Recent weeks have seen a lot of cooperative activity between the KDE Accessibility Team and various other Free Software accessibility teams. The Free Standards Group Accessibility Workgroup, KDE Accessibility and GNOME Accessibility teams have now released a joint statement describing some of this cooperation. "We believe users who are persons with disabilities should be empowered to choose technologies from any and all environments which provide accessibility just as other desktop users today routinely use a mix of technologies from different desktop environments. Our goal is seamless interoperability."
In addition to participation in the accessibility workgroup of the Free Standards Group, KDE Accessibility also closely cooperates with a number of other accessibility teams. During the KDE Conference, for example, we worked together with the Brailcom to make KDE Accessibility interoperate well with applications for the console.
Other areas of activity and cooperation include:
- Participation in the Google Summer of Code to support Leo Spalteholz in developing a new application for eye trackers (project NoKey)
- Development of a new X.Org based screen magnifier
- Foundation of the Freedesktop.org Accessibility Initiative
- Foundation of the Unix Accessibility Forum during last years KDE Conference, and cooperation with the German accessibility user group Linaccess to organise it again during LinuxTag this year
- Cooperation with OpenUsability.org to develop accessibility guidelines for KDE developers
All of this will contribute to making Unix in general and KDE in particular the software of choice for disabled users.