Walker writes:
> > > This is indeed awesome news for the community, and it's 
> > great to see 
> > > that the people who did the AT-SPI/DBus feasibility study 
> > are the ones 
> > > that will be doing the work.
> > > 
> > > Some of the major impacts of this work include:
> > > 
> > > 1) Releasing accessibility from the shackles of the out-of-style 
> > > CORBA/Bonobo technology and into the hip with-it DBus space.
> > > 
> > > 2) Unifying accessibility infrastructure across KDE and 
> > GNOME, paving 
> > > the way for users to be able to use one assistive technology to be 
> > > used to access both desktops.
> > > 
> > > 3) By shedding CORBA/Bonobo, it helps enable accessibility 
> > solutions 
> > > to migrate to the small device and embedded space.
> > > 
> > > All very exciting stuff!
> > > 
> > > Will
> > > 
> > > 
> > > JGJones wrote:
> > > > I came across this on Planet Gnome and thought it would be of 
> > > > interest if no-one heard of. Apologises if you all 
> > already know this 
> > > > and I'm a bit slow on the uptake :-)
> > > > 
> > > > 
> > http://blog.floopily.org/2008/04/23/nokia-funds-d-bus-based-accessib
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Janina Sajka,	Phone:	+1.202.595.7777;	sip:janina at a11y.org
Partner, Capital Accessibility LLC	http://CapitalAccessibility.Com

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Chair, Open Accessibility	janina at a11y.org	
Linux Foundation		http://a11y.org


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