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

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A11y Special Interest Groups

Archival References & Resources

The Electric Sheep Project | The Collaborative Dreams of Thousands of Computers

What do computers dream about when they sleep? With Electric Sheep, you can view the beautifully rendered collective dreams of thousands of computers. This constantly evolving and changing collection of fractal art is created using the mathematics of the Flame Fractal algorithm and the processing power of an army of client computers worldwide.

Xubuntu 11.10 Beta Reviewed | Improved Panel looks good | Software Center and Thunar needs fixing

On September 2, Canonical released beta versions of Oneiric Ocelot for Ubuntu, Kubuntu and Xubuntu.

Best Twitter Clients for Linux

Twitter is without doubt one of the most popular micro-blogging/social networking services out there on the web. Even though the use of the Twitter website is very much sufficient to enjoy a good Twitter experience, various 3rd party Twitter clients exist to make things more easy and streamlined.

How to Run udev-discover in Ubuntu | The complete Device Manager Tool for the Linux Kernel

Udev-discover is the complete graphical device manager application for the linux kernel. It runs perfectly well on Ubuntu. It manages all device nodes in /dev directory of your LInux partiion. 

How to Setup Conky-A System Monitoring Tool for Ubuntu Part-1

It all started with torsmo,a tool that monitors system variables.Torsmo is no longer maintained,which led to the creation of its fork called conky.Conky checks various system variables and plots graph based on the values.Conky is efficient and fast as it draws directly in the X window system.Conky is easily customisable and flexible.It is customisable as we can extend its functionality using the LUA programming language.Lets start with insta

How to Setup and Use Github in Ubuntu

If you are or want to be open source developer,you must try GitHub. It is a new hosted Git repository service that's being called a "social network" for programmers. It is basically a distributed version control system designed to handle everything from small to very large projects with speed and efficiency.

How to Install Rabbit VCS in Ubuntu | A Graphical VCS Tool equivalent to Tortoise SVN for use in Ubuntu

Are you a developer using Linux? Do you use a Version Control Software like SVN / GIT/ Mercurial ? Do you feel bored of sticking with command line client tool and looking for a Graphical tool like Tortoise SVN for Windows?

How to do C# and .Net Programming in Ubuntu using Mono

C#(pronounced C sharp and not C hash), is a rich object oriented programming language within the .Net framework developed by Microsoft. Does this mean you have to switch to Windows to program in C#? Not at all!!!

BackTrack 5 - A Linux Distribution Engineered for Penetration Testing

Linux, which is a very versatile operating environment, caters for an array of different needs of different users. One such specific usage of Linux is in the area of computer security and penetration testing. Among the digital forensic tools available for Linux, BackTrack is well known as an all-in-one platform that offers security professionals all the tools that they may need to carry out various security related tasks.

How to use Libre Office in Ubuntu to Create A Client Database | LibreOffice Tutorial

In this new LibreOffice Calc tutorial for Ubuntu users I will show you how to create a new client list and how to use the filter tool in order to narrow your search. Our LibreOffice tutorial series is suitable for you if you run a small business and in dealing with your everyday business related activities.

Top 5 MPlayer Skins For Your Ubuntu Desktop

We have recently started bringing out more eyecandy stuff as we really think that Linux has to shed its "old command only interface for geeks" image to make it appealing to more people and as you know there is strength in numbers. Yeah we know Ubuntu has changed that a lot!! but hey allow us to speed up the process.  Here is our  take on some of the most appealing themes to juice up your Mplayer experience.

Stellarium - A free planetarium software for star gazing in Ubuntu

Stellarium is an open-source planetarium program that has gained a considerable popularity together with other free and open-source astronomical programs such as Celestia and KStars. What makes Stellarium a standout among a plethora of other contenders is its balance of features and the simplicity it offers for a novice user while maintaining a high scientific accuracy.

How to create a Google Chrome Extension - For Beginners - Basics [Part 2]

 Here is our second part on "How to create a Google Chrome extension". Last time we made a basic "hello world" chrome extension. This time we will be going to the innards of a real world Google Chrome extension to see how things will work in real time.

Top 10 GNOME Wallpapers

Wallpapers!! What would we do without them? Here is the ist of top rated Gnome wallpapers which captured the attention of the users of What would we do without them??

Adobe’s 64 bit Flash 11 for Linux too

Ever since the dawn of 64 Bit technology in computers people wanted everything to be 64 Bit. It was proven that a 64 Bit system would create fewer bottlenecks and deliver better performance than a 32 Bit variant. Adobe has realised this problem faced by browsers and began developing a plug-in for its Flash player. They have come out with the solution in the correct time and released the first Beta version of the Flash 11. The Beta version incorporates major upgrades in configurations and support for the widely acclaimed and feature rich media browser plug-in.

Top 5 VLC media player skins

There are few people on this globe who use a PC and  have never heard about the VLC media player.  So we are not gonna waste your time in getting into the details.  As you all know, the default interface does not do justice to the player.  Of course  VLC is completely skinnable. Here is the list of 5 of the best VLC skins to be downloaded from All the skins have been rated by the users themselves.

Top Windows games that run flawlessly in Ubuntu using Wine

Even though most games wont run natively on Ubuntu there is still a sizeable number that  runs flawlessly on it thanks to the almighty Wine.  The Wine app database lists a few games that run flawlessly on Ubuntu or any other Linux distribution for that matter and assigns  a rating for them based on precious metals.

Google Music Manager now Plays to Ubuntu’s tunes.

The tremendous potential for online music portability and sharing has resulted in several software giants coming out with musical applications for web based music storage and sharing. And the best part is that they do not charge you for using these services. The biggest of such services available today is of course Google Music or Music Beta as it is officially known is now available to Ubuntu users.

Top 15 Firefox themes for this summer

Summer is here and I would like to introduce you to our selection of 15 gorgeous Mozilla Firefox themes which you will certainly like a lot! These Firefox skins will bring in a new perspective on that boring gray layout. :)

IDE for Ubuntu

Linux, as with many other things, has no shortage when it comes to getting down to the more technical aspects in computing. Be it coding, testing or anything else that is related to the geeky arts, the free and open source community has a lot to offer. In this post we’ll be looking at some of the most popular and some not so popular Integrated Development Environments (IDE) out there which score a lot with regard to quality and flexibility.

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