These are important questions that I also wanted to ask, especially
in the light of IBM's contribution of an IAccessible2 implementation
to OpenOffice.org, which would significantly improve accessibility on
Windows. After describing what I know about OOo accessibility on
Windows on the LibO accessibility mailing list , 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).
At 21:55 15/02/2011, Joanmarie Diggs wrote:
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!
Orca project lead
GNOME accessibility team
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