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February 09, 2007


Simon Phipps

I assume your comments are specific to OpenOffice.org on Windows since Sun wrote the excellent accessibility support that's in GNOME and is now the main author of ORCA. Sun has been doing great work for years to accessibility-enabling Unix and Linux.

The problem here is that Windows has for years had no accessibility interfaces so the assentive device support provided by vendors has been product-specific rather than generic - Microsoft is only just getting religion on this. AD support has depended on the AD vendors reverse-engineering MS Office. Thus the devices most people own have no drivers for Windows open source software. The plug-in is a temporary respite while the story gets better, but I'm afraid I believe the annger you are pouring over me here is misdirected.

And I'm not Australian.

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