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

news/2008/03/kafs-released

Open A11y Releases
Keyboard Access Functional Specification (KAFS) and
Generic Test Assertions for Keyboard Access (KAFS GTA)
For Community Review

March 17, 2008

handlers/references/xquery


XQuery: An XML Query Language Resources & References

handlers/overview

A11y Expert Handlers Workgroup Overview

handlers/references/semantic


Semantic Web Activities & Initiatives of Interest to Expert Handlers


Semantic Web Development at W3C

  • Semantic Web Activity at W3C

handlers/req/draft0-1


Requirements for Expert Handlers, version 0.1

Contents

handlers/faq

Open A11y Expert Handlers FAQ

(prose to follow)

handlers/references/cc-pp


Composite Capability/Preference Profiles (CC/PP)
and Related Documents Concerning Device Independence from the W3C

Contents

handlers/references/smls/iptc


International Press Telecommunications Council (IPTC) Resources/References

The International Press Telecommunications Council (IPTC) has been developing standards for exchanging news since 1979.

handlers/references/gmls


Generalized Content Markup Languages
(An Expert Handlers SIG Reference)

SGML-Based Languages and Derivatives

SGML: Standard Generalized Markup Language
SGML is a meta-language in which one can define markup languages for documents.

Specialized Content Markup Languages(An Expert Handlers SIG Reference)


Specialized Content Markup Languages
(An Expert Handlers SIG Reference)

Contents

handlers/references/synth


Speech Synthesis: Standards, Markup Languages, & APIs

Contents

handlers/draftpages/csun2008/proposal/draft3


Expert Markup Handlers for AT: A Proposal From Open A11y (Draft 3)

Title:
Expert Markup Handlers for AT: A Proposal From Open A11y

Abstract:

handlers/draftpages/csun2008/proposal/draft5


Expert Markup Handlers for AT: A Proposal From Open A11y (FINAL)

Title:
Open A11y Proposal: A Standard to Enable AT Interaction with Specialized Content

Abstract:

handlers/draftpages/csun2008/proposal/finaldraft


Expert Markup Handlers for AT: A Proposal From Open A11y (FINAL Draft)

Title:
Open A11y Proposal: A Standard to Enable AT Interaction with Specialized Content

Abstract:

handlers/draftpages/csun2008/proposal/draft4


Expert Markup Handlers for AT: A Proposal From Open A11y (Draft 4)

Title:
Open A11y Proposal: A Standard to Enable AT Interaction with Specialized Content

Abstract:

handlers/presentations/csun2008


Expert Markup Handlers for AT: A Proposal From Open A11y

Title:
Open A11y Proposal: A Standard to Enable AT Interaction with Specialized Content

Abstract:

handlers/reference/xquery

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