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


Open A11y at CSUN2009

'NOTE: The submission deadline for CSUN 2009 has been extended to Monday, 3 November 2009.

For Reference:



AT-SPI2 0.1.2 Available for Download


AT-SPI2 0.1.3 Available for Download


Input/Output (I/0) SIG FAQ

Project Resources


Input/Output (I/0) SIG

Project Resources


The Open A11y Scratch Pad

This portion of the Open A11y Workgroup's wiki is intended to foster discussion and development of new resources, collaborate upon evangelism of Workgroup efforts, and the like. It is a public discussion area endorsed by no one, but of interest to everyone.


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Alternatives to Open Accessibility's Current Front Page

* Mission Statement moved to DIV beneath links


New Standards and New Initiatives From Open A11y

New Standards and New Initiatives From Open A11y



Open A11y at CSUN 2008

The Open A11y workgroup at The Linux Foundation will be conducting a number of presentations at this year's CSUN Conference.


Open A11y Releases Unified Use Cases for Expert Handlers, version 1.0


Olaf Schmidt to Address Accessibility at KDE's Free Software Desktop Summit (Akademy2008), August 9-15, 2008


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

March 17, 2008


New Standards and New Initiatives From Open A11y: Draft 1

New Standards and New Initiatives From Open A11y

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