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These are important questions that I also wanted to ask, especially in the light of IBM's contribution of an IAccessible2 implementation to, which would significantly improve accessibility on Windows. After describing what I know about OOo accessibility on Windows on the LibO accessibility mailing list [1], one of the questions that I am interested in is whether that IAccessible2 implementation would also become available in LibreOffice or whether it would have to be redeveloped from scratch for LibreOffice (due to copyright / IP reasons, because I can't think of anything else).

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At 21:55 15/02/2011, Joanmarie Diggs wrote:
Hey all.

A question I've been wondering, and that Orca users are wondering, and that the GNOME accessibility team is wondering is: What's the story with LibreOffice accessibility? In particular:

* Is the fork so complete that fixes made in OOo will not even be seen -- or incorporated into LibreOffice even if they are seen? Or

* Are things from OOo still being cherry picked for inclusion in LibreOffice -- or would be if they were pointed out via bugzilla?


* Is there an active a11y team and/or developers focused on a11y issues in LibreOffice?

And, yeah, I know: It's open source. And getting and building the code is a zillion times easier than is the case with OOo (for which I'm truly grateful). So I should just submit patches. :-) Let's pretend we've already had that discussion with the conclusion being that I sincerely promise to contribute as soon as I get caught up on my DayJob, Orca work, GNOME 3 issues, etc., etc. In meantime.... What's the story w.r.t. the questions above?

Oh, and yes, I already inquired on the accessibility list a couple of months ago. No one there seems to know and the only advice I got was to file bugs in both issue trackers. Thus if any of y'all can shed light on the situation it would be super.

Thanks in advance!
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