[Accessibility] Nokia to fund D-Bus based accessibility

Steve Lee steve at fullmeasure.co.uk
Sat Apr 26 02:24:43 PDT 2008


Fantastic.

2008/4/25 Janina Sajka <janina at a11y.org>:
> 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
>  > >
>  > > Marketing the Owasys 22C talking screenless cell phone in the
>  > > U.S. and Canada Learn more at http://ScreenlessPhone.Com
>  > >
>  > > Chair, Open Accessibility   janina at a11y.org
>  > > Linux Foundation            http://a11y.org
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>
>  --
>
>  Janina Sajka,   Phone:  +1.202.595.7777;        sip:janina at a11y.org
>  Partner, Capital Accessibility LLC      http://CapitalAccessibility.Com
>
>  Marketing the Owasys 22C talking screenless cell phone in the U.S. and Canada
>  Learn more at http://ScreenlessPhone.Com
>
>  Chair, Open Accessibility       janina at a11y.org
>  Linux Foundation                http://a11y.org
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