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From Christophe Strobbe <>
Subject Re: Iaccessible2 in OOo
Date Thu, 29 Sep 2011 10:52:32 GMT

I would like to add something to what Jean-Philippe Mengual already wrote.
I am involved in the development of a few extensions that are related to 
accessibility: an extension that exports ODT to 
digital talking books in the DAISY format 
(odt2daisy on SourceForge), an extension that 
exports ODT to Braille (odt2braille, also on 
SourceForge) and a soon-to-be-released 
accessibility checker for ODT files. I have 
presented these extensions at various 
conferences, and the question I invariably get 
when there are people with disabilities in the 
audience (especially blind users) is: "When will become accessible on Windows?" I 
then explain that uses the Java 
Accessibility API on Windows and that this needs 
to be replaced with IAccessible2 code. Until then 
the extensions are not (or very poorly) 
accessible on Windows, the OS used by most people with disabilities.
At the next conference I will be able to say that 
we can expect this to happen after the release of 
A00o 3.4. (After the integration of IAccessible2, 
I will need to check how this impacts UI created 
by the extensions, but that is for later.)

Best regards,


At 15:47 28-9-2011, you wrote:
>Very interesting answer, thanks:
> >
> > I say 'potentially' as the developers in the community will make it a
> > priority if, and only if, it is clear there is a strong demand for IA2
> > and someone leads the work and use of it. So I would encourage you to
> > continue your work of letting us know of the need and also suggest you
> > guide other users and developers who require IA2 support in AOO  to
> > join in the discussion here. (...)
>I will try doing that. But I'd like to mention 
>one problem and several elements which make me 
>think I represent an enormous part of users who 
>want IA2 to be integrated. The problem is that I 
>have feedbacks essentially from France or 
>French-speaking people, and they decided me to 
>be intermediate between English-speaking 
>community and them. So, they have difficulties 
>to write here directly. The language is a problem for the major part of them.
>However, several things make me think there's a large demand:
>- In the public administrations in France, where 
>OOo is choosen, we have thousands of people who 
>work and who are blind or sight-impaired;
>- The workgroup "Accessibilité et logiciel 
>libre" (A11y and Free software), from April (the 
>main French organization which Promote the Free 
>Software in France) asked for this evolution. It 
>appeared in our "bug tracker" (used to enable 
>not English-speaking users to report problems so 
>that we forward, as I do now). 4 bugs appear about this issue.
>- The LibreOffice project expressed the desire 
>to wait for AOOo integration to integrate itself IA2 in their utility.
>- The problems with OOo are very often denounced 
>on French mailing list of blind people (for instance, ALLOS mailing list).
>- The CFPSAA, an official enormous organization 
>which defends the blind people rights, 
>published, this June, a newsletter where they 
>explained that migrating a desktop to OOo was a 
>mistake as it's not accessible (it's a pitty! ). 
>I tried answering and communicating about this, 
>but of course if such official organization has 
>this approach, it proves the need.
>- I met 60 people in France IRL a few weeks ago, 
>to show them what free software gives to 
>accessibility. The cain problem where I had to fight was OOo.

Christophe Strobbe
K.U.Leuven - Dept. of Electrical Engineering - SCD
Research Group on Document Architectures
Kasteelpark Arenberg 10 bus 2442
B-3001 Leuven-Heverlee
tel: +32 16 32 85 51
Twitter: @RabelaisA11y
Open source for accessibility: results from the 
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