Accessibility

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

handlers/usecases/unified/uuc1


Unified Use Cases for Expert Handlers (UUC 1.0)

document status: public working draft (approved by the working group 2008-02-05)
revision date: 2008-02-04

handlers/usecases/braille


Braille Use Cases for Expert Handlers



Draft 1: Structure to Braille Conversion (Vladimir Bulatov, author)

handlers/usecases/speech


Speech Use Cases for Expert Handlers



Draft 1: Speech Use Cases for Expert Handlers (Janina Sajka, author)

Computer users who are blind or severely visually impaired often use assistive technology (AT) built around synthetic text to speech (TTS). These AT applications are commonly called "screen readers." Screen

handlers/usecases/unified/draft2.03


Unified Use Cases for Expert Handlers (Draft 2.03)

document status: internal draft -- this is a work-in-progress
revision date: 2008-01-26

handlers/usecases/unified/draft2.04a


Unified Use Cases for Expert Handlers (Draft 2.04)

document status: internal SIG draft
revision date: 2008-02-04

handlers/usecases/unified/draft2.04


Unified Use Cases for Expert Handlers (Draft 2.04)

document status: internal SIG draft
revision date: 2008-02-04

handlers/usecases/navigation


Navigability Use Cases Drafts Index

  Note: Navigability will need to address multiple levels of navigability

atk/at-spi/specs/draft


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

atk/at-spi


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.

mission

"First chartered in 2004 as the Linux Foundation Accessibility Workgroup (LFA), the Open 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.

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handlers


Expert Handlers Special Interest Group (SIG)


Mission Statement

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