[Accessibility] Re: [Accessibility-ia2] Introduction and brief explanation of UIA work Novell is doing

Janina Sajka janina at a11y.org
Sat Jan 5 15:18:37 PST 2008

I have in my notes that we will de3vote our main Open A11y
teleconference to you this coming Tuesday at the usual time. This would
be a good time for the general introduction to your work, both on
Windows and on Linux. The specific issues can then be addressed via the
IAccessible2 subteam that Pete Brunet chairs, I think. Of course we will
always want to coordinate as much as we need with AT-SPI/ATK.

I expect to release the agenda for Tuesday's call on Monday when I
return to my office. Let me know if you need to plan anything special or
different. As always, we'll also create an audio archive of your
presentation for people to review afterwards--if that is acceptable.


Richard Schwerdtfeger writes:
> Thank you Calvin,
> Pete Brunet is chair, but filing bugs on IAccessible2 is the best way to
> get them addressed. I want to thank you and Microsoft for reporting them.
> Some seem to be documentation issues as we have strong implementations out
> there. Others like the IA2 event max issue will need to be discussed and
> coordinated with implementors. We have not experienced any conflict
> problems at this time such as with events sitting in the MSAA range.
> One of the concerns I see regarding UIA on Linux is the support for control
> patterns. This is not something that cannot be derived from a direct ATK
> mapping. How were you planning to address this?
> Rich
> Rich Schwerdtfeger
> Distinguished Engineer, SWG Accessibility Architect/Strategist
> Chair, IBM Accessibility Architecture Review  Board
> blog: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/blogs/page/schwer
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>              01/04/2008 04:35                                      Subject
>              PM                        [Accessibility-ia2] Introduction
>                                        and brief explanation of UIA work
>                                        Novell is doing                 
> I realize I've already introduced myself in the conference calls but I
> thought I would send an email to the list introducing myself and the
> work I'll be involved with.
> My name is Calvin Gaisford and I work at Novell on the Linux Desktop.
> I've recently become the engineering lead on a team at Novell that
> will be focused on accessibility for the Linux Desktop.  You may have
> seen that recently Microsoft and Novell announced a collaboration to
> bring an implementation of the UIA spec to Linux.  Part of our work
> will be dedicated to this and bring accessibility to the Windows Forms
> implementation on Mono and the Moonlight project.  Our team will also
> be dedicated to working with this group and others on furthering the
> accessibility efforts on Linux.
> I have put up a brief outline of the project and a very rough outline
> of a schedule here: http://developer.novell.com/wiki/index.php/UIA_on_Linux
> I hope to have more information on the work we are doing but I hope
> that gives you an idea of what it's about (you might also note that we
> are looking for a11y engineers!)
> Also, in several of the meetings that I've had with Microsoft, there
> have been a handful of issues discussed on the current IAccessible2
> spec.  I'm not sure the best way to start a discussion on the issues
> but I wanted to raise the issues with the group.  I read in a previous
> post that the correct protocol to follow was to file bugs in bugzilla
> and allow the discussion of the issues to go on there.  That being the
> case, I went ahead and opened the following bugs:
> http://bugs.linux-foundation.org/show_bug.cgi?id=112
> http://bugs.linux-foundation.org/show_bug.cgi?id=113
> http://bugs.linux-foundation.org/show_bug.cgi?id=114
> http://bugs.linux-foundation.org/show_bug.cgi?id=115
> http://bugs.linux-foundation.org/show_bug.cgi?id=116
> http://bugs.linux-foundation.org/show_bug.cgi?id=117
> http://bugs.linux-foundation.org/show_bug.cgi?id=118
> I'm excited to be a part of this important work and hope that this new
> team and myself can be of help to all of the great work everyone here
> is already doing.  I've signed up to attend the ATIA and CSUN
> conferences and hope to meet a lot of you there.
> Thanks!
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> Calvin Gaisford
> Software Engineer Consultant
> cgaisford at novell.com
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