Open Accessibility (A11y) Workgroup

Open A11y Workgroup's Mission Statement

First chartered in 2004 as the Linux Foundation Accessibility Workgroup (LFA), the Open Accessibility (A11y) Group functions today within the Linux Foundation to establish free and open standards that enable comprehensive universal access to various computing platforms, applications, and services. Open A11y makes it easier for developers, ISVs, and distributions to support assistive technologies (AT). Assistive technologies enable individuals to make full use of computer-based technology despite variability in physical or sensory abilities due to illness, aging or disability.

AT enables individuals who are blind or visually impaired to read online text, for example, and provides the means for individuals who do not have the use of their arms and hands to write and correspond. AT also enable individuals who cannot speak or hear to participate on the telephony interfaces of today -- and will support their participation on the multimodal computer interfaces of tomorrow.

Open A11y Workgroup Resources

For Developers

Interested in writing cross-platform accessible applications?

A11y Special Interest Groups

Archival References & Resources



Expert Handlers Special Interest Group (SIG)

Mission Statement



Open A11y Expert Handlers SIG Participants

listed alphabetically, by last name


ATK/AT-SPI SIG Drafts and Works-in-Progress


ATK/AT-SPI Special Interest Group

Toolkits provide a logical representation of the content of an application. Assistive technologies, such as screen readers or magnifiers, can use this logical representation to enable individuals with disabilities to browse and interact with applications.


ATK/AT-SPI SIG References

Open A11y ATK/AT-SPI Technical References


ATK/AT-SPI SIG Reference: Tests and Test Suites




Note: The design of this page is still under consideration. Do not consider any information here a "best practice" until this note is removed.



Accessible Document Navigation Using AT-SPI

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Object Attributes

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