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At 18:13 29/11/2010, jonathon wrote:
On 11/29/2010 02:14 PM, Friedrich Strohmaier wrote:
>It's only solution is to get Your tools and Your communication partners help You achieving that task.

LibO intrinsically fails Section 508 criteria.  Given how low that bar
is, I suspect that any country whose a11y legislation has any merit,
should automatically disqualify LibO from consideration.

The USA are ahead of most other countries (including much of Europe) with regard to accessibility legislation. (The EU wants to create a standard for accesibility requirements for ICT in public procurement, but I don't expect a final standard before 2012.)

> This can be shurely be demanded by someone willing tho help development.
> Someone looking for advice is a completely different story and should be handled as such.

When it comes to a11y, the first step is to learn if the program works
with the software that sort of succeeds in providing the data they need,
so that the program can almost be used.

Just to make sure that we are all on the same page: people with disabilities do not always use assistive technology. Sometimes it is just a matter of setting high contrast and bigger font size in the OS, which any app should than inherit. For others, keyboard access is essential.

There are some resources where developers can find out about how people with disabilities use ICT or the Web, e.g.: * Personas based on research on people with disabilities, e.g. those by the AEGIS project <> (Creative Commons!); * videos of how people with disabilities use ICT: <>; * the W3C's "How People with Disabilities Use the Web": <>.

In addition: older people can also benefit from accessibility features software, but they don't want to be considered as "people with disabilities"? (Decreased vision? "That's just part of getting old, dear.")

Best regards,


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