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On Wed, 2011-02-16 at 17:30 +0000, Michael Meeks wrote:
Hi Joanie,

On Wed, 2011-02-16 at 16:24 +0100, Cor Nouws wrote:
* Is there an active a11y team and/or developers focused on
  a11y issues in LibreOffice?

Sure there are people with a focus on this. I am not sure if we 
actually can speak of 'a team'.

      Quite - whether there is a team at OO.o is a similar question ;-) there
are people who can help fix problems. From ORCA's perspective, I created
the design, prototype, and ~50% of the existing atk bridge in vcl; so I
wouldn't fret that we are skill-less in this area :-)

      Furthermore, it is far easier to work on LibreOffice process-wise to
get fixes in, so I anticipate (over time) a better accessibility
experience; and of course we welcome patches (on the dev list).


If I may change the subject here for a moment.

When lasted I noted any comment on the OO.o lists with regard to the
IAccessibilty code coming from IBM, IIRC, the comment was that it was
'not yet integrated' - I don't know if that is still true.

From LibreOffice stand point, I am not sure I have heard what the plan
is, would that integration be merged here? (if the answer is still don't
know till we see it - that's a valid answer)

I remember watching the session on accessibility at the last OOoConn and
I know there was a MS rep there, as I remember you had some small
interaction. I'm don't know then if your (the dev teams) thoughts are to
look for the integration coming via OO.o/IBM or if you are looking at
going a different route.

Please don't feel you need to respond directly - if there are some
references already (other emails, blogs) it would be great if anyone
could point in the direction of those.

This next period there are number of shows in the US and the question of
accessibility is treated quite directly in this area. I was thinking of
trying to create a small reference piece for the booth staff at the
shows with some information on this subject (within this next 2 weeks -
to make the first show): LIbreOffice support for accessibility
technologies (current and future) [or something similar]

I'm starting with the assumption that anything relating to OO.o 3.3
would be correct also for Libo 3.3 - correct assumption?

Beyond that - I'm not asking for a direct response here to this email,
but if that assumption is not correct, or there are actual plans for a
different direction for integration it would be much appreciated if
anyone could direct some links my way, I will read and assemble a
smaller flyer type piece, then ask folks to review it.

Thanks for your time,


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