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Subject: Re: [office-accessibility] Re: [office] Accessibility Evaluation ofthe OpenDocument v1.0 specification

Hi Michael,

Thanks for the kind words.  I know I speak for all of the accessibility 
SC members in thanking you and the OASIS ODF TC for how warmly you have 
embraced our work.  It is still fairly rare in the computing industry 
that accessibility be consciously built into technology (rather than 
bolted on as an afterthought).  Since ODF grew out of the 
StarOffice/OpenOffice.org XML file format which itself had over 4 years 
of OpenOffice.org accessibility work, and since ODF incorporates so many 
W3C technologies that themselves have gone through accessibility review, 
a tremendous amount of accessibility support was already built into ODF 
from the start.

We are all very eager to work with you to see these recommendations 
adopted into ODF 1.1, and into ODF applications, as quickly as possible.

Regarding our proposal, please see the section titled "Miscellaneous 
Corrections to ODF 1.0 Specification".  In our accessibility review of 
section 9.2.15 of the ODF specification, we came across what we believe 
is an error.  If it isn't too late, please review this for the ODF 1.0 
revision for ISO.


Peter Korn
Accessibility Architect,
Sun Microsystems, Inc.

> Accessibility SC members,
> TC members,
> I would like to join the congratulations from Mary and Rob, and would 
> like to thank all accessibility SC members for your hard work on the 
> report.
> I would further like to ask all TC members to familiarize yourself 
> with the report. It contains a couple of recommendations that we will 
> have to discuss very soon.
> Best regards
> Michael
> Peter Korn wrote On 05/27/06 02:19,:
>> Greetings,
>> As set forth in the Statement of purpose of the Accessibility 
>> Subcommittee of the OASIS ODF Technical Committee, the Accessibility 
>> Subcommittee submits their report of the outcome of their 
>> accessibility evaluation of the OpenDocument v1.0 specification.  Our 
>> report is attached, in ODF, PDF, and XHTML formats.
>> Here is our Executive Summary:
>>   The ODF Accessibility Subcommittee has identified 9
>>   accessibility issues in ODF 1.0, and proposes candidate
>>   solutions to them. With these changes, we believe that ODF
>>   will meet or exceed the accessibility support provided in
>>   all other office file formats as well as that specified in
>>   the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0.
>>   Furthermore, these modifications will enable ODF to support
>>   the authoring of DAISY digital talking books, a worldwide
>>   standard used by blind, low vision, learning disabled, and
>>   other print impaired communities.
>>   The recommended changes address:
>>     * Alternative text for non-text objects (3 recommendations)
>>     * Proper association of captions to captioned content
>>     * Encoding of pagination information
>>     * Preservation of table semantic structure imported from
>>       other file formats
>>     * Proper encoding of authored table header content
>>     * Author-defined logical navigation of page objects in
>>       presentations
>>     * Provision of alternative text hints for hyperlinks
>>   Furthermore, we request that the appropriate text be added to
>>   the ODF specification to indicate how this accessibility meta
>>   data is mapped by the authoring tool to a platform accessibility
>>   API as well as their accessibility applicability in the
>>   specification.
>>   To fully address the needs of people with disabilities in using
>>   ODF, an ODF application must meet a number of accessibility
>>   requirements as well.  ODF application developers should be
>>   provided with implementation guidelines to meet these
>>   requirements.
>> It is the intention of this subcommittee to continue working, now 
>> with our focus on the new goal of defining and delivering 
>> improvements to the efficiency and usability of ODF by people with 
>> disabilities that goes beyond the current state of the art.  These 
>> improvements include: effective blind access to slide presentations; 
>> partnering with the W3C to tackle SVG graphics accessibility; better 
>> access to graphs and charts; and improved navigation models for 
>> tabular data.  We look forward to delivering to the technical 
>> committee our thoughts and recommendations in these areas for 
>> consideration in future versions of the ODF specification.
>> On behalf of the OASIS ODF Accessibility Subcommittee,
>> Peter Korn
>> Accessibility Architect,
>> Sun Microsystems, Inc.
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